Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey has made the transition from public service to private practice this week, with a new job as a partner at Venable LLP.
Ivey will spend time in the firm’s Baltimore and Washington D.C. offices, he said Tuesday, working in its white collar and government investigations practices.
“I like the fact that it’s sort of Baltimore-Washington-centric as opposed to some of the other firms I considered, which are really based in other places,” he said when asked why he chose Venable.
He declined to name the other firms he considered.
“I’m not throwing rocks at any other firms, I just think that this was the best fit for me and clearly the firm thinks I’m a good fit for them,” he said.
Ivey spent eight years as state’s attorney beginning in 2002, following a stint as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. He also served as chief counsel to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and as counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee for Maryland’s former Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
In 2009, Ivey considered running for Prince George’s county executive, but pulled out of that race and formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against Rep. Donna Edwards for a seat in Congress. In January 2010, he said he would not run for Congress, but focus on finishing out his term as state’s attorney.
Ivey left office at a particularly difficult time in Prince George’s — former County Executive Jack Johnson was arrested in November on corruption charges, and a spate of murders in 2011 have rocked the county.
Angela Alsobrooks replaced Ivey as state’s attorney earlier this month.
“My successor has really had a baptism by fire,” Ivey said. “I think Angela is up for the task.”
Although he’s made the move to private practice, Ivey is still keeping his toes in the public arena, noting that he spoke with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker Monday about ways he “can pitch in and be helpful.”
“I enjoyed public service and the energy of it, the excitement of it,” he said. “Being state’s attorney of Prince George’s County is a job that was never boring. I just loved almost everything about it.”
Ivey is no stranger to firm life. His first job was as an associate with Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander LLC in Baltimore. He later became a partner at Preston, Gates, Ellis, & Rouvelas in Washington, which is now K&L Gates, where he worked on legislative, regulatory and criminal matters.
He will follow in the footsteps of other former government officials who have joined Venable, including former U.S. Attorney Benjamin Civiletti, as well as former attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.