Joseph M. Selba


410.727.5460 (fax)
Joseph M. Selba

Mr. Selba is experienced in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as commercial litigation. In his bankruptcy/restructuring practice, he represents debtors, creditors, and trustees in insolvency proceedings, workouts, liquidations, financial restructurings, and bankruptcy litigation.  Mr. Selba also regularly represents businesses and individuals in contract cases in the Maryland and Federal Courts.

Mr. Selba’s experience includes:

  • Representing a national building product distributor through the liquidation of one of its customers, resulting in substantial recovery on claims for reclamation of goods, administrative priorities, payment surety bonds, and breach of contract;

  • Serving as special counsel to Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees in orchestrating court-approved auction sales of family-owned commercial and residential real estate;

  • Representing an equipment leasing company through numerous reorganization proceedings of large health care systems throughout the country;

  • Defending an individual debtor in an adversary proceeding contesting discharge of a multi-million dollar fraud claim, which resulted in a reported trial verdict for his client;

  • Litigating stay relief motions, lien avoidance actions, claim objections, and preferential and avoidable transfer claims in bankruptcy proceedings;

  • Successfully prosecuting and recovering on a financing company’s fraud claims against a local automobile dealership;

  • Handling collection actions, foreclosures, and bankruptcy representation for local financial institutions, a national consumer finance company, and a global health care product manufacturer;

  • Workout and restructuring of a non-profit organization in lieu of real estate foreclosure and insolvency proceedings;

  • Liquidating utility liens for a commercial real estate company; and

  • Representing an individual to discharge of his debts under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, resolving more than a million dollars in unsecured debt for pennies on the dollar.

Mr. Selba is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Leadership and Community Involvement

Mr. Selba is an officer of the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association and an officer of the Consumer Bankruptcy Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mr. Selba regularly volunteers with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service and the Pro Bono Resource Center’s tax sale prevention clinic.

Mr. Selba is a board member of the Mt. St. Joseph Alumni Association and the Curtis Bay Athletic Association, a non-profit organization. He is a mentor in JHU’s Blue Jays Unlimited and coaches youth teams, including the MSJ Titans youth wrestling program and the Pasadena Soccer Club.  Mr. Selba and his growing family are active in his church.

Before obtaining his law degree from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Mr. Selba earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University where he was a four-year starter on the wrestling team and received NCAA Division III Scholar All American honors.

Attorney Profile


Industries Served


  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., 2009)
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A. in Sociology, 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
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  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association
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  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, officer, 2016-
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Section Council, officer, 2015-, committee member of Consumer Bankruptcy and Debtor Assistance Project Training, 2017
  • Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland/Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service Tax Sale Prevention Clinic, volunteer
  • Mt. St. Joseph Alumni Association, board member
  • Gibson Island Club
  • Curtis Bay Athletic Association, board member
  • St. John the Evangelist, finance council member
  • MSJ Titans Youth Wrestling, volunteer coach
  • Pasadena Soccer Club, volunteer coach
  • JHU Blue Jays Unlimited, volunteer mentor


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