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Edward J. Gilliss will be installed as President of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 17, 2006, during the Association’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. A partner in the Baltimore County law firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP, Gilliss will lead the volunteer association of 22,000 lawyers for the next twelve months.

Gilliss will be joined by newly-elected officers: President-Elect Alison L. Asti, Executive Director of the Maryland Stadium Authority; Treasurer John Patrick Kudel, a solo practitioner in Rockville and Of Counsel to the Rockville-based law firm of Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind and Katherine Kelly Howard, Vice President and General Counsel of Regional Management in Baltimore City.

MSBA’s new leader is well known as an outstanding and effective leader of Maryland’s legal community who supports volunteer attorney public service and is committed to bettering the legal profession and improving the practice of law. He is proud to be a Maryland lawyer and is proud to give back to a profession that has been good to him by serving as the MSBA’s volunteer President.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Gilliss joined Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP as a partner in 1986. His active civil practice includes litigation of commercial disputes, title insurance, real property and construction matters and personal injury cases. In addition to County administrative law matters, Gilliss also represents restaurants across the State in licensing matters. In 2001, Gilliss took a hiatus from private law practice to serve as the County Attorney for Baltimore County, at the invitation of County Executives James Smith and Dutch Ruppersberger.


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