Charles R. Conner, III

Charles Conner

Chuck Conner represents his clients’ interests before the executive and legislative branches of Maryland government, and before county and municipal governments and agencies in the state. Prior to joining Venable, Chuck served as the director of government affairs for Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. In this role, he formulated and pursued the administration’s annual legislative agenda and served as the chief proxy for the county executive on all legislative matters at the local, state, and federal levels. He also represented the county executive before the state government, county council, and the county’s state and federal delegations.

Chuck leverages his experience at the local, state, and federal levels to advise clients on legislative matters and formulate strategies tailored to their individual needs. He previously served as the deputy state director for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, where he gained valuable insight as the senator’s principal advisor regarding the government, businesses, and communities of the Greater Baltimore area. As the chief of staff for Maryland Delegate and Democratic Caucus Chairman Luke Clippinger, Chuck collaborated with Delegate Clippinger to implement legislation and policy initiatives, and represented him in interactions with constituents, advocates, lobbyists, and the press. He also acted as the director of community outreach and later the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party. His responsibilities included managing the election year team in 2016, conducting media outreach, and building partnerships with various stakeholders, such as faith, civil rights, and other affiliated organizations.

Related Practices


Government Experience

  • Director of government affairs, Office of Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Deputy state director, Office of United States Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Chief of staff, Office of Maryland Delegate Luke Clippinger, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee




  • J.D. Charleston School of Law 2013
  • M.Div. Duke University, The Divinity School 2008
  • B.A. Religion Davidson College 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, External Advisory Board, UMBC School of Public Advisory



  • Board member, Patterson Park Public Charter School
  • Board member, The Maryland State Fair