James K. Archibald - Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

James K. Archibald

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 410-659-1326

Jim Archibald brings both in-house and outside counsel perspectives to his litigation practice.  He is of counsel in the Washington, DC and Baltimore offices of Venable LLP, where he has maintained a varied litigation practice for many years.  Mr. Archibald is a seasoned trial lawyer with extensive first chair experience in the defense and prosecution of large, complex, civil litigation, with a particular focus on intellectual property, products liability, toxic torts, commercial disputes and class actions.  He is one of a handful of lawyers licensed in Maryland and DC who are both a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. 

Mr. Archibald has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Education of Lawyers and from the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, an Exceptional Performance Citation from the Defense Research Institute, a Heritage Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association and a Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Recor

Active in various bar associations, Mr. Archibald has served as President of the Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel, as a member of the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Litigation, and as Maryland State Chair of the Defense Research Institute ("DRI").

Engaged in the community when not running in marathons, Mr. Archibald has served on the boards of many charitable and educational organizations and institutions, including the boards of The Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Universities and Colleges (which he chaired for two years) and the Roland Park Country School.  He is a past-president of The Johns Hopkins University National Alumni Council, a former member of the Board of the University of Maryland Law School Alumni Association and a current member of the National Advisory Council of the Sheridan Libraries of The Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to numerous articles and two books on examinations of witnesses, Mr. Archibald is the co-author (with Paul Mark Sandler) of a highly regarded treatise on Maryland pleading (Pleading Causes of Action in Maryland), now in its fifth edition.  He has also lectured widely on a variety of litigation-related topics.


Johns Hopkins UniversityBA 1971University of Maryland School of LawJ.D. 1975
American Law InstituteAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Client Comments

"Jim Archibald is able to quickly cut through to the core issues in complex matters, and provide actionable recommendations for action."

-Thad Schippereit
Murray Corporation

Office Location

100 North Charles Street, 16th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Patent

Other Information

Gender: Male