Former officials form law firm in Severna Park

November 20, 1994

Two former high-level county officials have formed a Severna Park law firm.

Michael G. Leahy, who was land use coordinator in the administration of County Executive Robert R. Neall, and Stephen R. Beard, who was county attorney under O. James Lighthizer when he was county executive, will begin their partnership formally Dec. 1.

The firm, with offices in the Mercado Plaza at 504 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., will specialize in business, municipal, environmental and land use law. The firm also will handle trademark and copyright cases.

After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975, Mr. Beard, 44, became an assistant state's attorney for Anne Arundel County, prosecuting juvenile, traffic and felony cases and advising the county's grand jury. A Davidsonville resident, he was county attorney for seven years under Mr. Lighthizer and for a year under Mr. Neall.

Mr. Leahy, 40, of Severna Park, received his law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Rindge, N.H. He was an assistant to the vice president of the White House Task Force on Regulation during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

He joined Mr. Neall's 1990 county executive campaign as a legal and policy adviser. In the Neall administration, Mr. Leahy coordinated several key projects, including revisions to the Critical Areas law, negotiating with the Army to acquire Tipton Airfield at Fort Meade, the cleanup of county-owned property on Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie and drafting legislation to regulate bingo halls operating in the county.

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