On Tuesday, July 12th, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Christopher Mincher as Chief Legal Counsel and Heather Shek as Deputy Legal Counsel.
Mincher’s appointment will be effective July 18th. Governor Hogan offered strong praise for Mincher in a press release:
‘Chris Mincher is an exceptionally committed public servant who has been an integral member of our administration for nearly six years,’ said Governor Hogan. ‘We have always had a strong and experienced team in the Office of Legal Counsel, and I know Chris will continue this legacy. Mike Pedone was part of the core team that led us through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. I am deeply grateful for Mike’s wise counsel and many contributions, and I wish him and his family the best.’
The Administration offered the following biographies for Mincher and Shek:
Christopher Mincher. Chris Mincher has worked in the Office of Legal Counsel since 2016, serving the past two years as the senior deputy. Prior to joining the Governor’s legal office, Mincher practiced in the business litigation group at a Baltimore law firm. He was a clerk for the Hon. Robert N. McDonald on the Court of Appeals of Maryland after beginning his legal career in the chambers of the Hon. Benson Everett Legg on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Mincher received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland.
Heather Shek. During her time with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Heather Shek served as the director, deputy director, and assistant director of the Office of Governmental Affairs, where provided leadership and expertise on state legislative, regulatory, and budgetary issues having an impact on MDH and its programs and services, as well as served as the legislative liaison between MDH, the Governor’s Office, the Maryland General Assembly, state agencies, and various advocacy groups and organizations. Shek was born and raised in Upstate New York and has her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School, a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.
Additionally, the Governor appointed 316 individuals to serve across 139 Maryland boards and commissions. The Board of Contract Appeals, Maryland Auto Insurance Fund, Maryland Health Care Commission, Maryland Tax Court, Morgan State University Board of Regents, and University System of Maryland Board of Regents are among those boards and commissions. A list of the Governor’s appointments can be found here.