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.
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.
The firm’s local government law practice is headed by Lindsey A. Rader, a public finance practitioner for almost 30 years, and bolstered by Jefferson L. Blomquist, Elissa D. Levan and Karen J. Kruger, each of whom has concentrated in local government matters for over 25 years. Jeff Blomquist represents Maryland counties and municipalities in complex litigation and provides counsel on employment and other matters, including law enforcement issues. Elissa Levan serves as city or town attorney to multiple Maryland municipalities and in such roles has dealt with a diverse range of issues impacting municipal clients; she also provides counsel on discrete matters, including ethics advice. Karen Kruger is recognized across Maryland for her concentration in law enforcement matters, including management and litigation of police misconduct allegations, review and development of policies and procedures, and training; she also provides representation on other local government matters. With the combined experience of these four attorneys, the firm has handled virtually every type of issue affecting local governments.
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 20 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.”