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John A. Hayden III
Senior Counsel
Towson Commons, Suite 300
One West Pennsylvania Avenue
Towson, MD 21204-5025
Phone: 410.832.2074
Fax: 410.339.4026

Business & Corporate Law

Representation of foreign corporations in establishing and funding U.S. affiliates

Corporate counsel in matters involving shareholder disputes/concerns and in drafting shareholder agreements

Assistance to clients acquiring or selling business enterprises or interests therein

Representation of large event planning corporation with U. S. and international experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

Principal counsel in acquisition of Maryland hospital

Principal counsel in merger of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad into Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Principal counsel in sale of fifth largest U.S. mechanical contractor

Hospitality, Hotel & Restaurant

Counsel in acquisition of Canadian beverage company

Counsel in sale of chemical manufacturer

Counsel in sale of software design firm

Higher Education

Assisted in the acquisition and funding of the purchase of facility by a foundation and its transfer to an affiliated university

Service on college and university boards and committees

Nonprofit Corporate Services

Professional services in the organization of not-for-profit foundations and assistance in securing IRS recognition of tax-exempt status

Drafting amendments to charter documents for chambers of commerce, colleges and boards of education

Trusts, Wills & Estate Planning

Professional advisor to trustees in family of trusts with assets of approximately $15 million and numerous smaller trusts

Business Succession Planning

Assisted clients in generation succession planning and transition succession planning for business enterprises anticipating the need for changes in senior management positions to reflect business evolution


AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in Best Lawyers in America: 2013 - present

Listed in Baltimore's Legal Elite: 2010 and 2012 - Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine

Memberships & Activities

Pro Bono assistance in legal and tax matters to member of the deaf community and organizations serving the deaf

Member: Maryland State Bar Association

Member: Baltimore County Bar Association

Member: American Bar Association

Has lectured at: CCBC, Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, Legg Mason, Merrill Lynch, PaineWebber, Westinghouse Corp., AAI, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Baltimore City Retirement System

Chairman: Leadership-Baltimore County

Vice-President: Towson University Foundation

Past Board Member: Baltimore County Board of Education; Chair of the Budget and Audit Committee

Past President: Maryland Association of Boards of Education

Board Member: Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce; Chair: Education Committee, and Member, Legislative Committee

Member: Greater Baltimore Committee, Education and Workforce Development Committee

Board Member: Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center

Member: Maryland Task Force on School Safety (2007)

Board Member: Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc.


  • State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo (J.D. 1973) cum laude
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo (B.A. 1968)