Senior Partner and Founder
"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
recently named "Maryland's Most Powerful Law Firm" — we knew
it all the time! Our firm's new leadership 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
All Federal and State Courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and the Supreme
Court of the United States.
Supreme Court of Florida
Member, Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia Bar Associations
Member, Board of Directors, 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.
Champion of Human Rights and Justice, Maryland Legal Aid
2010 Leadership in the Law Award, The Daily Record
Best Lawyers in America, one of only two energy law attorneys listed for Maryland. "One of a
distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed for 15 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 as one of the
area's Best Lawyers.
Best Buddies "Champion" Award 2007.
Gary R. Alexander has practiced law since 1967. 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
The firm expanded to include a government relations practice in 1995 and has since grown to be
the top lobby firm 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 to serve 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.
Effective June 1, 2010, Gary retired from the management of the law firm and continues to work for clients of the firm.