Caitlin E. McDonough
Associate/Attorney at Law
Caitlin E. McDonough is an attorney and registered lobbyist with over 13 years of experience in Annapolis, working with the Maryland General Assembly and several administrations. Since joining the HJM team in 2012, she has advocated passionately on a variety of issues, particularly the development and implementation of fair and reasonable regulatory schemes for Maryland businesses, including innovative technology start-ups, major pharmaceutical manufacturers, telecommunication and energy service providers, financial institutions, and health and property insurers.
Among her many legislative accomplishments, McDonough lobbied successfully for the passage of legislation establishing a full licensure regime for direct-entry midwives (DEMs) in Maryland. She played a significant role in drafting and passing comprehensive legislation and subsequent regulations, working with nearly a dozen stakeholder groups, and in October of 2016, the first Maryland DEMs were licensed by the State of Maryland. She also worked with a variety of stakeholders to pass legislation to allow for safe patient access to lower cost biosimilar medication in Maryland pharmacies. In the 2018 Legislative Session, McDonough coordinated with a variety of stakeholders, including MACo, and legislators on the Finance and Economic Matters Committees to establish a new state licensure program for “micro-markets,” which creates a clear path for new innovative, retailers to operate in Maryland.
McDonough has successfully obtained substantial operating and capital budget appropriations for Maryland nonprofits and community organizations at both the state and local levels. In addition to her state work, McDonough has successfully represented clients in legislative, budgetary and procurement matters before several local jurisdictions, particularly in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties.
Before joining HJM, McDonough served as Legislative Director to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. for seven sessions. During her time in the President’s Office, McDonough represented the President in both the Judicial Proceedings and the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committees, where she developed an understanding of a variety of legislative issues, including health and health care, education, procurement, criminal justice and public safety, election law, and environmental policy. She also served as the President’s primary district liaison where she built relationships with local administrators and officials in counties and municipalities throughout the state. During her time in the public sector, McDonough has gained an in-depth understanding of bill drafting and construction and the legislative, budgetary, and regulatory processes, while developing strong relationships with staff and officials in the legislature and many state agencies.
While earning her undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, McDonough had the opportunity to work in several different levels of government, including a summer position with Peter Shapiro, while he served as the Chair of the Prince George’s County Council and a clerkship with Judge Glenn T. Harrell of the Maryland Court of Appeals. During her time with the Prince George’s County Council, McDonough completed research and assisted with advocacy on economic development projects in the International Corridor in Langley Park and the establishment and promotion of Chairman Shapiro’s environmental policy initiatives.
Admitted to Practice:
State of Maryland
The University of Maryland, School of Law, Baltimore, MD (J.D., 2006)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD (B.A., 2003)
Maryland Government Relations Association
Bucerius International Law Fellow