John   Raftery
Practice Management Principal


Phone: 240.507.1702
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane ,
9th Floor , Bethesda , MD   20814

 “Legal representation should act in tandem with your business goals, not against them. Whatever the nature of your difficulty, my objective is to solve it quickly, effectively and completely. My clients understand the value of an experienced advisor. Together, we will find the best possible route to your success.”  


John Raftery


Super Lawyer


John Raftery is Chair of Offit Kurman’s Business Litigation Practice Group, a member of the firm's Management Committee and Practice Group Principal—a role which oversees all Offit Kurman’s legal service teams. Leveraging years of experience in real estate, fair housing and business law, Mr. Raftery serves as a trusted advisor to small, closely held businesses and organizations, and helps his clients negotiate or litigate their legal obstacles – without losing focus of cost benefit parameters. His clients have included property management industry leaders, managers and owners of residential and commercial real estate, C-level officers of small corporations, directors of not-for-profit organizations, and numerous others. Currently, he is General Counsel for Property Management Association (PMA), as well as the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation, where he also serves on the board of directors.

Mr. Raftery acts as a trusted advisor to organizational leaders on all matters involving real estate, leases, construction, landlord–tenant disputes, fair housing investigations and litigation, mold and pest-infestation claims, business torts, defense of discrimination claims, and business transactions. With a focus on building partnerships with the individuals and organizations with whom he works, Mr. Raftery seeks to advocate on his clients’ behalf through cost-effective representation, including litigation when necessary. His experience as a litigator spans small-claims through appellate courts—including federal courts—in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Earlier in his legal career, Mr. Raftery served as a special trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice – Tax Division.

A recognized authority on fair housing and landlord-tenant matters (commercial and residential), Mr. Raftery frequently delivers lectures to local and national industry associations.  He has partnered with industry leaders, such as Shari Solomon of CleanHealth Environmental, and Matt Paxton of Clutter Cleaner, to present seminars on mold and hoarding.  Audiences for his speaking engagements have included PMA, Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association.


  • Former Special Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Tax Division.
  • Selected to the 2012 Maryland Super Lawyers list


Throughout his career, Mr. Raftery has participated in a variety of speaking engagements on fair housing and landlord/tenant related matters for:

  • Property Management Association (PMA)
  • Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA)
  • Northern Virginia Apartment Association (NVAA)
  • Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM)
  • Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association (Mid-Atlantic AHMA)

Education & Admissions

  • LL.M. Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
  • J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 1983
  • B.A., Long Island University, 1980
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia