Since 1903, Ober|Kaler has shared – and contributed to – the prosperity and history of the Mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Baltimore’s downtown business district with the world-famous Inner Harbor as our backdrop, the firm has expanded beyond the region to serve a national clientele. Our Washington, DC office provides clients the added benefits that come with our proximity and access to lawmakers and regulators working in and around the nation’s Capital.
Ober|Kaler traces its beginnings to the practices of Albert C. Ritchie and Stuart S. Janney, two attorneys whose legacies are remembered today. Ritchie was elected governor of Maryland in 1920, and returned to the firm after an unprecedented four terms in office. After World War I, Frank B. Ober and Robert W. Williams joined the firm, which was then renamed Ritchie, Janney, Ober & Williams.
In 1969, the merger of Ober, Williams & Grimes, as the firm was then known, with Cross, Shriver, Bright & Washburne doubled our size and resulted in a new name, Ober, Grimes & Shriver. The period between 1969 and 1990 marked a time of moderate but deliberate growth in the number of lawyers at the firm.
Our current name, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, resulted from the 1983 merger with an established Washington, DC practice that brought a national presence in tax, administrative, regulatory and corporate law and provided essential new resources for the nationally expanding firm. In 2003, the firm sent its second governor to Annapolis, as Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., became the 60th governor of the state of Maryland.
Today with more than 130 attorneys, we serve our regional and national clients from offices in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. The firm is best known as Ober|Kaler, and, as from the beginning, remains committed to quality, integrity, respect, and commitment to our communities.