Attorneys

Edward J. Gilliss Partner

Ed Gilliss has been a partner in the firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP since 1990. His practice areas capitalize on his various professional experiences, civic participation, and firsthand knowledge of Baltimore County government. Civil litigation, including real estate development, title insurance, zoning and liquor licensing issues, as well as general representation of restaurants and other corporate entities, are a major part of his broad practice. Ed Gilliss also has an active estate planning and estate administration practice. Commitment to the legal profession is a major part of Ed’s civic life.

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Alcohol and Beverage Licensing
  • Land Use and Local Government
  • Trusts and Estates
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland (all state courts)
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Education
  • The College of Wooster (B.A. with thesis honors 1977)
  • The University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. with honors 1980)
Professional Associations, Achievements, and Honors
  • County Attorney for Baltimore County, Maryland, 2001–2004
    • Counsel to County Executives Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith
    • Counsel to County Council and all county agencies and departments
  • Baltimore County Planning Board
    • Chairman, 2008–2013
    • Vice Chairman, 2007
  • Baltimore County School Board
    • Chairman, Present
    • Vice Chairman, 2015-2016
    • Member, 2013-2015
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • President, 2006–2007
    • President-Elect, 2005–2006
    • Treasurer, 2003–2005
    • Board of Governors, 1989–1991; 1996–1998; 2001–2007
    • Executive Committee, Board of Governors, 2002–2007
    • Professionalism Course Faculty, 2003–2010
    • Young Lawyer Section, Distinguished Service Award, 1989
    • Judicial Appointments Committee, approx. 1988–1998; Regional Vice Chair, approx. 1995–1997
    • Budget and Finance Committee, approx. 1987–2006; Chair, 2003–2006
    • Investment Committee, 1998–present; Chair, 1998–2003
    • Special Committee to Study MICPEL, Chair, 2001
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair, 2001–2002
    • Program Committee, 2002–2004; Co-Chair, 2002–2003
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow
    • Chairman, Fellows, 2003–2004
    • Board of Directors, 2003–2011
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
    • President, 2011–2012
    • President-Elect, 2010–2011
    • Secretary, 2009–2010
    • Treasurer, 2008–2009
    • Executive Council, 2003–present
    • Bench Bar Committee, 1993–1997, 2001–2004; Chair, 1996–1997
    • Nominating Committee, Chair, 1992
    • Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1989–2001; Chair, 1991–1992 and 2000–2001
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, 2006–2008
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, 2015-present
    • Fellow, 2007-2015
  • Commissioner, General Assembly Compensation Commission (appointment by State Senate President Mike Miller), 2009-2013
  • Commissioner, Judicial Compensation Commission (appointments by Governor O'Malley and by Governor Hogan), 2008-present
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
    • Vice-Chair, 2013-present
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
    • Chairman, Board of Directors, 2011–2012
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2005–2012; Vice Chair, 2010
    • Chair, Finance Committee, 2009–2011
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2009–2012
  • Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record, 2006
  • Recognized as a Maryland Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Charter Member, Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants (AAIAC)
  • Commissioner, Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2002–2004
  • Member, County Executive's Task Force to Study Liquor Licenses, 2011
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Permanent member, Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit.
  • Member, 2017 Baltimore County Charter Review Commission (appointment by County Executive)
  • Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, 2015-2017
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