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David E. Ralph

Associate General Counsel
Baltimore Gas and Electric

David E. RalphDavid E. RalphDavid E. RalphBaltimore Gas & Electric Associate General Counsel David E. Ralph said he views community impact like a ripple effect.

“You never really know how your actions, big or small, impact your community or society at large,” he wrote. “I view my professional and personal achievements in the same way. Some actions are small, some relatively unknown, others big.”

While working as the acting solicitor for the city of Baltimore, Ralph most notably negotiated the historic consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in Unted States of America vs. Baltimore Police Department, et al., which outlines fundamental reforms mandated at the Baltimore Police Department following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody.

His career with the city spanned 13 years, including work as deputy solicitor and chief of litigation and claims.

Christopher Kehoe, who nominated Ralph for the Leadership in Law honor, wrote, “Mr. Ralph was instrumental in providing for badly-needed reforms and changes to the Baltimore City Police Department.”

Prior to Ralph’s work for the city, he was a partner at the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and previously a senior associate at Gordon Feinblatt LLC. Ralph returned to the private sector in 2017 to serve as assistant general counsel at Exelon before taking the job at Baltimore Gas & Electric.

Ralph has served as a member of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners since 2003. He was chair of the Trial Courts Nomination Commission from 2007 to 2014. He wrote he is proud of his work to seat diverse and highly-qualified judges.

Ralph, a graduate of Fordham University and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, mentors at-risk teens, helping them gain life skills and access to educational and professional opportunities. The military veteran is also active in veteran advocacy from offering pro bono services, including Wills for Veterans, and participates in pro bono events sponsored by the city.

He served as a board member and president of Druid Heights Community Development Corporation Board of Directors for nearly 20 years.

You never really know how your actions, big or small, impact your community or society at large. I view my professional and personal achievements in the same way. Some actions are small, some relatively unknown, others big.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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