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For over twenty-five years, attorney Darlene Wright Powell has been serving the needs of clients in Prince George's County and surrounding areas. Attorney Powell started her own practice with the goal of better serving her clients by tailoring her practice to fit the specific needs of each client.

To enable her to better serve her clients, she is committed to personally taking the time to meet with her clients to discuss their goals. Attorney Powell's first job as your lawyer is to listen. With an understanding of your situation, she can begin to work with you to fulfill your needs.  Attorney Powell is licensed to practice law in both the State of Maryland and in the District of Columbia.



Lawyer and Community Member

Attorney Powell understands that becoming a successful, experienced lawyer requires more than just legal skills. She has been an active participant in public and private community organizations and activities, including the Citizen's Review Board and Prince George's County Management Oversight Panel. Attorney Powell has drawn on her experiences in these activities to become more in tune with the needs and concerns of the community.

Working for the Client

Attorney Powell prides herself on providing a clear picture of the options available to her clients under the law. She strives to help her clients understand the practical consequences of their choices. Whether your case has the potential to involve monetary issues or the possibility of affecting a personal relationship, she can help to provide a better picture of your rights within the law and how each choice will shape your life.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
  5. General Practice: 5%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Xavier Pendergraft

    Darlene has been fighting for her clients for over 25 years. She has provided mentorship and guidance to many young attorneys along the way. I'm proud to be one! She practices primarily in Prince George's County and is well known in the legal community. Choosing her to be your advocate is a wise decision!


    Brian Pendergraft Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sahmra April Stevenson-Smith

    Professional and helpful to the case and clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Sahmra Stevenson-Smith Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Darlene Wright Powell, P.A.

16701 Melford Blvd
Suite 400
Bowie, MD, 20715


DCActive 198705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mock Trial- JudgeBar Association2015
Principiante IIAcademia De Espanol Nicoya2015
5.0 of 5.0 Overall Client RatingLawyers.com2015
Martindale-Hubbell BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Martindale-Hubblell BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
5.0 of 5.0 Overall Client RatingLawyers.com2014
Martindale-Hubbell BV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2013
5.0 of 5.0 Overall Client RatingLawyers.com2013
Martindale-Hubbell BV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Martindale-Hubbell BV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Martindale-Hubble BV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Martindale-Hubbell BV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Mock Trial CoachEleanor Roosevelt High School2006
Member of Citizens' Review BoardAppointed by Governor Ehrlich2003
Member Prince George's County Management Oversight PanelAppointed by Governor Glendening2002
Trustee for Maryland Public Defender SystemAppointed by Governor Schaefer1990
Commencement SpeakerEverest CollegeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Darlene Wright Powell, P.A.1994 - Present
Managing AttorneyLaw Firm of Powell and Powell, P.A.1989 - 1994
Contract AttorneyMaryland OPD1989 - 1990
Associate Regional CounselKaiser Permanente1987 - 1988
Associate General CounselM-NCPPC1986 - 1987
AttorneyFidelity and Deposit Company1986 - 1986
Lecturer (Summer 1986)University of Maryland School of Law1986 - 1986
Legal Methods Assistant (Fall 1984)University Of Maryland School Of Law1984 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Community Crisis Services, Inc.Member of Board of Directors2014 - Present
Citizens' Review Board for ChildrenMember2003 - 2006
Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador NetworkChair2002 - 2014
Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador NetworkMember2002 - Present
Management Oversight PanelMember2002 - 2002
Mission of Love, Inc.Advisor/Board of Directors Member1998 - 2002
Mission of Love, Inc.Chairperson, Board of Directors1997 - 1998
American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)Member1995 - Present
Maryland Public Defender SystemMember of Board of Trustees1990 - 1992
Prince George's County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeFormer MemberN/A
Prince George's County Bar Association, Committee on CommitteesFormer MemberN/A
Prince George's County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of Baltimore CityFormer Member- Publications CommitteeN/A
Bar Association of Baltimore CityFormer Member- Public Service CommitteeN/A
Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionFormer Member- Public Service CommitteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Powell v. Commissioner of Internal RevenueCase won resulting in IRS making nationwide changes in how it gathered change of address information for taxpayers.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Daily Record NewspaperContributing Writer1985
The Daily Record NewspaperStaff Writer1984
The Daily Record NewspaperStaff Writer1983
The Maryland Journal of International Law and TradeArticles Editor (Spring 1984)N/A
Daily Record NewspaperVarious legal articlesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor RelationsIndustrial and Labor RelationsBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Harvard University Law SchoolProgram of Instruction for LawyersCertificateN/A
Academia de Espanol NIcoyaSpanish Immersion ProgramCertificateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Single Parents GroupFamily Law2015
High School Mock Trial CompetitionMock Trial Judge2015
Ask-A-Lawyer SeminarFamily Law2014
Training for LawyersKnow Your Courthouse2013
Maryland Partners for Justice ConferenceLitigation2012
LecturerBar Exam Preparation Course1986