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Jessica Elena Charles

Divorce and separation Attorney at Upper Marlboro, MD

4.8   26 reviews

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About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Divorce, Separation, Mutual Consent Divorce, Contested Divorce, Divorce and Custody, Military Divorce, High Asset Divorce, Division of Marital Property, Father's Rights, Custodial Interference, Alienation

  2. Child custody
    25%
    Custody Agreements, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Contested Custody Matters, Visitation. Child Access, Denial of Access and Visitation

  3. Family
    25%
    Divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony,protective and peace orders. Post-Decree issues, contempt, separation agreements, QDRO, DRO, father's rights, paternity, joint custody, grandparent visitation, legal custody,

Ms. Charles is licensed to practice in the state of Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the highly acclaimed Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She continued her pursuit and concern about ethics and justice, and obtained a Juris Doctor in law and a Master of Arts in Philosophy & Social Policy from The American University in Washington, D.C. 

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Charles’ focus was to begin to leverage her knowledge in both the public and private sectors.  She has had experience working in both state and federal agencies as well as working for large multi-national corporations.

 

Ms. Charles has an extensive family law practice, where she handles cases including divorce, separation, custody, and child support.  She also has experience handling more complex family law issues  such as in the case of military divorces and non-custodial parent's rights.

 

In addition to family law, Ms. Charles also addresses legal matters concerning Wills, Trusts & Estates  for families and Corporate and  Business Law matters for small and medium sized local businesses. 

 

Ms. Charles has continued her promise to encourage strong ties within her community by serving as a member with  non-profit organizations, and by providing pro-bono assistance to those in need. Ms. Charles volunteers regularly through Community Legal Services' Family Law Clinic  and other local organizations in the county.

She has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy at Prince George's Community College for more than twelve years, teaching courses pertaining to Ethics, Morality and Law. 


Licensed for 20 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Jessica

The JC Law Group, LLC
9701 Apollo Driver
Ste. 297
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
I am pleased with my experience with Attorney Jessica Charles. She was extremely professional, knowledgeable, courteous and efficient. Attorney Charles was optimistic in her approach and offered a strategic plan that I feel will benefit my family. I highly recommend.
Posted by Jimmy | April 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support Modification Representation
Attorney Jessica Charles is a force to be reckoned with in the Family law community. I was overseas in Africa and got stuck there for over a year due to the Covid19 pandemic and international flight restrictions to the US. I was scheduled to appear by Zoom to defend my case however my instinct told me to look for an attorney somewhere in Upper Marlboro, MD, the courthouse being located there. I found Ms. Jessica during my Google searches and behold she took my case with expediency despite the fact that I was 5,600 miles away in Africa. The outcome was excellent in my favor due to her professional representation and concise understanding of my case and my need for strong legal representation in my absence. I strongly recommend her to my African friends who may have a need in the future for strong legal defense or representation in Family law. God bless you Jessica and I can breathe a sigh of relief now.
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Posted by Dr. CS | March 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Representation
Jessica was a blessing to me and my two daughters at a daunting time. It was difficult to pick someone to represent me from the internet, but Jessica was well worth every penny. She was kind, mindful, and might I say, a tiger in the courtroom. I never would have believed I was owed so much. She knew the law and practice it with magnificent expertise. I can still remember her deliberating and presenting my case before the judge, what an exquisite legal mind (she has), all whilst opposing council stumbled and literally begged for leniency. You will be greatly satisfied with your decision to retain Jessica Charles as your legal council. Dr. C. S
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Posted by Emil | February 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
I found Jessica Charles on Avvo and decided to hire her based on her previous reviews and I was not disappointed. This was my first time hiring a lawyer so I did not know what to expect but Jessica made me feel really comfortable. Most lawyers can be stuck up or stand-offish but with her, it felt like talking to a friend. She was personable and reassuring and made sure that I understood everything throughout the entire process step by step, like a "Custody for Dummies" guide. I would recommend Jessica to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine and very knowledgeable
I saw Jessica when I was in fear for my life and she ensured me that my safety was number one and that she would help me every step of the way. I was not an easy client but she was always patient and got back to me the best she could. I was able to settle my divorce and not have it go to trial. After the final court hearing, Jessica stayed with me until the end and showed nothing but compassion.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Initial Consultation
Yesterday, I called Attorney Charles and she was able to see me the next day. We were able to start on time and immediately she dunged into the case sorting out the facts. Quickly, she was able to give a reasonably estimate for my case. What blew me away was that she called the Defendants attorney right then and there to see if we could get the matter resolved today. I have to say Attorney Charles has a go getter attitude that compares to none! Divorce is tough but picking up the phone right away showed me her dedication and urgency to her client’s cases being resolved even before I retaining her! I'm proud to say that she made this decision easy and I'm happy to have her represent me during this journey.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever
After what seemed like an eternity I am grateful that I found an attorney so attentive and considerate. She is thoughtful, smart and genuine. I would refer her to anyone in need. Thank you for making my life better.
Posted by Ms. Vee | May 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Professional, Knowledgeable and Caring"
The Best Lawyer!! Jessica Charles is a very professional lawyer, I would definitely recommend her again to anyone who has to go through the divorce process or who has a child support custody matter. I have used Jessica for both and was extremely satisfied with representation and counsel. She has a unique perspective and approach as a divorce attorney. Jessica understands the true emotional, financial, and experiential cost of divorce, and her primary interest is to find the best path to resolution and closure so you can move on and rebuild your life constructively. Jessica has a blend of high integrity, and a desire to help people, and a need to do the best job possible to make her clients satisfied. That said, she’ll advocate firmly and effectively to protect your interest and well-being. She is an outstanding problem solver who comes up with creative and constructive results to complex problems. She will do anything in her powers to get you a peaceful, cooperative and speedy resolution she will always stand up for your position and rights as necessary. ….There are a lot of sharks in the waters- however Jessica is NOT one of them she’s a life saver boat…
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Posted by Marsha | May 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Now Divorced
I contacted Jessica Charles to assist with my divorce which was a bit difficult. Jessica was able to get results with just a couple of meetings, she made me feel a lot better while she worked. I am most grateful for her service and would hire her again. I recommend Jessica if you are ever in need of a good family lawyer.
Posted by Lynn | April 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Support Question - phone consultation
I received a return call within 5 minutes of leaving a message from Ms. Charles. That's impressive! Ms. Charles provided thorough answers to my questions and advice on proceeding to the next steps regarding my husband's child support. Thank you for your time! I highly recommend Ms. Charles.
Posted by M.B. | November 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth the drive
She was outside of my area but it was worth the drive to see her. After weeks of looking for an attorney to resolve my legal issue, Jessica was able to handle it within two weeks. I was very pleased.
Posted by Darnell Williams | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart & Invested Lawyer
If you are looking for an articulate, strong skilled, great listener, while compassionate lawyer then Jessica is it! I had one of the most complicated custody cases, therefore I was very surprised at how knowledgeable Jessica was when I consulted with her. We spoke for almost 2 hours and she was very much interested in our discussion even though there was no initial consult fee; I didn't feel rushed nor on the clock. She was very informative about the steps I should take, and the possible outcomes once we went to custody court. Moreover, she fought for me and worked to get me what I was asking for! If she didn't know the answer... she did the reasearch and came prepared to meetings and court. This made me very confident in her ability to argue on my behalf.
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Posted by Jay | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent & experienced attorney. Very satisfied
Ms. Charles is an excellent attorney. She represented me in a civil lawsuit. We won the case. She was very thorough and knowlegeable. I have referred her to numerous people including my friends and family members.
Posted by Chris | April 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My lawyer for life!
Ms. Charles was great in handling my complicated joint venture agreement with another party. I was initially doing it on my own but was confused about the project move forward. She was very patient with me and explained in a way I could understand. She also constantly reminded me about my rights and what benefits I was entitled to receive. As a result of efforts, I was able to retain certain rights in my creative work which will be beneficial as my project continues. I was very happy with her services and would work with her again in the future.
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Posted by Van | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Jessica was very professional and communicative about the process. She was able to give me the direction that I needed and created an amicable resolution for my case. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Lavern | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent review of Jessica Charles.
Attorney Charles represented me in a complicated Divorce Case, She is a very smart Family Attorney who knows her Job and above all she is a great human being who generally cares for her clients, I not only found a excellent attorney but a great friend as well.
Posted by Shana | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She really helped me!
After the birth of my son, my husband and I were concerned about what would happen if we were to pass away (we're 41 and 50). Ms. Charles helped us with the estate planning documents and to really create a plan. I can sleep better now (when the little one lets us). She was responsive, really there for us, and treated us like we were a priority. I highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2015
satisfied
Jessica charles gets a triple​ five star rating for representing me in my divorce case she was very professional and very well educated on the core factors that determine​d​ whether or not I would win or lose. Her ​strategy and approach ​for​ my case were exceptional, me being a male makes it hard in a custody​battle. She emphasized​ focusing on all of the good that I am doing as a loving father and provider and that ​proved to weigh more on the scale of judgment in my case to persuade the judge to rule in my favor. Also the law firm made me feel more like family than a client because of their direct and timely communication sometimes after hours to answer my questions.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
An excellent divorce lawyer.
I was going through a messy divorce and hired Ms.Charles to help me with attaining my property, and Ms. Charles helped me win my case. She was compassionate and sympathetic towards me and my situation. Ms. Charles was knowledgeable, affordable and I made me feel confident in her ability to win my case. I would refer her to anyone going through a divorce and in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Jibri | July 17, 2014
Easy button!
My experience with Jessica has been fantastic! She is very knowledgeable in the area of business. Her ability to communicate that knowledge to our team has made entering the world of business very easy. Jessica does a good job of sharing her network in efforts to create solutions to just about every challenge that we faced. Overall our team is very pleased with Jessica's professionalism, character, and service!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The JC Law Group, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
  • Prince George's County Community College
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • The CW Law Group, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Senior FOIA Attorney
  • DMI, Inc.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • FOIA Attorney
  • G&B Solutions,Inc.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Jessica E. Charles, Attorney at Law
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Attorney Advisor
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2001
  • American University
  • M.A.
  • 1998
  • Muhlenberg College
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Associations

  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • South Atlantic Modern Langauge Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. It was a pleasure working with Ms. Charles. We were able to focus on the issues of the family, which was great."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recommend this attorney to anyone in need of a skilled and tenacious advocate."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica Charles is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica Charles is an intelligent and creative attorney. She cares deeply about helping her clients."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica Charles is a pleasure to work with. She is passionate about the law and works to find creative solutions for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer goes to great lengths to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Charles. She is an asset to the legal community."
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Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Upper Marlboro Divorce and separation Lawyer Jessica Elena Charles
Jessica Elena Charles
Divorce and separation Attorney
Upper Marlboro, MD
Licensed for 20 years