Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1987
  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1982

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable John F. McAuliffe, Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1987 - 1988
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John T. Prisbe


John Prisbe's law practice involves commercial and civil disputes, including the areas of contracts, financial services, business opportunities, corporate and business entity governance, construction and project development, insurance coverage, and consumer practices. John has handled matters at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, in arbitration proceedings, and in administrative proceedings. He offers thorough and effective litigation and dispute management with nearly three decades of practice experience.

Representative Clients

John represents clients from industries such as banking and lending, financial services, corporate, insurance, construction, and utilities. His clients have included The Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, Bank of America, Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Old Republic Insurance Company, SunTrust Mortgage, and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Significant Matters

  • Represented the board of trustees of a franchisee advertising trust fund in AAA arbitration proceedings involving governance and spending disputes, with successful resolution reached through mediation proceedings and without the need to present defense’s case. Was able to work out arrangements with both the franchisees and the franchisor that allowed the fund to move forward with its scheduled plans, while respecting the rights of both the franchisees and the franchisor.
  • Successfully represented the licensor of trademark in disputes over whether the sale of restaurant business with licensing arrangements constituted the sale of a franchise or business opportunity under Maryland law, with additional allegations of purported intentional or negligent mispresentations in connection with the sale.
  • Represented and advised the Maryland purchaser of a ceramic coating business opportunity investment with regard to arbitration claims for rescission or damages based upon material misrepresentations and non-compliance with Maryland law. Claims and issues included asserted violations of the Maryland Franchise and Disclosure Law, the Maryland Business Opportunity Sales Act, common law intentional misrepresentation, and common law negligent misrepresentation.
  • Represent the manufacturer of peening equipment and shot equipment in both prospective contractual negotiations with its distributors or dealers, and also in disputes with its distributors or dealers.
  • Obtained early seven figure settlement in favor of client in a breach of contract and business opportunity dispute and related federal court litigation. After initial filing of federal court action, employed early mediation and voluntary exchanges to achieve resolution in favor of client prior to any substantial active litigation occurring.
  • Represented financial institution in putative class action proceedings in federal multi-district litigation in connection with the enforcement of arbitration clause where the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals twice overturned the federal district court’s orders failing to enforce the arbitration clause. Case settled after the trial court finally entered an order enforcing the arbitration clause and compelling individual arbitration.
  • Obtained dismissal of insurance client from both original and amended complaints in federal class action litigation involving RICO, RESPA, and consumer protection claims and flowing from what the plaintiffs’ counsel described to the media as the largest mortgage rescue fraud scheme in Mid-Atlantic history
  • Obtained summary judgment for lenders and trustee of mortgage-backed securities trust in consolidated state court litigation challenging mortgage transactions, lending practices, transfers to securitized trust, and involving claims under state consumer protection laws, RESPA, and the common law.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of multi-million dollar claims asserted against insurer as a result of alleged commercial development losses and alleged real estate title defects. Planned discovery boxed in plaintiff to a theory that would ultimately not be provable and convinced plaintiffs’ counsel to then voluntarily dismiss.
  • Obtained judgments and settlements for recovery of over $1,800,000 in funds paid out as a result of alteration of check. Involved foreign banks, intermediary US banks, positive pay programs, forgery, UCC Article 3 & 4 claims, insurance coverage under rime policy, and related matters.
  • Obtained dismissal in multiple putative class actions where plaintiffs alleged violation of Maryland secondary mortgage loan laws and common law claims based upon charges made at closings.