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As the founder of Garson Claxton LLC, Jack Garson leads the firm’s business and real estate practice groups. Jack serves as a legal advisor for numerous local, regional and national companies, focusing on business, commercial real estate and construction law. In addition to providing legal counsel, Jack serves as a strategic advisor and negotiator for many clients, providing guidance on issues such as the growth and sale of businesses, liability and risk reduction, the hiring and retention of key personnel, and protecting and enhancing profitability, as well as negotiating the resolution of complex commercial disputes.
Jack Garson has been selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, has repeatedly received Super Lawyer designation, has been recognized as a DC region Legal Elite, and has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV" since 1995, representing the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate and a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
Jack has successfully negotiated commercial transactions, ranging from the purchase and sale of multi-million dollar businesses, to the structuring of eight-figure construction contracts, to the sale and leasing of commercial properties throughout the United States. Jack is a frequent author of articles within his fields of expertise.
In addition to the private practice of law, Jack has long been active in public affairs. Jack is a former director of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, initially appointed to the position by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. The Board oversees the operation of Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. Jack has also served on the Comptroller’s Business Council at the request of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and was a member of the Montgomery County Economic Council, appointed by Montgomery County, Maryland Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett.
Jack is the author of How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions (from St. Martin's Press). In addition, Jack is a featured contributor to the influential Huffington Post, writing on news-making business topics. His recent articles range from selling a business to avoiding lawsuits from employees. Previously, Jack wrote The Legal Edge, a monthly law column for SmartCEO, a leading business magazine in the Washington DC region. In addition, he has authored numerous business and legal columns for a wide variety of other major publications. Jack’s published insights have led to interviews and profiles in such respected media outlets as the The New York Times, The Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Jack graduated with honors from both the George Washington University National Law Center and the University of Maryland.
District of Columbia
Boards & Councils
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors
Maryland Comptroller's Business Council
Montgomery County Maryland Economic Advisory Council
J.D., cum laude, George Washington University National Law Center
B.A., cum laude, in English (departmental honors) and Economics, University of Maryland
Additional Honors and Awards
Since 1995, Jack has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV," representing the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethical standards.
- Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media named Jack a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate and 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law and Real Estate Law.
Jack was chosen by his peers as a Real Estate Super Lawyer for Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
In 2012, Jack was selected by his professional peers to be included in
The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition for his work in the practice area of Real Estate Law.
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