The Family Business
Brian Frosh learned a lot about law from his
father, a Bethesda attorney and longtime
Brian Frosh, the state’s attorney general-elect, sees
himself as “the people’s lawyer” with the power to
prosecute bad guys who defraud consumers, degrade
the environment and deny equal rights.
In his new job as Maryland’s attorney general, Brian Frosh will be driven to
his Baltimore office by a state trooper—
which means he can no longer ride his
bike from his home in Somerset to his
law practice in Bethesda.
“That is a major disappointment,” he
confesses, a small smile creeping out
from behind a bushy mustache that’s
grown gray during his 28 years in the
At 68, Frosh has suffered few disap-
pointments lately. He won a tough battle
for the Democratic nomination last June
against Jon Cardin, nephew of Mary-
land’s popular U.S. senator, Ben Cardin.
Since Maryland has not elected a Repub-
lican attorney general in almost a cen-
tury, Frosh was able to buck the national
trend in November and cruise to victory.
Now he’s responsible for enforcing
many laws he helped to write in Annapolis.
And those laws reflect his unabashed com-
mitment to a liberal agenda—gun control
and consumer protection, environmental
regulation and same-sex marriage.
David Ferguson, former executive
director of the state Republican Party,
warned during the campaign that the
Democrat would make a “dangerous attor-
ney general…taking Maryland in a radi-
cal direction.” But Frosh describes his goal
differently: “I will fight like hell for justice.”
I’ve known Brian a long time. Since
state legislators serve part-time, they can
have other jobs, and he’s been my broth-
er’s lawyer for years. My sister-in-law
worked in his campaign and I knew his
wife, Marcy, before he did—when she
was a young lobbyist on Capitol Hill in
the early ’80s.
Only recently, however, did I learn
that justice is the Frosh family business. His father, Stanley, a local lawyer,
moved his young family to a house on
Bradley Boulevard near Landon School
in Bethesda in 1954. “Across the street
was all woods,” Frosh recalls, and he used