Tyler leaving state attorney general's office Lawyer plans to join Hogan & Hartson firm

Legal affairs

January 08, 1996|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,SUN STAFF

A deputy Maryland attorney general who played a lead role in high-profile cases, including the Jacqueline L. Bouknight case and a voter registration challenge stemming from the 1994 gubernatorial election, is leaving the post to join the Baltimore office of Hogan & Hartson.

Ralph S. Tyler III, 48, who joined the attorney general's office in 1982, will work with the litigation practice group at Hogan & Hartson.

He'll also work on state regulatory and in corporate and securities matters, among other things.

"Ralph has practiced in every court in this state. His involvement in all phases of state regulatory law will help us better serve the growing number of clients we represent in Baltimore and Maryland," said Ty Cobb, a partner at Hogan & Hartson.

Mr. Tyler's last day at the attorney general's office will be Friday.

He said he plans to take off a month and will begin working at Hogan & Hartson Feb. 15.

"I had a wonderful time in the attorney general's office, working with talented and dedicated people," he said. "I had the good fortune to be involved in lots of interesting work."

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said Mr. Tyler "clearly was one of the best" lawyers in the office.

"He was a teacher and an example-setter by his independent analysis of legal issues we face."

Mr. Curran has yet to name a replacement for Mr. Tyler. Mr. Curran said he hoped to have a replacement named when Mr. Tyler departs next week.

The most prominent case handled by Mr. Tyler during his years at the attorney general's office was the one involving Ms. Bouknight.

xTC The Baltimore woman spent seven years in jail for failing to disclose what she knew of the whereabouts of her young son, Maurice.

She was released in October after Mr. Tyler, representing the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, said that holding her longer probably would not help authorities find her son.

The case attracted national attention because of the length of Mr. Bouknight's imprisonment for civil contempt and her refusal to offer information.

With the addition of Mr. Tyler, Washington-based Hogan & Hartson will have 25 lawyers in its Baltimore office.

The firm also has offices in the Washington metropolitan area; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; and six overseas offices, including London and Moscow.

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