Former Balto. County Exec. joins son's law firm
Former Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has joined his son at the Towson law firm of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt.
According to a release from the firm:
Smith will serve as “of Counsel,” assisting in complex litigation and business matters, administrative law and governmental affairs. Smith will be working with Smith, Gildea & Schmidt’s 11 attorneys, including his son, Michael Paul Smith.
“I have been blessed with many opportunities in the past, but I always wanted to be a part of building a premier law firm. Joining my son and Smith, Gildea & Schmidt will give me that opportunity,” said Jim Smith.
David Gildea and Michael Paul Smith, who have done work for local developers, held fundraisers for two County Council members last fall, Cathy Bevins and Tom Quirk. Though some criticized the lawyers' contributions, both lawmakers said they would not feel beholden to developers.
Development -- along with the influence of developers -- is a constant issue in races for County Council, where members who propose zoning changes in their own districts are generally not challenged by other members. Rezoning takes place every four years, with the next one due in 2012.
The firm, which specializes in land-use law, includes former county zoning commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt.
Michael Paul Smith moved to Gildea’s firm in January from the Reisterstown office of Bodie, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs. He said in the release he was excited to work with his father.
“Though I was fortunate to serve as his campaign manager in his first election as county executive, I have always hoped we would someday have the chance to work together in law, something that is a passion for both of us.”
A two-term county executive, Smith left the County Council after seven years in 1985 when he was appointed to the Circuit Court.
He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and has served on various boards and organizations.