Outgoing Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey Joins Venable

Noted prosecutor and two-term elected official also served as Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission; was Chief Counsel to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Counsel for Sen. Paul Sarbanes in Whitewater investigation; also former fed prosecutor under current Attorney General Eric Holder

Jan 20, 2011, 10:53 ET from Venable LLP

BALTIMORE and WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding its roster of prominent former elected and appointed officials, Venable LLP announced that Glenn Ivey, the two-term outgoing State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, has joined the firm as a partner in its White Collar and Government Investigations practices.

Mr. Ivey's career spans the legal, regulatory and legislative landscapes at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to his initial election as State's Attorney in 2002, he served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, where he presided over the state's electric, telecommunications and gas industries. He was appointed chairman in 1998 by former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening.

Mr. Ivey was a senior Capitol Hill attorney. He served as chief counsel to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and was counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee for Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD). He began his Capitol Hill career as a legislative assistant to Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. During the Whitewater investigation, he played a key role in congressional hearings probing allegations of fraud, perjury, public corruption and obstruction of justice.

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Ivey served under current Attorney General Eric Holder as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1990-1994. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ivey has prosecuted over 45 jury trials, and has had 20 appellate oral arguments and countless grand jury investigations. 

"Glenn Ivey has long been regarded as one of the most talented lawyers in the Greater Washington, DC area. His experience, intelligence, and well-deserved reputation for integrity have earned him tremendous respect in all three branches of government. Glenn's skill set reaches across many key areas of our practice – including litigation and investigations, white collar defense, regulatory counsel and government strategies. He will be in great demand throughout the firm and by our clients," said Venable Managing Partner Karl Racine.

In his eight years as State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Mr. Ivey led one of Maryland's top prosecutor's offices. He created an award-winning Economic Crimes Unit that became a national model for prosecuting mortgage fraud and other economic crimes. The office was cited by the U.S. Department of Justice for its approach to helping consumers and businesses identify solutions to financial fraud.

Other highlights of his eight-year tenure included the creation of a Community Prosecution Unit to fight corruption; the establishment of a Domestic Violence Unit and the first Domestic Violence docket to simplify court procedures for victims; and the establishment of a Violent Crimes Unit and first-of-its kind Gun Unit.

"Glenn is a skilled and tested professional," said Benjamin Civiletti, senior partner and Past Chair of Venable's Litigation practice. "His experience is broad and deep, and he has proven time and again that he can handle everything from a closely followed congressional investigation to the prosecution of a prominent white collar criminal. We look forward to having him on our team."

In addition to his public service career, Mr. Ivey previously worked as a partner at the Washington, DC firm of Preston, Gates, Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he handled legislative, regulatory and criminal matters. He also serves as an adjunct Professor, teaching courses in Criminal Law at the University of Maryland School of Law.

"Venable has been high on my radar since law school and I'm pleased finally to have a chance to move here," Mr. Ivey said.  "The firm has an outstanding reputation throughout Maryland and in Washington, and its attorneys take a serious approach to working collegially across practice lines. I see a great opportunity to work on a rich variety of matters for clients in high-stakes litigation, regulatory counsel and legislative matters."

Mr. Ivey received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 and his B.A. from Princeton University, cum laude, in 1983.  Mr. Ivey is married to Maryland State Delegate Jolene Ivey and is the father of five sons and one daughter.

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