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Jason Alan Ostendorf

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hunt Valley, MD

3.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2006
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019

About Jason

Learn Jason’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Protecting rights in divorce to property, alimony, child custody and visitation, and all other issues in a Maryland divorce, located in Owings Mills, Baltimore County, MD.

  2. Appeals
    Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, located in Owings Mills, Baltimore County, MD.

  3. Foreclosure
    Helping consumers save homes, stop foreclosure, get loan modification in Maryland, located in Owings Mills, Baltimore County, MD.

Maryland Law Firm providing legal services in Owings Mills, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and Carroll County.  We concentrate in Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law, Consumer Protection, Foreclosure Defense, and Appeals (MD, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court).

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Law Office of Jason Ostendorf LLC
201 International Circle, Suite 230
Hunt Valley, MD, 21030

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3.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Jeanne | July 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney!
It was my extremely good fortune to have hired Jason to represent me in a recent divorce mediation. Jason is the best attorney I’ve ever encountered and believe me, I’ve encountered many. He makes himself accessible to his clients and answers your questions thoroughly, while maintaining a sense of humor and a pleasant demeanor. You are never made to feel like you’re being too demanding or bothersome! He works around the clock to stay on top of your case and calms your fears when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed. He is an excellent researcher who can pinpoint case histories that will be relevant to your own. Having had my share of attorneys, I can tell you that Jason is of a rare breed. He cares about his clients and works diligently to provide them with a great outcome. He understands difficult personalities who oppose you and knows just how to deal with them as to not escalate the situation. He fights hard and most importantly, he WINS! It is a blessing to know Jason and I could not be happier with his service.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service as well as Professional and Competent Representation
During the course of our legal bout with a neighbor who was engaging in targeted harassment against myself and my roommate, Mr. Ostendorf provided sound guidance on how we could get the harassment to stop. While a long, and daunting process at times, Jason was every bit patient with my unending questions over what were ultimately trivial matters ( I am not a litigious individual and this was the first time I needed to enlist the aid of legal representation). Ultimately, we settled the case with the individual due to no small part of Jason's efforts on our behalf. I will most certainly consider Jason again for any other legal issues that his expertise can lend aid to.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Mr. Ostendorf to help me handle issues arising from my ex-husband’s refusal to follow sections of our marital settlement. Jason helped me navigate foreclosure issues (due to my ex-husband’s inactions) and represented me in a subsequent lawsuit against him. It’s clear that Jason is very intelligent. He was very factual and to the point, which I appreciated. He was also patient and kind with me during moments when I wasn’t so quick to a point, and I’m very pleased with the overall outcome the lawsuit. I felt that I was in good hands the entire time.
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Posted by Kurt | April 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent experience with my divorce
Mr. Ostendorf was very professional and courteous with me, in helping me through my divorce. He answered all my questions thoughtfully and was cognizant of my limited funds. I trust his judgement and would highly recommend him in the future.
Posted by Robert | December 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very best lawyer I ever dealt with. Helped save my home for me, my wife and two children. Jason Ostendorf is an excellent lawyer that I would highly recommend. He went above and beyond the call of duty, getting us everything we asked for and then some, explaining the whole process as we went along. I was worried about price also but very reasonable especially considering the results. Again I highly recommend this lawyer, well worth the money.
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Posted by Tom | January 28, 2015
Outstanding Appeals and Foreclosure Defense Lawyer
This attorney is incredible! A few years ago Mr. Ostendorf helped me with a foreclosure mess. First, he stopped the foreclosure in Harford County. Then he turned around and sued the mortgage company in Baltimore City. That court initially threw the case out, but he appealed and got it back on track. Shortly afterwards it settled. So I got to keep my house and more!
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Posted by Candice | May 28, 2012
Smart and personable
Mr. Ostendorf handled a divorce matter for me. Before I retained Mr. Ostendorf, my ex-husband was fighting over everything. Mr. Ostendorf was able to calm everything down, and got us into a good separation agreement.
Posted by Ralph | May 23, 2012
Great lawyer, give him a try
I used him in a consumer/foreclosure matter. He was honest about what to expect at the initial consultation, and did not try to sell as hard as a lot of other attorneys. He won my case against a bank for me, we got a settlement and saved my home.
Posted by Charline | December 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unsatisfactory Work
I hired this attorney to handle a insurance claim, unfortunately I had to dismiss him. As I was being Gouged for fees after fees and paid him ruffly $18,000, within a year with no success, and clearly this attorney requested more fees just to tell me a year later I would walk away with about $1000.00 after all said and done, I refused to give him any more money as he became more aggressive during a phone conversation requesting fees after I dismissed him, and requesting $20,000, more to settle. I’m not a math wiz, but figures don’t lie. If he would have been honest in the beginning I would have walked away, and paid him for is honestly not give him a retainer of $12,000., and paying fees there after. There was a company that clearly admitted to wrong doing in writing. He retaliated against me by filing paper work of fees owed to the court, but totally not being honest and informing the courts he’s been dismissed. Lesson learned do a serious back ground check before hiring this attorney. I wish I would have done so shame on me. I tried to negotiate a partial refund for unsatisfied work after dismissing him, and the case has never been heard. Didn’t get any where, but trying to convince me how to give him more fees, and keep him on. Unfortunately I had to give him a STAR......
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Response from Jason Ostendorf January 3, 2020
A close reading of this complaint shows that the only real issue was that I billed for my services. It is not wrong for an attorney to be paid for his work. Interestingly, the person omits the fact that I offered her several discounts. When it became clear that the insurance company we sued was trying to bully her with paperwork in order to raise litigation expenses, I felt bad for her, and offered several discounts (I would not bill for a task here and there in an effort to actually keep costs down). Indeed, after adding together all of the discounts noted in this person's invoices, I saved her over $1,000. But again, she conveniently omits this fact. The last issue with the person's criticism concerns the termination. When a client fires a lawyer, the lawyer is required to notify the court. This is for the client's protection. It causes the court to temporarily pause and allow the client some time to get their affairs in order and seek alternative counsel. So, there is no merit to the person's complaints along these lines.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Fee
I am a Cancer Patient. I informed his assistant that I would be in the hospital for most of the day and I indicated that 3pm would be the best time for me. Despite providing this information, his assistant still set up the appointment for 12:30. I paid $150.00 Consultation Fee and since I was not consulted, I requested that my money be returned to me. Now they refused to return my money. I have meager funds and this has become a real problem. If I took anyone's money, I would be thrown in jail. However, what happens when the reverse transpires? It is not fair for me to simply lose my hard-earned money. Dishonest attorney.
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Response from Jason Ostendorf June 9, 2017
There are a few problems with the above complaint. Having said that, the only thing lacking from it is the truth. The potential client told my secretary to schedule the consultation for 12:30. Within minutes of this conversation, my secretary sent an email to the potential client confirming the 12:30 time. This was more than 24 hours before the consultation, and we never received any notification of any scheduling conflict. We know the email address was correct because the potential client replied to it. It should be noted that his all caps reply included 48 exclamation points ("!") ... On the day of the scheduled consultation, I waited in my office for the potential client to arrive. I was not performing work in any other case, so that I could devote my full attention to him once he arrived. After he was twenty minutes late, I called and left a voice message on his cell phone noting that he was late, and asking for his whereabouts and whether he would be coming in. I specifically informed the client that I had to leave the office at 2:00 p.m. We never received a call back. (We know the number was correct, because we later received several calls from the client from that number where he called us, among other things, "F---ing idiots".) While we offered to reschedule at no charge, we were not willing to offer a refund for two reasons. First, I waited from 12:15 until 2:00 for the client. My hourly rate is $300 (the $150 consultation rate is a discount to potential clients), so the failure to so much as inform us that he would not be attending the consultation resulted in a financial loss of time that could have been devoted to other clients. Secondly, the potential client was just flat out rude. Again, we did offer at first to reschedule at no charge. (This normal, reasonable offer prompted the potential client to refer to us as "f---ing idiots" ...) I am a lawyer, not a psychiatrist. As such, I will make no allegations regarding the mental status of this potential client. I do, however, invite the reader of this post to form their own judgment.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I retained Mr. Ostendorf, hereby known as JO, to represent me in a legal malpractice lawsuit, in which I was illegally evicted from a house I owned. In initially talking with JO, he convinced me he had copious experience in dealing with such matters and could "Get me $100k!". Frankly, at $100k, this figure did not begin to compensate me for the financial and emotional losses I endured. Nonetheless, I retained JO and we began the process and previously provided an excellent review on this website. Regrettably, from JO's initial filings, the opposing parties literally shredded his documents and found an easy way out of their obligations. It became quite obvious JO was in over his head. Some THREE YEARS later, we, naturally, lost the case...much to the surprise of JO. Please know and understand, JO was paid for his work; which had NO ECONOMIC VALUE! I am now working with replacement counsel to file a legal malpractice lawsuit against JO for his failures in handling my matters appropriately. It is my opinion, that you can do yourselves a favor and look elsewhere for an attorney, as JO is most likely not going to adequately represent you.
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Response from Jason Ostendorf June 11, 2017
It should be noted that the potential client attempted to file papers against me based on these allegations. Not surprisingly, the allegations are without merit and the papers were dismissed.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.1 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Commission Reprimand issued in MD, 2019
updated on 12/20/2019

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Jason Ostendorf LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ostendorf Zimmer Yake & Borne, LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
  • 2005 - 2006


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Geesing, et al. v. Neal, et al.
  • Stopped foreclosure.
  • Rhoda v. Washington Mutual
  • Stopped foreclosure, plus $105,000 award
  • Ramsburg v. Litton Loan Servicing
  • Stopped foreclosure, won appeal.
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Attorney and Counsellor of the Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2010
  • Attorney and Counsellor of the Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • 2008
  • Attorney and Counsellor of the Court
  • U.S. District Court
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Jason
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a nice guy, and is also very personable. Further, he possess a sense of humor, which is want you want in selecting an attorney, as when you are facing any legal issue, a calming, relatable helper can put you at ease. He knows a lot about family law, consumer protection, and probably other fields as well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His frequent contributions to the AVVO community demonstrate his insightful knowledge and his commitment to his clients. He is an asset to the community."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is certainly an advocate for his clients, and leaves no stone unturned in his representation."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jason absolutely never gives up. He is a fighter. His dedication to his clients, as well as his determination to get the best result possible for them is admirable."
Hunt Valley Divorce and separation Lawyer Jason Alan Ostendorf
Jason Alan Ostendorf
Divorce and separation Attorney
Hunt Valley, MD
Licensed for 17 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details