Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates

Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates

You need someone who will fight for you in the most difficult circumstances -- especially when your future and your family is on the line. At JC Law, we've spent almost 30 years helping good people in tough situations. How can we help you?

Firm Overview

At JC Law, we help Maryland families form the best futures for themselves and their children through the legal system. We will stand with you through it all, doing whatever is necessary to make sure your case closes with a happy ending, and a bright new beginning.

+ General Divorce Services, including Prenuptial Agreements & Post-Divorce Modifications
+ Marital Settlement Agreements (MSAs)
+ Mediation Services
+ Men's Divorce Services, including Paternity & Father's Rights
+ Military Family Law, especially unique Divorce & Property Division requirements
+ Child-Related Services, including Custody, Visitation, & Child Support; Adoption; Grandparents' Rights; and Reproductive Technology
+ Alimony Negotiations
+ Protective & Peace Orders, both Emergency & Final
+ Contempt of Court

Main Office

Main Office
999 Corporate Blvd.
Suite 100
Linthicum, MD 21090


(443) 274-4255


(443) 919-4207


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?


Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Mon. - Fri., 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Sat. & Sun. by appointment only

Office Manager

Dawn Kus

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken



Get to the next phase of your family's new normal through JC Law's divorce services. From prenups to modifications, alimony negotiations to fighting narcissistic spouses -- we've done it all for our clients, & we'll do it for you, too.

Hear what some of our previous divorce clients have said about the team at JC Law:

"Mr. Groves is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in Domestic Law. He was wonderful at advocating for me in court and seeking what is in my best interest during what is a stressful and difficult chapter in life."

"I am working through a separation/divorce with my wife and as expected it can be a little overwhelming and stressful at times. The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have been extremely helpful throughout this process. My attorney is Ms. Abigail Beichler, Esq. and her expertise concerning the law in this matter has had a calming effect throughout this process. My situation is still ongoing but I am very confident in a positive outcome concerning this negative situation because of the The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates and in particular Ms. Abigail Beichler, Esq."

"I needed help and guidance with my Divorce. Mr. Tabaku helped me through each step, clearly explaining everything in terms I was able to understand. He didn’t make me feel like I was bothering him (as I did have a lot of questions) and had patience throughout the entire process. I would definitely use his services if needed in the future. Very highly recommended!"

"The entire team at James Crawford law recently helped me with my divorce. Every person was kind, helpful, and understanding of my situation. They advised me of my options while listening to my wants and needs for my specific situation. All of my calls/texts/emails were answered immediately instilling a confidence in my team and the respect for my time that I cannot express enough satisfaction with. Through every step of the process I was made aware of what was going on and what my options were moving forward. Thanks again for taking a terrible time in my life and making the experience as least stressful as possible. I have recommended James Crawford law to several people and will continue to do so in the future!"

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Child Custody

Raise your children to be healthy and happy young adults through decrees and court-orders that guarantee their future, fought and won by the family law team at JC Law.

Hear what past custody clients have to say about the team at JC Law:

"Zack Groves is very professional, understanding, and working hard to get me through a messy divorce and custody battle. I only wish I would have gone to him sooner."

"The staff here were so compassionate and eager to help solve my emergency custody case. The staff were reliable, knowledgeable and fast. They worked with me to get my son back and I will forever be grated for them and how they handled me during this delicate time. Thank you to the staff at James E Crawford and Associates."

"Zach Groves has represented my divorce custody settlement for over five years. He is very attentive and always give updates with the status of my case and where it is in the legal process. He walked me through the Maryland legal process of my custody settlement and provides all the possible outcome depending on my decision."

"I would Highly recommend this Law Firm to anyone! Throughout a difficult time with custody of my son they have been empathetic, professional and kept the best interest of my greatest son at the forefront! They helped me to ensure the safety and well being of my son by being the best for the best, my son! When they win, my son wins and my son is winning!"

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Collaborative Divorce

Stay out of court and hammer out your differences with current or former family members through third-party mediation services provided by the expert family legal team at JC Law.

Hear what previous divorce clients had to say about the team at JC Law:

"I am currently being represented by Ms. Abigail Biechler and am completely blown away by her professionalism, compassion and client care. She does not procrastinate and is extremely knowledgeable and performance oriented. In addition to all this she is also very personable and caring and shows genuine concern about the client. Wouldn't want to divorce again but if I had to or was asked for a recommendation it would be Ms. Biechler all the way. Anything less and you're cheating yourself. There aren't enough categories to rate her here. More over, she is a credit to this law office."

"Zachery Groves is amazing! He took on my complicated divorce case and made it all work out with his knowledge and experience in the field. I didn't feel like I was just another case. All thanks to Zack because he always listened to my concerns and worked with me as a team. He is not like other lawyers who shy away from difficult cases. He is very determined to do the best for you, the client. He is very professional, courteous and overall amazing person to work with. He will always give you the best option that suits your situation and look out for you. Thanks Zack!"

"I'm thinking of where my life is now and I am thankful that Florian was there to help me in my divorce. I was going through hell before hiring him with the way my marriage had crumbled. I am so happy that Florian represented me. He put me at ease about the process and kept me continuously updated on my case. I was very emotional but it did not seem to bother him. Florian really did look out for my interests. He really fought for me and I appreciate that he checks in on me."

"I highly recommend Zack Groves for your divorce attorney. Zack took over my contested divorce from another lawyer, which is hard to do. My divorce was adversely affecting my health. Zack and his team met with me and assured me they would actively work with me to get the best possible solution. I left 2 binders and a stack of paper documents of information. Zack immediately started work and restarted communications with the opposing lawyer. He has always passed on information and consulted me on his plans for my case."

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Divorce Mediation

When everyone agrees, everyone wins -- but sometimes, you need an expert negotiator to help that agreement along. Stay out of court and hammer out your differences with current or former family members through third-party mediation with JC Law.

Here's what more of our divorce clients had to say about the team at JC Law:

"My attorney did a great job, she was very knowledgeable and always got back to me quickly when I had questions about my divorce case, she kept me up to date on everything and let me decide after giving me the facts as we moved forward. We ended up reconciling after 6 months in divorce court and James Crawford was a big part of that due to their diligence and guidance throughout the process. I would definitely recommend them. This is the second time I have utilized James Crawford and have had a good outcome both times."

"Mr. Tabaku represented me in my divorce. I am very happy with him and his representation. He clearly explained to me the process and what to expect. I was able to reach him when I had any questions and he answered all of my questions. He made a difficult process much easier for me."

"Mr Groves and his team handled my divorce REALLY well. They were also very prompt in keeping me apprised of the progress in my case. I strongly recommend him and his team."

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How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

"Serious Trial Lawyers"

When we say we're "serious trial lawyers," it's more than just words.

Trial experience is trial experience. If you have it, as we do, it means that we can make a promise to our clients, not that we win every case -- no lawyer can make that guarantee -- but that we will do everything in our power to solve the problem and make things right.

We stand with you in your time of need and get the job done. We are trial lawyers, with an AV rating* from Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. We truly care about the outcome of your case.

Family law is not an area of law where lawyers can separate themselves emotionally from what the client is going through. Divorce can be very difficult. So can child custody and visitation, and the matter of property division. A family law attorney must have some "skin in the game," so to speak.

What's the best way for a lawyer to get some skin in the game?

Going to bat for clients, as we have, countless numbers of times, in courtrooms all across Maryland. In fact, there's likely no courthouse in Maryland that we haven't personally set foot inside over our years of law practice.

Since 1992, we have represented mothers and fathers, men and women, in all types of divorce and family law matters.

Give Us a Call -- 443-274-4255

As trial lawyers, we might call ourselves serious, but what that means is we are more than capable of standing up for you when and where you need us, whether it's at the bargaining table or in court in front of a judge.

But don't believe us just because we say so. Pick up the phone and give us a call and hear what we have to say about your case. For your free initial consultation, please contact us at 443-274-4255.

We also provide complimentary Zoom video consultations.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Meet James E. Crawford Jr.

I don't really like to write about myself. (That's probably true about most of us.) But I think it's important to convey a little about the lawyer and person you're thinking of representing you.

I've been practicing law since 1992. Before that, I completed my undergraduate degree at Frostburg State University in 1985, my Master of Arts at the University of Baltimore in 1987 and my law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1992.

As an attorney, I have handled literally thousands of cases throughout the years. Those cases included a mix of high-profile and routine cases -- though, quite frankly, no case is routine when it comes to the person I am representing.

I practice in every county, district court, circuit court and federal court in Maryland. Simply put, there isn't a courtroom in Maryland that I haven't been in.

What I Think About the Law Profession and Law Practice

When I built this website, I was asked to write about myself, and I had to stop and think about my particular qualities and why I've been so successful practicing law all these years.

In other words, what makes me the type of lawyer (and type of person) that you would want representing you? Why do clients continue to come back? Why is the majority of my practice referrals from other clients who are very satisfied with the outcomes of their cases?

Probably my most desirable quality is that I really care about the outcome of my clients' cases and their well-being. I believe that it is really important for a lawyer to strive to do his or her best for a client in every way possible.

Frankly, I think my profession has lost its way in that regard somewhat. There are still a lot of good lawyers out there, but I think a lot of people don't look at lawyers the way they used to. It's very important for a lawyer to represent a client with all of his or her ability and skill. I still believe practicing law is a noble cause, and that justifies using all my energy and skills to represent a client.

I am a trial lawyer, plain and simple. I am in court just about every day of my working life. I've tried thousands of cases, and I am very familiar with the courthouse and courthouse personnel. That is why I have been so successful: I have been there many times.

James E. Crawford

Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates

The legal team at JC Law is led by the firm's founder and managing partner, Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr.

With nearly twenty-one years of trial experience in federal and state courts throughout Maryland and beyond, Mr. Crawford is recognized as one of the most able and tenacious trial lawyers throughout the state and has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success. His primary areas are criminal law and family law, as well as high profile litigation -- all of which puts him in the unique position to oversee even the most intimidating of cases.

In 1984, he became the youngest elected official in the state by being elected to the state's democratic central committee and, two years later, ran for the Maryland House of Delegates.

Mr. Crawford earned a master's degree at Baltimore University in 1987. He began attending night school at the University of Baltimore School of Law and earned his doctorate degree in 1992, immediately founding his own private practice. Since that time, Mr. Crawford has handled many notable cases that have appeared in the media. The type of cases ranges from ordinary citizens to police officers, professional athletes, lawyers, doctors, politicians and other persons of notoriety.

With over 28 years of experience, Mr. Crawford is recognized as one of the most able, tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, culminating in an extraordinary record of success. He has been recognized as a leader in the legal community by his peers and his clients for many years.


University of Baltimore
Juris Doctorate,

Zack Groves

Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates

It has always been my belief that our clients should feel assured in knowing that they are receiving competent and zealous representation.

I attended Saint Mary's College of Maryland in Saint Mary's City, Maryland and graduated with a B.A. in History in 2002. I then attended Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, P.A. and received my Juris Doctor Degree in 2005.

Throughout Law School and after graduation, my places of employment have included the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc, and Robert Ades and Associates, P.C..
Our Firm fosters the mentality that each client deserves individualized representation. It is our hope to guide each client, in any problem that may arise, with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency. I look forward to providing you with my absolute best effort.

Thank you,
Zack Groves Esq.


Widener University
Juris Doctor, 2005

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