Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC

Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC

At KDA, we take pride in delivering the best, professional client service to the people and businesses that have come to rely on us for legal advice.

Firm Overview

We believe that the small-firm setting allows us to efficiently meet our clients' business and financial needs, and also to build the personal trust that is vital to the attorney-client relationship.

Here are areas in which our lawyers practice every day. Please see the individual biographies for more detail about our partners.

-Business Law
-Commercial and Banking Law
-Construction Law
-Health Care Law
-Commercial and Residential Real Estate
-Insurance Law
-Civil Litigation
-Insurance Coverage
-Labor and Employment
-Mediation Services

If you have questions or a problem in any of these areas, please call or e mail us now. If your matter is in another area of law, or you are not sure in which are it falls, please contact us. If we cannot help you, we maintain relationships with practitioners in every area of the law that can assist you.

Main Office

Main Office
1104 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 400
Towson, MD 21204




Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC represents businesses, business leaders and individuals throughout the Baltimore-Metropolitan Area in a broad spectrum of practice areas.

Our practice ranges from retail to construction, health care to real estate, commercial lending, estates and general litigation. We have guided our clients through a variety of challengesbusiness disputes, new business formation, real estate ventures, advancing or defending lawsuits, construction disputes, as well as employee problems and significant family events.

At KDA we believe that planning, collaboration and the application of common sense, along with technical, legal knowledge, yields the best results for clients. It is better to prevent a lawsuit than to bring or defend one; it is not enough to win a casethe money collected must more than justify the financial and emotional expense of the lawsuit. Contracts must be succinct, understandable and meet the client's business goals. Transactions must be completed in a planned and efficient manner, with the attorney serving as a catalyst, not an impediment, to the transaction. We want to help you succeed, using out collaborative, client-centered approach.

Commercial Transactions and Banking
KDA provides comprehensive services to businesses, entrepreneurs and financial institutions involved in the purchase and sale of equipment, leasing, commercial loans and business transactions. We have prepared and negotiated contracts of sale, distribution agreements finance and loan documents on behalf of business clients and financial institutions.

We have represented both buyers and sellers of businesses, in asset sales and corporate purchases. Our staff has managed every stage of a business purchase, from conception, negotiation, contract development through due diligence and closing. We have worked closely with the business brokers selected by our clients, as well as with the banks and SBA lenders in order to make sure that the transaction is completed to the client's satisfaction.

We have worked with a broad range of lending vehicles, including asset-based loans, construction loans, mortgage financing, and other secured and unsecured financing transactions. We provide advice regarding the initial structure of transactions to specialized issues relating to collateral protection and perfection, multi-lender participations, and other complex matters. We also have experience in handling troubled debt matters, restructuring loans, collections and foreclosures.

Construction Law
KDA represents some of the Baltimore-Metropolitan Area's most prestigious builders and, in that representation, we have come to understand the needs of clients in the construction trades. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the requirements of the AIA contracting process, mechanic's liens, Miller Act claims, and construction defect litigation. Our attorneys have also participated in surety bond litigation and the interpretation and analysis of commercial general insurance policies as they apply to builders, subcontractors, owners and architects.

At KDA, we represent owners, developers, government agencies, school boards, contractors, design professionals, tradesmen, suppliers and insurers in a wide variety of commercial and residential construction projects. Combining years of legal experience with practical training, as well as employment in the construction industry, we are uniquely attuned to the needs and goals of our clients and offer insightful advice and creative solutions to problems arising in the complex construction environment. Our proactive approach to addressing disputes before, during and after the construction phase assists our clients in their efforts to achieve a successful project.

For more information about our construction law practice, call J. Mitchell Kearney at (410) 821-3779, or e-mail him at

Health Care
In our health care practice, we recognize our clients' most important objective: Providing quality care for patients and a quality work environment for the health care professionals' employees. On behalf of physicians, nurses, a regional hospital and specialty practices, we have guided our clients through the state and federal regulatory landscape that governs medical practice and collections. We have provided risk management consulting, worked with compliance committees and compliance chairs, and have provided advice to our clients on the application of new legislation to their practices.

In addition, we have facilitated the critical relationships that are vital to the contemporary practice of medicine. We have structured and negotiated physician employment agreements, practice management agreements and affiliation agreements between health care institutions and educational institutions for their collaborative educational and research projects. We have also guided our clients through the sensitive relationships between health care providers and the state and federal government, and between the health care professional and the legal profession.

J. Mitchell Kearney

Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; Insurance Coverage; Construction Law; Commercial Litigation; Products Liability; Alternative Dispute Resolution

Admitted: 1988, Maryland; 1989, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Law School: University of Baltimore, J.D.

Member: The Bar Associations of Baltimore City and County; Maryland State and American Bar Associations.

Biography: Member, University of Baltimore Law Review, 1986-1988. Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Maryland Chapter.

Born: Baltimore, Maryland, 1958

Cases: Ridge Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, Inc. v. Brennen, 366 Md. 336, 783 A.2d 691 (2001); Greene Tree Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Greene Tree Associates, 358 Md. 453, 749 A.2d 806 (2000); Milton Company v. Council of Unit Owners of Bentley Place Condominium, 354 Md. 264, 729 A. 2d 981 (1999); Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co. v. Scarlett Harbor Associates Limited Partnership, 346 Md. 122, 695 A.2d 153 (1997); Stewart Title Guaranty Company v. West, 110 Md. App. 114, 676 A.2d 953 (1996); Kiley v. First National Bank of Maryland, 102 Md. App. 317, 649 A.2d 1145 (1994); Nolt v. U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Company, 329 Md. 52, 617 A.2d 578 (1993); Doe v. American National Red Cross, 866 F. Supp. 242 (D. Md. 1994); Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. LeFarge Corp., 994 Westlaw 706538 (D. Md. 1994); Stewart Title Guaranty Company v. Linowes & Blocher, 42 F.3rd 1386 (4th Cir. 1994); Berkey Design Group, Inc. v. Egle Nursing Home, Inc., 113 Md. App. 261, 687 A.2d 256 (1997); Caretti, Inc. v. Colonnade Limited Partnership, 104 Md. App. 131, 655 A.2d 64 (1995).


University of Baltimore
Juris Doctorate,

Thomas J. Drechsler

Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC

ISLN: 907756260

Practice Areas: Commercial and Banking Litigation; Insurance Defense Law; Construction Litigation; Environmental Litigation

Admitted: 1988, Maryland

Law School: University of Baltimore, J.D.

Member: The Bar Association of Baltimore City; Maryland State Bar Association.

Biography: Sigma Delta Kappa (Alumnus Advisor, 1987). Staff Member, University of Baltimore Law Review, 1987-1988. Business Editor, University of Baltimore Law Forum, 1985-1987.

Born: Baltimore Maryland, October 3, 1960


University of Baltimore
Juris Doctorate,

Stephen B. Awalt

Kearney, Drechsler & Awalt, LLC

ISLN: 909336972

Feel free to call me at (410) 821-3778

Practice Areas: Business Law, Health Care Law, Labor and Employment

Admitted: 1985, Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Law School: University of Baltimore, J.D. 1985

College: McDaniel College/Western Maryland College B.A. English, Cum Laude, 1981

Member: Baltimore County Bar Association (Member, Bench-Bar Committee, 2000-2002; Chair, Bench-Bar Committee, 2002-2003; Chairman, Fee Arbitration Committee 1997; Member, Fee Arbitration Committee, 1996-1998); Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. (Member, Health Care Section); Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland (Panel Member, 1995; Panel Chair, Inquiry Panel, 1995); American Health Law Attorneys.

Biography: Adjunct Faculty Member, Employment Law, General Business Law, Constitutional Law, Advance Constitutional Law, Stevenson University, 1994-2006. Panel Volunteer, Maryland Lawyers for the Arts. Pro Bono Advocate, Maryland Disability Law Center.

Born: Baltimore, Maryland, June 20, 1959

Cases: Maryland Classified Employees Ass'n, Inc. v. Schaefer 325 Md. 19, 599 A.2 91 (1991); Freeman v. Local 1802, American Federation of State, County and Mun. Employees Council 67, AFL-CIO. 318 Md. 684, 569 A.2d 1244 Md., (1990); Kade v. Charles H. Hickey School 80 Md.App. 721, 566 A.2d 148 Md.App. (1989).


University of Baltimore
Juris Doctorate,