J. Bradford McCullough

Litigator and Appellate Attorney

Principal

jbmccullough@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Services

Overview

Brad McCullough is a commercial and business litigator and appellate attorney who represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before arbitration panels and in mediation proceedings.

Brad approaches every case in a thorough, thoughtful manner and lives by a simple motto: “Assume nothing. Preparation wins.” His clients appreciate his thoughtful yet tenacious dedication to their cases. In fact, one client introduced him as “one of the lawyers who saved my company.”

In addition, he has completed extensive training as a mediator, and has been approved for appointment as a court-appointed mediator in the Circuit Courts throughout the state. Brad is a frequent lecturer at many seminars and continuing legal education sessions, including seminars sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Georgetown University Law Center, the Maryland State Bar Association, Clear Law Institute, Bar Association of Montgomery County, and Lorman Education Services.

Brad is an avid runner. He takes pride in his family and is a devoted father to two sons. He follows current events and sports, especially the local University of Maryland Terrapins, Penn State Nittany Lions, Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, and Washington Capitals, and the not-so-local Manchester United.

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Representative Matters
  • As part of a litigation team, successfully represented a healthcare system and hospital at both trial and on appeal, obtaining a declaratory judgment for our clients and defeating a multi-million dollar damage claim sought against them.
  • Successfully defended two NBA players and a sports agent in breach of contract litigation, gaining dismissal of the case based on a lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • In a “bet your company” case based on a purported non-compete provision arising from the sale of a company, developed a winning affirmative defense theory, and with other Lerch, Early lawyers, obtained a judgment for the defense – a result that was affirmed on appeal.
  • Relying on the “business judgment rule,” successfully defended decisions made by a community association, twice prevailing in the appellate court and then enforcing the association’s decision in the trial court.
  • Defeated an attack on a developer’s rezoning and development plan, prevailing both on the administrative appeal before the trial court and again before the appellate court.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement of third-party claims against the seller of an apartment complex in a multi-million dollar claim arising from the sale of that apartment complex.
  • Representing prison inmate on a pro bono basis, obtained post-conviction relief for that inmate, vacating his thirty-five year old conviction and ultimately leading to his release after thirty-six years of incarceration.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Clerkships

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (Judge Theodore G. Bloom)

Honors & Awards
  • Listed in Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial (2015-present)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2013-present)
  • Listed in Maryland and DC Super Lawyers (2011-present)
  • Received InterFaith Works' Humanitarian of the Year Award (2011)
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Received Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award (2010)
  • Named "Bar Leader" by Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Community Involvement
  • Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger (Executive Committee, 2013-present)
  • InterFaith Works (Board Chair 2008-2010, 1995-1999, Board of Directors 2003-2010, 1994-1999)
  • Committee for Montgomery (Board of Directors 1997-1999)
  • Montgomery County Police Foundation (Board of Directors 1998)
  • Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (Vice President 2012, Board of Directors 2011-2013)
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Ethics Committee, 2015-present; Section of Litigation Section Council, 2013-present, Appellate Practice Committee, 2008-present)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Ethics Committee, 2013-present; Legislation Committee Co-Chair, 2016-present; Commercial Litigation Section Co-Chair, 2006-2014, Federal Practice Section Co-Chair, 2001-2006)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section: Business Torts Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation and Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committees; Dispute Resolution Section: Mediation Committee; Dispositive Motions Subcommittee of the Pretrial Practice Committee Co-Chair, 2009-2011)
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