Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC

Our goal at the Law Office of Alisa G. Cummins, PC in Ellicott City and Towson, Maryland is to help clients reach amicable resolutions to their family conflicts.

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Firm Overview

Our practice endeavors to resolve family law disputes through alternate dispute resolution techniques, such as collaborative practice and mediation. However, in those cases where alternative dispute resolution is not possible, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Alisa Cummins, PC will zealously pursue favorable resolutions through the traditional litigation process.
Our firm represents men and women in all types of domestic conflicts and other types of family law matters, including:
-Divorce
-Alimony
-Separation agreements
-Child custody and access
-Child support
-Court-appointed representation of children
-Domestic violence
-Marital property disposition
-Marital settlement agreements
-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Guardianship
-Third party/grandparent custody and access
-Adoptions
-Collaborative practice

Customized approach to each case:
Our firm approaches every case as unique. We tailor our approach to each individual client and to his or her particular set of circumstances. There is no "typical" case. The constant is the dedication and level of skill brought to bear in each family law matter. Our goal is always to provide the best possible result for each client, taking into consideration individualized goals, as well as the best interests of any children involved.

The firm's founder, Alisa G. Cummins, has over 18 years of experience. She has been honored as a Maryland Super Lawyer in family law and collaborative practice in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as well as a member of the Legal Elite Reader's Poll 2010. Many of the firm's clients are referred by other lawyers and by satisfied clients.
Main Office

Main Office
3290 North Ridge Road, Suite 320
Ellicott City  MD  21043

Phone
  • 410-465-0001
Child Custody
At the Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC we are always guided by the best interests of the children involved in legal disputes.
We are highly skilled at representing both men and women in child support, custody and visitation matters.
Child Support
Our firm is also experienced in handling family law conflicts including child support and custody disputes.
Alisa G. Cummins, has been certified and court-appointed to serve as counsel for children of separation and divorce, providing advocacy and a voice for children facing the difficult challenges of a high-conflict custody dispute.
Collaborative Divorce
Howard County attorney Alisa G. Cummins is well known for her use of alternate dispute resolution methods in approaching domestic and family law disputes.
Ms. Cummins is a trained mediator and collaborative practice lawyer. Mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice are forms of alternative dispute resolution used in place of litigation, which involves taking a dispute to court. Ms. Cummins strives to maintain civility among family members and to minimize negative effects on any children involved.
Divorce
Divorce and family law attorney Alisa G. Cummins has represented clients in traditional, litigated family law matters for over 18 years.
She provides legal counsel that is compassionate, competent and tough when necessary to help clients get through this difficult process.
Divorce Mediation
Mediating family disputes
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution whereby a "mediator" or third party helps the parties in a dispute reach a settlement. The mediator may propose a solution, but does not have authority to make binding decisions. The objective of mediation is to find a middle ground where all parties can agree.
Family
Traditional family law litigation is initiated when one party files a Complaint, which is served on the opposing party.
The matter then proceeds by way of an initial conference, where the Court establishes various deadlines and court dates, as well as schedules mediation and parenting classes where appropriate. If the issues still cannot be resolved, a court trial is scheduled.
Military Divorce
Howard County attorney Alisa G. Cummins is highly skilled at representing clients in court when their family disputes cannot be settled through alternate dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration or collaborative practice.
The Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC will assist you every step of the way.

Alisa G. Cummins

Alisa G. Cummins is the principal at the Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC. She is admitted to practice in Maryland in the circuit and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland. Ms. Cummins received her B.A., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University in 1989 and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1992. Her areas of practice include:
-Collaborative family law
-Family law
-Divorce
-Child custody
-Child access
-Child support
-Alimony
-Separation agreements
-Property settlement agreements
-Grandparent custody and visitation
-Adoptions
-Guardianship
-Court-appointed representation of children
-Family mediation
-Uncontested divorce
-Post-divorce modification
-Paternity
-Other third-party custody and visitation
-Super Lawyers

Admissions:
-1992, Maryland
-1993, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
-2012, Supreme Court of the United States

Awards:
-Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
-Legal Elite, Smart CEO, 2010

Memberships:
-Howard County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeCo-Chair
-Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
-Bar Association of Baltimore City, Family Law Committee
-Maryland State Bar Association, Council - Section on Family and Juvenile Law
-Maryland State Bar Association, Section on Solo and Small Firm Practice
-International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
-American Bar Association, Section on Family and Juvenile Law
-Women's Bar Association of Maryland
-Howard County Inns of Court
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Member, Statutory Considerations Committee of the Commission on Child Custody Decision-Making
-Leadership Howard County Class of 2014

Teaching, Lecturing, and Publications:
Ms. Cummins has had the privilege of teaching and lecturing in a variety of contexts both in the areas of continuing legal education and law school course work. Ms. Cummins' speaking engagements include:
-Maryland State Bar Association, The Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XLV, Number 1, "Custody and Visitation Cases; How to Serve the Child's Best Interests," Co-Author with The Honorable Diane O. Leasure and Keith N. Schiszik
-Maryland State Bar Association, Hot Tips/Topics in Family Law, "Interesting Places to Subpoena"
-Faculty, Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration, "Representing Children in Contested Custody Cases in Maryland: the Guidelines of Practice for Court-Appointed Lawyers Representing Children in Cases Involving Child Custody or Child Access"
-Baltimore City Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, "Basic Divorce Law for the General Practitioner"
-Family Law University, MICPEL, "Direct and Cross Examination"
-Institute for Paralegal Education, "Complex Divorce Issues for the Maryland Paralegal"
-University of Maryland School of Law, Guest Speaker, Children and Divorce, Practical Advice & Tips from Court-Appointed Attorneys

Community Work:
-Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service, pro bono,1997present
-Legal Services to the Elderly, 1997present
-Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Domestic Mediator, 1997present
-Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Domestic Facilitator, 2005present
-Howard County Bar Association Family Law Clinic, 2010present

Jennifer O. Bradbury

Jennifer O. Bradbury is an associate at the Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC. She is admitted to practice in Maryland in the circuit and appellate courts. Ms. Bradbury received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law. During law school, Ms. Bradbury performed an Asper Fellowship supervised by the Honorable Richard S. Bernhardt of the Circuit Court for Howard County. After law school, Ms. Bradbury served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard S. Bernhardt. During her clerkship, she was exposed to a variety of highly contested family law cases involving divorce, alimony, custody disputes, child support, domestic violence, and complex property divisions. Ms. Bradbury has also performed internships with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Appellant Division and Baltimore City Department of Social Services, Legal Services Division. Ms. Bradbury also served as a Student Outreach Coordinator for AmeriCorps (North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA, Duke University). Admitted to the Maryland Bar in December 2011, Ms. Bradbury joined the Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC in August 2012 and currently handles cases involving all family law related matters.

Memberships:
-Howard County Bar Association
-Maryland State Bar Association
-Women's Bar Association of Maryland

Activities & Awards:
-Dean's Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010-2011 Academic Year
-The University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Member
-Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Member
-Christian Legal Society, Member (Secretary 2009-2011)
-Maryland Law Katrina Project, Criminal Law Program Co-Chair (2009-2011)
-Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society
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