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Robert Garagiola headshotRobert J. Garagiola

President, Government Affairs Division
Managing Attorney, Rockville Office

rgaragiola@alexander-cleaver.com

“With over nearly 25 years of legal, legislative, public relations, and advocacy experience, I am uniquely qualified to meet all of our client’s needs. Serving as a Senior Member of the Leadership Team in the Maryland Senate for nearly 12 years, I was honored to have had the opportunity to develop strong and trusted relationships with Senate and House leaders of both Parties as well as Cabinet Secretaries, and key
executive and legislative staff. As the Senate Majority Leader for more
than 3 years, I had the privilege of working closely on nearly every
significant piece of legislation in all major policy subject areas before the
Maryland General Assembly.
I have also had the privilege of serving as
senior staff for a
Member of Congress for nearly half a decade.  As a
government relations advocate and long-time business attorney, I
have a proven record of strategically advising and successfully representing
clients on legal, legislative, and regulatory matters. As a business owner
and former airborne soldier, I understand what it means to work hard and get
results.”

— Robert J. Garagiola

 

Education

B.A., Rutgers College
J.D., George Washington University Law School

Admitted to Practice

Court of Appeals of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Practice Areas

Business Succession Planning, Commercial Leasing, Contracts, Corporate Governance, Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Client Crisis Management, Federal, State, and Local Government Advocacy, Grassroots Organization, Public and Media Relations, State and Local Procurement

Professional Appointments

Maryland State Senator (2003-2013)
Senate Majority Leader (2011-2013)
Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman (2007-2011)
Chairman, Health Subcommittee, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2013)
Chairman, Joint Committee on Health Care, Finance and Delivery (2007-2013)
Member, Legislative Policy Committee (2011-2013)
Member, Joint Committee on Spending Affordability (2011-2013)
Member, Health Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures (2007-2013)
Member, Health Committee, Council of State Governments Eastern Region (2010-2013)
Member, Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement (2007-2008)
Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding (2010-2011)
Member, Montgomery County Transit Task Force (2011-2013)
Member, Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (2011-2013)
Member, Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee, Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council (2011-2013)

Professional and Community Associations and Memberships

Member, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (2016-Present)
Member, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (2014-Present)
Member, State Law Resources (2014-Present)
Member,
 Maryland State Bar Association (2001-Present)
Member, Bar Association of Montgomery County (2004-Present)
Member, Bar Association of Frederick County (2008- Present)
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association (2002-Present)
Board of Directors, BlackRock Center for the Arts (2007-2011)
Board of Directors, Montgomery Hospice (2007-2010)
Board of Directors, Maryland-India Business Roundtable (2007)
Board of Directors, Clean Energy Partnership (2004-2005)
Board of Directors, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (1999-2001)
Member, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (1999-Present)
Vice President of Economic Development, Germantown Chamber of Commerce (1999)
Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2008
U.S. Army Reserve (1995-2003)

Awards & Acknowledgements

Maryland Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate (2015-2016)
Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business/Corporate (2010-2012)
John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University (2011)
Government Leadership Award, American Solar Energy Society (2008)
Technology Advocate of the Year, Tech Council of Maryland (2008)
Senate Legislator of the Year, Health Facilities Association of Maryland (2008)
Solar Champion Award, Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (2007)
Parachutist Badge (Airborne), U.S. Army Reserve (2000)
Distinguished Honor Graduate, Primary Leadership Development Course, U.S. Army Reserve (1998)

Robert J. Garagiola is the President of the Government Affairs Division, which compromises Maryland state and local government, Delaware state government, and DC federal and local government affairs.  In addition, he heads government relations expansion efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, including in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  He is also the Managing Attorney of the firm’s Rockville office, which focuses on corporate/business law, criminal law, employment law, estate planning and probate, family law, and litigation. He has nearly 25 years of legal, legislative, public relations, and advocacy experience.  In addition to providing strategic and tactical advice to clients, Rob brings passion and a sense of urgency to each client matter.

Rob provides strategic advice and legal counsel to numerous clients in every sector.  He successfully led the effort to pass, amend, and defeat several bills before state and local government on behalf of clients of every sector. He also succeeded in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars for various clients from the state operating and capital budgets. Rob has strong relationships with Maryland House and Senate leaders, and Governor Hogan and his administration, as well as with local elected officials and executive branch staff in several Maryland counties and municipalities, including Baltimore City.  In addition, Rob has relationships with DC local government elected officials and staff, as well as with Delaware legislators.

Prior to becoming a member of the Alexander & Cleaver team, Rob served in the Maryland Senate for over a decade where he played a significant leadership role in every major issue before the state legislature. He was the youngest member of the Maryland Senate when he was first elected in 2002 and was quickly elevated to Senate Leadership with his appointment as Deputy Majority Leader and Caucus Chair in 2007. Rob was appointed by the Senate President as the Senate Majority Leader the following term and served in this leadership role during three regular General Assembly Sessions and three special Sessions. Rob developed in depth subject matter expertise serving on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over energy, telecommunications, healthcare, banking, insurance, economic development, and transportation issues. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Health Subcommittee for 7 years, he presided over the enactment of all healthcare legislation, including the Federal Affordable Care Act. In addition to his professional legal experience, Rob also served four years on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee where he sponsored successful legislation addressing corporate governance and real estate matters, among numerous other issues. As a member of Senate Leadership, Rob played a key role on State budget matters as a member of the Joint Committee on Spending Affordability and Joint Legislative Policy Committee.

As a practicing attorney since 2001, Rob continues to practice law and has been involved in numerous business transactions, including a number of multi-million dollar acquisitions. He has negotiated and settled multiple business disputes among and within businesses. Rob has experience representing clients on matters related to corporate governance and has drafted complex operating/shareholder agreements. His experience includes negotiation and drafting of contracts and leases of every nature, including executive employment, asset purchase, independent contractor, and joint venture agreements. His legal clients include physician practices, retail businesses, accounting firms, insurance and benefits brokerage firms, engineering companies, developers, hotel operators, shopping center owners, and franchisees. Rob has worked at large multi-national law firms, medium-sized law firms, and was the principal and founder of his own law firm.

Prior to starting his legal career, Rob served as a senior staffer for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) from 1994-1998, where he worked on Medicare, Medicaid, FDA, S-CHIP, and public health legislation. Following his work on the Hill, he was a federal lobbyist for nearly 5 years where he represented long-term care, hospital, managed care organization, community health center, and other healthcare clients, on legislative and regulatory matters. He continues to maintain relationships with members of Congress and Congressional staff, and advocates on behalf of clients on Federal policy issues.

Rob understands the legal and advocacy needs of small businesses based on his experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner of a vitamin company, property management company, and multiple real estate companies. Rob is a military veteran who honorably served our country as an airborne soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve where he was a Sergeant. He is the proud father of four children and owns two Jack Russell Terriers, Oyster and Buster (short for Filibuster). Rob enjoys boating, exercising, travelling, reading, cooking, and is now learning to play guitar.

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