Towson attorney David Irwin has joined Kramon & Graham, P.A. after having run his own firm for more than 30 years. He is now of counsel to the Baltimore law firm.
A Baltimore native who attended the Gilman School and Cornell University before graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 1972, Irwin is particularly well-known as an attorney in Baltimore County.
Kramon & Graham Managing Principal David Shuster said Irwin’s connections and presence in the county make him a great addition to the firm.
“He’s a very well-connected, highly respected lawyer, particularly in Baltimore County, so we’re very excited,” Shuster said. “It was a good opportunity for both of us.”
Irwin said he decided to join Kramon & Graham after several conversations with firm founder Andrew Graham in 2019. In particular, Irwin said, he was interested in representing clients and getting away from handling managerial tasks, many of which had fallen to him after the 2011 death of his close friend and law partner Robert Green. Joining Kramon & Graham will allow him to focus solely on representing clients, Irwin said.
“I want to spend time doing cases and working with lawyers,” Irwin said. “I’ve spent a lot of my time recently running the law firm. There was a lot of administrative work involved.”
In addition, Irwin said, the resources of a bigger firm like Kramon & Graham attracted him, as did the chance to work with friends and the ability to work on a wide variety of cases.
Irwin has represented clients in many high-profile cases, including John Rusnak, a former currency trader at Allfirst Bank who was convicted of having hid $691 million in losses at the bank. Irwin also represented a limousine driver in a 2000 murder case involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis.
At 72, with more than 47 years of experience, Irwin said he’s not ready to slow down and is game to take on more big-name cases.
“As long as you have the energy to do it, you actually have a lot more to offer now than you did 30 years ago,” Irwin said. “It’s not going back to a big law firm; it’s going back to quality legal work and the exciting cases that big law firms have.”
Irwin started his own firm in 1988. Though at one point it had nine partners, more recently the firm, Irwin Green & Dexter LLP, had consisted of Irwin and his partner, Vicki Dexter.
Before departing for Kramon & Graham at the end of December, Irwin split up the firm’s clients with Dexter, who said Irwin took most of the criminal cases while she took mainly the civil cases.
Dexter said that Irwin offered her the Towson firm but that she declined to run it as her own, instead establishing the Law Offices of Vicki Dexter LLC, which are closer to her home in Anne Arundel County.
“I think we reached a point where each of us wanted to go in different directions,” Dexter said. “We’re still great friends, referring cases to each other. There’s no hard feelings.”
Irwin said he will divide his time between his old building on West Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, part of which was leased to Kramon & Graham, and his new office at the firm’s main office in Baltimore.