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James R. "Jay" Walsh

Managing Partner

Direct Line: (443) 569-7285

"I provide my clients with the expertise and guidance they need to protect their investments, their businesses, and their future."

Mr. Walsh is a founding partner of Liff, Walsh & Simmons and serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. He is the director of the firm’s Business Counseling, Contracts and Transactions practice group and a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Banking & Finance practice groups. He represents clients in business, finance, and real estate projects, including contract negotiations, financing, construction, leasing, and entity structuring and organization. Mr. Walsh’s clients include businesses, investors, landowners, real estate developers, brokers, buyers, sellers, and community, regional and national banks.


Mr. Walsh negotiates and drafts documents for real estate acquisition, construction, permanent, commercial, and asset-based loans on behalf of both lenders and borrowers. He also counsels businesses on mergers and acquisitions, employment, contractual, business disputes, commercial litigation, and general business matters. Mr. Walsh has been recognized as a 2014 – 2023 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Real Estate. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Walsh is the CEO of Eagle Title, the firm’s affiliated title company, overseeing both the commercial and residential divisions.


Mr. Walsh graduated from the University of Maryland and subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Walsh started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin Mandel during law school.


Mr. Walsh currently lives in Anne Arundel County with his family. He actively supports many Annapolis-based charities, including the Building Traditions Society of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. He has previously served as the Annapolis Touchdown Club’s President and on the Warrior Events board of directors.


  • Represented lender in providing two line of credit facilities to a manufacturing company with an aggregate loan amount of $25,000,000.
  • Represented lender in providing an accounts receivable based line of credit to a manufacturing company in the amount of $10,000,000.
  • Represented lender in providing financing for the development and construction loan secured by a 900 acre waterfront golf course.
  • Represented lender in providing financing for improvements to a 500 slip marina.
  • Represented private equity firm in acquisition in the acquisition of a 125 slip marina, including both the real estate and all assets of the operating company.
  • Represented private equity firm in acquiring the assets of a government contractor through a sale under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

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  • Represented tenant relative to lease negotiations for multiple locations for a large urgent care practice.
  • Represented seller in sale of $6,000,000 multi story office building.
  • Represented seller in sale of $7,000,000 contractor business to major lender backed mezzanine financed buyer, including negotiation of an employment agreement and stock option package for seller.
  • Represented restaurant group in the development and construction of a $4,500,000 restaurant, including negotiation of a ground lease as well as construction and development financing.
  • Represented developer and restaurant group in $4,000,000 development of 10,000 square foot restaurant located in a marquis building in downtown Baltimore.
  • Represented buyer and developer in the development and construction of a medical office building, including negotiations with the department of planning and zoning.


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  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 2008)
  • University of Maryland (B.S., 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Areas of Practice

Commercial and Civil Litigation

Banking & Finance

Business Counseling, Contracts & Transactions

Real Estate

Employment Law