John T. Prisbe

John Prisbe's law practice focuses on complex commercial and civil disputes, including business, financial and securities matters, as well as corporate and business entity governance and rights. He also has significant experience in construction disputes, mechanic's lien actions, as well as performance and payment bond disputes.

Mr. Prisbe's broad commercial and civil litigation experiences include handling matters at both the federal and state court levels, in arbitration proceedings, and in administrative proceedings. He offers thorough and effective litigation and dispute management.

Representative Clients
Mr. Prisbe represents clients from diverse industries which include banking and lending, insurance, construction, utilities, and manufacturing. His clients have included Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, HSBC Bank, SunTrust Mortgage, Select Portfolio Servicing, Litton Loan Servicing, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Berzaci, Inc.

Significant Matters
Obtained the dismissal of client from both the original and the amended complaints in federal class action litigation involving RICO, RESPA, and consumer protection claims flowing from alleged fraud and mortgage rescue schemes; final dismissal made with prejudice.

Obtained summary judgment for mortgage lenders and trustee of mortgage-backed securities trust in State court litigation challenging mortgage transactions, practices and assignments and involving claims under State consumer protection laws, RESPA, and common law claims.

Obtained early seven figure settlement for client in breach of contract and development dispute and related federal litigation, using mediation and voluntary exchanges in advance of formal discovery.

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, after executing discovery plan exposing fatal weaknesses in developer’s claims.

Obtained judgments in favor of bank and mortgage lender clients in litigation dealing with security interests and priorities in real estate properties.

Obtained judgments and settlements for recovery of funds paid out as a result of alteration of $1,867 check to $1,867,000 and subsequent payment. Involved foreign banks, intermediary US banks, positive pay programs, forgery and crime coverage issues, UCC Article 3 & 4 claims, 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.

Successfully represented banks against claims brought by companies as a result of employee embezzlement schemes, and involving UCC claims, common law claims, and UCC preemption of various common law claims.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Class Action Defense and 3) Securities Class Action Defense
Law School University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1987)
Education University of Maryland (B.S., 1982)
Bar Member / Association Maryland State Bar Association, California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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