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Shelly Maynard Ingram

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fulton, MD

4.9   30 reviews

also known as Shelly M. Maynard, Shelly M. Ingram


Licensed for 18 years

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As an Attorney, Mediator, and Collaborative Professional, Shelly M. Ingram has represented Maryland divorce and family law clients since 2004. Shelly litigates cases involving divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, modifications, marital property, domestic violence, and an array of post-judgment issues. In many contested cases, litigation is the only option. Ms. Ingram is experienced in dealing with the emotional and financial complexities of separation, divorce, alimony, child custody and child support. 
 
In 2005, Ms. Ingram completed mediation training as prescribed by the Maryland Rules of Procedure and additional alternative dispute resolution training with the District Court of Maryland. Since then, Ms. Ingram has completed an additional 40 additional hours of mediation training focused on child access and marital property disputes. As an alternative to litigation, mediation can provide clients with an opportunity to be creative and resolve disputes in a uniquely tailored and cost-effective way.  In 2012, Ms. Ingram was collaboratively trained. As an alternative to traditional litigtion or mediation, Ms. Ingram is excited to offer collaborative law services to her family law clients.
 
A life long resident of Maryland, Ms. Ingram is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. 1997) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 2004).  The first in her family to obtain a graduate degree, Ms. Ingram earned her law degree at night while working full-time as a Law Clerk for the Sex Offense Division of the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. After graduating from law school, Ms. Ingram had the honor to serve as Judicial Clerk to Judge Steven I. Platt of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. 
 
Ms. Ingram is a Member of Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Montgomery County, the Bar Association of Howard County and the American Bar Association. As a child of divorce and a person who has been divorced herself, Ms. Ingram understands the uncertainty and frustrations of child custody and divorce. 

The Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, LLC was founded in 2012. 

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Licensed for 18 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 02/11/2009

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

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Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram
8161 Maple Lawn Boulevard
Suite 330
Fulton, MD, 20759

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kelly | November 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Shelly and her team are great to work with. I highly recommend them. Shelly was my lawyer for my custody case 6-7 years ago, she helped me again and I was able to get the complaint dismissed. She is very intelligent and easy to work with. Child custody is never an easy thing to deal with in court but she made me feel comfortable and at ease.
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Posted by Nneka | August 26, 2022
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Shelly was prepared, organized, persuasive and passionate about my position
Divorce is an emotionally charged event. There is no way around it. In my case the process took about two years. And from our initial meeting through the final decision, Shelly Ingram was a consistent and knowledgeable advocate. Ms. Ingram’s assessment of my case and the probability of going to trial was “spot on”. Though all attempts to negotiate outside of court were unsuccessful, Shelly and her team prepared me for each step of the process. Looking back I think I needed quite a bit of hand holding. In the midst of my trepidation, Shelly was upfront and realistic about the work necessary to move through court requests, mediation, settlement agreements/negotiations, custody agreements, and ultimately trial. Shelly’s team collaborated with other professional partners to unearth undisclosed information while working with me to create reasonable settlement proposals which were the core of the final settlement. The months of data gathering, calls, zooms, and data uploads were definitely unpleasant. However as the saying goes, “Planning Prevents Poor Performance”. When it was time for trial, the benefits of the planning and preparation were evident. I felt prepared for opposing counsel’s tactics and I knew what to expect each day of trial. In the courtroom, Shelly was prepared, organized, persuasive and passionate about my position. Now that the court has issued the divorce decree, I ultimately feel that I was represented well and I would recommend Shelly Ingram to anyone in need of this sort of representation.
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Posted by Wendy | May 10, 2022
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Great communication, very caring lawyer and firm
This has been a long process for me, over 3+ years, starting with my divorce, and then later with the need to get my ex husband to pay debts that put liens on our former marital home. I hired this law firm to help me with everything. Shelly Ingram and her staff (Laurie, Jessica, and Qarman) were very attentive, professional, and detail oriented from the start, never giving in or giving up, and always precise and fair, through every legal document they wrote up, every phone call they had with me or on my behalf, during every court hearing, preparing me for court, and with every negotiation. They answered emails and phone calls promptly and put legal terms into layman’s terms so that I could understand exactly what was being done. I was very happy with the outcome of the divorce settlement and feel that I got everything I wanted out of it. I originally chose her firm based on reviews and general profile and I was very pleased that I did.
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Response from Shelly Ingram May 11, 2022
I am glad you chose my firm to represent you and thrilled that we were able to help! Thank you.
Posted by Mikel | May 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Due to the pandemic and a generally uncooperative spouse, my divorce dragged on over 2 years. Shelly Ingram was with me every step of the way, and in that time-frame I was able to see the full spectrum of skills that Shelly Ingram possesses - whether it's collaborative divorce or going all the way to preparing for a contentious trial. We had issues such as property disputes, child custody, etc. and she was very knowledgeable about the law and the nuances of these arrangements. In the end, she was able to reach a settlement which saved me thousands of dollars. She was thorough, readily accessible, and professional throughout the entire process. I am very happy with how things turned out, and so very impressed with how she fixed what, at times, seemed like an impossible situation. On various hearings and other issues, I also worked with her associates Greg Votta and Jessica Gillespie. I would highly recommend them also. The entire team has been wonderful to work with. Divorce is something you hopefully will never have to go through, but if you do this is the office you want to represent you. Thank you to the Law office of Shelly Ingram!
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Response from Shelly Ingram May 4, 2022
It was an honor to stand by you and advocate on your behalf - through both the pandemic and your divorce overall. Thank you for placing your trust in our firm - we are always happy to help.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2022
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Resolution of a challenging case
Shelly Ingram is extremely bright and hardworking. She was able to de-escalate the conflict in my case successfully. She is skilled in collaborative law and is well prepared for court hearings. She often answers emails outside her work hours which worked well with my busy schedule. She is a good team leader for her firm and is efficient and organized. I found the digital experience she provides for her clients very helpful.
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Posted by Ashley | March 8, 2022
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Incredible divorce and family lawyer
Shelly Ingram is a phenomenal family lawyer. I’m extremely grateful to have worked with her during one of the most vulnerable and challenging times of my life. Shelly is honest and balanced, provides excellent advice and matches her guidance to your needs. She supports collaborative processes when they are feasible, and can be assertive when needed in communication and litigation. She is clear and thoughtful, identifying creative solutions that maximize the best outcomes. She is supportive of other options, like mediation, and matches her advice to the needs of the situation. Shelly is your advocate and will help you move on to a better situation. I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Debbie | February 8, 2022
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Money well spent!
I was striking out in my search for a lawyer to handle my child custody case. I felt that Shelly was a gift from GOD when I found her. My court case date was quickly approaching and she stepped up and provided a good strategy and sound advice. She was successful in winning two of my cases and an oral argument in appeals court. It felt great to know that I had her and her team working diligently on my behalf. I am looking forward to my partnership with her firm in the future!
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Response from Shelly Ingram April 15, 2022
Debbie - we appreciate your kind words and the continued faith that you have placed in our firm. We are grateful for the opportunity to see you through this process and we are always here to help. Thank you.
Posted by Tiffany Riley | February 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Legal Separation and Divorce
I used the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram to handle both my legal seperation and ultimately my divorce. Shelly and her team far exceeded my expectations. I never felt like just another case, Shelly really took the time to fully understand the personality type of my soon to be ex-husband. I believe that made all the difference in successfully defending me against his many frivolous lawsuits. I am grateful to her and her team for providing top notch legal services at a fair price during such a difficult time in my life.
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Posted by Rushell | February 2, 2022
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I don’t know where I would be without her!
Working with Shelly definitely changed the trajectory of my recent divorce! I was certainly lost, confused and almost got my case dismissed without her help. She came in and literally saved the day. She was knowledgeable, punctual and guided me step by step which calmed my nerves! Thanks to Shelly Ingram I am happily divorced and have full custody of my son, I can’t thank her enough.
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Posted by Jennifer | October 7, 2020
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Excellent work
I had a case that my ex was dragging out. I switched to this firm as my lawyer was moving to another position, and could not have been more pleases. She was understanding and allied with me to help move the process along more quickly, and did not allow my ex or his lawyer to continue to derail the process. I couldn't be more pleased.
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Response from Shelly Ingram April 15, 2022
Jennifer - thank you for the recommendation. We appreciate the trust that you placed in our firm and we are always happy to help!
Posted by Anna | January 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Shelly Ingram was an amazing help and support during my divorce procedure. She is very knowledgeable, professional, always prepared; just talking to her made me feel better and more confident during that difficult time. I am very grateful for all her hard work.
Posted by Amy | October 2, 2019
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Fantastic job handling full trial, divorce and custody case
Shelly did a fantastic job handling my full trial, divorce and custody case. She knows both the law and the nuances of judges and courts. She listened to me, she provided tough love in private when needed, and fully supported me in negotiations and court. My attorney fees were less than half of my ex's fees and the end result, while not perfect, met all of my most important needs.
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Response from Shelly Ingram April 15, 2022
With litigation, the uncertainty of a Court decision can be emotionally daunting and also costly. We remain grateful for the trust that you placed in our firm and we are pleased that the outcome in Court met your family's needs. Thank you for your recommendation!
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
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5 star is an understatement
Shelly Ingram and her team handled my divorce case with ease. Shelly is very professional and responsive. She’s thorough, works hard and very dedicated. I highly recommend her and would absolutely use her services again. Thanks for caring and handling my case. She’s the best!!
Posted by Robert | August 21, 2018
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Highest possible recommendation
Shelly Ingram singlehandedly enabled me to gain control of my life and my future after 15 years of stagnation, hopelessness, and financial hardship. I cannot recommend her highly enough, both as an attorney and as a person. As a legal practitioner, Shelly is utterly professional, deeply knowledgable of the law, the courts and court personnel, unflappable, staunchly ethical, timely, and efficient. Her demeanor in professional settings and communications is unfailingly polite and civil, yet firm. She is there for you, and won’t let the other side get away with anything unfair without confronting it. As a person, Shelly is warm, sympathetic, and caring, but can also be firm when necessary to keep things moving, and to keep you motivated. My separation was extremely lengthy (15 years), and my divorce was unduly long and arduous. Shelly stuck by me through it all, refusing to let me give up as I had so many times before, and opened doors for me through every obstacle. She did all of this in a way that was kind yet firm, and helped me reach a resolution that met my personal standard for compassion, while finally becoming free to control my own life for the first time since my marriage in 1988. Shelly’s work ethic, attention to detail, and standards of excellence are impeccable. She will go the extra mile, and then some, and will make sure that all the details are covered. She is always aware that time is your money, and is respectful of both. Shelly will never waste your time or hers, and she will account for every penny you pay for her services. Divorce is always expensive, but I am convinced that Shelly did her utmost to give value for her fees, and that I ultimately spent far less than I could have due to her efforts. I have been fortunate in life in that when I have really, truly needed just the right person to come into my life at a critical juncture, that person suddenly appears. In the case of my divorce, Shelly Ingram was that person, and I will be forever grateful to her. I owe my current enjoyment of life and the fruits of my labor to her and cannot thank her enough.
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Posted by Kate | July 25, 2018
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Effective and sensible
Shelly has a thorough understanding of family law, listens to your goals and help you achieve them. She is cognizant of the financial burden and does her best to mitigate unnecessary costs while still doing an excellent job. I have used her for my divorce and two amendments to custody arrangements.
Posted by Cory | June 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Shelly. She is super smart, very capable, and has a wonderful staff. During a very emotional time, she helped me understand the complex issues of my case and I learned to rely on her judgement and experience. Shelly was spot on with her advice to help me focus on the issues that mattered relating to child custody, finances, and property of my divorce. It was a treat to see her process the facts and turn around amazing work in a short time. Her staff was friendly and capable in helping me gather information and answer questions. Shelly was also very generous with her time; she was always available when I needed her, and very gracious on helping me control costs. I am very happy with my experience of Shelly representing me during a difficult divorce process. Knowing Shelly and her staff were on my team kept me grounded and focused. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Kimm | December 7, 2017
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Law Office of Shelly Ingram
I could not be happier with the services I received from Shelly. She and her team had the ability to understand the emotional complexity of my situation, and provided a pleasant, knowledgeable and professional experience. I would recommend Shelly to others without hesitation.
Posted by John | July 30, 2017
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Howard County Divorce
I approached Shelly Ingram at a difficult time in my life. I knew very little about the divorce process. She professionally answered all of my questions and guided me through the Howard County divorce process. She authored my separation agreement, which protected my financial interests in ways that I did not know needed to be addressed. I highly recommend her legal services.
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Posted by Mark | June 13, 2017
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Shelly Ingram
Shelly is an experienced, honest attorney, she counsels and coaches you​ caringly through the tedious process of divorce. As your attorney, Shelly explains all the whys and whens of what you'll go through and stays on top of every facet of your case. If I, or anyone I know, is in need of anything to do with family law, Shelly would be the first and only person I would call.
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Posted by I Tercy | December 20, 2016
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Brilliant Lawyer
Shelly Ingram was a true advocate for me. I felt lost and emotionally fragile having a potential divorce in front of me. Shelly was able to identify for me the important issues that required immediate attention, and gently guided me thru the steps I would have to take to achieve the outcome I wanted. I entered her office on my first visit overwhelmed with my situation, and left feeling so much better with the knowledge that a bright future was attainable for me. She is patient, caring, and a brilliant attorney. Shelly is truly "One in a Million".
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Professional
  • Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Pro Bono Program
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Meiselman & Helfant, LLC
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Steven I. Platt
  • Prince George's County Circuit Court
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Adele L. Abrams, PC
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc
  • Board Member and Chair Communications Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • The Honorable James Macgill American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star - Family Law
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star - Family Law
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion
  • The Mediation Center - 20 Hour Parenting and Child Access Training
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion
  • The Mediation Center - 20 Hour Property and Financial Issues Training
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion - Collaborative Law
  • Administrative Office of the Courts - Department of Family Administration
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion - Child Counsel Training
  • Administrative Office of the Courts - Department of Family Administration
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion - Child Counsel Training
  • Administrative Office of the Courts - Department of Family Administration
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Completion - Basic 40 Hour Training
  • Mediation Matters
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelly is an excellent lawyer. She knows the law and is a very effective advocate for her clients. Shelly is direct and professional. I know that I can trust Shelly and am always pleased to see her on the "other side" even when we disagree!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelly is very knowledgable, dedicated, hard working, and compassionate. She is a great choice for a lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Shelly. She is an excellent family law attorney and I often refer cases to her. When an attorney refers cases to another attorney, that is the highly compliment one can give or receive."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having had the experience of handling a few collaborative family law cases with Ms. Ingram on the other side, my initial impressions have been more than confirmed.I have always found Shelly to be of high integrity with great people skills and legal knowledge as well as reasonable, compassionate and client-centered. Shelly is always solution oriented. She knows how to advocate for her clients while maintaining control of and preserving the collaborative process. One thing I also like is that she is very organized and focused on maintaining a collaborative path while keeping the case moving along in a timly fashion."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Shelly at the pro bono clinic and can attest to her ability to advocate for her clients in a zealous manner. Shelly takes the time needed to educate her clients through difficult matters. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Ms. Ingram. She is an exceptional advocate for her clients. I would not hesitate to refer the most complicated cases to her."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Ingram is a very personable, highly capable, and very practical. Ms. Ingram's has a nice and easy way about her but, if there is to be a fight, she is a good one to have on your side. I highly commend her for your family law matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelly is thoughtful, inquisitive, methodical and ethical. She is an asset to the profession through her dedication, preparation and skill. I would not hesitate to recommend Shelly to anybody needing legal assistance."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Shelly since 2006. I know her to be very knowledgeable in the law and extremely familiar with the local courts, judges, and policies. She has great empathy for her clients and their situations but she is tough and smart enough to give clients honest advice while providing strong and effective advocacy. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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Fulton Divorce and separation Lawyer Shelly Maynard Ingram
Shelly Maynard Ingram
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fulton, MD
Licensed for 18 years