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Outside counsel opts to move inside at Telos

Jefferson V. Wright will head to Telos Corp. after spending more than 30 years at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. in Baltimore.

Jefferson V. Wright

Wright will serve as executive vice president and general counsel at Telos starting Jan. 1. Wright, who is currently a principal at the firm, will remain at Miles & Stockbridge as of counsel.

“It’s a little bit of the best of both worlds,” Wright said. “If I were leaving and simply making the complete move, it would be a little like jumping off a cliff. In the way I’m able to do this … it’s more like jumping off a 20-foot wall.”

While at Miles, Wright has been serving as Telos’ acting general counsel since April 1. When he switches to in-house, he will spend three days a week at Telos’ office in Virginia and two days working at Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore, he said.

Telos is an information technology solutions and cybersecurity company headquartered in Ashburn, Va., with offices around the country.

“A big piece of it is it’s a cybersecurity business,” Wright said. “I’m really committed to the mission. I think it’s obvious to anyone who stays current in the news how serious and growing the threat of cybersecurity is.”

Wright is the head of Miles & Stockbridge’s litigation department and specializes in business litigation, working with clients in telecommunications, real estate, insurance and information technology.

“He has incredible instincts so when matters are happening that are very, very difficult and very, very intense — both from high pressure, timing pressure and really high stakes — you couldn’t ask for anyone else you would want in your corner,” said John B. Frisch, chairman at Miles & Stockbridge. “He is completely unflappable. I have never seen him lose his cool.”

At Telos, Wright will be working on the company’s legal issues and, as a member of the company’s core management team, its strategic plan for growth, he said.

“Jeff has a deep knowledge of, and passion for, our business,” John B. Wood, Telos’ chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “Telos has worked with Jeff as outside counsel for over 15 years, and he has been a highly regarded and trusted adviser throughout. We will be very fortunate to have him at Telos.”

At Miles & Stockbridge, Wright will step down as principal, litigation head and board member. Frisch said the firm has not decided who will fill these leadership positions.

“I regret that because, honestly, that’s been one of the great pleasures of my professional life to be involved in those leadership positions at Miles,” Wright said. “To some extent, though, I will be doing the same thing at Telos.”

Wright will continue to mentor young lawyers, maintain relationships with clients he has at the firm and participate in some of the complex litigation, he said.

Wright received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1977 and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980. After law school, Jeff clerked for Court of Appeals Judge J. Dudley Digges and joined Miles & Stockbridge in 1981.