Experience you expect, service you deserve...since 1887

Serving a diverse clientele of Businesses and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. and across the nation.

Firm Overview

A Full-Service Law Firm

Semmes, Bowen & Semmes is one of the oldest and largest full service law firms in the State of Maryland. A diversified team of 70 attorneys serves our clients through offices in six locations: Baltimore, Hagerstown and Salisbury, Maryland and in Vienna, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, West Virginia. These strategic locations enable us to accommodate our clients who live and operate their business in the greater Mid-Atlantic area and to support our widening markets. 

"Experience you expect, service you deserve...since 1887"

Founded in 1887, the professional character of the Firm is evident in its strong business and litigation practice, its history spanning more than a century, and its deep roots in the greater Mid Atlantic region. We represent the interests of our diverse clientele of businesses and individuals in the areas of Corporate & Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, and Litigation. The Firm is a leader in the practice of Maritime law with historical ties to the maritime industry of the Port of Baltimore. Having the largest private Workers' Compensation & Employers' Liability defense practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, our Firm represents employers, insurers, and self-insurers in the defense of workers' compensation claims before the Maryland, District of Columbia Virginia and West Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. Although our practice is regional in focus, many of our lawyers regularly undertake transactional and litigation matters that are national and international in scope.

Exclusive Maryland Member Of ALFA International

Semmes is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. The ALFA International model enables Semmes to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms within the United States and around the world as needed. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.

Commitment to Diversity

Semmes recognizes that excellence and success is achieved through the recruitment and retention of attorneys and staff with diverse backgrounds and experience. We are committed to promoting and preserving respect for the individual at every level. We understand that through the collaborative efforts of a diverse workforce we advance our understanding, perspective and appreciation of the wider community and the cultures of the clients we serve. Diversity is a primary focus of our recruitment strategy to employ qualified men and women who, through their different backgrounds, experiences, personalities and perspectives, can contribute added value to our clients. Semmes' Diversity Committee actively promotes and monitors the diversity objectives of the Firm. The Firm participates in the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Minority Law Student Recruiting Job Fairs and Conferences, the Minority Clerkship Program, and local and regional bar association diversity recruitment and retention programs, including those offered by The Baltimore City and Maryland Bar Associations.

Semmes is an EEO/AA Employer.

Serving The Community

 In addition to their professional activities, our attorneys serve on the boards of cultural, educational and charitable community institutions throughout the area. Semmes participates in the Baltimore City Law Links Internship program providing paid summer employment for Baltimore City public high school students in law firms and law related agencies. Through our membership in Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the Firm is an active contributor and participant in ALA sponsored programs supporting local charities and non-profit agencies.