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Michelle Sue Dauksha

Child custody Attorney at Columbia, MD

4.9   23 reviews

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Michelle Dauksha focuses her practice on domestic law matters, including:  divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence issues. She is a former attorney at Hope Works of Howard County and was a Judicial Intern to Judge Timothy J. McCrone of the Circuit Court for Howard County.  She has great insight into the judiciary and the Court policies. She has won several cases to include very difficult custody, child support, alimony, and domestic violence cases. Michelle and the Mulinazzi Law Office is committed to remaining focused on each client's best interest and their long-term goals.  With the help of Michelle and the entire legal team and the Mulinazzi Law Office, the Office was awarded the 2019 Pro Bono Resource Center’s Law Office of the Year.  

Michelle was recently recognized as a Super Lawyers' Rising Star.

Michelle is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Howard County Bar Association, and Howard County Women's Bar Association.  

 

 

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2018, 2017, 2015 Winner - Best Family Law Office in Howard County, Baltimore/Howard Magazine. Honorable Mention in 2016 and 2014.
Licensed for 4 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 07/12/2022

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

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Mulinazzi Law Office, LLC
10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B215
Columbia, MD, 21046

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Traci | May 7, 2021
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Michelle is the best!
Michelle is so easy to work with and incredibly knowledgeable. She helped me in so many ways. She knows so much not only about family law, but about the Howard County court system that it put me at ease. She is always responsive, and tough when she needs to be. I recommend her to anyone who needs assistance with family law.
Posted by Brittany | April 29, 2021
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Nobody Better!
I was so grateful to have Michelle walking alongside me through my custody journey. Her calming demeanor and obvious expertise made a stressful situation easy to navigate, and the end result could not have been any better for my children and I.
Posted by Doug | February 16, 2021
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Outstanding service and support
Michelle Dauksha and her colleagues at the Mulinazzi Law Office provided outstanding service and support as my divorce case moved along. It was a fairly simple, uncontested case, but I have no legal background. Michelle listened to my concerns and answered all of my questions in language I could understand. Not something I wanted to do, and this was never going to be a comfortable situation, but Michelle made it more bearable and eased me through the process.
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Posted by Ms.Gayle | February 2, 2021
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Thank You!
Ms. Michelle Dauksha and the Mulinazzi Law Firm was very Professional, Understanding and Helpful during a difficult time going through my Divorced, I'm so Thankful and Excited to finally get closure in a timely manner. Thank You All!
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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Ms. Walker
Michelle was honest, courteous, timely and sensitive to my situation. My divorce was pretty simple but still hurtful. Michelle really looked out for my best interest, kept me on track and I've already recommended her to two other people who utilized her services.
Posted by Charles | October 14, 2020
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Great Service
I reached out to the Mulinazzi Law Firm and Michelle was apart of my team. She was invested, communicative and made sure I was well informed throughout my process. I am grateful for her advice as there were times that I needed her perspective. All of my ideal outcomes were reached and for that I am thankful.
Posted by Robert | September 21, 2020
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Excellent representation Great Lawyer
Very thank for Michelle representation. Michelle is very knowledgeable of the Law and will fight for you. May God bless you Michelle in Jesus name Amen
Posted by Lelin | September 13, 2020
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Excellence and focus
Ms. Dauksha represented me in a very difficult custody situation. Because of the pandemic, this case was postponed several times. From the beginning, I was impressed with Ms. Dauksha's intelligent and thoughtful professionalism. She was responsive to all my concerns and provided timely responses. Her approach and steady hand helped me keep focus. Her counsel was direct and experienced. She is meticulous and her dedication to my case was clear. I felt 100% supported and I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. Her opening and closing arguments were impactful, concise and cut to the essential issues. I felt prepared going into trial and we achieved even better results than anticipated.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2020
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Highly Recommend!
I highly recommend Michelle Dauksha. You will feel so relieved once you close your case. My divorce was finalized a couple of weeks ago and even though it was a hard process I am very content with the results. Michelle was always there for me with the greatest advises, she had excellent communication with the other parties' lawyer which help through the process. She always took the time to answer my concerns and made sure I knew my rights. We worked on and signed a Separation Agreement for Absolute Divorce which made the entire process easier and avoided having to go to trial. I still had to live with my ex-husband throughout the process but Michelle always made me feel confident. I am now living on my own with a Child Custody for the best interest of my son and receiving alimony as well. You
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
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Compassionate and Collaborative Lawyer
Michelle Dauksha is a highly compassionate, supportive, and collaborative attorney with a gentle spirit. She took the time to really listen to my concerns and worked respectfully with me and the opposing party to successfully settle our case instead having to go to trial. She authored a settlement document that was immediately accepted by the opposing party. She was instrumental in making my settlement hearing free of excessive worry and stress by explaining to me beforehand what to expect. I was able to feel confident in front of the magistrate and leave the courthouse with a happy heart! I highly recommend Ms. Dauksha and the Mulinazzi Law Office for all your family law case needs and concerns!
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Posted by Jen | January 31, 2020
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The Most Superb Divorce Attorney
The attorneys and all staff members with whom I interacted throughout the course of my absolutely brutal divorce were incredible. Shannon was fantastic; so genuine and caring, and I dealt with her initially. Michelle was my primary attorney after that, and between the two of them, I felt as though angels were carrying me. Their compassion, empathy, kindness, and wisdom, and experience were not lost on me, and I was extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of my divorce settlement. Michelle was there for me every step of the way, no matter what happened--and trust me--it was quite a lot. She is a marvelous, stupendous, phenomenal attorney who genuinely cares about her clients. I couldn't be any more happy with her, Shannon, Laura, and the entire Mulinazzi Law Office. I am incredibly grateful to them for all they did for me, and you would be remiss by going with any other law firm for your own divorce.
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Posted by Gloria | September 6, 2019
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Highly recommend!
The Mulinazzi firm works very well as a team so when you hire Michelle, you literally get the expertise of the whole firm - and they do not double charge for this as other firms could do so for billing purposes. Their status quo is to maintain integrity and generosity in their billing practices. In terms of her knowledge base, availability and response time, Michelle was excellent on her own.
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Posted by Aubrey | August 26, 2019
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Absolute divorce
Ms. Dauksha was amazing, she was extremely helpful with helping me understand exactly how an absolute divorce hearing was conducted and made this entire process so much easier for me.
Posted by Kristin | April 26, 2019
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Divorce
I am so thankful for Ms. Dauksha I was devasted about getting a divorce. She listened to me and what I wanted. She was patient and excellent with explaining the process. Ms Dauksha made sure I understood my rights before I made any decisions. She was very knowledgeable and it gave me the confidence I needed to ensure i would get everything I deserved and that I would be ok!
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Posted by Teri | April 8, 2019
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Divorce Attorney
Michelle Dauksha is my Divorce Attorney. Even though my divorce is final, I know that I can still pick up the phone and speak to her or her amazing paralegal Laura Yost at any time. In the beginning I might have lost Michelle as my lawyer if she hadn’t gone above and beyond to make sure that not only did I understand every detail of the case but she made sure she understood every detail about me as a person so she could do what was truly best for me. She was terrific. Her paralegal Laura Yost made me feel like I was a friend she was helping and had my best interest at heart. They got me through something horrible and I’m very grateful. I would definitely recommend Michelle and Laura both to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Shikia | February 28, 2019
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Heaven Sent
I am elated to write a superb review about Michelle. Over the past 4 months she has worked tirelessly on my custody/ visitation/ child expense case. I relocated to Alabama and my hearing was in Baltimore County. She took on the case with ease. She communicated with me often and effectively. The Saturday morning before I flew to Maryland she called me again to review the case and put my nerves at ease. Her negotiation skills helped reach a favorable outcome for my son and I. During this process Michelle was everything I needed her to be. At times she was my sounding board, my comforter and my sound mind. I appreciate her knowledge, skills and compassion.
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Posted by wayne | February 12, 2019
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My Review for Michelle Sue Dauksha
Michelle Came to court to help me within 5 days notice, I had all the paper work done myself and did all he servicing which made it a little easier on all parties. Michelle entered her appearance and was able to get me a immediate custody order of my two step children and file waivers for the court cost . She was very nice and understanding and replies to email promptly
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Posted by Lois | November 19, 2018
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Lois's review of her lawyers
Michelle Dauksha works at Mulinazzi Law and I would like to personally thank her for her tireless work on my case. She was always accessible, kept me up to date and made my cause her own. Michelle was very efficient, always prepared with documents and dates and was compassionate as well to what I was going through. Thanks also to Shannon Kowitz also with Mulinazzi Law for her strategic thinking and support. These two ladies are excellent! Thank you both again.
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Posted by Myoonia | October 3, 2018
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Review
Michelle was a very good lawyer, she helped me get through this ruff process she guided and gave me better understanding on this whole custody agreement and help me get a good outcome.
Posted by Samantha Medairy | September 23, 2018
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INCREDIBLE LAWYERS TO WORK WITH
Michelle & Stephanie were incredible to work with! I had a negative experience with my previous lawyer for custody and they were so amazing. It was a night and day difference working with these ladies. They had nothing but kind words and encouragement throughout the entire process. The worst thing your lawyer could do is tear you down with their words as you are about to fight for your children (as my previous lawyer had done- she went as far as having me questioning if I even deserved my children. No mom should ever feel like that. I almost gave up because I thought, “Maybe there’s something I’m just not seeing.” But in my heart I know I am an amazing mother. So I continued my fight.) You already have your ex and their lawyer tearing you down, why would you want YOUR lawyer to destroy you with their word also?! Michelle and Stephanie built me up and gave me the confidence I NEEDED to go into my court case against my abuser. I would 100% recommend Michelle & Stephanie to anyone! I gush about them all the time. I felt heard, I felt seen, and most importantly, I felt empowered! Thank you for everything you ladies did for me. I will never forget it!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 180-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Mulinazzi Law Office, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Timothy J. McCrone
  • The Circuit Court for Howard County
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Women's Law Center Of Maryland
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Legal Advocate
  • Hope Works of Howard County
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Paralegal
  • Handler Henning & Rosenberg, LLP
  • 2010 - 2014
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2014

Legal Cases

  • Negotiated Divorce Involving Alimony and Property
  • Reached a favorable agreement
  • Marital Separation Agreement Set Aside
  • Agreement Set Aside
  • Mutual Consent Divorce
  • Reached a favorable agreement and proceeded without husband's attendance
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Associations

  • Howard County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • The Circuit Court for Howard County
  • Volunteer Attorney for Family Law Assistance Clinic
  • 2018 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
  • Pro Bono Resource Center
  • 2019
  • Best Family Law Office in Howard County
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Best Family Law Office in Howard County
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2017
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • 2017
  • University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest Grant
  • University of Baltimore
  • 2016
  • Best Family Law Office in Howard County
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is very knowledgeable, collegial, and professional. She is truly an asset to our local legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Michelle in several capacities. She has a strong legal mind and does a great job getting results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle uses her knowledge about the law and negotiation skills to reach favorable outcomes for her clients. Her representation will provide invaluable guidance during your divorce process. Michelle is committed to advocating for her clients. With her guidance and counsel, Clients feel comforted during their divorce process."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Attorney Dauksha has worked for years helping victims of domestic violence and representing those who have been wrongfully accused of same. She is dedicated to her work, she is always prepared, and she knows the law and the Judges. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Dauksha has a good command of the law and a superior sense of perspective and judgment. Her ability to remain calm and give clients measured advice in very difficult situations helps her clients save money and protects the family from unnecessary drama"
Child custody Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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