The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to provide cost effective legal advice and representation of the highest quality to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as a corporate entity. Primary emphasis of the work program is providing proactive counsel, preventive advice and early intervention to support decision-makers with a clear picture of all their lawful options.
Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Office of the General Counsel (Legal Department) provides a comprehensive program of legal services to the Commission, supporting virtually every facet of the Commission’s work program. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) guides the Commission's internal corporate operations; advises staff and the Planning Boards in judicial and regulatory responsibilities; advocates on the Commission's behalf in litigation before the State and Federal courts; and participates in cross-functional teams assembled periodically to develop creative solutions to new challenges facing the Commission.
The OGC’s four work programs are: General Counsel, Litigation, Legislation and Task Force Participation. To support these programs, staff attorneys are primarily grouped into five specialized work teams: Litigation and Employment Law; Transactions Practice; Legislative Management; Montgomery County Land Use; and Prince George’s County Land Use. Each team is assigned responsibility for work through a matrix management model that includes the following eleven functional elements: