NPAM Lobbyists J William Pitcher and Julia L Worcester
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J. William Pitcher is no stranger to the world of Maryland politics, having been raised in a political family. 
 
Bill has been a practicing attorney and lobbyist in Annapolis for more than thirty years and has been recognized as one of the top business lobbyists in the State of Maryland.  Bill is also considered one of the best-connected lobbyists in Annapolis because of his close ties to the business community and the members of the General Assembly’s leadership.
 
Bill has perfected his craft over the years representing such clients as Adventist Healthcare Inc., Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association, EDS, Lorillard Tobacco Company, Miller Brewing Company and NewPage Corporation.  Bill also represents the interests of several trade associations, health care associations and nonprofit organizations.   
 
Bill received a B.A. in History from Washington College in 1973; an MS in Operations Management from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Arkansas in 1975; and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore – School of Law in 1979.  While at the University of Baltimore, Bill served on the Law Review.  After graduation he served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Honorable Richard Gilbert.  Bill was admitted to practice by the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 1979 and the United State District Court in 1980. 
 
On the staff with Senator Steny Hoyer, then President of the Maryland Senate in 1977 Bill was introduced to the world of lobbying.  From 1979 to 1983, he served as a prosecutor in the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.   

Bill served as Principal Legislative Assistant to Senate President Melvin “Mickey” Steinberg from 1983 to 1985.  From 1985- 1991 he practiced with the Annapolis law firm Blumenthal, Wayson, Downs and Offutt.  Bill’s practice was divided between lobbying for local business interests, general litigation and administrative law.  He started his present firm in 1991. 
 
Bill also served on active duty in the Unites State Navy and then in the Reserves for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1995 as a Commander – Judge Advocate General Corps. 
 
Bill and his wife, Susan, live in Annapolis where they are active in several community associations as well as local arts and cultural organizations.  Currently, Bill serves as an appointed member to the Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission.  Bill and Susan have two grown children Julia, and Paul. 

 

 

Julia L. Worcester,  has been lobbying in Annapolis for nearly a decade and is considered to be a rising star in the healthcare lobbying area. She has significant experience representing clients in a broad range of industries including health care, pharmaceuticals, small business, and insurance.

Julia is a graduate of Syracuse University entering the field of policy and government relations after volunteering as a precinct coordinator for District 30 during the 2002 Maryland Gubernatorial Campaign while also working as a Legislative Aide to the Maryland House of Delegates.  During the 2004 Presidential Campaign, Julia also served as the Anne Arundel County Co-Chair for the “Get Out The Vote” efforts. 

Julia was appointed in 2003 to the Department of Human Resources where she lobbied on such issues as child protective services, child support, welfare assistance and medical assistance for low income families.  She has also worked as the Legislative Specialist to the Maryland Board of Physicians. Julia joined the Law Office of J. William Pitcher in September 2006 as a Legislative Consultant.   Julia is a detail-oriented government relations and public affairs professional with a proven aptitude for researching and marketing legislative public policy projects. 

In 2008 Julia successfully defeated a proposed “Cosmetic Surgery Tax” which would have imposed a 6% sales tax on cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction.  During the 2009 Legislative Session, Julia spearheaded successful legislation for the statewide licensure of more than 500 Athletic Trainers in Maryland. Julia was responsible for the landmark 2010 passage of HB 319 which decoupled Nurse Practitioners from physician collaborative agreements by building a strong statewide coalition of allies and stakeholders.

More recently, she led the effort to create a statutory directive for insurance reimbursement parity for licensed Audiologists and advocated for a Statewide Concussion Management Program. Julia has served as a liaison to the 2008 Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Access & Reimbursement, the Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, and the Maryland Health Care Coordinating Council. She is also a state liaison to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board and the Maryland Health Care Coordinating Council responsible for the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Julia is a lifelong resident of Maryland and is very active in local politics as well as a Board Member of the Maryland Government Relations Association, Maryland Chamber of Commerce Health Committee. Julia is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

 
Contact our lobbyists,  410-268-0842, or email  bpitcher@marylandlobbing.com  or Julia@marylandlobbying.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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