|GA||Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues||1979||06/03/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|A best Estate Planning Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2014|
|Best Lawyer Family Law||Best Lawyers||2013|
|One of 25 TopDivorce Lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland||Bethesda Magazine||2013|
|Family Law Lawyer of the Year||Bart Association of Montgomery County||2013|
|Best Lawyers in America - Family Law||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Angel in Adoption||Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton||2009|
|Wanda's Warrior Award||Wanda's Wills Project||2008|
|Capital Pride's Director's Award for Family||D.C. Capital Pride||2005|
|Community Service Award||Woman's Monthly||2002|
|Community Service Award||Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program||2000|
|Outstanding Adjunct Professor||Washington College of Law, American University||1999|
|Jerome Heilman Community Service Award||Gertrude Stein Democratic Club||1987|
|Partner||ZAVOS JUNCKER LAW GROUP PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Principal||MICHELE ZAVOS LAW GROUP, PLLC||2007 - 2010|
|Solo Practitioner||MICHELE ZAVOS||1996 - 2007|
|Director, AIDS Coordination Project||American Bar Association||1990 - 1996|
|Partner||DOLKART & ZAVOS||1985 - 1990|
|Associate||Garfinkle & Dranitzke||1982 - 1985|
|Staff Attorney||Legal Aid Bureau, MD, Prisoner Assistance Project||1979 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Women's Bar Association of Maryland (Montgomery County chapter)||Member||2013 - Present|
|Maryland Association for Justice||Member||2013 - Present|
|Bar Association of Montgomery County||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Fertility Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|National Family Law Advisory Council, National Center for Lesbian Rights||Member||2003 - Present|
|GAYLAW||Member||2002 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section||Member||1982 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1982 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar||Member||1981 - Present|
|American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys||Elected Fellow||2010 - 2015|
|American Academy of Adoption Attorneys||Elected Fellow||2005 - 2015|
|Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of the District of Columbia||Member||1992 - 2000|
|Port v. Cowan||The MD Court of Appeals held that Maryland must recognize this marriage for purposes of divorce, which meant that MD must recognize out of state valid marriages between same-sex couples.|
|Fisher-Davenport v. Bowser||Virginia Supreme Court ordered that both parents must ne listed on the birth certificate.|
|Jane Doe v. Ruth Roe||settlement agreement for visitation|
|See all legal cases|
|Washington Blade||Don't Wait for Rights||2009|
|Trial||Sexual Orientation and the Law in the 1990s||1995|
|AIDS Benchbook Supplement||AIDS Benchbook Supplement||1995|
|Trial||Federal ADA Protections for People with HIV||1994|
|John Marshall Law Review||AIDS and Health Care Reform||1994|
|Until the Cure: Caring for Women with HIV||Legal Considerations||1993|
|Creating a Pro Bono Program for People with AIDS & HIV||Same||1993|
|Trial||Right to Work: Job Protections for People with HIV||1993|
|Human Rights||AIDS and Insurance: No Guarantees||1993|
|Centers for Disease Control: The Americans with Disabilities Act||Same||1992|
|Human Rights||Women in the Shadow of AIDS||1992|
|Directory of Legal Resources for People with AIDS & HIV||Same||1991|
|ABA AIDS Benchbook||Same||1991|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||History/Journalism||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|Webinar||Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples||2011|
|Meeting||Update on LGBT Family Law for DC and MD||2011|
|Inside Out Radio Show||Marriage Equality||2011|
|Bar CLE||Parentage Issues for the LGBT Community||2011|
|Sistah Conference 09||Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals||2009|
|Same-Sex Relationships||Same-Sex Relationships||2009|
|Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers||The Unmarried Couples: Rights & Responsibilities without the Marriage Certificate||2009|
|Financial Planning and Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals||2009|
|Estate Planning and Family Law Seminar||Estate Planning and Family Law in the LGBT Community||2009|
|Bar CLE||LGBT Family Law||2009|
|Montgomery County Law Day||Family Issues for LGBT couples and individuals||2008|
|A Responsible Exit||Estate Planning||2007|
|Wanda's Wills Project||Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals||2006|
|Wanda's Wills Project||Estate Planning for LGBT couples and individuals||2006|
|The Equality Forum||So You Want to Be a Parent||2006|
|Seminar on LGBT Family and Estate Law||LGBT Family and Estate Law||2006|
|Montgomery County Bar Association Conference||Family Law Issued Affecting Non-Traditional Families||2006|
|Sunday Morning Series||LGBT Estate Planning||2004|
Posted by Brian
We used Michelle Zavos and her firm to help us obtain a second parent adoption in DC and to put my husband on the birth certificate in Ohio. While DC is very progressive and the adoption was easily accomplished, we really relied on Zavos' expertise in navigating the system in Ohio where the law is not clear on placing a gay couple on a child's birth certificate. Zavos and her team made it happen for us and we are very grateful.
Posted by Edgardo Cureg
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton could not have put it in better terms when she characterized Atty. Michele Zavos's law firm as an "Angel in Adoption."
Because that's what Zavos Juncker Law Group has been for my family. My new family, that is.
Last summer my family consisted only of myself and my then 3-year old female Chihuahua terrier Queenie, but we were expecting to expand. As I had just been licensed by DC's Child and Family Services Agency as a traditional foster/adoptive parent, Queenie and I were waiting for a sibling pair from the DC foster care system to join our household.
Then came an unexpected plea from my family in the Philippines. They told me that a second cousin of mine, a 15-year old boy born in Guam but brought to and abandoned in the Philippines by her parents when he was barely two years old, had tried to commit suicide by drinking lye.
Since the time of abandonment by his biological parents, the boy had been bounced around between different placement families through the years. Apparently, he had been left alone by his most recent placement family, without food or money, for more than two weeks in May 2016. The boy then presumably reached a point of desperation, a point too much for his young mind to take, that he decided to end it all.
Fortunately, his suicide attempt was unsuccessful. However, the poison he drank so damaged his digestive system that nothing can pass through his esophagus, not even his own saliva. A surgeon had to insert a feeding tube below his stomach so that pureed food can be manually delivered to his body. With no access to quality health care, he immediately faced imminent death.
After hearing this boy's story, I decided to adopt him instead. I read portions of the DC Code pertinent to adoptions, and found a possible relief via an interlocutory adoption decree.
In early August 2016, acting pro se, I filed a petition with the DC Superior to adopt the boy, requesting for an immediate hearing for entry of an interlocutory decree of adoption so that I can go to the Philippines, apply for a U.S. passport on behalf of the boy, repatriate him to the United States, and save his life.
The judge quickly denied my request. In an Order containing a hardly ambiguous language, the judge told me to, well, hire a lawyer.
And so I did. After reading Avvo reviews of adoption lawyers, I had no doubt that Atty. Zavos was the one.
I will skip the details of the story, but the long and short of it is that with Atty. Zavos's help, the judge eventually issued the Interlocutory decree of adoption, I was able to repatriate the boy to the United States, put him under my insurance, and give him a new chance at life. He and I are now just days away from finalizing our adoption case.
Although the boy, my son, is still on a feeding tube, and it will take a while before the surgery that will hopefully restore his ability to eat and drink by mouth can be performed, there is no doubt in my mind that he will recover fully from it all. And everything is because of Atty. Zavos and her law firm.
So, like I said in the beginning of this review, I concur with Congresswoman Holmes that Zavos Juncker Law Group is an Angel in Adoption.
Posted by Alexis
We had a wonderful experience working with Michele to develop a contract with our sperm donor and his partner. She and her staff were warm, non-judgmental and approachable for questions big and small. They explained the entire process clearly and helped us think through important scenarios that we would not have thought of on our own. When we found ourselves facing a situation that required swift action (and over the holidays, no less!), Michele and her staff went above and beyond to make sure we could get the contract completed and signed in time. Throughout the process, we always felt like she wanted the best for our family over the long-term and we really appreciate her experience and counsel.
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