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Catelyn Elizabeth Slattery

Adoption Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

4.0   4 reviews

Licensed for 11 years

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Learn Catelyn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Adult | Breaking the Seal | Domestic | International | Private Agency | Public Agency | Second Parent | Step-Parent | Independent | Expect & Birth Parents | Surrogacy & Gestational Carrier | More | Call now.

    11 years, 900 cases

  2. Estate planning
    Providing basic estate planning for clients as they build their families, including wills, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives to ensure your family is protected through all stages.

    8 years, 20 cases

  3. Family
    Attorney Slattery is a caring and deeply committed family building lawyer. She focses on adoption services and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to help people in MD, VA, and DC achieve their dreams of building a family. LGBT friendly!


Catelyn is a Partner focusing on family building, estate matters and children’s rights.  She is a native Washingtonian and graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in English Literature.  

She practices in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia.

Catelyn has her J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston.  While in law school, Catelyn focused her education on family law and the rights of children.  She helped start the Education Law and Policy Association at New England Law.  She was also a member of the Family Law Society and Children’s Law Society.

In law school, Catelyn received a mediation award and a CALI Award for Trial Practice.  She also worked as a law clerk at Children’s Legal Services in Boston. In this capacity, she worked with children in the foster care system.  Catelyn attended Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with her clients as an Educational Advocate.  She had the opportunity to assist in several court investigations and attended hearings for clients ranging from truancy to termination of parental rights.

During her law school summer, Catelyn worked with First Star, a national non-profit which advocates for the rights of children in the foster care system.  Catelyn has a passion for working with children and seeing that all children have a safe and happy home.

In her spare time, Catelyn participates with the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program handling divorces for pro bono clients.

Catelyn has attended the following trainings and Continuing Legal Education seminars.

  •     Second Chance Adoptions for Children Born Outside of the U.S.
  •     Ethical Tools to Defuse Incivility
  •     The Rita Rosenkrantz Family Law Training
  •     Special Education and Medicaid Fair Hearing
  •     Digital Age Challenges to Legal Ethics
  •     The Ethical Dilemmas of Confidentiality
  •     Ethical Frontiers  
  •     Finding and Using Options Less Restrictive Than Guardianship
  •     Representing Clients in Mediation
  •     Public Perception of Lawyers vs. Ethical Realities
  •     Understanding the Impact of Secondary Trauma on Lawyers Working with Children and Families


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Licensed for 11 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2018
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 12/27/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/29/2022

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Jennifer Fairfax LLC
827 Woodside Pkwy
Silver Spring, MD, 20910-4275
Catelyn Elizabeth Slattery
Jennifer Fairfax, LLC 827 Woodside Parkway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
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Posted by Jeffrey Chen | July 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Adult adoption process was smooth and simple!
Catelyn helped us navigate all the paperwork and processes associated with an adult adoption. We are very happy to have employed her for her expertise and service. What would have been a confusing and laborious process felt so smooth and easy!
Posted by Scott H. | November 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Job
Efficient. Professional. Knowledgeable. Definite recommend. Efficient. Professional. Knowledgeable. Definite recommend.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Catelyn was consistently responsive. She was knowledgeable regarding our specific case and adoption law in general. She was kind, patient, efficient and understanding. She was always professional, but with a personal touch. We felt comfortable approaching her with a variety of questions and trusted her answers/decisions. We highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2022
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Not sure Catelyn knows what a phone is
Hired and paid retainer fee. From that moment...Zero contact with us. Never returned calls. Emailed late at night after events of day have come to pass.


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  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Denison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 2015 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland (Montgomery County chapter)
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Special Recognition for Pro Bono Service
  • KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
  • 2018


  • Bar Association of Frederick County
  • Allowable Adoption Expenses in Maryland Under New Law
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Rainbow Families 2018 Conference
  • Adoption: A to Z
  • 2018
  • Successful Private Adoption Workshop
  • Adoption Decisions
  • 2017

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Silver Spring Adoption Lawyer Catelyn Elizabeth Slattery
Catelyn Elizabeth Slattery
Adoption Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 11 years