Spring Gap, Maryland Family Lawyers

Robert Alan Alderson
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Cumberland, MD Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 724-3424 100 South Liberty Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Collections, DUI and Divorce
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Cumberland, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(301) 724-6200 7 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Cumberland, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 724-3424 100 S Liberty St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Cumberland, MD Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 724-5200 213 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Cumberland, MD Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(301) 722-9600 14 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Cumberland, MD Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 759-4343 75 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Cumberland, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 759-3550 201 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Family, Business and Divorce
Frostburg, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 724-5200 104 Summit Pl
Frostburg, MD 21532
Family and Divorce
Donald Scott Goldbloom
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Grantsville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(301) 895-5240 12590 National Pike
Grantsville, MD 21536
Family, Bankruptcy, Criminal and DUI
University of Baltimore
Donald S. Goldbloom has been practicing law in the Grantsville area since 1996. Formerly, he worked as an attorney in both Baltimore and Cumberland, Maryland.

A native of Baltimore, Donald chose to move to western Maryland , appreciating the natural beauty of the mountains and the rich culture of the local area.

Donald earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1973, majoring in American Government, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1976.

In 1982 Donald moved to Cumberland, Maryland, gaining experience in many facets of the law as a general practitioner. For a...
Pawnee A. Davis
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(844) 350-8343 17 W Jefferson St.
Suite 4
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Pittsburgh School of Law and California State University - Sacramento
I am an award-winning attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable. I am committed to serving my clients well through assertive, thoughtful advocacy. All cases are handled with care, and with a focus on getting results for the client. It is a team effort and I seek the best resolution for you.

Some results:
I obtained an award of 50% joint physical custody and decision making authority for a father--exactly what he wanted.

I litigated a motion and won a judgment for a mother that she is able to keep primary custody of her special needs daughter.

Through my contract writing, a cyber security...
Regina DeMeo
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(240) 621-0559 4550 Montgomery Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
The George Washington University Law School
For over 18 years, I have focused on helping families in the DC Area with family law issues, including prenups, separation agreements, divorce, custody, support, and property division. The past 10 years, I have also provided mediation and Collaborative Divorce services. Since 2009, I have guest lectured for Georgetown Univ. and GWU Law School, and I have appeared as a legal commentator on Sirius XM, ABC tv, MMCTV, and Good Morning America. I am regularly quoted in the media and recognized as a top lawyer in Superlawyers, Bethesda Magazine and The Washingtonian.
LaSheena M. Williams
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(301) 778-9950 17 West Jefferson Street
Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Howard University School of Law
LaSheena Williams is currently an attorney practicing in Rockville, Maryland. She focuses on family law, estate planning, and personal injury litigation. She represents clients in trial courts, mediations, and hearings on matters relating to, among other things, emergency guardianship hearings, emergency child support hearings, and protective order proceedings. She previously worked as an attorney for a small law firm in Baltimore County, where she also managed the firm's online unbundled legal services practice. Prior to working in private practice, LaSheena worked with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, and Baltimore...
Lynette A. Whitfield
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 869-8774 200A Monroe St
Suite 303
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Employment
The George Washington University Law School
Before starting her solo practice in Rockville, Maryland, Ms. Whitfield represented federal sector employees with a variety of labor and employment law issues. Since starting her practice in 2006, Ms. Whitfield has expanded her areas of practice to include Maryland unemployment and wage & hour cases, federal sector workers compensation, and domestic litigation.
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Keith Schiszik
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Fredrick, MD Family Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(240) 772-5200 50 Carroll Creek Way
Suite 340
Fredrick, MD 21701
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
American University School of Law
I have helped over 3,000 people through the divorce process in my career. I try to educate my clients so they understand the law and what a "reasonable settlement" looks like. Over 95% of my cases settle without having to do a trial because I work hard to reach creative solutions to these emotional issues.
Anne (Jan) W. White
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(301) 656-8850 7735 Old Georgetown Road Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family and Divorce
Stanford University
Anne (Jan) W. White, with over 30 years of legal experience in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and in Collaborative Law and to 2013 Super Lawyers. She attended Stanford Law School and is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she was also an Angier B. Duke scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member. Ms. White’s diverse background prepared her to resolve complex divorce issues involving taxes, retirement benefits, trusts, businesses, and related financial...
David Marquardt
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(301) 603-3480 11810 Grand Park Avenue
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20852
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
University of Miami School of Law
My journey to becoming the owner and founder of Wayside Legal came out of an intense sense of justice and a desire to stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves. I started Wayside Legal for you. Every day, the firm is devoted to serving clients and the community with enthusiasm and value. Your case isn’t just a legal event but a complete and total life transition, so I strive to be a concierge that can address any and all of the issues you may face.

I am a veteran attorney licensed in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, handling all...
Michael Barrett
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(800) 400-2350 3 Bethesda Metro Center
#700
Bethesda, MD 20814
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
I have been practicing family law and personal injury in the state of Maryland since 2003. I have helped many families deal with the heart ache of divorce and custodial issues related to divorce...helped clients deal with loss of income, transportation, and life activities due to being injured in a car crash. How may I help you?
Heather Renee McCabe
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(443) 812-1435 199 E Montgomery Avenue
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The George Washington University Law School
Heather McCabe is an accomplished litigator, mediator, and parenting coordinator. She enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals for both themselves and their children. She has taught both at Georgetown University Law School and American University's Washington College of Law. She exclusively practices in the area of family law (including divorce, separation, child support, domestic violence, and child custody).
Ms. Stuart Muntzing Skok
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Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(301) 296-4512 5100 Buckeystown Pike
Suite 250
Frederick, MD 21704
Family and Divorce
West Virginia University College of Law
Stuart Skok is owner and principal of Stuart Skok Law, LLC, with offices in Montgomery and Frederick Counties. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Stuart has practiced matrimonial and family law for over 20 years, handling cases both in and out of litigation. She is certified in Collaborative Divorce and divorce mediation. She frequently lectures on family law and recently published her Handbook on Separation & Divorce, Fourth Edition, available on her website. Stuart has a particular interest in cases involving children with special needs, having a special needs child herself,...
Li Weng
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(301) 804-8356 10741 Gloxinia Dr
Rockville, MD 20852
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning and Immigration
University of Texas - Austin
Founding partner Li Weng works in Rockville Law Group LLC’s practice areas of estate planning, family law, and immigration. Li brings a background of over 6 years in estate planning, anticorruption, and trade matters, as well as transnational practice experience. Over several years, Li advised multinational companies undergoing internal and SEC investigations on potential violations by the companies’ subsidiaries of anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, she represented companies during ITC investigations of antidumping and countervailing duty matters. Most recently, Li was employed with the Rockville, MD firm of Altman and Associates, where she helped the...
David Bach
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 738-7655 1401 Rockville Pike
Suite 650
Rockville, MD 20852
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Hamline University School of Law
I have 23 years experience representing parties in divorce, custody, child support, visitation, paternity, and guardianship matters. My goal is to plan for trial from the initial client meeting forward, while at the same time attempting to construct a reasonable settlement for my clients either directly with the other party or through mediation. I was certified as a Collaborative Practitioner March 2011. In addition to representing clients locally, Mr. Bach has extensive experience representing clients involved in international family disputes including divorce, child custody, division of property and family assets, as well as retirement benefits. He has successfully handled...
Darcy Shoop
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 340-7950 110 N. Washington Street, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20850
Family
George Mason University School of Law
After many years of practicing family law, and having seen the emotional and financial damage that litigation can cause, I have chosen to focus my practice on healthier ways of resolving disputes such as Collaborative Law, mediation, negotiation, and settlement advocacy. While I represent individual clients, I also assist couples as a neutral mediator. I believe that by focusing on constructive settlement solutions, separating couples are much more likely to make mutually beneficial decisions while preserving valuable financial resources. Whether through Collaborative Law, mediation, or standard negotiation, I help my client stay focused on future goals rather...
David Gardner
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(301) 378-8835 600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite 308
Rockville, MD 20852
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University Washington College of Law
Divorce is often a difficult and painful process, and it can be emotionally exhausting. If you are going through the divorce process and are wondering where you can turn to procure the help you need at such a time, look no further than Gardner Law Firm. A divorce lawyer in Rockville at this office has assisted numerous individuals who are dealing with complications and hardships comparable to yours and is prepared to take on your case and support you at this time. Attorney David Gardner received his Juris Doctorate from the American University, Washington College of Law and is a...
Ross Albers
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Westminster, MD Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(443) 821-0035 15 E Main Street
Suite 225
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
Westminster attorney Ross W. Albers is a criminal defense attorney, DUI attorney, juvenile delinquency attorney, personal injury attorney, traffic ticket attorney, divorce attorney, child custody attorney, and general practice and litigation attorney in Carroll County, Maryland. He litigates cases in the circuit, district and federal courts of Maryland. Westminster attorney Ross W. Albers graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He earned a concentration in criminal practice and was an editor on the Law Review. While attending law school, Westminster attorney Ross W. Albers worked for Travelers Insurance as an insurance adjuster. He...
Ms. Kate S. McDonough
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Silver Spring, MD Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(301) 592-1295 10111 Colesville Road, Suite 101
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Family, Collections, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Cleveland State University
I am proud of the many successful outcomes I have obtained for my clients, both in litigating contested matters in the courtroom, as well as in negotiating favorable settlements for them. I am committed to representing my clients’ interests in the most ethical, professional, results-driven, and cost-effective manner possible.

My legal career for the past 11 years has been focused primarily in the area of family law. The other two areas in which I practice are (1) probate and contested estate and trust matters, and (2) collections, judgment enforcement, and civil litigation.

My family law practice covers the full range of divorce,...
Alexander K Anderson
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(301) 675-5672 200A Monroe Street, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University Washington College of Law
At the Law Firm of Alexander K. Anderson nothing is more important than delivering results for you. From the outset, the firm will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and confident with the status of your case. We understand that communication is key. We begin by having a conversation about your goals and expected results and begin to build a strategic plan to obtain those goals. It’s a one-on-one, very personal approach. Our promise is not just about the personal attention that the firm will provide, but also the strategic plan to obtain your...
Afshin Pishevar
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer
(301) 279-8773 226 N Adams St
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
James J. Gross
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Chevy Chase, MD Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(301) 907-4585 4601 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
Georgetown University Law Center and University of Missouri - Columbia
Managing Partner and Co-founder of Thyden Gross and Callahan, a law firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Author of four books on divorce. Formerly tax counsel for Satellite Business Systems, communications attorney for the FCC, and chemical engineer for the Procter & Gamble Company. Master of Laws in Taxation, Georgetown. Highest ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, SuperLawyers and Avvo.com.
Christy McFaul Saunders
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Westminster, MD Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(443) 289-9235 231 E. Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Christy McFaul Saunders, a 1988 Graduate of the University of Maryland, began her career as a judicial law clerk in Baltimore and by 1990 was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Carroll County, serving the county for the next five years. In her role as ADA for Carroll County she tried a variety of cases to include DUI, child abuse, and homicide.

From 1995-1996, Christy served as the District Court Division Supervisor for Frederick County and was a member of the homicide team. In 1996, she joined Hickman, Ulsch & Honiker and quickly rose to partner in 1997 creating Ulsch, McFaul Saunders and...
Lisa Seltzer Becker
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(240) 507-1780 4800 Montgomery Lane
9th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Education
American University Washington College of Law
I began practicing law in 1996. Since then, I have helped many clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia with their family law issues, including high-conflict divorces, custody cases involving special needs children, and premarital and postmarital agreements. I am an experienced litigator, but is also a trained Collaborative practitioner and trained mediator.

For the last twelve years I have also represented numerous students and families in education matters, including school discipline in public and private schools, and campus sexual assault, Title IX cases and academic misconduct cases at the college level.
Brian Barkley
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Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(301) 627-1231 8 West Third Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
The George Washington University Law School
The National Law Center, George Washington University J.D., with Honors
University of Maryland, BA Major in Government & Politics, Minor in Psychology
Civic, Professional, Foundation and Corporate Affiliations:

Delegate to Democratic National Convention
Campaign Manager for Rep. Michael D. Barnes
Rockville Chamber of Commerce – Past President
National Capital Chapter of MS Society - Board of Trustees, and Past Chair
Shady Grove Hospital Fund Campaign - Major Gift Chair
Montgomery County Bar Association –Chair Judicial Selections; Member of Ethics, Fee Arbitration and Legislation Committees
Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce - Vice President
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce - Liquor Control Evaluation
Rockville Alternative Community Service Commission
Montgomery County Volunteer MS Committee -...
Pamela Lindsay Parvis
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(301) 340-9090 111 Rockville Pike
Suite 1120
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Since 2002, I have represented clients in Maryland custody, divorce, and marital matters. I negotiate, litigate, and advocate for the best interests of my clients, whether in contested litigation, uncontested settlement, as well as premarital and other agreements. My clients are not only spouses and parents, but also children whose interests she is appointed by the court to represent in contested custody litigation. I strive to improve the Maryland law in the General Assembly, volunteering my time to monitor, advocate, and educate about legislative developments in family law.

My goal is to help my clients move away from...
Alicia R. Lucero
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(301) 340-7600 401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 103
Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family and Divorce
The George Washington University Law School
Alicia is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area, born in Washington D.C. and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. Alicia received her B.A. in Political Science with Honors at the University of Maryland College Park. She later attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, and graduated with honors. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2004.

Since being admitted to the bar, Ms. Lucero has been practicing family law.

Alicia is the proud mother of a high school CAP student at Blair High School. In her free time she enjoys...
Hadrian Hatfield
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Potomac, MD Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 230-6575 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Suite 600
Potomac, MD 20854
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and International
Faculte de Droit, Nice, France, Vanderbilt University Law School and University of Central Arkansas
Hadrian N. Hatfield represents clients who want creative, informed, and thoughtful solutions to complex family law problems. His in-depth knowledge and extensive experience ranges from cases with high-stakes and strong emotions to interstate and international situations. Mr. Hatfield is fluent in French and has worked on international law issues at the U.S. Department of State. Local and overseas clients often consult him on international family law matters such as: •International Pre-Nuptial Agreements; •Divorce litigation in two countries at the same time; •Foreign located marital assets; •International alimony and child support issues; and •Custody and visitation rights in...
Jessica Markham
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(240) 396-4373 7960 Old Georgetown Road #3B
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family
University of Miami School of Law
Jessica Markham practices all aspects of family law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She has trial experience in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Baltimore County and Washington D.C. courts and is also trained in Collaborative Law. Ms. Markham also handles guardianship matters and is frequently appointed by the Court as an attorney for Allegedly Disabled Adults and as Guardian of the Property. Ms. Markham has also been appointed by the court in Family Law matters as a Child Privilege attorney and a Best Interest Attorney (formerly Guardian Ad Litem).

Ms. Markham also has an active mediation practice, helping parties...
Marc A. Isaacs
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Silver Spring, MD Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
3801 International Drive
Suite 208
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
American University Washington College of Law
We are a full service law firm offering customized legal solutions. Our firm represents clients in all aspects of family law, including complex marital dissolution actions, high conflict custody matters, paternity, and non-marital cohabitation cases. We also represent clients in Landlord & Tenant matters, along with a number of other practice areas. We understand that the most successful settlements result from intense trial preparation. Our firm works tirelessly in achieving advantageous results for our clients. We have represented a wide range of individuals, and understand that each client has their own unique circumstances that require creative and customized legal solutions....
Geoffrey Scott Platnick
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Potomac, MD Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(301) 231-0927 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
SUNY Buffalo Law School
When it comes to achieving a positive outcome for his clients, Geoffrey Platnick is passionate. Often meeting him under emotionally devastating circumstances, clients rely on Geoff to assess their specific family circumstances and goals, and then formulate and execute a strategy to achieve a desirable outcome for them and their families. His experience and training provides him an insightful perspective into the field of family law and its complex needs. He presents clients with strategic, thoughtful and zealous representation, providing solutions for both their immediate and long-term concerns. Geoff is particularly adept at crafting settlement agreements that...
Mariah D. Stover
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Gaithersburg, MD Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(888) 519-2801 18310 Montgomery Village Ave
#410
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
American University Washington College of Law
Ms. Jessica L Russell Esq.
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Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
153 West Patrick Street
Suite D
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Jessica Russell was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, and is now committed to providing excellent legal services to her community. In 2010, Ms. Russell interned at the Office of the Public Defender for Baltimore City's Juvenile Justice Division. From 2011- 2013, Ms. Russell competed for her school's Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, taking third place in the 2012 International Competition for Mediation Advocacy in Toronto. While in law school, Ms. Russell served on the executive board of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice, University of Maryland Chapter and was active in the International Law Society. Prior to...
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