Office Of Law

In Memory of James E. Henson, Esq.

(October 23, 1936 – December 13, 2020)

The Howard County Office of Law is sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and former colleague, James Henson, a man who leaves us a legacy of many firsts and accomplishments. Jim joined the office in 1981, becoming the County’s first African American Assistant County Solicitor. He represented County agencies and officials and was a valuable and key member of our legal team. Pursuing his interest in civil rights, Jim later became the head of the Howard County Office of Human Rights, where he focused on eliminating discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas. In 1985, Jim also co-founded The Everett J. Waring – Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Society of Howard County to address the concerns of African American attorneys. After retiring from Howard County in 1997, Jim would visit the Office of Law from time to time and we remember with great fondness and joy the warmth, the friendship, and the laughter we shared with him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jim’s family and friends, as we mourn, remember, and celebrate his life with you.

Gary W. Kuc, County Solicitor

The Office of Law provides legal representation and advice to Howard County and its offices, departments, boards, commissions, and other agencies in an expeditious and professional manner.  Pursuant to the Howard County Charter, the Office of Law does not advise or represent private citizens. 


The County Solicitor is nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The Deputy County Solicitor is appointed by the County Solicitor.  The County Solicitor appoints and supervises the Assistants to the County Solicitor and support staff.

Services provided by the Office of Law include:

  • providing legal advice to the Executive, the Council, and all County agencies, offices, boards, and Commissions
  • representing the County and its agencies, officials and employees in all civil litigation matters, including code and regulatory enforcement
  • representing the Maryland Department of Social Services in Children in Need of Assistance cases, Termination of Parental Rights cases, and Adult Guardianship cases
  • reviewing County legislation
  • reviewing and drafting contracts
  • handling real estate transactions
  • collecting overdue taxes, fines and fees