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Mr. Robert B. Ostrom

Robert B. Ostrom, Attorney at Law
Regular Member
1551 Ben Sawyer Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 301 648-4962

Law School: Georgetown (1969)

Practice Areas:

Robert B. Ostrom
2106 Eden Wood Lane
Gambrills, Maryland 21054
(301) 858-0111

Currently serving as Chief Counsel, Maritime Administration,
U.S. Department of Transportation; appointed May 2002;


Maritime Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room 7232, Nassif Building
400 7th Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-5711
(May 2002 – Current)

Appointed in May 2002 to serve as Chief Counsel for the Maritime Administration (MARAD); provides counsel and advice for handling all legal matters of the agency and works with the Administrator in developing policy for the Maritime Administration; supervises the activities of MARAD's Office of Chief Counsel, which includes four divisions focusing on general law, international law and litigation, maritime assistance programs, ship financing contracts, and legislation, regulations and information law. Additionally, drafts proposed maritime legislation, regulations, executive orders and reports to Congressional and administrative offices and committees, supports and assists the Justice Department in litigation involving the agency and represents MARAD before administrative agencies of the government.

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.
6404 Ivy Lane
Suite 718
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

Serves as counsel to suburban Washington, D.C. law firm of approximately 70 lawyers headquartered in Rockville, Md. primarily in commercial transactions, administrative law, and general business law.

Goldstein & Baron, Chartered
Attorneys at Law
4321 Hartwick Road
College Park, Maryland 20740

Served as counsel to suburban law firm concentrating in state and local government law, public finance, commercial transactions and litigation.

Knight, Manzi, Brennan, Ostrom & Ham, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
14440 Old Mill Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Senior and managing partner in Prince George’s County, Maryland law firm; retained by Prince George’s County, Maryland to represent its interests with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), a regional public agency which constructs and operates the Metrorail and Metrobus transit systems in the Washington, D.C. area. In this capacity, represented Prince George’s County as a member of the Board of Directors of WMATA and as commissioner on the Washington Suburban Transit Commission; served as vice - chairman of the Budget Committee of the WMATA Board and had substantial role in improving the capital budget process and increasing operating budget accountability for an organization with as total annual budget of approximately one billion dollars; negotiated major agreements with local, state and federal governments regarding the construction and financing of the WMATA Metrorail system; coordinated lobbying effort for funding and other official actions necessary for Metrorail construction; coordinated rail construction policy level issues for the Metrorail Green Line including governmental approvals and issues regarding contracts, funding, relations with affected municipalities and County and WMATA Board policy; served as counsel to issuers and borrowers for the issuance of municipal bonds; represented governmental, corporate and commercial interests regarding government legal issues; real estate project financing, contract matters, municipal taxation, administrative law and general corporate and business activities.

County Attorney
Prince George’s County, Maryland
County Administration Building
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Appointed by Republican County Executive to head of legal department for large local government with a total staff of approximately 50 including 25 attorneys; served as legal counsel to the County Executive, County Council and County departments and agencies; represented the County in matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals; negotiated labor agreements; appointed by Governor of Maryland to serve on task forces to study and provide advice on emerging local government issues.

Depaul, Willoner & Kenkel, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
7100 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, Maryland 20770

Associate and partner in Maryland general practice law firm representing individual and corporate clients in general practice of law.

Deputy County Attorney
Prince George’s County, Maryland
County Administration Building
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Responsible for general administration of office; responsible for litigation and legislation.


Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor Degree - May 1969

The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Bachelor of Arts Degree - May 1966


Maryland, 1969
District of Columbia - 1981 (inactive)
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1970
United States Tax Court, 1970
Supreme Court of the United States, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit), 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit), 1980


2002 Ehrlich for Maryland
2000 Bush for President (State Finance & Steering Committees - Md;
Senior Advisor - Md. Bush Youth Team 2000;
Anne Arundel County, Md. Finance and Steering Committees)
2000 Republican National Convention, FMT Group (M. Hook, T. Korologos et al)
1998 Republican Candidate for Congress, 5th District, Maryland
1996 Republican National Convention, member of Convention Manager’s support team
1994 Republican Candidate for County Executive of Prince George’s County
Chairman, Maryland Coalition for Tax Reform
Board of Directors, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Commissioner, Washington Suburban Transit Commission
Vice-Chairman, Governing Boards Committee, American Public Transit Association
Board of External Advisors, College of Arts and Science, University of Vermont
Director, Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys
Chairman, Section of Young Lawyers, Maryland State Bar Association
Board of Governors, Prince George’s County Bar Association
Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association
Vice President, Board of Directors, Prince George’s Opera, Inc
Board of Directors, Prince George’s Philharmonic
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Queen Anne School
Chairman, Board of Governors, Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
Elder, Hope Presbyterian Church
Deacon, Riverdale Presbyterian Church
President, Board of Directors, Bryce Resort, Basye, Virginia
Member, Rotary International
National Association of Parliamentarians
Maryland Association of Parliamentarians
Governor’s Task Force to study local government anti-trust liability
Governor’s Task Force to study relationship between Maryland counties and Municipalities


Born May 3, 1944 in Morristown, New Jersey
Married to Anne Dietrich Ostrom, Vice President, Systems Consulting Services Inc.
3 grown daughters

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