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James D Ealley

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Prince Frederick, MD

4.9   30 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer and business Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 representation.

    22 years, 1,100 cases

  2. Estate planning
    Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Living Wills, Healthcare Directives, Tax Planning.

    22 years, 300 cases

  3. Probate
    Full Estate Administration services.

    22 years, 150 cases

Mr. Ealley focuses his practice primarily on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Estate Administration and Estate Planning. In representing clients in bankruptcy, James understands the financial stress people are experiencing. He understands their concerns to protect their assets, rebuild their financial lives and create a better future for their families. James counsels clients to alleviate their worries and concerns and develop a plan to address their financial problems, whether it be stopping a foreclosure, repossession or garnishment, or erasing credit card, medical or tax debt. Doing so requires a thorough understanding of the Federal Bankruptcy laws. Since beginning his practice in bankruptcy in 2001, James has gained a complete understanding of the complexities of the Bankruptcy Code and its application in consumer bankruptcy matters.

Mr. Ealley also provides full estate planning and estate administration services to his clients. Approximately one-half of all Americans will die without a will in place. This creates a significant chance for confusion and contention among the surviving family and friends. A complete, well-defined estate plan helps avoid such conflict by providing clear direction for how the deceased wanted their property and affairs to be handled upon their passing. James offers a variety of Estate Planning solutions to protect your family, including wills, trusts, health care directives and powers of attorney.

Licensed for 21 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 02/15/2013

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

Contact James

The James D. Ealley Law Firm
136 West Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678


4.9 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
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Posted by Flo | January 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer
Mr. Ealley is truly a life saver. He walked me step to step over my Chapter 13. At first, I was lost and emotional about it, but Mr. Ealley dealt with my situation with compassion and professionalism by reassuring that 1) I would not lose my job, 2) that I could keep my house, and 3) that I was not the only one in this situation and that I would be OK again! Mr. Ealley went above and behind to secure the payments I could afford. He always made himself available when I needed to talk to him, both in person and via phone. I am very happy and satisfied with Mr. Ealley’s serves and I recommend him 100%!!! Thank you so much Mr. Ealley for the mountain you have lifted over my shoulders and for helping gain my life back. May God Bless you continually!!!
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Posted by Ian | July 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Professional Attorney
I have had a pleasure working with Mr. Ealley and he had been very professional and helpful. Beside being a skillful attorney, Mr. Ealley took time to explain things in the manner that is easy for me to understand. Moreover, he is kind and courteous. I highly recommend.
Posted by Kathie | June 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mr James Ealley
I was so Impressed by Katie Faulds and Mr James Ealley's work and helpfulness in my situation !! I felt trapped and depressed in my hours of Need. A friend referred me to Mr James Ealley's office. The help and patience I received in the office felt like it was above and beyond their usual practice. This is how they treat all of the Clients ( Like they are the only Client) at their Practice ! They answered all my questions and kept me in the Loop at every level !! I am so glad that Mr James Ealley and Katie Fauld were there for me ... My Stress levels dropped to 0 . Thank you again Mr James Ealley and Katie Fauld for all your hard work for me !!
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Posted by Mary | December 9, 2018
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One of the BEST
Mr. Ealley was very professional, approachable, and understanding in helping me with my bankruptcy case. He kept his word with regard with what he said he would do, and answered all my questions. Although I was in tears regarding my debt, he treated me with patience and respect for which I am very grateful. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. James D. Ealley.
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Posted by Florence | February 21, 2018
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Highly recommend
I was pleased with his representation in my bankruptcy case. He explained the bankruptcy process completely. He followed-up on issues and concerns that I had in a timely manner. He continued to give assistance and advice related to issues that occurred three months after I received the final decree and discharge for my bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
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Chapter 7 OUTSTANDING!!!
Mr. Ealley was fantastic! Very thorough, explained everything regarding my case, kept me informed, answered all my questions and treated me like a person.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Chap 7 Bankruptcy Case
Cannot say enough positive about Mr. Ealley. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional and effective in handling my legal case. He promptly responded to all calls, emails, and correspondence. He explained everything thoroughly and helped me understand the entire process and what my options were. He made me feel supported and confident from the beginning of the case until its closure. Recommend him highly and without reservation. He deserves an Excellent rating in all areas.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2018
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Very Professional Lawyer
Mr. Ealley not only helped us get our Chapter 13 going but when we had a major life change, he was there whenever we needed him and helped us through it. He also answer any and all questions we had from the very beginning to the very end. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Rob | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
After our consultation James laid down a plan of attack of how to handle my bankruptcy ,everything was easy, I'd recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Profrssional
Mr Ealley explained the process from start to finish. Answered all questions in a timely manor without difficult explaination. He kept me updated through the entire time he was working with me.
Posted by Linda | September 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Top notch professionalism!
Mr. Ealley was very professional and efficient in handling my bankruptcy case. He made the whole process easy and made sure I knew step by step, what to expect. I would refer him to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
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Wonderful Attorney
Mr. Ealley was very kind and courteous, informative and knowledgeable regarding my case. Was a pleasure working with him and would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Rich | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jim's help was invaluable
Jim is a very approachable, knowledgeable lawyer that walked us through a difficult time from start to finish. He helped us make sure we understood how things were going to happen, and put our minds at ease about the whole process. I can recommend Jim without reservation, and although I hope to never need his services again, I wouldn't hesitate to turn to him for help.
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Posted by Bobby | November 6, 2015
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James D Ealley was the Lawyer I hired for my Bankruptcy case in March 2015 and he was very Professional doing the process of my case, I was really appreciated with the Details and all the answer he" Help" me with doing this terrible time that I had to adore doing this time but he made sure that everything is going to be okay and I was doing the right thing at this Time to get out of a Horrible situation so I can go on with everyday Life without worried of Stress when you're going through a situation like this... Once again I really appreciate James as my Lawyer in Representing me in this Case and also a Friend.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2015
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Completely satisfied.
Professional, courteous, and thorough handling of my bankruptcy case. Knowledgeable, informative and willing to answer as many questions as I could come up with. Would hire again and recommend to others.
Posted by Andrea | December 22, 2014
Highly recommend
Great experience with James Ealley! He is very knowledgeable in his field and has a good relationship with the other parties involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Note for clients: Be informed; read and re-read all documentation; ask LOTS of questions.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
James D. Ealley, You Are The Best. Thank You!
James D. Ealley is the friendliest, informative, easy to talk to, and helpful lawyers I have ever met. He helped make my tough experience a much better one than I could have ever expected. I had a lot of questions and prolonged my process but he was always available to answer my questions and was very supportive. I was completely satisfied and I would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Bankruptcy counsel
James was very straight forward and honest from day one. He didn't sugar coat things but laid it out clearly for me with what to expect. He knew what he was talking about and was willing to answer any and all questions for me as needed. Everything went just as he said it would through the whole process. I would definitely recommend James to anyone needing a bankruptcy lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
Bankruptcy case
Mr. Ealley was able to help our case on a very short notice after our previous council withdrew. He prepared us thoroughly and appeared at the hearing with us. He has been following up with the case since and has answered all our questions in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Lynda | December 5, 2014
OUTSTANDING AND DEDICATED! Mr. Ealley was extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire process of my case. He provided me with information every step of the way. Everything went so smoothly and painlessly. In a blink of an eye, he had my case completed. He turned my life around in a very positive way and I am so very thankful to him for helping me. I can't go without mentioning he has a terrific and courteous staff of personnel who were very helpful as well. Thank you so much!
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The James D. Ealley Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Ferrante & Dill, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • General Counsel
  • The Magellan Group, LLC
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Goodman, Meagher & Enoch, LLC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Bishop, Daneman & Simpson, LLC
  • 2000 - 2003
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Baltimore
  • B.A.
  • 1997


  • Calvert County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • St. Mary's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Governmental Affairs Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Calvert County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Edward Jones Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Edward Jones Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 16
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