David M. Funk (left), founding member and chairman
Bryan D. Bolton (right), founding member and
head of the commercial litigation practice
Funk & Bolton, P.A. was founded by two Baltimore lawyers, David M. Funk and
Bryan D. Bolton, whose vision was to create a boutique law firm to meet the special needs
of the financial services and insurance industries and of local governments.
David Funk began his career as an insurance regulatory lawyer, representing insurance
companies before the Maryland Insurance Commissioner. Later he was joined by Bryan Bolton,
an experienced litigator. Melding regulatory and litigation skills together, they provide a unique platform for their clients.
Today the firm's insurance regulation practice is led by Ren L.
Tundermann. Through this practice, the firm provides a full range of insurance-oriented legal services for compliance and
regulatory affairs and business transactions, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith/extra-contractual exposures.
In addition, Derek B. Yarmis brings litigation
experience to the insurance regulation practice by representing insurers in administrative proceedings.
Ren L. Tundermann, head of the
insurance regulation practice
In its commercial litigation practice, led by Bryan Bolton, the
firm represents a wide array of commercial clients in federal and state court at both the trial and appellate levels. The firm
has particular experience litigating issues arising out of state insurance and contract law and the Federal Employee Retirement
Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Funk & Bolton's clients are among the largest insurance and financial services
companies in the United States and Europe.
The Government Relations Practice Group represents a wide range of businesses, trade and
professional associations, non-profit corporations, coalitions and advocacy groups before the Maryland General Assembly as
well as counties and municipal corporations in Maryland. The firm also provides administrative services to the League of Life
and Health Insurers of Maryland. Ronald Souders, of counsel to the firm, provides
extensive experience representing life and health organizations with regard to monitoring legislative and public relations
Charles D. “Chip” MacLeod, head of
the local government practice
To serve local governments on Maryland's Eastern Shore more efficiently, the firm opened an office in Chestertown,
led by Charles D. “Chip” MacLeod, former Kent County Administrator.
Jefferson L. Blomquist, former Deputy Harford County Attorney, represents local
governments in complex litigation. The firm's local government law practice provides advice,
counsel and representation to Maryland counties, municipalities and other public entities on virtually every type of issue
confronting local governments.
Throughout his career, David Funk has served as bond counsel in tax-exempt financing
transactions. He was joined by Lindsey A. Rader, who now heads the firm's public
finance practice. Listed as Sole Bond Counsel in the Municipal Bond Attorneys section of the The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book”), Funk & Bolton participates in
traditional general obligation and revenue bond financings, as well as more innovative municipal lease, certificates of
participation, and project financings.
From the Chestertown office, the firm also provides comprehensive commercial and residential real estate transaction services,
including real estate closing and title insurance services, throughout the State of Maryland.
Funk & Bolton is vigilant in its commitment to the latest technology, which it employs for the benefit of its clients.
Legal research at Funk & Bolton is conducted nearly exclusively by computer, rendering a costly library unnecessary.
Computer-literate attorneys create and edit their own documents, allowing the firm to be less dependent on administrative
staff support, thereby achieving greater efficiency for its clients.
Established with six attorneys and three staff assistants in 1996, Funk & Bolton has matured into a firm with over
30 attorneys and a dozen staff and professional assistants. The firm is included in The
Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, which lists firms nationwide to which Martindale-Hubbell has extended the
highest rating on legal ability and general ethical standards.
The core values at Funk & Bolton are legal knowledge and experience, technological proficiency, and hard work.
The firm's commitment to its lawyers and staff is reflected in the stability of its workforce and its employees'
commitment to the firm and its clients. Funk & Bolton was founded on the belief that every employee is a professional
who is invested and engaged in the services provided by the firm. As David Funk observes,
“the real hallmark of Funk & Bolton is that we put quality first.”