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Jennifer S Fairfax

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Jennifer has extensive experience in interstate and intrastate adoptions working with agencies and private placements.  Her adoption experience is not unmatched by her ART experience in helping families grow or build through donors and gestational carriers.  She works with heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and single clients in the areas of adoption and surrogacy inlcuding donor contracts.  She has extensive expereince in both domestic private and agency adoptions as well as knowledge and understanding of international adoption issues.  She has represented intended parents and donors and surrogates (gestational carriers) in surrogacy matters.  Jennifer works directly with clients from intake until resolution of their case.  After 10 years of working in prestigous family law firms in Bethesda, she became a solo attorney focusing her practice in family building.  As a solo attorney she is able to offer clients her extensive experience at a reasonable cost. 


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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 85%
    20 years
  2. Family: 15%
    20 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Megan Sterling Monsour

    I have had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Fairfax on many cases. Jennifer is an expert in both adoption and collaborative reproduction law. Her vast knowledge and experience is matched by her hard work and dedication to her clients. Jennifer holds the highest ethical standards and is dedicated to, not only her own skills as an attorney, but to the betterment of the adoption and ART legal field. Jennifer's approachable style and respect for all parties makes working with her a true pleasure.


    Megan Monsour Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Emily L Russell

    I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer Fairfax is an exceptional attorney whose reputation as a leader in the field of adoption and ART is well deserved. I have referred both clients and friends to Jennifer knowing that she and her team will provide the highest level of legal service.


    Emily Russell Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

827 Woodside Parkway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

Jennifer Fairfax, LLC

827 Woodside Parkway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910



VAAuthorized to practice law201401/21/2015
DCActive 199905/26/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2011 - 2015 Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Bar LeaderMontgomery County Bar Foundation2014
Legal ExcellenceMaryland Bar Foundation2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
2010 Super Lawyers StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
2009 Superlawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJennifer Fairfax, LLC2010 - Present
Senior AttorneyMichele Zavos Law Group2009 - 2009
Senior CounselStrickler, Sachitano & Hatfield2001 - 2009
AssociatePasternak & Fidis, P.C.1998 - 2001
Law ClerkCircuit Court for Frederick County1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Judicial Nominating CommissionCommissioner2011 - Present
Center for Adoption Support and EducationChair of the Board2011 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysBoard Member2011 - Present
American Academy of Assisted Reproduction TechnologyFellow - Founding2009 - Present
American Fertility AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionGenetics and Reproductive Health Committee2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Adoption Committee2009 - Present
Families for Private AdoptionProfessional Member2008 - Present
LGBT Bar Association of MarylandChair, Judicial Selections Committee2008 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow2007 - Present
RESOLVEProfessional Member2007 - Present
Frederick County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Janice M. v. Margaret K.De Facto parents are not recognized in Maryland.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Families for Private AdoptionPost Adoption Contact Agreements2013
American Bar Association publicationThe Adoption Law Handbook2011
Frederick County NewsletterRepresent LGBT Clients in Domestic Adoption2009
American Bar Association Solo NewsletterRepresenting Same Sex Parents in Adoption2008
Maryland State Bar Association section newsletterRepresenting Same Sex Parents in Adoption and Surrogacy Matters2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Liberty UniversityEnglish - Cum LaudeBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Liberty UniversityPolitical Science - Cum LaudeBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Mediation MattersMediationMediation CertificateN/A
Collaborative ProfessionalsCollaborative LawCertificateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Judicial InstituteAdoption and ART2014
District of Columbia Bar FoundationAdoption Around the Beltway2014
Villanova Law SchoolPractical Aspects of Adoption2011
University of Maryland Law SchoolAdoption and ART Law2011
Paul Samakow Radio ShowAdoption and Assisted Reproduction Technology2011
Legal Resources for LGBT FamiliesLGBT Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Technology2011
Guest LecturerAdoption and ART Law for LGBT Families2011
District of Columbia BarAdoption Law2011
D.C. Bar CLEAdoption Law2011
Adoption in D.C., Maryland and VirginiaAdotpion Law Practice2011
RFDC ConferenceCollaborative Law2010
ABA Family Law ConferenceAssisted Reproduction Technology and Adoption2010
MICPELAdoption and Defacto Parents2009
East meets West ConferenceAdoption2009
Whitman Walker ClinicLGBT Adoption and Dissolution2008
RESOLVEAdoption Options2008
National Business InstituteAdoption2008
Montgomery County Bar FoundationAdoption and Surrogacy2008
G.L.O.B.E. Federal EmployeesAdoptions for LGBT Families2008
Montgomery County Bar FoundationSurrogacy2007
Local Cable TelevisionSurrogacy and Donor Agreements in Maryland2007
Local Cable TelevisionAdoption in Maryland2007