Government Experience

  • Counsel, The Senate of Maryland, Judicial Proceedings Committee
  • Chief of Staff and Counsel, The Senate of Maryland, Office of Senator Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., Loyola College, 1977
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John R. Stierhoff


John Stierhoff is a prominent government affairs attorney whose lobbying practice represents the interests of businesses, health care entities, and numerous trade associations before the Maryland General Assembly, state executive agencies and local Maryland governments.

John served as counsel in the Maryland State House for a dozen years before entering the private sector. Between 1986 and 1994, he served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and participated in the passage of critical statewide legislation regarding tort, higher education, health care and election law reform. He began his government service career in 1982, and in 1983 was appointed as Counsel to the The Senate of Maryland’s Judicial Proceedings Committee. He also served as director of government relations for the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland, the State Medical Society.

From 1994 through 2000, John was partner in the law firm of Evans & Stierhoff, and in 2000, he joined Funk & Bolton, a Baltimore-based firm.

John is well known for the creative and thoughtful approach to legislative issues he has honed over the past thirty years serving as counsel for both public and private sector clients. His experience before state and local legislative bodies is augmented by the depth of experience of the Venable team of state and local government lawyers capable of representing clients before a broad range of state and local elected officials and agencies.

Representative Clients

John's client list spans the full spectrum of business and political organizations. His clients include Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Baltimore Museum of Art, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Catapult Learning, LLC, Chestnut Limited Partnership, Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees of Baltimore County, Domtar Corporation, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., Enoch Pratt Free Library, Express Scripts, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, Jai Medical Systems, Lexington Market, Inc., LifeBridge Health, Inc., Marine Trades Association of Maryland, The Marriott International, Inc., Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants, Maryland Association of Community Services, Maryland CASH Campaign, Maryland Cemetery, Funeral and Cremation Association, Maryland Community Foundation, Maryland Defense Counsel, Maryland Family Network, Maryland Food Bank, Maryland Optometric Association, The Maryland School for the Blind, MAXIM Healthcare Services, Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland, MedStar Health, Inc., Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Inc., National Association of Settlement Purchasers, National Federation of the Blind, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Perdue Farms, Inc., The Pew Charitable Trusts, PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC, Providence Center, Inc., Red Bull North America, State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance, Washington Gas, and Young Audiences of Maryland.


John is active in civic and charitable causes and has contributed to the construction or renovation of state landmarks including the Baltimore Convention Center; Baltimore Museum of Art; Enoch Pratt Free Library; Lexington Market; Maryland Stadium, Cole Field House and the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland's College Park campus; Memorial Stadium; Minnegan Stadium at Towson University; and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.