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Jac E Knust

Jac E Knust

also known as The Collaborative Law Group

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Real Estate

About Me

I have enjoyed practicing law and mediating disputes for the past 41 years. It is very rewarding to be able to advise people about the law and to assist them in resolving difficult and sensitive matters.

I have been appointed as a Standing Examiner for the Circuit Court for Howard County and will take testimony and recommend actions to the Judges in uncontested matters.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1972

  1. Family: 65%
    43 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    43 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    43 years, 20 thousand cases
  4. Mediation: 10%
    21 years, 150 cases
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    43 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($150-380/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Jac is smart, compassionate and dedicated to helping resolve matters peacefully. I endorse him without reservation.


    Julie Landau Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Fred Howard Silverstein

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jac for almost 40 years. As each year goes by, he becomes a wiser and more seasoned veteran in the practice of law.


    Fred Silverstein Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Collaborative Law Group

10440 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 900
Columbia, MD, 21044



DCInactive 197809/08/2009

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Athletic Hall of FameFriends School of Baltimore2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Heuisler Honor SocietyUniversity of Baltimore School of Law1973

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Standing ExaminerCircuit Court For Howard County, Maryland2014 - Present
MediatorCircuit Court for Baltimore County2003 - 2015
MediatorCircuit Court for Anne Arundel County2002 - 2015
MediatorCircuit Court of Carroll County2001 - 2015
MediatorCircuit Court For Howard County, Maryland2000 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender for Howard County1979 - 1984
Assistant State's AttorneyState's Attorney for Howard County1973 - 1973
InstructorCatonsville Community College1973 - 1976
Attorney at Law/ MediatorThe Collaborative Law Group1972 - Present
CaptainUs Army Reserves1971 - 1974


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Howard County Women's Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Collaborative Professionals of BaltimoreAttorney Member2013 - Present
Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc.President, Treasurer, Founding Board Member2010 - Present
Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc.Treasurer2010 - 2012
Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, Inc.Treasurer, Board Member2009 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsAttorney Member2007 - Present
Carroll County Collaborative Practice GroupAttorney Member2007 - 2009
Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.Attorney Member1972 - Present
Howard County Bar Association, Inc.Attorney Member1972 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Thomas v. State, 277MD314 (1976)The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction and found Mr. Thomas not guilty, finding that the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had driven the vehicle.
Murphy v. BGE, 290MD186(1981)Court held that a real property owner owes no duty to a trespasser.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catonsville Community CollegeBusiness AccountingCertificate of Business Accounting1977
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD1973
Clemson UniversityIndustrial ManagementBS1969
Friends SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1966

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
May MeetingPracticing Collaborative Law Efficiently2015
60 Plus Estate Planning SeminarsWills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Directives2012
Pre-Retirement PlanningEstate Planning1974