Charles J. Morton Jr

Chuck Morton, repeatedly ranked as one of the top M&A lawyers in the country, co-chairs Venable's Corporate Practice Group, splitting his time between Venable's Washington and Baltimore offices. He has a national practice, solving complex problems faced by lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs as they create, build, and buy or sell businesses. He routinely advises on mergers and acquisitions and financings, including every flavor of equity investment. He regularly acts on behalf of private equity groups and banks.

In 2012 Legal 500 recognized Chuck Morton as one of eleven “Leading Lawyers” in the United States doing middle-market M&A transactions. Legal 500 describes him as “extremely knowledgeable… and a great negotiator.” US News and World Report also named Chuck the Maryland Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year. In other publications, clients describe him as "unwavering in his commitment to us" (Chambers USA 2010), “smart, pragmatic, responsive and creative” (Chambers USA 2012) and "one of the most skilled M&A attorneys I have worked with… always astutely prepared and able to frame the issues in a manner that provides comfort to the client, ever-mindful of the 'big picture'" (2012 US News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America). In addition to recognition by US News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America for his skills working in the venture community, he is acknowledged in the publication in five other categories: Corporate Law, Leverage Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Structured Finance Law, and Technology Law. Each year since 2008, he has been tapped as one of five top M&A lawyers in Maryland by Maryland Super Lawyers. He has been Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated (the highest possible rating) since 2000.

Chuck is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. He has been similarly recognized by the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Corporate, 2) Mergers and Acquisitions, 3) Technology Transactions and Outsourcing, 4) Junior Capital / Mezzanine Finance, 5) Corporate Finance and Securities, 6) Investment Management, 7) Finance, 8) Advertising and Marketing and 9) Private Equity
Law School University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1990)
Education University of Vermont (B.A., 1987)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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