Philip D. Cronin
Associate/Attorney at Law
Mr. Cronin was delighted to join HJM in 2013 as the firm’s newest associate. With four legislative sessions lobbying in Annapolis under his belt, Mr. Cronin has shown a proven capability to advocate on behalf of HJM’s diverse clients.
During the 2013 legislative session, Mr. Cronin cultivated a familiarity with the legislative process and developed the skills to advocate effectively before the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. Cronin tracked legislation, drafted client testimony, built positive relationships with legislators, and testified effectively before committees in the House and Senate. On behalf of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, Mr. Cronin worked closely on issues relating to gun control, mental health services, health care access and reform, and licensing for medical professionals.
In 2014, while representing the American Federation of Teachers of Maryland, Mr. Cronin played a key role in negotiating an amended labor agreement on behalf of Baltimore County correctional officers that provides heightened due process for officers facing suspension and termination.
In 2015, again representing the Maryland Psychiatric Society, Mr. Cronin lobbied successfully against the State’s adoption of physician-assisted suicide legislation. While much of the opposition to the “Death with Dignity” bill stemmed from philosophical and religious beliefs, Mr. Cronin provided a persuasive clinical perspective of forensic psychiatrists through testimony in the House and Senate. Also during the 2015 legislative session, Mr. Cronin successfully lobbied against a measure that would have eliminated the ability of retail merchants to recover damages for shoplifting through a unique civil remedy that avoids costly litigation.
Through his lobbying efforts in 2016, Mr. Cronin successfully mitigated the impact of legislation considered significantly damaging to the interests of small and large businesses in Maryland, particularly by playing a pivotal role in amending a measure mandating employer-paid “sick and safe” leave.
While earning his law degree at the University of Baltimore School Of Law, Mr. Cronin worked in the legal department of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a variety of environmental protection matters and on condemnation/foreclosure actions promoting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s “Vacants to Value” campaign at the Land Resources Division of Baltimore City’s Housing Authority.
While earning his Law and Policy undergraduate degree at Dickinson College, Mr. Cronin worked for Judge Edward E. Guido of Cumberland County, PA on cases relating to child custody and the appointment of Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Through his work at HJM and previous professional experience, Mr. Cronin has gained experience in administrative law, environmental and natural resource protection, land use, permitting, housing and foreclosure, procurement, and State budgetary matters. Together, Mr. Cronin’s strong background in law and policy and experience working productively with the Maryland legislature make him a valuable asset to HJM.
Admitted to Practice
State of Maryland
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD (J.D., 2013- Cum Laude)
Dickinson College, PA (B.A., Law & Policy, 2008)
Baltimore Business Journal/Living Classroom’s Foundation Rising Star (2014); Academic Scholarship Recipient, University of Baltimore School of Law.
Community Service and Associations
University of Baltimore Environmental Law Society Secretary; Dickinson College Mock Trial, Member; Hurricane Isabel Recovery & Reconstruction, Volunteer (2004); Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer (2003); Little Italy Community Association, Member; Dickinson College Alumni Association, Member; Boys’ Latin School of Maryland Alumni Association, Member. Additional Information: Born in Ireland, Mr. Cronin is a dual citizen of the European Union and the United States. Mr. Cronin moved to Maryland at the age of four and grew up in Baltimore. He is a proud graduate of the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, where he played soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse.