Sara E. Gross
Baltimore City Department of Law
When people ask Sara E. Gross what she does for a living, she tells them she protects taxpayers’ dollars. As Baltimore City Department of Law’s chief solicitor, Gross serves as counsel for the mayor and City Council litigating a variety of civil cases, including motor torts and contracts.
Since graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2004, Gross’s entire career has been in the public sector — nearly seven years as a Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, five as assistant solicitor and her current position since May.
She enjoys the challenge of the persuasive aspects of her job. “There is something really cool about writing something that gets information out there that persuades the court or judge around to your way of thinking,” she said.
Since 2012, Gross has participated in the Department of Law’s charity committee, which picks an organization to benefit from a two-month fundraising drive. “We don’t want to just raise money,” she said. “We like to give attorneys an opportunity to do pro bono work.”
Co-chairing the group in 2014, the chosen charity was the Homeless Person’s Representation Project. Her father is a disabled veteran, so she was drawn to the project’s help for ex-service members.
Gross also mentors a law student each year at her alma mater and as part of supervising the Law Department’s summer clerk program. “I feel it is really important to pay it forward in the legal community,” she said.