John P. Kudel, of Counsel

John P. KudelMr. Kudel graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1980 from American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to his 1980 admission to the Maryland Bar, Mr. Kudel was engaged in other law-related activities. In 1971, Mr. Kudel was sworn in as a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, where he was assigned to the Narcotics and Internal Affairs Divisions. In 1978, Mr. Kudel worked as a white collar crime investigator in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland.
From 1986 to 2000, along with practicing law, Mr. Kudel was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, University College. In 2000, Mr. Kudel was elected President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the following year, he served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.

In 2002, Mr. Kudel served as a Delegate representing Montgomery County, Maryland in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Also, in 2002, Mr. Kudel was elected to serve on The Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association where he served as a Governor until 2005. Mr. Kudel went on to serve five consecutive terms as Treasurer of the Maryland State Bar Association and, in 2010, he was elected President-Elect. Mr. Kudel served as the 119th President of the Maryland State Bar Association from 2012 through 2013.

In 1980, Mr. Kudel became an attorney.  He served as an Associate in the law firms of Kevin P. Fay and Goldberg and Axel.  In 1984, he was named as a Partner in the law firm of Shure, Shure and Kudel. In 1987, he began a solo practice which he maintained until 2010. In 2000, he became “Of Counsel” to the Law Firm of Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky, Norwind & Gold, P.A. and represented that firm’s clients who were charged with criminal, traffic, and juvenile offenses in the State of Maryland. In 2010, he formed the firm known as Kudel, McGann & Del Pino, L.L.C. and when Christina Hughes joined the firm in 2013, the firm became known as Kudel, McGann, Del Pino and Hughes, L.L.C. On October 1, 2016, Mr. Kudel became a partner in the Karp firm that he had been Of Counsel to for 16 years. The new firm is known as Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold. P.A. and Mr. Kudel is now Of Counsel to Houlon, Berman, Finci & Levenstein, LLC.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland House of Delegates (2002), (2010-2015)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Presidential Appointment, Commission on Lawyers Assistance Program (COLAP) (2013-2016)
Maryland State Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President, Maryland State Bar Association  (2013-2014)
  • President, Maryland State Bar Association (2012-2013)
  • President-Elect, Maryland State Bar Association (2011-2012)
  • Treasurer, Maryland State Bar Association (2006-2011)
  • Executive Committee, Maryland State Bar Association (2006-2013)
  • Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association (2002-2014)
  • Liaison to Criminal Law Section Council (2002-2004)
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • President, Montgomery County Bar Foundation (2001-2002)
  • President, Montgomery County Bar Association (2000-2001)
  • District Court Bench Bar Committee, Chairman (1996-1997)
  • Executive Committee, Member (1983-1985; 1992-1993; 1995-1996)
  • Criminal Law Section, Chairman (1995-1996)
  • Travel Committee, Chairman (1995-1996)
  • Legal Ethics Committee, Chairman (1992-1994)
  • Lawyer Referral Committee, Chairman (1987-1988)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Chairman (1984-1985)
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Member (1983-1986)
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Member, 1990-Present

Professional Memberships

  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District Of Maryland
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland




  • Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, District 11- Montgomery County (2002-2014)
  • Faculty Member, Maryland Court of Appeals Professionalism Course (1999-2015)
  • Member, Attorney Grievance Commission, Attorney Inquiry Panel, Peer Review Committee (1995-present)
  • Associate Professor, University of Maryland, University College (1986-2000)
  • Member, Character Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Sixth Judicial Circuit (1985-1994)


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