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Emily Patricia Koning

Child custody Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2013
    Status
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About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

Emily Koning (she/her) joined Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC (FLAG) in September 2022 as a Senior Attorney.

Emily graduated from Marshall University, magna cum laude, in 2010, and then from the University of Baltimore School of Law, cum laude, in 2013. During law school, Emily interned for the Honorable Kendra Y. Ausby in the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Child in Need of Assistance Division. Emily represented clients in divorce, custody, and protective orders cases as a student attorney in the school’s Family Law Clinic. She was also a member of the University of Baltimore Law Review. After graduation, Emily clerked for a Family Law Magistrate in Baltimore City. Since then, she has practiced Family Law almost exclusively, in numerous jurisdictions in Maryland.

Emily represents clients in cases involving:

divorce
property division;
alimony;
establishment of custody and child support;
modification of custody and child support;
contempt;
protective orders (petitioners and respondents);
peace orders (petitioners and respondents);
marital settlement agreements;
parenting agreements; and
prenuptial agreements.

Emily believes that clients should be treated like people, not like “cases.” People need to feel heard and respected; they should not just be ushered through a legal process. When your case ends, you should feel like you understood the process, that you had all the information you needed to make decisions, and that your advocate knew your priorities and goals.

In each case, Emily’s priorities are her client’s priorities. Clients’ goals are specific to their complex, individual situations. There is no one size fits all approach. What happens in your case may differ from what happened in your cousin’s divorce case or what happened in your friend’s child support case—and that’s okay. Your attorney should help you achieve your goals, not someone else’s goals.

Emily resides in Baltimore County with her husband and children. She enjoys home improvement projects and spending time with family and friends.

 

Location

Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC
9256 Bendix Road, Ste. 307
Columbia, MD, 21045

Reviews

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Posted by Michael | April 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend enough!
I hired Emily for a very difficult incredibly complicated divorce and child custody case and she could not have been more supportive and attentive throughout it. This was a very long lasting case due to many circumstances beyond our control, but she stayed on top of everything throughout and both kept me well informed and was great with outreach in moving things forward. Being someone who has very little experience with law, she was very attentive and responsive to any questions or concerns I had, and took the time to outline and walk through things I didn't understand. She will leave no stone unturned and fight for the you and your children's best interest using her vast knowledge of the legal system and connections of support. I cannot recommend her enough and will certainly be hiring again for future legal work.
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Posted by Lauren | January 9, 2024
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Wonderful thought partner and advocate
I have worked with Emily on a long and complex divorce and custody case, and could not be happier with the counsel and support she has provided to me. She has been a source of stability and comfort during a difficult time, and strikes a great balance of long-term strategic vision and tactical execution. Emily is organized, detail-oriented with a calm presence, and is extremely knowledgeable about MD case law. Whether in court or working together on various filings, I feel my best interest -- and most importantly, my child's best interests -- are always top of mind for her. I am so appreciative of her partnership and advice. Her ability to break down complex topics so I know what to expect next during an overwhelming time has been really important to me. I highly recommend Emily and her team at FLAG. I could not have possibly found a better attorney to represent me.
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Posted by Cat | January 2, 2024
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Excellent!!
I hired Emily for my child custody case. My child’s father and I were in agreement or terms, but we needed a lawyer to help us go through the process. Emily represented me. She advised me on how the process works, drafted a parenting plan to fit our needs, and was accessible for any questions. She is very nice to speak with and does a good job explaining the information. She was highly recommended to me and I can see why! I highly recommend her services as well!!
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Posted by Derek | June 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
Emily was amazing person to work with. She is very professional and she is always willing to help with whatever matter myself or my family needed. I would highly recommend Emily, her staff and her entire law firm if you ever need help. It was a pleasure.
Posted by Stacie | June 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody Matter
Emily took over a challenging case regarding a relative's custody matter. My relative has some challenging obstacles in life and Ms. Koning was amazing in her balance of attentiveness to those challenges while staying laser focused on handling his case. Attention to detail, efficient, fearless, capable, Gets the job done! Thanks for everything Emily.
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Posted by Josh | February 28, 2023
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Professional & Attentive
Emily was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and attentive. She not only gave expert advice based on facts and laws, but also provided guidance based off her past cases/experiences. Emily was very effective and efficient, and fast to respond to my questions and requests.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Organized, Supportive
Emily Koning represented me in my divorce process, and I am so glad I found her. I was very certain I was doing the right thing, but I think no matter what it is a difficult thing to do. It's a long and complicated process, and I knew I needed professional guidance through it. From our first meeting, Emily was extremely helpful and organized. She educated me about the steps and what to expect. She answered all questions. And throughout the entire process she kept me aware of where things were. Additionally she was extremely supportive and cheerful, and that made it all easier. She was super professional, but at the same time she personalized the process and talked with me about the process in a human way. I also appreciate that she was very direct about the costs from the beginning. I highly recommend Emily Koning.
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Posted by Herbie | August 23, 2022
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Really did a wonderful job
I went through a difficult divorce Mrs. Koning really helped me and took her time she was very knowledgeable and educated in helping me out with the best interest of my children I would highly recommend her in a difficult case with her expertise in family law.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Emily Koning's Handling of my Divorce
Now that the dust has settled from my divorce, I can finally put into words how I felt about the process. it was so long and emotional, and very stressful. I don't know how I would have gotten through the process without the support that I received from my attorney team and in particular Emily Koning. She is extremely bright, focused, well versed in divorce law, and was totally committed to representing me well. Additionally, she was great support and helped me to get through the laborious, painful and often confusing process to finally finalizing my divorce. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone, whether getting a simple divorce, which can always make a turn in a different direction, or anticipating a more complex divorce. I cannot put into words how much I appreciated Emily's support and expertise. I could not have chosen better. Thank you so much, Emily, for your help in getting my life back on track!
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Posted by Sarah | August 11, 2022
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Thoughtful and Informative
Emily was thoughtful and informative throughout the divorce process. She was quick to answer any questions I had. Her experience guided us to a settlement we could both agree on.
Posted by Jesse | July 6, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consultation and follow-up
We consulted with Emily Koning regarding peace order we were seeking. The consultation was incredibly helpful - she was clearly knowledgeable in the area, helping us to focus on what needed to be said, and how best to say it. Even though we did not need to retain an attorney, she still followed up with us multiple times - sending additional advice, pointers to particular statutes, and finally a note after our peace orders were granted. We felt very comfortable speaking with her and would absolutely retaining her in the future if needed.
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Posted by Darrell | June 23, 2022
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A winning team you can trust!
I recently found myself in need of legal counsel. Like most people today if you need information, goods, or services, we turn to the internet. Well the problem with that is quite often there are so many options and information it can be overwhelming. So where do you begin? In this case I needed a lawyer. A very experienced and capable attorney to assist with a sensitive child support decree. After looking at a few firm’s credentials and a bit more investigative work, I narrowed my options to a short list of three firms. It’s a horrifying feeling to realize the outcome of any life altering situation is dependent on an individual or individuals you’ve never met personally and really cannot vet. So I called the first firm and explained my situation. The individual who answered placed me on a brief hold, then returned stating the attorney who specialized in my particular situation was on a conference call and would get back to me shortly. Shortly turned out to be hours later. Not a good first impression! So I contacted the second firm. The interaction just didn’t come across as warm and welcoming. It was like the individual tasked with screening and directing the calls was in the middle of something and my call was somehow disruptive. I politely thanked her for her assistance, hung up, and immediately scratched that firm from my list. The third and final firm on my short list was that of Laurie M. Wasserman. My entire interaction during the call was warm, caring and professional. The young lady who answered gathered my information very personably, then placed me on a brief hold. She returned to the line informing me there was a senior attorney Mrs. Emily Koning who would gladly take my case. She outlined the process to which I agreed. Within minutes I was sent an email with a Zoom link for our initial hour long face to face consultation. After all but 15 minutes I knew Emily was my attorney. She came across as warm, knowledgeable, professional, and very competent. Additionally, my interaction with all those tasked with helping Mrs. Koning handle my case along the way was equally as pleasurable. Most importantly, the outcome was all I had hoped for and resolved quite expeditiously. Even more impressive however, was that she gave me the option to do some of the leg work myself to keep to help reduce my overall cost. I declined. That’s why we hire attorneys. However, we want the best representation possible to ensure the best possible outcome. She delivered just as she stated during our initial consultation! The Wasserman firm and Mrs Koning got the job done! I would gladly recommend their team. I couldn’t be happier!
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Posted by Kyle | May 20, 2022
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Father
Emily did a wonderful job meeting all my needs regarding my custody case. She explained everything clearly and answered all of my questions and worked very hard on my case which I appreciate. Was very easy to work with and very knowledgeable about family law.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
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Sensitive, caring lawyer
Going through a divorce is stressful, to the point that making decisions without being overly emotional is very difficult. Originally Emily was just filling in for my original attorney on leave, but I quickly had her on as my primary attorney. She patiently listened. She gave the advantages and disadvantages of each decision. Above all, she did not pressure me to make one decision over another. In addition, she worked with my ex's lawyer to find a solution. Three years after the divorce, I still consult with her occasionally. But there is no regret in any decisions I made during the divorce.
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Posted by Walt | May 6, 2022
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Thank you
If your circumstances are such that you're looking for the kind of representation that Emily offers, then you are already under a lot of stress. There's no two ways about it. Add the complexity of trying to find a good lawyer and the situation can become overwhelming. I know because that's what it was like for me. Trying to make a decision based off of internet reviews and maybe an hour long phone consultation seems like an absurd way to bring someone into a situation where the outcomes have life altering consequences. I don't know what you're going through but i can tell you what it was like working with Emily (and maybe this will help you feel a little bit less stress when it comes time to make your decision). Emily was truly amazing. Her knowledge of the law is unquestioned but that's not what made her great (you can find a lawyer who knows the law). Emily knows strategy. She knows what a judge is looking for. She knows when it makes sense to go down a certain path and when it doesn't. She knows the risks of certain strategies (and she's willing to go there if needed) but she will keep her eye on the prize and provide the right council to get there. Because these types of life events can often be emotionally destabilizing, it's important to have someone giving you advice who is not just knowledgable but levelheaded. If you can add a high level of EQ, such that the person giving the advice has a level of empathy and understanding for what you are going through then you've basically gotten all you can ask for in these types of situations. Emily was all those things and more. She listened to me when I was the most wound up and thinking in the kind of short term pettiness that happens in these types of situations. She understood where I was coming from and she provided cogent advice without ignoring how the wrenching these things can be. And she was right. Everything she said was right. Her strategy was impeccable. Did I get everything I should get in a just world? No (but when does that ever happen?). Did I get everything Emily said was possible to get in my situation? Yes. And let me make this clear, when I say everything that was possible, I mean a clean sweep. So here is the crux of it. I didn't write this to convince you to hire her. You should. I wrote this for two reasons: 1. To tell you that when you hire her, you need to follow her guidance. She knows what she's doing. 2. To thank her for the amazing help she gave me during a very dark period of my life. Thank you Emily, I'll never forget how much you helped me.
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Posted by Becky | May 6, 2022
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Fantastic!!!
Emily was fantastic to work with! She walked me through every step along the way and made sure I was comfortable with what was happening. She is patient, kind, and understanding but also fights for what her client deserves. I would not hesitate to use her again if the need arises.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A talented, polite, professional, skillful, and ever-ready lawyer to be on your side during difficult times!
I chose Emily to represent me in my marital separation just after the first meeting with her. My first impression of her itself was very positive. Most importantly, I noticed that she was a very good listener - an essential quality in an attorney who you will want to rep you. She always lent me a friendly ear when I wanted to share my side of the story, Later during the MSA, I found her to be always well-prepped, and ready to meet with me - sometimes on a very short notice. This made the whole process much smoother and stress-free for me. I was going thr' an uncontested divorce, but the marital separation agreement was a long-drawn, difficult process mainly due to an overly aggressive, and a borderline rude lawyer representing my ex. Emily was always calm, professional, and always advised me to take the right stand that was in my best interest. She had just the right amount of assertiveness, without aggression in all her communications with the other party. Important for me which made me hesitate to contact any lawyer earlier, Emily did not have a biased view of men and I could freely share my story with her. She is a very talented lawyer indeed! All this eventually led to a fair and equitable deal with my ex, on all fronts. I owe Emily much more than just the legal fees! She enabled me to happily scream "freeeeedome"! :-) Thanks Emily!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC
  • 2022 - 2022
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Laurie M. Wasserman
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Office of Harry B. Siegel, LLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hymsn and Marindin, P.A.
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Saul E. Kerpelman and Assoc.
  • 2015 - 2016
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 2013
  • Marshall University
  • 2010

Associations

  • Maryland Star Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021

Publications

  • Maryland State Bar Association's Family & Juvenile Law Section's Newsletter
  • Who Keeps the Dog in a Maryland Divorce?
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is an excellent attorney to have on your side! She considers the various non-legal aspects of family law cases – cost, time, emotions, etc. in order to achieve the best outcome for her clients! Emily is able to act as either a zealous trial advocate or a patient negotiator, providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions for their families."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is an excellent attorney and zealous advocate for her clients. She is also very compassionate and kind."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is a passionate advocate for her clients. She keeps the focus throughout the case on the best interest of the children and encourages settlement when possible. If a case has to be advocated, Emily is a strong litigator and will help clients navigate the process in a calm, organized, and child-centered manner."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is an excellent attorney, very thorough and knowledgeable about family law matters. She is very receptive and responsive to her clients' needs. She is also an excellent litigator; she truly is the voice you need and the advocacy you deserve."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emily is very detail-oriented. She is meticulous in litigation and doesn't miss a thing. I would trust her with any case."
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Columbia Child custody Lawyer Emily Patricia Koning
Emily Patricia Koning
Child custody Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 10 years