Pica and Associates, LLC. was founded by John A. Pica, Jr., a veteran legislator who served in the Maryland Senate for 15 years and House of Delegates for four years.  Pica & Associates is a full service lobbying firm that represents a diverse group of non-profits, trade associations. and businesses in healthcare, medical cannabis, behavioral health services, the Arts, recreational and hunting sports.  

John Pica, Principal  

jpica@johnpica.com   |   Phone: 410.990.1250

John Pica offers clients the unique insight of someone who is an experienced lobbyist and a former legislator. He has an intimate knowledge, from the inside, of the intricacies of the legislative process and the methods and techniques to secure passage or assure defeat of bills in the interests of his clients. He served alongside the current Senate President, House Speaker, and current Committee Chairs. As the Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate and a member of the Senate Policy Committee, John Pica has a background of building relationships with elected officials that have resulted in many legislative achievements. And, of critical importance to his clients, he knows how to count votes. His many legislative accomplishments include model legislation and landmark bills. 


Villanova University, B.A., 1975; Captain, Lacrosse

University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. 1982; Chairman, Honor Court

Mount Saint Joseph High School, 1970

Legislative Experience 

Senate of Maryland- member from 1983 to 1997

House of Delegates- member from 1979 to 1983

Deputy Senate Majority Leader- 1990 to 1997

Chair, Baltimore City Senate Delegation- 1987 to 1997

Chair, Senate Rules Committee- 1995 to 1997

Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review

Chair, Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee 1991 to 1993

Member, Senate Finance Committee

Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee

Member, House Appropriations Committee

Member, House Economic Matters Committee

Chair, House Banking Subcommittee

Law Clerk, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City

Manelle Nuñez Martino, Associate

Manelle Martino has extensive and valuable experience as a business woman, fundraiser and political strategist. 

Martino served as campaign director and fundraiser in a sweeping election victory for a newly sworn-in member of the Maryland House of Delegates. She has previously served on the Boards of Directors for Maryland Hall, Historic Annapolis, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and the Annapolis Opera. A natural entrepreneur, she also co-founded  Capital Teas, a retail chain which grew from a single Annapolis location to 24 locations nationwide. In 2008, she co-founded Strut and Sip for Autism, an organization that raised grant funds to support programs around autism such as Maryland Therapeutic Riding.


Manelle, a first generation American, graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science and attended The Juilliard School of Music (vocal studies). She is also fluent is Spanish and proficient in Italian and Portuguese. She resides in Annapolis, MD with her four children.

Hannah Jones, Associate
  • Former staffer for Maryland State Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings

  • Former legal Intern for the Transportation Security Administration's Office of the Chief Counsel Legislation and Authorities Group

  • Former legal researcher for the Michigan Municipal League

  • Member of the George Washington Law Review

  • Second-year student at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.

  • Graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice