Ebony M. Thompson
Ebony M. Thompson
Acting City Solicitor, Baltimore City Department of Law
In January 2022, Ebony M. Thompson joined the Baltimore City Department of Law as Deputy City Solicitor. Appointed by Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in her role as Acting City Solicitor, Ebony represents and advises the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, boards and commissions, department directors, and employees in their official capacities.
With a focus on effective governance, Ebony has been instrumental in addressing Baltimore's vacant housing issues through collaboration with the Baltimore City Council, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. She played a key role in establishing a new track for Baltimore City In Rem Tax Foreclosures, contributing to the revitalization of the City. Ebony is also a pioneer in exploring blockchain technology for recordation of land titles, land valuation, permit tracking and the use of smart contracts to simplify the process for purchasing vacant properties.
Prior to her appointment, Ebony also served as the Interim Chief of Staff in the Mayor's Office, where she oversaw legislative affairs, communications, and constituent services. In this role, she developed strategic internal and external relationships to support the Mayor's mission and simultaneously developed the legal framework for the Mayor’s Squeegee Collaborative.
Before joining the Law Department, Ebony began her legal career at Venable LLP, where she worked for over eight years. As an Associate and later as Counsel, she represented various clients in complex legal matters, including real estate litigation, regulatory approvals for mergers and acquisitions, insolvency proceedings, and labor and employment litigation.
Ebony holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2013. She served as the Associate Technology Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and emerged as the Overall Winner of the Moot Court Competition, showcasing her exceptional advocacy skills. Ebony also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. Additionally, Ebony completed the Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in January 2022.
Throughout her career, Ebony has received numerous accolades and awards, including being named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2022, acknowledged as Ones to Watch by The Best Lawyers in America in 2021, and selected as a Leadership Academy Fellow of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Ebony's commitment to excellence extends beyond her legal career. She served as a Reservist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for eight years, where she distinguished herself as the valedictorian and honor graduate of Officer Candidate School. She also obtained her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses when working for UBS in New York City.
Ebony is a proud graduate of Baltimore City College high school and lives within walking distance of her family home in Northwest Baltimore, where she is raising her three girls.