Eliot M. Wagonheim


(410) 584-1110  phone
(410) 925-6276  mobile

[email protected]

Speaking & Workshops

Eliot serves as general counsel to small to mid-sized businesses in a wide array of industries in both litigation and corporate matters. His clients range from five person shops to some of the most successful and recognized companies in the region.

Over the course of his career, Eliot and his team have served as buyer’s counsel as well as seller’s counsel in transactions ranging from $50,000 to $50,000,000.  From a litigation perspective, Eliot has both won and successfully defended cases ranging from multi-million dollar, bet-your-company cases to smaller, District Court actions.

In addition to working with clients, Eliot is a frequent public speaker and has served as an adjunct professor teaching Business Law for the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business MBA Program.


  • Selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer
  • Named one of SmartCEO’s Legal Elite as a “go-to” business lawyer
  • Holds an AV rating (excellent to pre-eminent) from Martindale-Hubbell, for legal ability and ethical values.
  • Appointed to the Professionalism Committee of the Maryland State Bar
  • Appointed to the faculty for the Maryland Professionalism Course since 1995

Publications and Teaching

In addition to being a featured monthly columnist in SmartCEO magazine, Eliot writes a weekly blog, Bottom Line Business Insights, which is regularly reprinted with permission by The Daily Record, the weekly Not-By-The-Book e-mail series, along with the following:

2000 Get Your Money: How to Protect Your Business without Losing Your Customers
2004 The Art of Getting Paid
2006 The Contractor’s Pocket Guide
2008 The Banker’s Pocket Guide
2009 The Business Owner’s Pocket Guide
2011 Co-Author, The Commercial Real Estate Pocket Guide
2013 8 Lessons Learned by the Most Successful Business Leaders
2012 – SmartCEO’s monthly column, Good Counsel

Areas of Practice (links to website sections under “practice”)

Growth and Management Consulting
General Business/Corporate Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law/Construction Litigation


Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, 1984
University of Maryland School of Law, 1987

Bar & Court Admissions

Court of Appeals of Maryland (1987)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1988)
US District Court of the District of Maryland (1992)

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