For Robert R. Bowie Jr., handing over management of his law practice to the next generation brought a mix of emotions.
He handled the transfer by talking with other local attorneys, including Benjamin Rosenberg of Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg LLP and Andrew J. Graham of Kramon & Graham P.A., to get an idea of what he should expect.
“All of them said it’s incredibly hard until you’ve handed over the reins, and then there’s a giddiness and a weight off of your shoulders,” he said. “I’ve got the weight off of my shoulders and passed it onto Matt.”
Matt is Matthew G. Hjortsberg, an attorney who has been with Towson-based Bowie & Jensen LLC for 11 years. In June, he began taking on management responsibilities, working on the firm’s goals and the direction it plans to take. The firm officially announced the move last week.
“Honestly, I had never really seen myself in this role,” said Hjortsberg, 40. “When I talked to other people, they mentioned it would be something I’d be well-suited for.”
Hjortsberg said Bowie and Mark T. Jensen had wanted to pass the baton to someone so they didn’t eventually move on only find that the firm “fizzled” without them.
Bowie said he and Jensen opened the door for the next generation to step up as leaders, and thought that Hjortsberg, who had handled other management responsibilities within the firm, including personnel and technology, would do well.
Hjortsberg, who is a member of the firm’s litigation team, will continue his practice, which concentrates on contract disputes, construction litigation and business breakup claims.
Both Bowie and Jensen plan to use their extra time to pursue more cases, and to spend more time in the community.
“I would like to knit together relationships and support existing clients,” Bowie said.
Hjortsberg is active in the community, serving as president of the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Before joining the firm, Hjortsberg clerked in the Baltimore City Circuit Court for Judge John Carroll Byrnes and also was an associate with Niles, Barton & Wilmer LLP in Baltimore.
Bowie founded the Law Offices of Robert R. Bowie Jr. in March 1990. Two years later, Jensen joined him and the firm became Bowie & Jensen. The firm now has 30 employees, including 19 lawyers.