Alison L. Asti
Alison L. Asti,
Executive Director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, has been named
President-Elect nominee of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). She will
run for election this June during the MSBA Annual Meeting, along with Treasurer
John Patrick Kudel, a solo practitioner in Rockville and Of Counsel to the
Rockville-based law firm of Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A. J.,
and Secretary-Elect Katherine Kelly Howard, General Counsel of Regional
Management in Baltimore City. Edward J. Gilliss, a partner in the Baltimore
County law firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP, will be installed as
President at the 2006 MSBA Annual Meeting. Asti is slated to be president in
Asti, an outstanding
legal professional who has been applauded for her dedication to public service
and her contributions to Maryland's legal community, is excited about her future
leadership role. "I am committed to public service," she explains. She is also
committed to MSBA. "Public service and giving back to the legal profession are
an important part of MSBA," she emphasizes.
nominee is known for her high ethical standards and her integrity. She is
recognized as a devoted volunteer who "finds it rewarding to help other people."
Asti is looking forward to becoming President of MSBA because "I like helping
people, especially lawyers." In the Association's top leadership role, she hopes
to "best serve the needs of our constituents – the lawyers of Maryland."
She will be proud to
assume the post of MSBA President-Elect in June and help support Maryland's
lawyers during these "challenging times." Today's lawyer "faces a number of
challenges and is affected by the impact of such contemporary trends as law firm
mergers and the growing number of difficult conflicts and ethical dilemmas that
arise in the daily practice of law." This is one of the reasons Asti encourages
Maryland attorneys to turn to MSBA for support.
"MSBA is a valuable
member service and support network for Maryland lawyers," Asti proclaims. "It
functions as the voice of lawyers across the state, enjoys high credibility with
the Legislature and objectively represents the interests of the legal
Asti brings a wealth of
leadership and administrative experience to her new post. After receiving a B.A.
degree and Master of Arts in Economics from Duke University, Asti graduated from
the University of Maryland School of Law in 1979. She joined the Baltimore law
firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC, becoming a
partner in 1986. She engaged in general corporate and commercial practice,
handling a broad range of corporate, partnership and commercial matters which
included business acquisition, securities matters, banking and bond work.
In 1990, Asti became
General Counsel and Director of Development for the Maryland Stadium Authority,
assuming responsibility for all commercial transactions with regard to the
construction and operation of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, the Baltimore
Convention Center expansion, the Ocean City Convention Center expansion, the
Montgomery County Conference Center, the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center and
other projects delegated by the Maryland legislature. She negotiated leases with
the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens and other entities and handled all legislative
and state law matters.
In September 2004, Asti
was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, after
serving as Acting Executive Director for six months. In this role, she retains
her legal counsel responsibilities and also functions as the organization's
director of development.
In Maryland's legal
community, Asti is known for her active volunteer work, bar association
activities and public service projects. She also serves as a member of the
American Bar Association's House of Delegates and the National Conference of Bar
Presidents' Executive Committee, and is a former President of the Metropolitan
Asti currently serves as
MSBA's Secretary and is a member of the Association's Executive Committee and
the Board of Governors. She was President of the Bar Association of Baltimore
City, the Baltimore Women's Bar, the Maryland Bar Foundation and the Baltimore
City Bar Foundation. This devoted attorney also chairs The Daily Record's
nominee serves on the University of Maryland School of Law's Board of Visitors
and is a member of the Board of the University of Maryland System's Foundation.
She was named one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" by Warfield's Business
Journal in 1996 and was honored with one of The Daily Record's
Leadership in Law Awards in November 2005.
After her election by
the membership at the Annual Meeting, Asti will assume the office of
President-Elect on June 17, 2006; she will become President of MSBA in June
2007. As MSBA's President, Asti would most like to be remembered for "increasing
the commitment of Maryland lawyers to the public and to each other."