A Record of Service

John Kuchno has been a resident of Howard County for more than three decades. Judge Kuchno earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and attended law school at night at University of Maryland at Baltimore while working full-time in broadcast journalism.

Upon his graduation from the University of Maryland, he worked as a freelance reporter covering local and state politics, breaking news, and sports. But it was coverage of newsworthy and important trials that whetted the Judge’s appetite for a career in the legal field.

Committed to public service, Judge Kuchno worked in the Maryland Attorney General’s office. He served as a member of the elite Civil Division, working as lead counsel in high profile cases facing the state of Maryland.

One of his noteworthy cases involved representing the University of Maryland and its top administrators in litigation regarding the university’s departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten Conference.

Before serving in the Civil division, Judge Kuchno was counsel for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. Prior to working in the Attorney General’s office Judge Kuchno had a diverse private practice career. His clients varied from multi-national corporations, small and local businesses, and individuals.

His guiding principle, both personally and professionally, has been to “do the right thing.” The right thing is not always the easiest, the most popular, or the most lucrative. It is most often founded on common sense, good judgment, sound reasoning, and, where appropriate, moral and ethical responsibility.

Judge Kuchno is a member of the Howard County Bar Association and held leadership positions in the Maryland Bar.

On the personal side, Judge Kuchno has been married to his wife Vicki for 35 years and has two adult children. He served as a youth baseball coach for his son’s team and was a basketball coach for his daughter’s team. Judge Kuchno is honored to serve as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Howard County.

Judge John Kuchno

  • Graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law

  • Graduate of University of Maryland BS (Top of Class)

  • Maryland State Bar Association Member

  • Howard County Bar Association Member

  • Highest Peer Review Rating

Judge John Kuchno with his family.

“I have always worked hard to do the right thing.”

-Judge John Kuchno

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