Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC has announced that James T. Smith Jr. has left the firm to take on the role of chief of strategic alliances in the administration of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Managing Partner David K. Gildea has been appointed to serve on Pugh’s transition team.
Smith initially joined SGS in 2011 after spending eight years as Baltimore County executive. In May 2013, Smith left the firm temporarily when he was appointed to serve as Maryland Secretary of Transportation. Smith returned to the firm in March 2015 to serve as “of Counsel,” assisting in complex litigation and business matters, administrative law, land use and governmental affairs.
Gildea has been named to Pugh’s development and permitting committee of the transition team, which has been tasked with providing recommendations for streamlining and refining the development and permitting process in Baltimore.
Gildea practices in the area of real estate development, land use and zoning. His practice area includes all jurisdictions in Maryland, with a focus on the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. He has represented entities ranging from large federal agencies to NYSE traded homebuilders and REITs to local land developers and retailers in obtaining development and entitlement approvals.
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