City Solicitor Neal M. Janey is leaving next month to return to private law practice after serving more than eight years for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
He will join the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge as co-manager of its government relations practice with O. James Lighthizer. The former Anne Arundel County executive and state transportation secretary also is joining the firm.
Janey's departure comes more than a year after he first announced he was leaving his job as top City Hall lawyer. He changed his mind after Schmoke persuaded him to stay for the transition into his third mayoral term.
Yesterday, Schmoke said Deputy Solicitor Otho M. Thompson, who has worked for the law department 21 years, will be Janey's successor.
Janey, 48, supervised 80 lawyers in City Hall. He and Schmoke had been criticized for contracting too much legal work to private firms instead of relying on the city's staff. As a result, the mayor directed that more work be done in-house.
Janey said yesterday that under his management, Baltimore won several cases that protected public interest. "Overall, we've had a successful record and were able to take leadership on a number of cases, including billboard advertising regulation," he said, referring to the city's ban on billboard advertising of cigarettes and alcohol.
He also noted that his department successfully fought seven challenges to the city's requirement that businesses owned by minorities and women be given a percentage of all city contracts.
Pub Date: 8/23/96