A&C Founder and Of Counsel
(cell - 410-279-1008)
"The growth of our firm over the past 40 years in all areas has been
wonderful to watch and is a direct result of the great professionals
and staff who use their experience and dedication to move our
clients forward. It's no wonder Alexander & Cleaver was
named "Maryland's Most Powerful Law Firm" — we knew
it all the time! Our firm's legal and government relations TEAM
approach team will continue to produce outstanding effort
and success for our clients."
— Gary Alexander
B.A. University of Virginia
J.D. George Washington University National Law School
Federal and State Courts in Maryland, Florida, Virginia and the District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
Member, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, and District of Columbia Bar Associations
Member, Board of Directors (Emeritus), University of Maryland Foundation; and Board of Visitors,
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Former chair, Maryland State Bar Association Federal Laws Committee; Automobile
Law Committee of the INCL Section of the American Bar Association; and the Special
Committee on Automobile Reparations of the ABA.
Member, Board of Trustees, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
Champion of Human Rights and Justice, Maryland Legal Aid (2011)
2010 Maryland Leadership in the Law Award, The Daily Record
Best Lawyers in America, Administrative and Regulatory Law. "One of a
distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed for 20 years or longer."
Annually selected since 2007 to the Super Lawyers of Maryland as one of the only attorneys
listed for Energy and Natural Resources Law.
Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers; recognized in the Washingtonian Magazine and Baltimore Magazine as one of the area's Best Lawyers.
Best Buddies "Champion" Award 2007.
Gary R. Alexander has practiced law since 1967. He has been counsel in numerous trials, and in more than 50 appellate cases including large personal injury and wrongful death cases such as an $8 million verdict for the electrocution of a 13 year old in Maryland.
His expertise in energy, utility, and regulatory law has been ongoing since his Gubernatorial Appointment as Maryland's People's Counsel to the Public Service Commission (1974 – 1979) and his service as Special Counsel through the early 1980's. He served as counsel to Attorneys General in the Northeast on several electricity cases. He served as legal counsel to a major Maryland County in a major electricity rate case. He was counsel in a wide variety of leading Maryland appellate cases in public utility law and regulatory law. His clients included just about any energy company doing business or seeking to do business in Maryland other than the regulated investor-owned utilities. Gary's representation includes work in transmission line cases, generation facility cases, power plant siting, all forms of wholesale and retail purchase of electricity, transactions including acquisitions and mergers, complex issues involving renewable energy, procurement of energy, contested rate cases, telecommunications issues, environmental regulatory issues and others. The firm has a longstanding client relationship with the Association of Maryland Pilots, whose members pilot ships in the Chesapeake Bay, the Port of Baltimore and the C&D Canal and whose rates and charges are regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Other clients include large and small real estate developers involving a wide variety of energy issues, including advice on purchasing their energy. His client issues include major and complex business transactions where the firm served as local counsel, including clients before other State agencies, such as the Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and many others.
The firm expanded to include a government relations practice in 1995 and has since grown to be one of the top lobby firms in Annapolis. The services include procurement, ethics compliance, business development and marketing, Federal, State, and local executive and legislative branch lobbying, event planning, and a variety of other government relations services.
Gary was elected to three terms of the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee and chair. He was elected and served 12 years as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, including Speaker Pro Tem (the second highest position in the House); Vice Chair of the House Economic Matters Committee; and Chair of the Joint Committee on Energy Pricing. Gary serves his clients well as he continues to maintain relationships with members of the House and Senate, in addition to Executive Branch and Departmental staff. His extensive knowledge of Maryland law is the foundation of his ability to succeed for his clients and move them forward. In addition to representing government relations' clients at the State level, Gary often visits Capitol Hill with clients to meet with the Maryland Congressional delegation.
Gary passed the Florida Bar in 2015, and A&C has opened a branch office in West Palm Beach, Florida. Gary continues to practice law, advise clients, and mentor other professionals in the firm. His Super Lawyers' bio advises - "Gary is a good person to have on your side of the counsel table." Gary took a step back from partnership and management of the firm in 2010, but remains active in a role as a mentor and strategic adviser and currently serves in an Of Counsel role with the firm.