Law Offices of Alexander & Cleaver announced today the news that two new professionals joined the team: "It's very exciting news for us and our clients that the former Majority Leader of the State Senate, Rob Garagiola, and Kerry Watson, a Senior Advisor to Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, became members of the firm. Rob will manage the new A&C office in Montgomery County. The addition of these two outstanding and experienced members to our team will continue to enhance our proud tradition of providing 24/7 legal and government relations services to our clients."
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. wished Rob and the firm well noting, "I was honored and privileged to work closely with Rob as my colleague and the Majority Leader of the Senate. He remains my good friend and I look forward to working with him in the future as he brings his tremendous talent and energy to Alexander & Cleaver and their clients.”
During his nearly 12 years representing Montgomery County, former Senator Garagiola served on the Senate Finance Committee and headed its Health Sub-Committee. An Army Reservist veteran, he founded and served as co-chair of the Legislative Veterans Caucus. At the time of his recent resignation, Governor Martin O'Malley stated, "His work on renewable energy, health care and biotech jobs was meaningful. His efforts to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders will have a lasting impact." Rob received numerous civic and other awards. He also has experience at the federal level having worked on Capitol Hill as a senior congressional aid in the U.S. House of Representatives. He practiced law in both the large and small firm environment, and merged his current law practice and clients with Alexander & Cleaver. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and George Washington Law School. Rob is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations. Rob has three teenage children.
Kerry Watson served for the past three years as a Senior Advisor on the Staff of Prince
George's County Executive Rushern Baker. Kerry was the liaison for the County Executive to the County Council and worked on a wide range of issues. County Executive Baker wished Kerry and the firm well stating, "Kerry provided very keen insight and dedicated service as a key member of my Staff, and he will be missed. I wish him well in his new career with Alexander & Cleaver."
Kerry completed 20 years as a Prince George's County police officer with distinction. He met his wife, Teresa, when she was also a police officer with the department. They have two teenage children.
Robin Shaivitz, Chief Operating Officer of the firm's Government Relations Division, stated, "Rob and Kerry will provide great insight and strategy to help move our clients forward.
A&C will continue to be the largest staffed Government Relations Team serving all of Maryland on state, county and local client issues."
Founding Partner Gary R. Alexander noted, "It’s a great day for the firm and our clients.
Rob and Kerry join a firm that can already boast lawyers who have been bar association
presidents, and achieved "Super Lawyers" designation, along with government relations professionals who include former legislators and lobbyists with integrity and longstanding experience. Rob and Kerry will hit the ground running.”