President's Message

A Message from 2019 President Gregory R. Gifford, Esq.

Greg Gifford

I will do my best to continue to strengthen our comradery, our Bar Foundation, and our great relationship with the Bench, the Row Officers and all other Montgomery County Offices. 

It is never an easy task to follow in the footsteps of so many great Presidents of the Montgomery Bar Association. I have done my best to learn from Bruce Pancio, Carolyn Mirabile, Eric Smith, and Mary Pugh.  Being an Officer with these four outstanding Presidents has taught me that our Bar Association is only as good as the sum of its members. I can candidly state that I have learned, over these four years, why our Bar Association has such an excellent reputation in Montgomery County and across the state. Very few Bar Associations can boast of such an extraordinary relationship between fellow members and with our Judges.

I will do my best to continue to strengthen our comradery, our Bar Foundation, and our great relationship with the Bench, the Row Officers and all other Montgomery County Offices. We, as attorneys, have a rare opportunity to positively impact everyone we meet. Although our profession by its very nature is often litigious, only we as lawyers can put a human touch on the practice of law.  Because we spend most of our waking hours interacting with clients and attorneys, we are the greatest ambassadors for our profession. 

I also want to highlight our Lawyer Referral/Modest Means Program.  I strongly encourage every member to sign up for Lawyer Referral and Modest Means as a way of enhancing your practice, as well as giving back to those in need. Most practitioners spend a significant amount of money advertising to cultivate new clients. The Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is a very inexpensive way to obtain new clients. The first client you receive from the Lawyer Referral Service will pay ten-fold the cost of signing up for the program. Additionally, every client you receive from Lawyer Referral Service will create a new referral source for your office.

Lastly, I encourage each of our members to get more involved with the Montgomery Bar Association. Whatever your area of practice or interest, the Bar Association has a committee or group to enhance that area of the Law. I urge you to make every effort to come to at least one additional Bar Association meeting or social event next year. I invite our younger members to introduce themselves to more seasoned members, and vice versa, leaving each event knowing one new person. I can promise you we will try to make every meeting and event worthwhile to our members. Thank you for taking the time to read this incoming President’s message. Looking forward to the wonderful year ahead!