J. William Pitcher

J. William Pitcher, Senior Government Relations Counsel

Bill has been a practicing attorney and lobbyist in Annapolis for more than thirty-five years and has been recognized as one of the top business lobbyists in the State of Maryland. Bill is one of the best-connected lobbyists in Annapolis because of his close ties to the business community and the members of the General Assembly’s leadership.

Bill sharpened his craft over the years by representing clients before both the Maryland General Assembly and the Executive Branch Departments. Bill provides representation before the State Health regulatory boards and commissions, working with the Health Secretary, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, and Departmental staff on budgetary and regulatory matters.

Over the past few years, Bill has been deeply involved with various issues such as Medical Cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensaries; Pharmaceutical pricing and regulation; Notary Law reform; Healthcare Provider licensing; reform of alcohol laws for manufacturing and sales; Prison reforms; E Commerce and Information Security among a very diverse range of clients, several trade associations, health care provider groups, and non-profit organizations. He has also represented International business interests such as the French National Railway, T/A Keolis, Italian manufacturer Beretta Corp., Japanese manufacturer Otsuka, the Department of Economic Development for Northern Ireland, and U.S Wind, owned by a European consortium in the EU.

While an intern on the staff of then-MD Senate President Steny Hoyer in 1977, now U.S. House Majority Leader, Bill was introduced to the world of lobbying. From 1979 to 1983, he served as a prosecutor in the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Bill served as Principal Legislative Assistant to Senate President Melvin “Mickey” Steinberg. He has practiced law in Annapolis since 1985.  Bill’s practice is divided between lobbying for State and local business interests, general litigation, and administrative law. He started his own firm in 1991, and joined the Bellamy Genn Group in 2019.  Bill was named as the Outstanding Colleague by the Maryland Government Relations Association in 2018.

Bill served on active duty in the United States Navy, and then in the Reserves for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1995 as a Commander in the JAG Corps.

Education

B.A. in History, Washington College
M.S. in Operations Management, Graduate School of Business- University of Arkansas
J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law. 

 

Admitted to Practice 

Court of Appeals of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Maryland

 

Awards and Achievements

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Richard P. Gilbert of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Former States’ Attorney, Anne Arundel County.
University of Baltimore Law Review, Legislation Editor, Published “Rape Law Reform – 1978 Session of the Maryland General Assembly”.
Member, Judicial Nomination Commission.
Maryland Government Relations Association, “Outstanding Colleague, 2018”

 

Professional Associations

Anne Arundel Bar Association