Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., magna cum laude, George Washington University Law School, 1977
    Order of the Coif
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard College, 1974
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Jeffrey P. Ayres


Jeff Ayres represents clients facing complex civil litigation, especially disputes and claims involving labor and employment law, civil rights cases, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Jeff also advises on state torts, contract matters, and discrimination issues. He represents clients across a range of industries, including technology, education, healthcare banking, and financial services, among others. Jeff is chair of Venable's Ethics Committee.

Jeff's success is built not only on his record of victories but on his dedication to his clients' interests. His excellent rapport with a client stems from his ability to translate complex legal points into plain English appropriate to each client’s needs.

Representative Clients

  • The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland


Professional Memberships and Activities
  • Commissioner, Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Past chair, Maryland State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

  • Trustee, Handel Choir of Baltimore
  • Member, board of Directors, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
  • Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland