Cumberland & Erly, LLC

John L. Erly

John L. ErlyFounding member of Cumberland & Erly, LLC, John L. Erly concentrates his law practice on involved domestic litigation and felony criminal matters. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in 1985, and received his Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1990. While at Dickinson, Mr. Erly was a Charles P. Dana Scholar and the recipient of the William Lenox Avis Prize in U.S. History. In 1990, he was admitted to practice before the Maryland Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Court in 1991. Mr. Erly also practices before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Mr. Erly is a member of the Calvert County, Maryland State, and American Bar Associations. From 1995 to 1996, he served as president of the Calvert County Bar Association. At present, he also serves as a member of the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission and the Maryland State Bar Association Technology Council.

A Calvert County native, Mr. Erly graduated with honors from Northern High School in 1981, and is the son of Maurice and Patricia Erly of Owings, Maryland.


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1990
  • Dickinson College, Bachelor of Arts, 1985
    • Honors: Charles P. Dana Scholar
    • Honors: William Lenox Avis Prize in U.S. History


  • Maryland, 1990
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1991
  • United States Bankruptcy Court

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Calvert County Bar Association, Member and Past President, 1995-1996
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • MSBA Technology Council, Member