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James E. Edwards Jr.

Office Managing Shareholder
Baker Donelson

A 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, James E. Edwards Jr. is an experienced trial lawyer with Baker Donelson, a law firm with offices in Baltimore and nationwide. 

Edwards represents contractors, owners, developers and condominium and homeowner associations in all aspects of the construction process and has significant experience in design and construction contract preparation and claim resolution. 

He also is active in many local professional and community organizations, including the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and St. Francis de Sales Church, in Abingdon. 

What is the biggest challenge facing the legal profession today? 

Though there are a number of challenges, the biggest is the transition from one generation to the next while maintaining cohesiveness in the private law firm setting in which I practice. Law firms generally do not have plans for the retirement of more senior attorneys and the transition of clients as other professions. In addition, a move to remote work that was accelerated by the pandemic has made it more challenging to train the next generation of entry level attorneys in person, rather than remotely, which is less effective. This creates a risk that firms will be less cohesive over time. 

What advice would you offer anyone interested in a legal career? 

To be successful and fulfilled as an attorney, one needs to have determination, a willingness to work hard and intellectual curiosity.