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Office of Law


The mission of the Office of Law is to provide legal representation and advice to Howard County government and its agencies in an expeditious and professional manner, to enforce effectively the civil laws of the County, and to be responsive and timely in providing quality legal services and advice.


The County Solicitor is nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The Solicitor supervises the Assistant County Solicitors and support staff.

Services provided by the Office include:

  • defending the County and its agencies, officials and employees against lawsuits in State and Federal courts
  • providing legal advice to the Executive, the Council, and all County agencies, offices, boards, and Commissions
  • reviewing legislation
  • reviewing and drafting contracts
  • providing advice regarding Maryland Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act
  • litigating code enforcement cases
  • handling real estate transactions
  • representing the Department of Social Services in Children in Need of Assistance cases, Termination of Parental Rights cases, and Adult Guardianship cases

The Office of Law does not advise or represent private citizens. If you are a private citizen seeking legal assistance, you may contact the following:

Lawyer Referral Service

3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Website: http://www.howardcountybar.org/lawyer_referral.php  

Offers referrals to lawyers in Howard County.

Legal Aid Services, Inc.  

District Court Building
3451 Court House Drive, 2nd Floor
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Website: www.mdlab.org  

Provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Marylanders. Call the listed number for dates, times and locations of services.