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Jamaal Willie Stafford

Litigation Attorney at Columbia, MD

3.8   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    Maryland - MD 15 years
    Louisiana - LA 10 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2014
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jamaal

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. represents employees in employment litigation matters, including wage & hour claims, discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims. We also represent federal and state government employees in employment actions. We pride ourselves on applying creative solutions to complex legal challenges and are not afraid to take our cases to trial.

  2. Litigation
    The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. represents small to mid-size businesses in solving their legal challenges by providing representation in business disputes, complex-commercial litigation and labor and employment matters.

Maryland employment lawyer with extensive experience counseling and representing both employees and employers. Jamaal Stafford recevied his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Louisiana. He handles cases relating to discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harrassment, and other employment matters.

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Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C.
10400 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 290
Columbia, MD, 21044

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3.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Shanntell | July 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done
Mr Stafford and the team worked hard on my case, and kept me informed each step of the way. I saw the dedication and the attentiveness through out the whole litigation process. This let me know I wasn’t just another case .my case was rather lengthy and the work effort never swayed. I am grateful and thankful for the team and all they have done during that extremely stressful and scary point in my life. If you need a lawyer, I would recommend this law firm 100%. Everyone down to the administration was professional and displayed humanity, which is hard to come by nowadays. My calls were returned and my questions were answered, and they were honest with me!!! Thank you guys !!!! If you hire jay you’re in good hands!!
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Response from Jamaal Stafford August 31, 2023
Thank you so much, Ms. Hamilton. We're very honored to have worked with you, and truly appreciate your trust in us.
Posted by Matthew | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Looking out for you!!
Truly impressed!!! This is your go to if you have any IG and/or federal civilian employment issues. J W Stafford’s team are the type of go getting professionals that have your best interest at heart!!
Response from Jamaal Stafford August 31, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words. Our firm is committed to providing the highest level of service. Thank you again for working with us.
Posted by Roozbeh | September 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jay is one of the most honest and ethical lawyers I have ever known or heard of. He represented me in a very tough and complicated case. He was absolutely brilliant. I am not going to go into detail about his performance in court. All I will say is that "J.Cochran cant hold a candle to Jay Stafford".
Posted by Sion | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Attorney
I truly enjoyed working with Mr. Stafford. He was very professional and knowledgeable on the subject matter. Mr. Stafford was attentive to my needs regarding he sensitive nature of my case. He was very flexible with scheduling and kept me involved in every step of he process. He made sure that I understood everything that was going on, literally breaking down each step preparing me what to expect as each corner. He was a pleasure.
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Posted by Amaris | August 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Jamaal Stafford
Jamaal Stafford Helped me with my Child Custody Case and it turned out better than I actually thought. He was extremely Consistent and Persistent he didn't take NO for an answer and he put me first as a client. I really and truly believed that he was there for me and not just there because it was his job. He made what I thought was going to be the worst part of my life into an easy going experience and made me extremely confident the entire time. Thank you so Much Mr. Stafford I honestly Dont know what I would have done without your guidance.
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Posted by derrick | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Stafford is the man
Mr. Stafford was truly a blessing. He returns emails, and is only an email away from answering your question. Mr. Stafford also knows his practice, I would recommend him to a friend and will be also using him again in the future. Thank you.
Posted by Mike Blockinger | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Custody
Mr. Jamaal Stafford represented me as my attorney for divorce and custody. Mr. Stafford was very professional, Accurate , Knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Mr. Stafford also kept me informed of the status of my case on a daily bases and in a timely manner. Mr. Stafford also e-mailed me copies of all court documents that he thought would be useful to me to see. Mr. Stafford worked on my case for endless hours including the weekend. I hired him late in the case and he was still able to perform his job very well. He was in constant communication with the opposing counsel to discuss the case. Mr. Stafford also gave me a follow up call after the case to see how I felt and to make sure everything I wanted was met regarding the case. Mr. Stafford is a very well polite and well mannered attorney. I would highly recommend Mr. Jamaal Stafford to anyone seeking legal advice or representation. I will definitely be keeping his cards handy just in case another law matter needs to be addressed. Thank you again Mr. Stafford for working so hard in helping me get reconnected in my children's lives.
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Posted by Joseph Penzenstadler Rph MBA | August 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not use this law firm ! He has no spine to resolve regulatory issues and overcharges you and you end up with poor outcome !
Mr Stafford is a polite person. I hired his firm to navigate a regulatory issue with Board of Pharmacy for unfounded and fabricated charges. He miss-represented our concerns instead kept adding on additional fees and in the end negotiated a poor outcome which he recommended settlement vs contesting the charges which there were was overwhelming evidence that my business went beyond due diligence in filling prescriptions for OUD. I was overwhelmed with anxiety about staff getting overly reprimanded and closure of business. We never violated any Federal or State Laws. We settled on his recommendation payed exorbitant legal fees and fines just so we could move on. This is the worst part now . He never warned of blow-back from the settlement which included sensitive information being released to the National Practitioner Data Bank. The result was a loss in PBM contracts and business of over 1.5 million in sales! Had he warned me of this I would not have signed a consent order. In the end I payed over $50k in legal fees for my employees and $20 K in additional fines. His recommendation and legal counsel has put my business's in financial ruin. Looking back at this entire mess I should never have hired such an incompetent attorney that was looking for a quick resolution. If I were able to undue the mess that he negotiated on behalf my business and employees I would hire a different law firm.
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Response from Jamaal Stafford August 31, 2023
Mr. Penzenstadler, While I cannot address the numerous misrepresentations you have made, we take all feedback seriously. It is regrettable that your experience with our firm did not meet your expectations. Our team strives to provide effective legal services and personalized attention to each client. While we cannot disclose specific details about individual cases due to client confidentiality, we want to assure you that we review all concerns shared internally. We are always looking for ways to improve our services and learn from every client interaction. We would like to emphasize that our goal is to provide professional legal assistance and support to all our clients, and we regret any frustration or disappointment caused. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and we will take your feedback into account to continually enhance the quality of our services. Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unhelpful and charges a lot for nothing
I was extremely disappointed in my consultation with this lawyer. I had a 45 minute consultation with him ($525) about a matter related to a Maryland licensing board. During this consultation, he said that my license could be revoked and just kept repeating the same thing over and over. He provided me with no useful information, and when I contacted the board directly, they said they had never heard of a scenario that he described. He clearly either did not know what he was talking about, or he was trying to inflate his price. Either way, he gave me incorrect information and charged me a lot of money. I find him to be unethical and unhelpful. I contacted him directly with my concerns and he said he did not really care, however when I posted a Google Review he immediately said I was lying, despite me having e-mails and evidence showing that everything I wrote was 100 percent accurate.
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Response from Jamaal Stafford August 31, 2023
Unfortunately, our firm cannot respond in any substantive way to anonymous reviews. As with everyone we interact with, we strive to provide the highest quality legal advice and counsel. If you could contact our firm, we would be more than happy to speak with you.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Don't Waste Your Money Like I Did
My first impression of Jamaal was that he was personable and caring. However, he soon began to send me a barrage of e-mails asking me to pay for my initial consultation. I was turned off by that. I had spoken to at least 5 different lawyers who said that I did not have a case. So naturally, I was skeptical. I then proceeded to ask him to disclose any additional fees or percentages up front. He evaded the answers to this question and instead just reassured me that he could write me a demand later. So I paid his initial consultation fee - $415. I had explicitly told him that it would be difficult to pay that fee if I didn't have somewhat of the case. At the consultation, I felt my case crumble before me. He explained a few things that made me realize the return of my investment could be possibly low and even zero. He also proceeded to tell me that he would write a demand letter for $650. He would also take a third of whatever I got back. I don't want to go into personal details, but this is not a case involving the return of even $5,000. When I went back home to think it over, I received a barrage of e-mails asking for me to pay my initial consultation which I had already paid for! I explained to him and he admitted the mistake, but I continued to receive them! I knew instantly that I had made a huge mistake. For a case like mine and especially considering my financial situation, he should have offered me a free initial consultation or disclose his fees up front so that I didn't have to waste $415. I came to Jamaal in hopes of getting help from being taken advantage of by someone. Instead, I also got taken advantage of by Jamaal. STAY AWAY. Maybe he is a good lawyer if you have a slam-dunk case and money to spare. But he will not care about your situation as a "whole." I'm out of $415 when my family needs it most. He's just out to make money.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • DLA Piper, LLP (US)
  • 2011 - 2013


  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100
  • The National Black Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Hot List
  • Lawyers of Color
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Small and Minority Business Committee
  • Minimizing Litigation Risk and Handling Your First Lawsuit
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Jamaal
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a skilled advocate. He provides excellent service and thoughtful advice. Clients are certainly in good hands with Jay."
Litigation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Stafford for the greater part of 10 years and am proud to call him a colleague. He combines an intense knowledge of the law with the compassion necessary to aggressively represent his clients. An awesome, razor sharp, trial lawyer. I would not hesitate to endorse and recommend Mr. Stafford."
Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stafford is a skilled practitioner and one I would gladly refer clients. He is calm and collected and the type of attorney you want on your side the day of a trial. I endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jay began his career as a litigation associate at a large international law firm, DLA Piper, in Baltimore, MD. As a partner, I found Jay to be a pleasure to work with. Clients will benefit from his "big firm" training and work ethic and his professionalism and values."
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Medical malpractice
Divorce and separation

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Columbia Litigation Lawyer Jamaal Willie Stafford
Jamaal Willie Stafford
Litigation Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 15 years