Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1987
    Virginia Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Dickinson College, 1984
    Phi Beta Kappa

    Charles A. Dana Scholar

    William E. Bittle Economic Scholar

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Lawrence F. Rodowsky, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1987 - 1988


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers

    American Bar Association

    Federal Bar Association

    Maryland State Bar Association

    Baltimore City Bar Association

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Gregory A. Cross


Greg Cross is the partner in charge of Venable's bankruptcy group. Greg also leads Venable's Commercial Real Estate Servicing practice and is a member of Venable's management board.

During the past twenty years Greg has established himself as a nationally recognized leader in his practice areas. Greg has confirmed the only successful bankruptcy restructuring of a financial services firm, served as lead lenders' counsel in the nation's largest real estate bankruptcy case, served as debtors' counsel in some of the largest bankruptcy cases ever filed in the Mid-Atlantic, and has successfully litigated numerous cases of first impression throughout the country.

Long before the recent economic downturn, Greg assembled a team of lawyers who focused the majority of their time on commercial real estate workouts. Greg has advised some of the nation's largest special servicers of CMBS assets on all aspects of commercial real estate loan workouts. Greg routinely develops training programs for these clients, is asked to lecture on commercial real estate and develops cutting edge approaches to structuring workouts.

Clients who hire Greg get far more than an experienced professional. Greg is an aggressive results-oriented practitioner with a strong business background. Greg's unique blend of business and litigation experience allows him to immerse himself in all aspects of a business workout. Greg's in-depth understanding of complex financial structures and commercial real estate makes him an invaluable counsel to both creditors and debtors in today's economic environment. Greg can handle matters of any size anywhere in the United States. He has led Venable teams of twenty or more lawyers and has had cases in more than 40 states during the past five years. Greg's clients benefit from having an adviser who understands their business needs as they navigate a complex negotiation or dispute.

Representative Clients

Greg's clients include American Capital Strategies, CWCapital Asset Management LLC, C-III Asset Management LLC, Celsion Corporation, J.E. Robert Company, Inc., Midland Loan Services, ORIX Capital Markets, LLC, Promark Technologies, New Horizons Diagnostic, the Estate of Michael J. Jackson and enterprises throughout diverse industries.

Significant Matters

Coordinating counsel for all secured creditors in the General Growth Properties bankruptcy case successfully restructuring $14 billion of secured debt.  Lead lenders' counsel in the $4.1 billion Extended Stay Hospitality bankruptcy and the $5.8 billion default of Stuyvesant Town.  Represented entertainer Michael J. Jackson in the out-of-court restructuring of his assets.  Represented the State of Maryland in the bankruptcy involving the Preakness Stakes.  Debtors’ counsel in the Thornburg Mortgage bankruptcy case.  Successfully restructured $2.0 billion of debt and confirmed Maryland's largest plan of reorganization in the CRIIMI MAE bankruptcy case.  Creditor's Committee counsel to the first committee of tenant in common investors in the Carolina 7 bankruptcy case initiated by Sunwest Senior Living.  Successfully litigated some of the country's leading CMBS "repurchase" claims, where Greg has defined the rights of CMBS Trusts and mortgage loan sellers.  Has led several fraud investigations and conducted trials involving complex international transfers of assets. Created denial of discharge and fraudulent conveyance records which have led to criminal convictions for bankruptcy crimes.


Greg has wide-ranging interests and is an active member of his community. Greg is Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for Baltimore City and a member of the Mayor of Baltimore's Commission on re-writing the city's charter. Greg is currently the President of the Gibson Island Community and a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Zoo and Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. He has previously served as Trustee for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust and on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Central Maryland, other community associations and his church. Greg is a graduate of the 2002 Baltimore City LEADERship class. Greg is a member of the American, Federal, Maryland State, and Baltimore City Bar Associations. He also belongs to the Defense Research Institute and Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel.