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John P. Morrissey


morrissey-johnJohn P. Morrissey has served as chief judge of the District Court of Maryland since 2014.

A lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, Morrissey earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In private practice for 17 years, he worked as an associate for Venable, Baetjer and Howard and later as a partner at Morrissey Brothers, PC. In 2006, he was named an associate judge for the District Court of Maryland and served in the role until his current position.

Since his appointment, Morrissey has led the launch of the Maryland Electronic Courts initiative, which includes e-filing and other online capabilities, within the District Court system.

Morrissey was appointed in 2016 to the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board as a part of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Morrissey also has been outspoken in warning that the courts will be hard-pressed to handle a flood of eviction cases in a timely manner once pandemic-driven moratoriums are lifted.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Effective internal and external communication is a hallmark of every great organization.

What’s been your biggest success?

My wife and children

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

Everyone gets vaccinated, and the judiciary is able to further expand operations.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I am an avid gardener, particularly peppers.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.