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Representation of the Child in Cases Involving Child Custody or Child Access Issues

Types of Attorneys Who Represent Children

Attorneys can serve three roles on behalf of children in cases with child custody or child access issues:

A Child's Best Interest Attorney, or BIA, is a lawyer apointed by a court for the purpose of protecting a child's best interests, without being bound by the child's directives or objectives. BIAs used to be called "guardians ad litem." The Child's Best Interest Attorney makes an independent assessment of what is in the child's best interest and advocates for that before the court, even if it requires the disclosure of confidential information.

A Child's Advocate Attorney, formerly called a "child's attorney," is a lawyer appointed by the court to provide independent legal counsel for a child. A Child's Advocate Attorney owes the child the same duties of undivided loyalty, confidentiality, and competent representation as are due an adult client. This type of attorney is appointed when the child is need of a voice in court, such as in relocation cases, when there are allegations of child abuse, or where the child is sufficiently mature and sees his/her interests as distinct from the interests of his/her parents.

A Child's Privilege Attorney is a lawyer appointed by the court in a case involving child custody or child access to decide whether to assert or waive, on behalf of a minor child, any privilege that the child if an adult would be entitled to assert or waive. This term replaces the term “Nagle v. Hooks Attorney” (Nagle v. Hooks, 296 Md. 123 (1983)). The court may combine the roles of Child's Privilege Attorney with either of the other two roles.

Download The Maryland Guidelines for Practice for Court-Appointed Lawyers Representing Children in Cases Involving Child Custody or Child Access (PDF)

Download Policies and Procedures for the Appointment of Child Counsel (PDF)

Download the Order Appointing Counsel for Child (PDF)


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Court-Approved Roster of Child-Counsel Attorneys (last updated 12/17/2015)

NOTE: The following list is in alphabetical order; this list does not make any representations as to the competence of a particular attorney but only affirms that each attorney has complied with the requirements of Md. Rule § 9-205.0 and the policies and procedures established by the Circuit Court for the appointment of child counsel.

It is anticipated that additional attorneys will be added to the list on an ongoing basis as new applications are received and approved.

Attorneys with More than 10 Years of Practice Experience

Name Telephone Number Resume
Avery, Bruce (301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
Bach, David (301) 738-7655 Download Resume (PDF)
Baum, Robert (301) 610-0610 Download Resume (PDF)
Berry, Rodella    
Biedron, Jonathan J. (301) 916-2900 Download Resume (PDF)
Christopher, Julie (301) 838-3257 Download Resume (PDF)
Cohn, Douglas (301) 986-8877 Download Resume (PDF)
Collier, Heather (301) 340-9090 Download Resume (PDF)
Demeo, Regina
(301) 621-0559 Download Resume (PDF)
Diamond, Gary (240) 621-0559 Download Resume (PDF)
Donohue, Sara (240) 507-1703 Download Resume (PDF)
Duclos, Suzanne (301) 340-3266 Download Resume (PDF)
Emond, Kristin (301) 340-1616 Download Resume (PDF)
Fey, Nancy (301) 279-5979 Download Resume (PDF)
Fink, Stephanie (301) 762-8872 Download Resume (PDF)
Fishberg, Lisa (301) 951-0240 Download Resume (PDF)
Flynn, Mary Ellen (301) 563-6685 Download Resume (PDF)
Gaba, Steven (301) 738-7770 Download Resume (PDF)
Gardner, David (301) 762-8475 Download Resume (PDF)
Gomez, Luis
(301) 762-8011 Download Resume (PDF)
Guzman, Sandra
(301) 340-1911 Download Resume (PDF)
Havens, Keith (301) 947-3330 Download Resume (PDF)
Helfant, Nogah (301) 279-8840 Download Resume (PDF)
Helwig, Nina (301) 424-1232 Download Resume (PDF)
Hyatt, Jerry (301) 840-2232 Download Resume (PDF)
Ingram, Shelly (301) 658-7354 Download Resume (PDF)
Joehl, Virginia (301) 587-2099 Download Resume (PDF)
Johnson, Sharon (301) 251-5510 Download Resume (PDF)
Kane, Laura (301) 251-6678 Download Resume (PDF)
Lustig, Susanne (301) 926-8822 Download Resume (PDF)
Lynch, Maura (301) 704-1573 Download Resume (PDF)
Lyons, Elisabeth (202) 669-8899 Download Resume (PDF)
Markowicz, Jeffrey (917) 618-4047 Download Resume (PDF)
McCabe, Heather (443) 812-1435 Download Resume (PDF)
McLeod, Gwendolen (301) 424-8841 Download Resume (PDF)
Murnane, Andrew (202) 434-4550 Download Resume (PDF)
Nichols, Pilar (301) 762-8999 Download Resume (PDF)
Oliver, Debra (301) 367-4021 Download Resume (PDF)
Otieno, Rosalyn (301) 358-3818 Download Resume (PDF)
Parvis, Lindsay (301) 340-9090 Download Resume (PDF)
Planta, William (301) 431-0722 Download Resume (PDF)
Platnick, Geoffrey (301) 762-1962 Download Resume (PDF)
Price, Timothy (301) 762-1696 Download Resume (PDF)
Rismiller, Donna (301) 340-1616 Download Resume (PDF)
Rochvarg, Ria (410) 313-9725 Download Resume (PDF)
Rowan, Michael (301) 762-1696 Download Resume (PDF)
Schweitzer, Harvey (301) 469-3382 Download Resume (PDF)
Scofield, Susan (301) 309-2999 Download Resume (PDF)
Sinay, Michael (301) 986-7900 Download Resume (PDF)
Shepardson, Zhia (301) 340-1616 Download Resume (PDF)
Sunderman, Heather (301) 664-7710 Download Resume (PDF)
Solomon, Alan    
Sosnick, Barbara (202) 421-4821 Download Resume (PDF)
Stokes, Shayla

(301) 588-0475

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Wagner, Sylvia

(301) 279-5979

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Wills, Vincent

(301) 340-9090

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Attorneys with More than 10 Years of Practice Experience (Bilingual)

Name Telephone Number Resume
Demeo, Regina (Spanish) (301) 621-0559 Download Resume (PDF)
Gomez, Luis (Spanish) (301) 762-8011 Download Resume (PDF)
Guzman, Sandra (Spanish) (301) 340-1911 Download Resume (PDF)
Nichols, Pilar (Spanish) (301) 762-8999 Download Resume (PDF)

Attorneys with 7-10 Years of Practice Experience

Name Telephone Number Resume
Coates, Tracey (301) 656-7603 Download Resume (PDF)
Conroy, Aindrea (301) 762-1696 Download Resume (PDF)
Dunlap, Robyn (301) 515-7808 Download Resume (PDF)
Hughes, Christina (301) 652-7595 Download Resume (PDF)
Italia, Andrew (240) 654-2454 Download Resume (PDF)
Kucinski, Melissa (202) 713-5165 Download Resume (PDF)
Lucero, Alicia (301) 787-8531 Download Resume (PDF)
Malik, Sarah
(301) 775-0360 Download Resume (PDF)
McDonough, Kathryn
(301) 563-6685 Download Resume (PDF)
Morris, Jillian (301) 424-1440 Download Resume (PDF)
Ponton, Ninette
(301) 699-5800 Download Resume (PDF)
Rosan, Megan (301) 656-1177 Download Resume (PDF)
Wall, AnneMarie (301) 610-7444 Download Resume (PDF)
Weschler, Thomas (301) 424-8841 Download Resume (PDF)

Attorneys with 7-10 Years of Practice Experience (Bilingual)

Name Telephone Number Resume
Lucero, Alicia (Spanish) (301) 787-8531 Download Resume (PDF)
Malik, Sarah (Hindi and Urdu) (301) 762-8011 Download Resume (PDF)
McDonough, Kathryn(Spanish) (301) 563-6685 Download Resume (PDF)
Ponton, Ninette (Spanish) (301) 699-5800 Download Resume (PDF)

Attorneys with Three (3) to Six (6) Years of Practice Experience

Name Telephone Number Resume
Cabrera, Michelle (301) 466-1465 Download Resume (PDF)
Gelmann, Emily Download Resume (PDF)
Goitein, Evan (301) 323-8272 Download Resume (PDF)
Horani, Morriah (301) 656-8850 Download Resume (PDF)
Jean, Martine (240) 505-5391 Download Resume (PDF)
Ryan, Suzanne (301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
Zlatkus, Christy (301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)

Bilingual Attorney(s) with Three (3) to Six (6) Years of Practice Experience

Name Telephone Number Resume
Goitein, Evan (Italian and French) (301) 323-8272 Download Resume (PDF)
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