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Michele A. Zavos

Wills and living wills Attorney at Washington, DC

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About Michele

Learn Michele’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Wills and living wills
    50%
    I work with all kinds of clients to insure that their wishes are followed both while they are living and at their deaths. I am particularly concerned with stability for children, and with protecting clients who are not married. I prepare Powers of Attorney, Temporary Guardianships, HIPAA Authorizations, Final Arrangement documents, Designations of Standby Guardians, and other documents that will carry oout my clients' wishes

    44 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Adoption
    30%
    I represent clients in all types of adoptions, from second-parent adoptions to international readoptions to foster care adoptions to relative and step-parent adoptions, in any circumstances. I work across state lines, with obtaining ICPC approval, and I work with birth parents. I was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys and have a great deal of expertise in adoption and ART matters.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    I help clients negotiate the legal issues associated with the death of a loved one, including the distribution of assets and payment of debt through the supervision of a court.

    41 years, 125 cases

Michele has over 40 years of experience as an attorney in the Washington metropolitan area. She works very closely with her clients, and is known for her personal service. She generally is available to her clients after regular business hours and on weekends as necessary. Michele focuses her practice on adoptions, estate planning and the preparation of personal planning documents, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills, probate, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology.

 

Michele has successfully represented clients in over one thousand adoptions in Maryland and the District of Columbia, including second-parent and joint adoptions, readoptions after a foreign adoption, step-parent adoptions, foster care adoptions, direct placements, and agency adoptions. She has worked with thousands of clients to establish estate plans, including drafting Wills and other personal planning documents. She has also negotiated property and custody agreements for separating couples. Michele now has a family mediation practice to assist couples in resolving their disputes without going to Court. Based on her work in adoption matters, Michele was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in the spring of 2005. She was also elected to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys for her work on surrogacy and other assisted reproduction issues.  Because of her extensive contacts, Michele can provide clients with appropriate referrals for any legal matter.

 

Michele has been a pioneer in creating legal protections for LGBT headed families and families headed by unmarried opposite sex couples. She was one of the founders in 1982 of the first "maybe baby" group for lesbians in the Washington metropolitan area. She was also a founder of the National LGBT Bar Association in 1987.  She has been representing LGBT families in second-parent and joint adoptions since these adoptions were established in Maryland and the District of Columbia in 1994 and has been in the forefront nationally and locally in developing legal protections for LGBT and other families outside of the mainstream.  Michele is particularly sensitive to these issues as she has a now adult daughter from a same-sex relationship.

 

For many years Michele taught as an adjunct professor for the Women's Studies Program at the George Washington University and the Washington College of Law at American University. American University named her Outstanding Adjunct Professor in 1999. Michele has won many awards from LGBT organizations for her longstanding service to the LGBT community, including being the recipient of Capital Pride's Director's Award for Family, Woman's Monthly Community Service Award, Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program Community Service Award, Wanda's Warrior's Award, Community Pioneers Award, and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Jerome Heilman Community Service Award.  Michele received the William J. Brennan Award from the District of Columbia Bar in 2019 for her lifetime of work with LGBT and other families.

 

Michele was also one of the first co-chairs of the Gay and Lesbian Subcommittee of the D.C. Bar, the precursor to GAYLAW. She served on the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for more than 8 years by appointment of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Michele served on the Adoption Rules Committee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked with Equality Maryland on a review of the Maryland Constitution and Code for discrimination against same-sex couples. She volunteers regularly with the Whitman-Walker Clinic. She is also a selected member of the National Family Law Advisory Council for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

 

For many years Michele has given presentations on adoption, estate, and same-sex family issues to all kinds of audiences, both national and local, including Unitarian Universalist Churches, Metropolitan Community Churches, Wanda's Will Project, "Maybe Baby" classes, Gay Family Foundation, the Passages Conference, National Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the D.C. Center, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and others. She has also written extensively on LGBT family law, sexual orientation and the law, and AIDS and the law.

 

Prior to building her own law practice, Michele worked for Georgia Legal Services in Statesboro, Georgia; Legal Aid in Baltimore, Maryland; as a law clerk to Judge Gladys Kessler when she was on the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; a small law firm in the District of Columbia, and the American Bar Association as Director of the AIDS Coordination Project. Michele was also a partner in the firm of Dolkart and Zavos.  She established the Zavos Juncker Law Group PLLC in 2012, then became a partner in Delaney McKinney LLP in 2019.  She restablished her solo practice in May, 2020.


She is an active member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland, and received her J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1979, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1974.

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ZAVOS LAW
Michele Zavos
Licensed for 43 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/30/2015
State GA
Status Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Michele

ZAVOS LAW
Mailing Address
1604 Newton St. NE
Washington, DC, 20018

Reviews

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Posted by Larry | April 9, 2020
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Same-sex marriage was not yet legal, and I was in a pickle.
I had placed the ashes of my former partner in a memorial bench here in Indianapolis. However, nine years later I decided I should move much closer to family in Kansas City as I am getting older. Consequently, I wanted to retrieve those ashes to take with me. My partner and I had been together for 32 years, but since this was at a time when same-sex marriage was not yet legal, I was told by the Indiana Dept. of Health I did not have the right to have those ashes back as I was viewed as not being his next of kin. Michele was pragmatic about my situation, giving me sage advice on what to do to change the minds of the powers-that-be in the health department. I sent over my partner's will, his durable power of attorney, and his medical power of attorney which ultimately changed the health department's decision. I am so glad I had Attorney Zavos' backing through this emotional experience as she was the encouragement that got me what I all along thought was my due. Thanks to Michele Zavos, a most compassionate professional!
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2019
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Excellent Experience with Michele Zavos
Michele represented us on a complicated adoption process. She was the ultimate professional, both in terms of her legal expertise and client service. She was able to successfully guide us through the process and was an amazing advocate in an area where the law was not clear. Adoption is an emotional experience and she helped us deal with the stress and emotions with a steady hand. She also helped us obtain medical attention and insurance coverage before the adoption was complete. We would recommend Michele to anyone needing a family law attorney.
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Posted by Svetlana | April 25, 2019
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Amazing work
Michele and her team helped us with everything regarding our second-parent adoption, and then some. We really enjoyed our communication with them and everything was very easy. We are so very grateful for having them as we navigated through all of this, especially as we were traveling and moving. We could not have asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by Tara | April 2, 2019
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Michele Zavos is an excellent lawyer
I hired Michele Zavos to prepare all my end of life legal documents, including a will. Her firm offered excellent professional service, and offered me the help and guidance that I needed. I highly recommend Michele Zavos.
Posted by Reinaldo | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Adoption Process COMPLETED!! Woo-hoo!!!
Ms. Zavos represented me during the adoption process. I really appreciated her "no-nonsense approach" to address all the sensitive and sticky details. With one single 1-hr initial meeting she clarified the entire adoption process... after that, it was just a matter of lay back and follow the initial action plan. Also, Ms. Zavos' staff was outstanding at every single step of this journey. Gracias.
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Posted by Judy | January 4, 2019
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Partner at Zavos/Juncker Law Group
Michele Zavos was recommended to me 15 years ago as an attorney who could assist me in drawing up my first will...which she did. I enjoyed working with her and appreciated both her expertise and her sense of humor. She had a way of explaining various issues that was very easy for me to understand. Then, when my father died in 2006, she agreed to assist me in my role as my father's executrix to settle his estate. She went above and beyond in providing advice and help in preparing and expediting the processing of all those documents that needed to be filed. I met with Michele again in 2019 to revise my will. Again, she was efficient and helpful in providing advice where needed. Her sense of humor fortunately remains! She has my highest recommendation for an attorney who is both excellent at what she does and a pleasure to deal with.
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Posted by Rachel | February 5, 2018
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A fantastic adoption attorney!
Michelle and her team walked my husband and I through the process of adoption and were wonderful to us through the whole process. We couldn’t be happier with our happy ending!
Posted by Allison | August 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning and second parent adoption
My wife and I worked with Michele and her team to protect our growing family. Michele patiently and thoroughly guided us through both the estate planning and second parent adoption processes. She was responsive to our many questions and reassuring to us as we navigated these new areas of life. Thanks to Michele's good work, we have peace of mind that, even in uncertain times like these, we are as protected as we can be. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
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Posted by Brian | March 28, 2017
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Responsive, Reliable and Competent
We used Michelle Zavos and her firm to help us obtain a second parent adoption in DC and to put my husband on the birth certificate in Ohio. While DC is very progressive and the adoption was easily accomplished, we really relied on Zavos' expertise in navigating the system in Ohio where the law is not clear on placing a gay couple on a child's birth certificate. Zavos and her team made it happen for us and we are very grateful.
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Posted by Edgardo Cureg | March 28, 2017
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Angel in Adoption
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton could not have put it in better terms when she characterized Atty. Michele Zavos's law firm as an "Angel in Adoption." Because that's what Zavos Juncker Law Group has been for my family. My new family, that is. Last summer my family consisted only of myself and my then 3-year old female Chihuahua terrier Queenie, but we were expecting to expand. As I had just been licensed by DC's Child and Family Services Agency as a traditional foster/adoptive parent, Queenie and I were waiting for a sibling pair from the DC foster care system to join our household. Then came an unexpected plea from my family in the Philippines. They told me that a second cousin of mine, a 15-year old boy born in Guam but brought to and abandoned in the Philippines by her parents when he was barely two years old, had tried to commit suicide by drinking lye. Since the time of abandonment by his biological parents, the boy had been bounced around between different placement families through the years. Apparently, he had been left alone by his most recent placement family, without food or money, for more than two weeks in May 2016. The boy then presumably reached a point of desperation, a point too much for his young mind to take, that he decided to end it all. Fortunately, his suicide attempt was unsuccessful. However, the poison he drank so damaged his digestive system that nothing can pass through his esophagus, not even his own saliva. A surgeon had to insert a feeding tube below his stomach so that pureed food can be manually delivered to his body. With no access to quality health care, he immediately faced imminent death. After hearing this boy's story, I decided to adopt him instead. I read portions of the DC Code pertinent to adoptions, and found a possible relief via an interlocutory adoption decree. In early August 2016, acting pro se, I filed a petition with the DC Superior to adopt the boy, requesting for an immediate hearing for entry of an interlocutory decree of adoption so that I can go to the Philippines, apply for a U.S. passport on behalf of the boy, repatriate him to the United States, and save his life. The judge quickly denied my request. In an Order containing a hardly ambiguous language, the judge told me to, well, hire a lawyer. And so I did. After reading Avvo reviews of adoption lawyers, I had no doubt that Atty. Zavos was the one. I will skip the details of the story, but the long and short of it is that with Atty. Zavos's help, the judge eventually issued the Interlocutory decree of adoption, I was able to repatriate the boy to the United States, put him under my insurance, and give him a new chance at life. He and I are now just days away from finalizing our adoption case. Although the boy, my son, is still on a feeding tube, and it will take a while before the surgery that will hopefully restore his ability to eat and drink by mouth can be performed, there is no doubt in my mind that he will recover fully from it all. And everything is because of Atty. Zavos and her law firm. So, like I said in the beginning of this review, I concur with Congresswoman Holmes that Zavos Juncker Law Group is an Angel in Adoption.
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Posted by Alexis | August 12, 2016
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A great guide through the donor contract process
We had a wonderful experience working with Michele to develop a contract with our sperm donor and his partner. She and her staff were warm, non-judgmental and approachable for questions big and small. They explained the entire process clearly and helped us think through important scenarios that we would not have thought of on our own. When we found ourselves facing a situation that required swift action (and over the holidays, no less!), Michele and her staff went above and beyond to make sure we could get the contract completed and signed in time. Throughout the process, we always felt like she wanted the best for our family over the long-term and we really appreciate her experience and counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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Estate Planning? Look No Further, Michele Is The Best
We have been working with Michele Zavos and her firm for over five years and couldn't be happier. Estate planning is an important process that many families avoid because of the uncomfortable feelings that get stirred up when imagining a worst case scenario that involves your kids. From the moment we met with her, we knew we had come to the right place. Michele has a way of putting you at ease, explaining complex legal issues in simple and clear language. She has been a wonderful advisor and advocate, steering us through the estate planning process and allowing us to feel secure in our decisions. We went back to her again this year to revise/update our documents, as she had recommended, and we had the same lovely experience. She was also great at coordinating plans with our financial planner and accountant, assuring that our decisions were supported holistically. If only every doctor, bank, financial planner and accountant could provide such clear, consistent and helpful advice and service like Michele offers, we'd have found Utopia.
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Posted by Thomas Ainora | February 24, 2016
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FAMILY LAW MATTER
Ms. Zavos handled a complex and precedent setting matter for us. We had a hearing and her legal research was praised by the Judge. She is a great attorney and did wonderful work for us
Posted by Donald | February 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law Matter
Ms. Zavos and her team researched the family court legal history and found elements that other attorneys had overlooked. Her work set a precedent in this area. The judge praised her essential research and was genuinely in awe of her and our case. He called us back into the court to express his sincere thanks for giving him the opportunity to bring the case to justice. We will be forever grateful to her.
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Posted by Chloe C | March 8, 2015
Protected my family
Working with Michele Davos has given me and my family the confidence that if the worst - or just the bumps of life - befall us, we are protected. More than that, she has ensured that we breathe easily all the rest of the time. As a lesbian couple with a new child in a changing landscape of marriage equality it is difficult to know what we need to do to ensure we have full protection no matter where we are and to anticipate what protections we will need as the legal landscape continues to shift. Michele offers not only great legal advice, she is at the top of her field and can offer top notch guidance on the possible changing policy landscape and anticipate the legal protections we will need in various eventualities. I have and will continue to recommend Michele to many friends - gay and straight - as someone who will put the best interests of their family first.
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Posted by Jim | January 20, 2015
Michelle And Her Staff Are GREAT!!!
I have been a client of Michelle's for 20+ years. 2014 found me in a very stressful situation. Michelle and her staff offered great, compassionate advice and followed through with a winning legal strategy. It felt great to have smart, caring people in my corner. I’m very happy with the way Michelle handled everything!
Posted by Josh | December 17, 2014
Michele is wonderful
My wife and I came to Michele after being let down by another estates lawyer. She was patient, kind, responsive, and expert on all the various elements we needed to prepare for our estate package. She and her team helped us through the process efficiently and effectively, and we feel like our affairs are in excellent order having worked with Michele. I could not recommend her more highly.
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Posted by Lauren & Lisa | June 29, 2014
MADE IT HAPPEN!!!
Michele and her team were instrumental with our adoption! We were feeling frustrated and defeated in our journey to have a child. After one visit with Michele we were optimistic and excited. She pointed us in the right direction and was there for us when we needed her. We are extremely grateful to her and all of her staff. We can't recommend the Zavos Juncker Law Group enough!!!
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Posted by Juanita | June 21, 2014
Attorney that cares
Michele Zavos and her group have helped me with two adoptions in the last 2 years. The day I met Michele she was returning from a long trip and agreed to meet on a Saturday morning. When I walked in to her office she made me feel so welcome. I was treated as if I was a valued friend she had just welcomed into her home. The entire staff were friendly, professional and knowledgeable of adoption law. I was always kept me well informed and happy to say both adoptions have been completed successfully. Thank you Michele and team. You truly are a blessing.
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Posted by Frances | January 13, 2014
Michele Zavos is an invaluable legal resource in our community
I have had the benefit of working with Michele on both my personal needs - second parent adoption - and as a resource for my clients. Her work is consistently excellent, and her knowledge of family law, especially as pertains to LGBT family law, is deep and broad. Because she has decades of experience, and been hands-on through the dizzying legislative changes regarding LGBT law, her knowledge is second to none. Her documents are clearly written, and hit all the points I look for as a financial advisor seeking good estate planning for my clients, straight or gay. I have found her judgment to be very trustworthy because of the depth of her experience, and I tell my clients - just do what Michele tells you!
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Cost

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  • Hourly Rates $ 260-550 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Delaney McKinney LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • ZAVOS JUNCKER LAW GROUP PLLC
  • 2011 - 2019
  • Principal
  • MICHELE ZAVOS LAW GROUP, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Solo Practitioner
  • MICHELE ZAVOS
  • 1996 - 2007
  • Director, AIDS Coordination Project
  • American Bar Association
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Partner
  • DOLKART & ZAVOS
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Associate
  • Garfinkle & Dranitzke
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Bureau, MD, Prisoner Assistance Project
  • 1979 - 1982
  • Staff Attorney
  • Georgia Legal Services Program
  • 1979 - 1980
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Education

  • Catholic Univ-Washington
  • J.D.
  • 1979
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Port v. Cowan
  • The MD Court of Appeals held that Maryland must recognize this marriage for purposes of divorce, which meant that MD must recognize out of state valid marriages between same-sex couples.
  • Fisher-Davenport v. Bowser
  • Virginia Supreme Court ordered that both parents must ne listed on the birth certificate.
  • Jane Doe v. Ruth Roe
  • settlement agreement for visitation

Associations

  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland (Montgomery County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Fertility Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Family Law Advisory Council, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • GAYLAW
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys
  • Elected Fellow
  • 2010 - 2015
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Elected Fellow
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2000
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best of Gay DC - Attorney
  • Washington Blade Newspaper
  • 2018
  • Best of Gay DC - Attorney
  • Washington Blade Newspaper
  • 2015
  • A best Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2014
  • Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • 2013
  • One of 25 Top Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Angel in Adoption
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • 2009
  • Wanda's Warrior Award
  • Wanda's Wills Project
  • 2008
  • Capital Pride's Director's Award for Family
  • D.C. Capital Pride
  • 2005
  • Community Service Award
  • Woman's Monthly
  • 2002
  • Community Service Award
  • Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program
  • 2000
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor
  • Washington College of Law, American University
  • 1999
  • Jerome Heilman Community Service Award
  • Gertrude Stein Democratic Club
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Trial
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law in the 1990s
  • 1995
  • AIDS Benchbook Supplement
  • AIDS Benchbook Supplement
  • 1995
  • Trial
  • Federal ADA Protections for People with HIV
  • 1994
  • John Marshall Law Review
  • AIDS and Health Care Reform
  • 1994
  • Until the Cure: Caring for Women with HIV
  • Legal Considerations
  • 1993
  • Creating a Pro Bono Program for People with AIDS & HIV
  • Same
  • 1993
  • Trial
  • Right to Work: Job Protections for People with HIV
  • 1993
  • Human Rights
  • AIDS and Insurance: No Guarantees
  • 1993
  • Centers for Disease Control: The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Same
  • 1992
  • Human Rights
  • Women in the Shadow of AIDS
  • 1992
  • Directory of Legal Resources for People with AIDS & HIV
  • Same
  • 1991
  • ABA AIDS Benchbook
  • Same
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples
  • 2011
  • Meeting
  • Update on LGBT Family Law for DC and MD
  • 2011
  • Inside Out Radio Show
  • Marriage Equality
  • 2011
  • Bar CLE
  • Parentage Issues for the LGBT Community
  • 2011
  • Sistah Conference 09
  • Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals
  • 2009
  • Same-Sex Relationships
  • Same-Sex Relationships
  • 2009
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • The Unmarried Couples: Rights & Responsibilities without the Marriage Certificate
  • 2009
  • Financial Planning and Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals
  • 2009
  • Estate Planning and Family Law Seminar
  • Estate Planning and Family Law in the LGBT Community
  • 2009
  • Bar CLE
  • LGBT Family Law
  • 2009
  • Montgomery County Law Day
  • Family Issues for LGBT couples and individuals
  • 2008
  • A Responsible Exit
  • Estate Planning
  • 2007
  • Wanda's Wills Project
  • Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals
  • 2006
  • Wanda's Wills Project
  • Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals
  • 2006
  • The Equality Forum
  • So You Want to Be a Parent
  • 2006
  • Seminar on LGBT Family and Estate Law
  • LGBT Family and Estate Law
  • 2006
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Conference
  • Family Law Issued Affecting Non-Traditional Families
  • 2006
  • Sunday Morning Series
  • LGBT Estate Planning
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele clearly knows her practice areas, which is why I have repeatedly referred her potential clients over the years. One day I sat down for lunch with Michele, and could tell how devoted she is to her clients. I recommend Michele's services."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly capable family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer; I am her client. Michele was my personal lawyer for a pre-nuptial, will, powers of attorney, and health care proxy. I received good advice and good service and enjoyed dealing with her."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele is a leader in the field of family law, a compassionate advocate and skilled litigator. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele is definitely the "go to" person for Maryland family law issues - both for her expansive knowledge of the law, as well as for her ability to strategically navigate the legal system on behalf of her clients. Not only did she provide excellent representation to my own family a number of years ago, she has been an invaluable mentor as I am now building my own practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently handled a complex divorce case in which Michele Zavos was opposing counsel. Throughout mediation and settlement negotiations, I found Ms. Zavos to be very professional and effective. She was a good advocate for her client, clearly stated her positions, and worked hard to resolve the case."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Other
"I’ve worked with Michele since 2007 as a business coach and consultant, and during that time, I’ve seen how much Michele cares about each and every one of her clients. Michele is dedicated to creating legal protections for her clients and their families, and her passion for her work is evident in every aspect of her practice. Her clients sometimes say that when Michele represents you, it’s like you become part of her family. That is the true measure of a family law and adoption attorney.”"
Adoption Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele has been a go-to person for me with regard to gay/lesbian family issues in the DC metro area."
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Washington Wills and living wills Lawyer Michele A. Zavos
Michele A. Zavos
Wills and living wills Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 43 years