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Ex-Bar Counsel Grossman to join Eccleston and Wolf

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‘My goal is to assist people meeting the ethical obligations,’ former Bar Counsel Glenn M. Grossman says of his new role as of counsel at Eccleston and Wolf PC in Hanover. ‘That’s not altogether different from what I had been doing.’ (File photo)

After a little over a month of retirement, former Maryland Bar Counsel Glenn M. Grossman has found new employment, this time helping attorneys navigate the grievance process.

Grossman will became of counsel at Eccleston and Wolf P.C. in Hanover on Monday and handle ethics and Attorney Grievance Commission matters.

“I’ve been familiar with many of the lawyers at the firm and I obviously have a very high regard for them and their respect for bar counsel,” he said.

Eccleston and Wolf had defended lawyers in attorney grievance matters “for decades,” according to the firm’s website, and counts among its lawyers Alvin I. Frederick, who frequently represents attorneys involved in disciplinary hearings and has made presentations on attorney discipline alongside Grossman.

After serving as the state’s chief administrative prosecutor of attorney misconduct for six years and spending 35 years overall in the office, Grossman said the new position is a natural fit.

“My goal is to assist people meeting the ethical obligations,” he said. “That’s not altogether different from what I had been doing.”

The new position puts him in Eccleston and Wolf’s office three days a week and will allow Grossman to continue pursuing his interest in the arts, including painting and computer-generated images.

Being in a law firm setting will require a period of adjustment, though, Grossman acknowledged, because he has not spent time in one in decades. Following his 1975 graduation from law school and admission to the Maryland bar, Grossman went into private practice and then worked for the Baltimore city solicitor before joining the bar counsel’s office.

Grossman said he considered retiring permanently but wanted to wait to see what opportunities came along that would allow him to continue contributing to the legal community.

“I wanted to continue to do the kinds of things that I had been doing, (but) obviously not the prosecution side,” he said.

The new position will also allow Grossman to work one-on-one with attorneys more than he did as Bar Counsel, which he described as more of an administrative role. He will also continue educating attorneys and future attorneys through continuing legal education courses and work as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Grossman said he enjoys helping people see “the advantages of acting ethically” and how professionalism benefits the lawyer, client and profession.

Bar counsel was “a great job not just because you are regulating and you’re prosecuting people who often deserve to be prosecuted,” he said, “but it’s this idea that you’re trying to promote that which is good in the profession, the ethical practice of law and I know when I was bar counsel we sought to assist people to reach the kinds of goals of professional.”

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