The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Legal Department

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:

  • Advice (Counsel)
  • Support to Commission Hearings
  • Civil Trial Litigation
  • Judicial Review Litigation
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Property Management Transactions
  • Procurement Transactions
  • Regulatory Transactions
  • Legislative Management