Owings, Maryland Lawyers

Jonathan Sooriash
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Jonathan Sooriash Esq. LL.M. represents taxpayers to resolve and settle their tax debt with the IRS and State Tax Departments. J. David Tax Law LLC assists both individuals and businesses in becoming compliant with the... Read More »
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Stephanie P. Anderson Esq
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University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of LawMaryland
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Michael J. O'Shea
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Michael was raised in Calvert County. He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in Maryland, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Pi Sigma... Read More »
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Vadim A. Mzhen
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Maryland Attorney with 27 years experience

University of Maryland - BaltimoreMaryland
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Owings, MD Attorney with 25 years experience
(410) 257-2992 9915 Old Solomons Island Rd
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Attorney with 19 years experience
(410) 332-6275 8620 Kip Dr
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Attorney with 17 years experience
(410) 463-9943 8587 Chesapeake Lighthouse Dr
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Lawyer with 28 years experience
(410) 535-7420 3450 Chaneyville Rd
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 855-3303 601 Keith Ln
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 855-3303 601 Keith Ln
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 855-4297 2130 Marion Dr
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Lawyer with 15 years experience
(202) 744-6596 8860 Stratford Ct
Owings, MD 20736
Owings, MD Lawyer with 18 years experience
(301) 855-1060 101 Honeysuckle Ln
Owings, MD 20736
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Owings, MD Lawyer
3705 Chaneyville Rd
Owings, MD 20736
C. Sei-Hee Arii
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Maryland Lawyer with 19 years experience

"Sei-Hee Arii: one in a million attorney; once in a lifetime individual" "Her knowledge, expertise and professionalism saved my life." My promise to you: I will look after your best interest; treat you like the... Read More »
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Jack D. Lebowitz
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Maryland Lawyer with 26 years experience

I am an experienced personal injury attorney who serves clients throughout the state of Maryland. I have devoted my practice to cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, birth injury, and wrongful death... Read More »
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Owings, MD Lawyer
(301) 812-0760 8831 Stratford Ct
Owings, MD 20736
Lynda Joy Striegel
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Chesapeake Beach, MD Lawyer with 42 years experience
8347 Bay Crest Court
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Free ConsultationBusiness and Estate Planning
Antioch School of Law
MD-DC licensed. Practicing for 35 years. Former securities attorney in DC, New York, Philadelphia. Moved to Calvert County 13 years ago and established private practice focused on estate planning and business law. Author, LIVE SECURE: FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR WOMEN. Regular columnist, Chesapeake Current's "Your Money Matters".
Rose Crunkleton
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Dunkirk, MD Lawyer with 25 years experience
(410) 257-1057 3150 West Ward Road
Suite 301
Dunkirk, MD 20754
Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Maren McAvoy
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North Beach, MD Attorney with 19 years experience
(240) 857-2811 3615 5th St
North Beach, MD 20714
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Mr. James D. Ealley
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Prince Frederick, MD Lawyer with 17 years experience
(410) 535-2200 135 West Dares Beach Rd.
Suite 209A
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
Mr. Ealley's practice focuses primarily on Consumer Bankruptcy and Estate Planning. In representing clients in bankruptcy, James understands the financial stress people are experiencing. He understands their concerns to protect their assets, rebuild their financial lives and create a better future for their families. James counsels clients to alleviate their worries and concerns and develop a plan to address their financial problems, whether it be stopping a foreclosure, repossession or garnishment, or erasing credit card, medical or tax debt. Doing so requires a thorough understanding of the Federal Bankruptcy laws. Since beginning his practice in bankruptcy in 2001, James has...
Robert Damalouji
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Prince Frederick, MD Attorney with 20 years experience
(410) 535-1450 135 W Dares Beach Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Business and Real Estate
David Gormley
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(301) 645-4100 11705 Berry Road Suite 202
Waldorf, MD 20603
Free ConsultationWaldorf, MD Lawyer with 26 years experience
Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
Dave Gormley is a Partner and the head of our Bankruptcy and Real Estate departments. He has been handling bankruptcy and foreclosure cases for over 10 years. There isn’t much related to bankruptcy or foreclosure he has not already seen. Dave is admitted to practice in Maryland and the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives near Annapolis with his family.
Michael Joseph Schreyer
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(301) 812-4777 85 Sherry Lane, Ste. 1A
Prince Frederick, 20678
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Maryland attorney Michael J. Schreyer is a managing partner with Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC a top rated law firm serving all of Maryland and the District of Columbia. A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, Schreyer has spent the past 21 years providing aggressive representation to individuals from all walks of life who have suffered injuries in Maryland and the District of Columbia. During the course of his career, Schreyer has participated in more than 2,000 personal injury and workers' compensation cases earning him a well deserved reputation among his clients and...
Andrew D. Alpert
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Prince Frederick, MD Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 321-7277 85 Sherry Lane, Ste. 1A
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Andrew D. Alpert is a partner with Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, a top rated law firm serving all of Maryland. A former prosecutor, Mr. Alpert has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with Maryland DUI and other criminal offenses including but not limited to theft, weapons charges, drug crimes, assault, burglary and vehicular manslaughter. He is particular adept at representing repeat offenders. Mr. Alpert is also an experienced personal injury attorney who represents Maryland and DC residents injured and/or disabled due to car, truck and motorcycle accidents, boating incidents, and other types of personal injury events. He...
Suren Adams
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Bowie, MD Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 805-5892 4201 Northview Drive, Suite 401
Bowie, MD 20716
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
The George Washington University Law School
Suren G. Adams is an attorney with a passion for organization and excellence. She founded Adams Law Office, LLC, over 14 years ago to help her clients get their financial houses in order and find peace of mind. She is an experienced member of the Maryland Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, the Christian Legal Society, and the Prince George’s County Bar Association. Suren obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1994 and then completed course work for a Master of Arts...
Linda Faith Burgos
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Maryland Attorney with 32 years experience

Linda F. Burgos lived in Lima, Peru for three and one half years as a child until she returned with her family to the United States to live in Illinois. She graduated in 1983 from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois... Read More »
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Robin Rucker Gaillard Esq.
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Maryland Lawyer with 24 years experience

My philosophy is a guiding principle in my law practice and I apply it in every facet of serving my clients. My practice is an extension of that philosophy as I help clients problem solve when they are in the throes of a... Read More »
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Jason T. Fowler
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Prince Frederick, MD Attorney with 4 years experience
(301) 799-5529 35 Duke Street
PO Box 2709
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationArbitration & Mediation, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Georgetown University Law Center and St. Thomas University School of Law
Jason Fowler attended Georgetown University Law Center and St. Thomas University, School of Law for his JD. Jason received a MBA during his time in law school. Upon graduation in 2014, Jason pursued a LLM Degree in Tax at Georgetown University Law Center and later graduated in 2015. Jason was selected to be commencement speaker at his graduation. Jason was admitted to practice in the State of Maryland in 2014. Jason was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia in 2017. He is a member of the Tax, Estate Planning, and Business Sections of the Maryland Bar Association....
Mr. Phillip R Zuber
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Upper Marlboro, MD Attorney with 41 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water Street
Suite 101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Free ConsultationBusiness, Insurance Defense, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Phillip R. Zuber has been a “top 50” or "top 100" Maryland Super Lawyer for several years running and a “top 10” Washington, D.C. SuperLawyer, a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association subcommittee on civil pattern jury instructions and a lecturer to the Maryland Judicial Institute. For 35 plus years, he has practiced in the complex areas of medical malpractice (especially obstetrical, neonatal and emergency medicine issues), electric utility accidents, attorney liability, highway fatalities and catastrophic personal injuries. He has acted as general products liability counsel for an...
Tamara Fowler
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Prince Frederick, MD Attorney
(301) 799-5529 35 Duke Street,
P.O. Box 2709
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationArbitration & Mediation and Family
St. Thomas University School of Law
Choosing a family lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Nothing matters more than family matters. Your Family Lawyer must have character, emotional range and most important of all, the right temperament. You are looking for an attorney who has the litigation, mediation and accounting skills to win, but you also need an ally you can trust. When you have both, you can feel confident at every turn and every step of the way.
Chinwe Kpaduwa
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Largo, MD Attorney with 11 years experience
(301) 363-1604 9701 Apollo Drive
Suite 100
Largo, MD 20774
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Chinwe Kpaduwa a skilled trial attorney with years of success as a litigator in civil and criminal matters, with focus in the areas of car accidents, personal injury, criminal & traffic defense. Chinwe, who practices in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, previously worked as an Assistant State's Attorney where she successfully prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. She is also a former insurance adjuster who has settled numerous automobile and personal injury cases for insurance companies.

Chinwe was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers for their 2018 membership. She...
Mr. George P Patterson
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Bowie, MD Lawyer with 23 years experience
(301) 383-1522 17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 101
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
George P. Patterson is a partner at the firm of Patterson Law, LLC. Mr. Patterson has been lead counsel on over 1,000 trials, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. George Patterson has successfully handled over a dozen wrongful death cases along with hundreds of cases involving permanent personal injuries.

Early in Mr. Patterson's career, he obtained dozens of defense verdicts in personal injury jury trials. He has built on this experience to properly present plaintiffs' claims and to avoid tactical mistakes made by plaintiffs' attorneys.

Some of his more noteworthy cases include:

George Patterson obtained a combined judgment...
Jamon Brandon Wiggs
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Largo, MD Lawyer with 15 years experience
(240) 545-5544 9701 Apollo Drive
Suite 301
Largo, MD 20774
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
I am an experienced and dedicated attorney at The Wiggs Law Group. I deliver tough, smart counsel to clients with criminal defense or personal injury needs. My practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury, and also drunk driving, motor vehicle accidents, and traffic tickets. I am passionate about securing justice for the people I represent. I am committed to fighting for my clients' rights.

I have a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University and a M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore. I earned my J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. I am a member of Prince Georges...
Michael Reuben Plummer
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Bowie, MD Lawyer with 5 years experience
(240) 206-8287 16701 Melford Blvd.
Suite 441
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationImmigration
Liberty University School of Law
My name is Michael R. Plummer, attorney at law. I want to personally welcome you to Plummer Legal, LLC™. Many of our clients are pursuing their American Dream. Whether your dream is financial independence or providing your children with a better life, we can help. Our law firm has the knowledge and experience to make those goals a reality. Find out today why our clients consistently recommend our services to family and friends.

For your free consultation, call (240) 206-8287.

-Michael R. Plummer, Esq.
Francis Jones
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Upper Marlboro, MD Attorney with 32 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water St.
#101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
George Mason University School of Law
Attorney Frank R. Jones is a partner at the firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher.

Mr. Jones has successfully developed a practice concentrating in motor vehicle accidents and other complex personal injury litigation, criminal defense including DUI/DWI cases, insurance defense, utility defense, civil litigation, and medical malpractice.

In the criminal area, he’s an experienced defender of those accused of minor misdemeanors to major felonies, including homicide.

In civil litigation, he has had extensive experience in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, fraudulent claims, and special investigations.

Mr. Jones is known by his colleagues as a sharp and gifted cross-examiner. He litigates a...
Arya Saleh
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Waldorf, MD Lawyer with 10 years experience
(844) 632-7274 8 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Arya Saleh, Esq. is an experienced former Assistant State’s Attorney who has prosecuted a diverse array of criminal matters before judges and juries in multiple jurisdictions throughout the State of Maryland.

He began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Montgomery County District Court, working alongside eleven District Court Judges. He was then appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland. He was first assigned to the District Court team, prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor cases, including DUI/traffic cases, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar financial crimes. During this time, he was also designated as Special Prosecutor.

Arya distinguished...
Emmanuelle Regine Francois
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Upper Marlboro, MD Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 358-0377 9701 Apollo Drive, Ste. 301
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Connecticut School of Law
As the founder and managing partner at Francois Legal Group, LLC, E. Regine Francois applies diverse legal and life experience to effectively represent individuals and businesses across a range of practice areas that include: estate planning, civil litigation, personal injury law, protective orders, and consumer matters.
With over a decade of legal experience, Regine understands the value of meticulous preparation to anticipate and avoid potential problems, while asserting her clients’ rights to the fullest extent. She truly cares about each client and views her role as effectively representing and counseling her clients about their options and the potential realities they face...
Brian C. Williams
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Maryland Attorney with 21 years experience

I am an experienced Maryland and District of Columbia Attorney. My practice areas include Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Immigration, Personal Injury, Car Accidents, and Debtor/Creditor Law. I take great pride in providing... Read More »
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Matthew Charles Kunka
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Maryland Lawyer with 12 years experience

Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern UniversityMaryland
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Shawn M. Poe
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Waldorf, MD Attorney with 7 years experience
(844) 632-7274 8 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Maryland Attorney Shawn Poe was born and raised in Southern Maryland and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Poe served in the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon for combat operations. While attending the University of Maryland Law School, he worked as a legal intern at the United States Sentencing Commission and at the Baltimore City Circuit Court. After graduating in 2012 with his...
Erica R. S. Hunt, Esq.
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Camp Springs, MD Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 702-3788 5885 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746
Business, Divorce, Insurance Claims and Landlord Tenant
Georgetown University Law Center
Michael L. Adams
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Upper Marlboro, MD Attorney with 6 years experience
(301) 627-5500 5407 Water St.
#101
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Michael L. Adams is an associate at the law firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher. He concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, DUI/DWI Defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, juvenile law and insurance defense.

Michael is a 2009 graduate of the University of St. Andrews. He received a full tuition academic scholarship to attend the Scottish University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in 2012.

Prior to joining Sasscer, Clagett and Bucher, Michael served as law clerk to the Honorable Leo E. Green, Jr. of...
Valerie E Anias
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Annapolis, MD Lawyer
(410) 919-1790 PO Box 590
Annapolis, MD 21140
Free ConsultationCollections, Divorce, Family and Landlord Tenant
University of Baltimore School of Law
Valerie E. Anias is a founding member of ERA Law Group, LLC. She leads the family law, estate litigation, and mediation sections of the firm’s practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Val brings compassion, understanding, and thoroughness to the table when taking on a case. She is passionate about assisting underrepresented individuals and advocates for her clients irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, family status, etc. Whether the issue involves a child custody dispute, divorce, adoption, or conflicts in an Estate, Val’s approach provides her clients with top notch legal representation and ensures that her clients’ rights...
Karl Lawrence Chen
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Largo, MD Attorney with 23 years experience
(301) 358-3981 9701 Apollo Dr #337
Largo, MD 20774
Free ConsultationNursing Home, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
Ryan Posey
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(301) 645-4100 11705 Berry Road, Suite 202
Waldorf, MD 20603
Free ConsultationWaldorf, MD Attorney with 5 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore School of Law
Experienced attorney with a concentration in criminal law, personal injury and workers compensation cases. Has litigated cases ranging from simple traffic misdemeanors to serious felonies. Has represented clients throughout Southern Maryland in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. Born and raised in Charles County, currently resides in hometown of La Plata, Maryland.
Thomas Edward Pyles
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Waldorf, MD Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 705-5006 2670 Crain Highway
Suite 106
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire, is an accomplished personal injury and criminal defense trial attorney with over 26 years of legal experience. He has a tremendous background in personal injury and criminal defense cases, having tried over 200 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials. Mr. Pyles has handled complex civil and criminal litigation with outstanding client satisfaction and great professionalism. His reputation, both inside the courtroom and out, have allowed him to be one of the top litigators in this state.
Robin Rucker Gaillard Esq.
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Largo, MD Lawyer with 24 years experience
(301) 363-2933 1401 Mercantile Ln
#105
Largo, MD 20774
Divorce, Family, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
My philosophy is a guiding principle in my law practice and I apply it in every facet of serving my clients. My practice is an extension of that philosophy as I help clients problem solve when they are in the throes of a crisis. My philosophy also guides me when I am helping clients to avoid a future crisis through strategic planning and when I help them set priorities to mitigate the impact of a future problem.

Attorney Robin Rucker Gaillard is adept at the law and her ability to listen closely and to provide strong counsel along with a solid...
Randall S Herriott
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Bowie, MD Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 383-1525 17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 108
Bowie, MD 20715
Divorce and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Randall S. Herriott is a founding member and partner at the firm of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC. Randy concentrates his practice in the area of Family Law. Mr. Herriott is well known for successfully representing clients in matters involving the issues of divorce, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, property distribution and domestic violence. In 2008, Mr. Herriott successfully litigated numerous cases involving parties who were seeking the legal and physical custody of their children. In his practice, Mr. Herriott has also successfully litigated several third-party custody actions, where non-parent relatives were granted custody of their minor child relatives. Mr....
Darlene Powell
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Bowie, MD Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 464-6260 16701 Melford Boulevard
Suite 400
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Harvard Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
General practice law firm serving clients in Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding Maryland counties.
Karl Lawrence Chen
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Maryland Attorney with 23 years experience

University of Baltimore School of LawMaryland and District of Columbia
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William McKay Shipp, Esquire
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Maryland Lawyer with 34 years experience

The George Washington University Law SchoolMaryland
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