Hanover, Maryland

Posted Date

May 22, 2024

Contact Information

Leonard Howie

Job Title: Principal Counsel/Division Director (AAG) Position Type: Regular Full-Time

Salary: Grade 27 ($116,289 $195,301). The salary range is based on a multitude of factors including applicable personnel rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Location: Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Department of Transportation
The Secretary’s Office
7201 Corporate Center Drive Hanover, MD 21076

Telework: A hybrid remote telework and in-office schedule option is available per applicable policies and procedures.

DESCRIPTION: The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Maryland. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has the general charge, supervision, and direction of the State’s legal business, acting as legal advisors and representatives of the major agencies, various boards, commissions, officials, and institutions of State Government. The OAG also protects the public by civil enforcement of antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, and securities laws and regulations and by the prosecution of organized crime, Medicaid fraud, environmental crimes, insurance fraud, state tax evasion, and other statutorily assigned matters. As Maryland’s 47th Attorney General, Anthony G. Brown leads the Office with a critical focus on equity, justice, and fairness.


The Principal Counsel/Division Director serves as the chief legal officer to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), providing legal advice and representation to the MDOT Secretary (TSO), Deputy Secretary, directors, executive staff and managers in the areas of finance, procurement, contracts, legislation, ethics, and administrative law. MDOT encompasses six business units (the State’s highway, transit, motor vehicle, port, aviation, and tolling functions). The Principal Counsel/Division Director has oversight of a staff of approximately 57 Assistant Attorneys General, which includes Principal and Deputy Counsel, Staff Attorneys, and administrative staff at each of the MDOT modes. The Principal Counsel/Division Director ensures that the MDOT leadership and OAG legal staff at the 6 modes communicate effectively on complex transportation matters. The Principal Counsel/Division Director works with the MDOT Deputy Counsel to manage the budget and handle other administrative matters for the office.

The written and verbal advice that the Principal Counsel/Division Director provides to MDOT includes researching and drafting memoranda, opinions, and correspondence, consulting with federal agency attorneys, bond counsel, other assistant counsel, and attorneys and members of the public. The Principal Counsel provides legal advice on and assists with drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements with State and local agencies and political subdivisions, as well as providing legal sufficiency reviews on consultant, service, construction, supply, and maintenance contracts. The advice function also carries the responsibility of providing written and verbal advice to MDOT concerning legislative and regulatory proposals, as well as advising MDOT of its rights, obligations, remedies, potential claims and liabilities that arise in the course carrying out its transportation functions.

The Principal Counsel/Division Director also coordinates the representation of MDOT interests and personnel in matters before administrative, State, and federal courts. This litigation function requires the ability to draft and review complaints and pleadings; conduct discovery; prepare witnesses and exhibits; research legal and evidentiary issues; conduct examination and cross-examination of witnesses at trial; drafts briefs and memoranda of law; and present oral argument on behalf of MDOT in appellate courts.


The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience in providing advice and/or conducting litigation in transportation law. 5+ years of managing a large multidisciplinary legal staff in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. Existing knowledge of state government, and experience working with senior leadership on the development of transportation strategies is preferred.

Application Process

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to Leonard Howie, Deputy Attorney General, to lhowie@oag.state.md.us and cc to Chinequa Powell, at cpowell@oag.state.md.us by the close of business on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Please write “Principal Counsel/Division Director- MDOT” in the subject of the email.