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Alphonso Stafford Hearns Jr

Family Attorney at Upper Marlboro, MD

4.3   18 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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Alphonso was selected for inclusion into the Top Attorneys of North America 2020-2021 edition by The Who's Whos Directories. Also in 2020, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) awarded Alphonso the prestigious Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland. Alphonso began his legal career as a real estate transactions attorney working for an international commercial real estate developer, negotiating commercial real estate contracts. He thought he was fulfilled in his position until a family member desperately needed the help of a tenacious family law attorney. This began a chain of events that led Alphonso to where he is today. He decided that his skills, education and background would be better utilized fighting for individuals and families in court. Alphonso immediately began the transition from a real estate transactions attorney to becoming a highly skilled and aggressive, yet compassionate litigator. Alphonso immediately forged partnerships with several advocacy groups in the region including the Center for Abused Persons, Charles County, Maryland and the YWCA of Annapolis, Maryland. He began assisting these groups with handling the more difficult custody and domestic violence cases in which they did not have the resources to handle as non-profit organizations. Within the first few years of this transition, Alphonso experienced tremendous success in handling the most complex custody litigation matters an attorney could ever experience. Alphonso quickly developed a reputation as the go-to attorney for handling high-conflict family law cases which resulted in him successfully managing hundreds of such cases. Alphonso's reputation and track record of success has garnered the respect and acknowledgement of his peers and local judges. Alphonso was selected to lead the Prince George's County Bar Association's Family Law Committee as the Co-Chair. In this leadership capacity, he mentors new family law practitioners and provides a source of continuing legal education for seasoned practitioners. 

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 17 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Hearns Law Group, LLC
9500 Medical Center Drive
Suite 474
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Alphonso received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Dsavoy | May 7, 2013
Outstanding Representation and Litigation for my divorce case.
Attorney Hearns provided superior legal advice and outstanding representation during a difficult divorce case. Attorney Hearns professionalism during the entire proceeding help ease a difficult time in my life.
Posted by Shakthi | June 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend with no hesitation whatsoever
Mr. Hearns is the King of Calm in the nasty, murky world of divorce battles. I was referred to him by my former family attorney and I still can’t believe how that referral changed the outcome of my battle with my malignant ex-spouse. He and his junior colleague Ms. Amanda Odorimah quite literally reached into the jaws of defeat and pulled out a victory for me. Mr. Hearns was calm, collected and very knowledgeable throughout the month(!) he had to prep me for a possible trial and was eventually able to sway opposing counsel to avoid one altogether. I never doubted his advice and recommend him Highly and with NO hesitation to anyone who needs the best representation in a divorce proceeding. He is ethical and will guarantee you a clear conscience even if opposing counsel punches down repeatedly.
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Posted by William | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
Excellent job, Mr Hearns assured me that I was in good counsel and was very professional through my case .
Posted by R. | October 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of Mind
Prior to securing the services of Mr. Hearns, I retained another attorney who negligently represented my case. Nevertheless, Mr. Hearns picked up the case and performed exemplary under the circumstances. Mr. Hearns spoke on my behalf with compassion and gave me peace of mind.
Posted by Sandy | April 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Attorney Hearns is a great ally to have in the courtroom. He has a way of listening to your concerns and using them to fight for you in a way that is not only helpful but also instrumental in winning your case. His strength lies in his humanity. I needed Attorney Hearns’ assistance with a family law matter concerning custody recently. He came through for me in a way that made me feel more than confident walking into the courtroom. I would highly recommend Attorney Alphonso Hearns for any legal need you may have.
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Posted by Chris | February 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Hearns worked diligently on my custody cases. He made sure that he kept me informed about all the matters at hand. His courtroom presentations were highly professional and well thought out. He achieved results above and beyond my expectations. Thanks to Mr. Hearns, my cases were resolvedI to my satisfaction. would highly recommend Mr. Hearns to anyone who is looking for a true professional in the field of family law.
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Posted by Warren | February 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust the process
Greatest Lawyer ever!!! I was referred to him and heard great things about him, so I went with the referral. I’ve been working with him for over a year, it’s been a long process but at the end everything was accomplished. I trusted in him and he made decisions in my best interests. I could go on and on but at the end of the day I trusted the process and everything went our way. Thanks again and I will always refer you.
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Posted by Valrie | January 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!!!
Mr. Hearns was able to defend me and my son successfully in a wrongful peace order charge. I have known Mr. Hearns for many years and he is not only knowledge, but helpful, caring individual. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Performance Job
He did an excellent job regarding my divorce and child custody, most especially my the child custody schedules. He made me a promised that I would get equal child legal custody. And his promises were fulfilled. I really thanks him for that.
Posted by Markisha | January 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
Mr. Hearns is a knowledgeable attorney. He is very personable to you need and wants. He listened to me when I expressed my frustration during my divorce 4 years ago. Even now when I have any problems with my ex husband I can call Mr. Hearns and he will give me advice and reinsure me that I am doing the right thing. I would recommend Mr. Hearns to anyone that needs a great lawyer.
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Posted by Nathaniel | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Services
Provided excellent advise and help me step by step guidance which had a positive outcome. I would highly recommend.
Posted by CEDRIC | June 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
JOB WELL DONE
AS BUSY AS HE WAS HE ALWAYS MADE TIME FOR ONE ON ONE CONFERENCES TO STRATEGIZE AS THE NUMEROUS COURT DATES OCCURRED. WITH A UP HILL BATTLE THAT WAS A FATHER IN FAMILY COURT HE DID MORE THAN WHAT WAS REQUIRED IN A BIAS SYSTEM TO SAY THE LEASE. HE LITIGATED FOR A STRAIGHT 5 HOURS IN THE COURT ROOM AFTHE WAS AFTER PRE TRAIL NEGOTIATIONS. I WORKED WITH THIS GENTLEMAN FOR NEARLY A YEAR. FIRST, THE EFFORT PUT FORTH WAS OUTSTANDING AND I LEARNED HOW THE SYSTEM WORKED AND HE COULDN'T HAVE DONE ANYMORE. WITH A MY BIAS IN THE COURTS HE STOOD TALL AND A PUT FORTH A MANY FIRM LEGAL ARGUMENTS TO PUT US IN THE BEST POSITION TO WIN. FROM THE WORK THAT HE CONTRIBUTED PUT ME IN A GOOD SITUATION MOVING FORWARD FOR ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING I MAY ADDRESS IN THE FUTURE.
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Posted by Catherine | June 7, 2015
Best lawyer
Alphonso did a wonderful job representing me in a very crucial child support case. I can't thank him enough. I would absolutely recommend him. Thank you for everything.
Posted by Eleanor | January 2, 2015
I used the Civil Justice link to find Attorney Hearns for my divorce.
He explained about how long it would take and how things may go. Informed him of what I wanted. It took 6 months.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Attorney Hearns has been working on my case for 3 yrs. He has told not to give up fighting for my children.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2011
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Attorney Hearns represented me in a child custody case, with a favorable outcome on my behalf. Though every case is different, an attorney should always keep their client involved in how their case is unfolding. I can't say he did just that. There were a lot of unanswered questions that I thought would have been key in really fighting for me to get most of what I wanted, sole custody and a decent child support pay. Nonetheless, because of major loopholes during litigation, I'm back in court again with my ex for modification of custody and child support. I would not recommend this attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No follow-up!
Had an initial consultation. I provided background information and supporting documents. He claimed he would need a couple of days to look into and would call that Monday. After not receiving a phone call, I reached out to his offices only to be routed to his voice mail by receptionists. ...still haven't received a phone call.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2015
Upset and real disappointed with the services
Go by your sole heart when making a choice allowing those with your concerns. I just pray that God will manifest himself and reveal the pain that i'm feeling concern trust with this lawyer. I ask God to forgive him for the mistrust and pain he has given to us. When you represent someone do it the best and not side with other attorney because they are a freind or someone you have worked a case with. Remember that when you confess that you are this and that you really are confessing to God. Lastly you will be paid in full for the work and stone you left undone.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Offices of A. Stafford Hearns, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Maryland Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Real Estate Counsel
  • The Mills Corporation, Arlington Virginia
  • 2004 - 2006

Education

  • Catholic University of America, School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • 14th Annual Family Law Seminar
  • High Conflict Custody Cases
  • 2014
  • Legal Seminar
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Custody Seminar
  • Discovery in Custody Cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Alphonso
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hearns is a great attorney and mentor. He is a very nice and personable person who is very knowledgeable in the family law arena."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Hearns is very knowledgeable in handling complex family law cases. He works very hard for his clients during what can often be a very stressful situation but always remains professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Upper Marlboro Family Lawyer Alphonso Stafford Hearns Jr
Alphonso Stafford Hearns Jr
Family Attorney
Upper Marlboro, MD
Licensed for 17 years