John   Raftery
Practice Management Principal


Phone: 240.507.1702
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 E. Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: John Raftery

 “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 a member of the firm's Management Committee and a Regional Practice Group Director—a role which oversees many of Offit Kurman’s legal service teams. Leveraging years of experience in real estate litigation, fair housing defense and business law, John serves as a trusted advisor to closely held businesses and organizations and local and regional management companies.  John helps his clients negotiate or litigate through legal obstacles and difficulties– without ever losing focus of cost benefit parameters. John’s clients have included property management industry leaders, managers and owners of residential and commercial real estate, C-level officers of small and mid-sized corporations, directors of not-for-profit organizations and individual clients seeking cost effective representation. Currently, John serves as General Counsel for Property Management Association, as well as the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation, where he also serves on the board of directors.

John is a trusted advisor to business 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, John seeks to advocate on his clients’ behalf through cost-effective representation, including offensive litigation when necessary. His experience as a litigator spans most trial courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Earlier in his legal career, John served as a special trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

A recognized authority on fair housing and landlord-tenant matters (commercial and residential), John 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 Property Management Association (PMA), Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), the 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, John 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