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Shannon Leigh Kowitz

Child custody Attorney at Columbia, MD

4.8   49 reviews

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Licensed for 12 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 07/12/2022

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MLO/Mulinazzi Law Office
10015 Old Columbia Rd Ste B215
Columbia, MD, 21046

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Posted by J.Jeffers | October 5, 2021
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Brilliant Attorney!
So grateful to have Shannon represent me. She VERY knowledgeable in family law and she thoroughly communicates with her clients. Her hard work and dedication regarding her representation of her clients is unmatched. She literally went above an beyond to make sure my custody hearing was fair and child support needs would be met.
Posted by John | September 14, 2021
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What every great family law attorney should be
I would like to share what an absolutely amazing attorney Shannon Kowitz is. She is the perfect combination of what I believe every great family law attorney should aspire to: someone who cares about you as a person and yet is also willing to tell you the tough things you may not want to hear but need to, particularly if you are hoping to avoid a costly trial. Fair, firm, smart, with a big heart. That is Shannon.
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Posted by Bethany | November 22, 2020
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Highly recommend!
Shannon Kowitz has been such a wonderful attorney to work with. She was very professional, patient, and helpful with my case. Shannon was always honest with me, and very quick to respond any time I needed her help. It has been a blessing to work with her. I highly recommend Shannon if you’re looking for an attorney!
Posted by Kierston | September 18, 2020
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Swift Justice was served
Ms.Kowitz represented me with my divorce and custody case. Throughout the entire case she constantly kept in contact, made me aware of any changes and always had my best interest at heart. She worked quickly to get all of my points across through to my exhusband. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great lawyer who will do their best.
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Posted by Katie | April 28, 2020
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Wonderful lawyer
I have had the pleasure of working with Shannon over the past few years on several occasions. Shannon has always been thorough, focused, and is an exemplary attorney. I have always appreciated the time she has taken with me to explain every situation and option. She comes with the highest recommendation I could possible offer!
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer focused on Results
I have worked with Shannon for a few years now with regards to 3 separate issues and she has been highly effective with her execution and clear with her advise. 1. I have 50/50 legal/physical custody with my 3 kids. The first issue was me trying to get either full physical custody or for my x-wife to actually spend time with the kids when they were in her custody; and for her to stop abusive behavior. Naturally my x-wife made many false counter claims with no evidence and asked for child support (despite being a high income person). Shannon did an excellent job asking the right question to my x-wife during the pre-trial disposition (which resulted in answers that would make it difficult for her in court); also Shannon did a great job explaining to me the law and what we can do to get the results I wanted. We built a solid case for court, however she was honest with me and the reality is it takes many incidents (and not just a handful) for my x-wife to lose physical custody. The end result was that we got my x-wife to sign some papers that said you can't do X, Y, or Z and I got the result I was looking for; a better mom. 2. Situation number two was a crazy x-girlfriend that said she was sad that we broke up and because I returned her stuff to a friend during a 5 second visit of just dropping it off she claimed I caused her to go into emotional distress, even though I haven't seen her in 6 months and just texted her to pickup her stuff (that she asked from me) from her friend. The first time this went to court I thought it was such an easy case I actually tried to go against her lawyer. I almost won, but my x-girlfriend was talking about how sad she was, her life is meaningless, she shakes all the time in sadness, going to therapy, crying in court, etc then the judge said she would grant a protective order, despite there being no legal basis. So I called Shannon and appealed. This went to court and Shannon blew it out of the water and the judge within the 1st minute of court said this should be dismissed and for the remaining hour or so just dismissed my x-girlfriend. Shannon did a great job being clear, compassionate, and focused on the law. The lesson learned here is to use a lawyer in court even if the case seems simple to win; it's difficult to cross examine someone as the defendant. 3. The last and most recent situation was drafting up a pre-nup for me and my fiance. It was written amazingly well front the first draft and without argument my fiance agreed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2020
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Outstanding Lawyer who gets the job done!!!
Shannon is an outstanding Lawyer. She represented me in my divorce and custody case. Shannon was always a phone call away no matter what time I needed her. When things got rough during the times I was denied seeing my children, she was always there to give me sound legal advice. I’ve always been fearful of being in court hearing horror stories about men not having a chance when it comes to being awarded custody. With Shannon’s help we where able to totally turn my whole custody situation around. I was awarded full physical custody and I have joint legal custody with all tie breaking authority going to me. Shannon I will never forget what you and your firm has done for me and my family. We will forever be grateful. If you need a reliable caring Lawyer, Shannon and the Mulinazzi Law firm is the way to go.
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Posted by Anthony | February 27, 2020
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The Best Lawyer I Could Have Asked For
I had the opportunity to work with Shannon on my divorce last year and I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. She was very professional, knowledgeable and so very empathetic. As is expected it was one of the lowest points of my life but working with Shannon gave me the hope and confidence I needed, knowing that I was being very well represented. In the end it all worked out great and I even got a refund for the unused portion of my retainer. I'll definitely recommend Shannon Kowitz and the Mulinazzi Law office to anyone who needs their legal services.
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Posted by Melissa | February 18, 2020
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The Best
Shannon has been such a supportive and valuable source of information during my domestic court case. She is attentive and responds quickly to questions or concerns I may have. I would highly recommend Shannon and the entire Mulinazzi Law Office.
Posted by Wassor | June 4, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
I was recently represented by Shannon Kowitz in my divorce case. During the long process, I have learned that she was knowledgeable, experienced, and well seasoned. I am so satisfied with the outcome of my divorce; therefore I would highly recommend Shannon.
Posted by Morgan | September 24, 2018
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Shannon is truly a blessing.
Shannon and her assistant, Michelle, worked with my family and I on a protective order and custody case soon after my mom passed. It'd been a really rough time for my family and myself and it didn't help that my father hadn't been the easiest person to deal with in court. But, Shannon and the rest at Mulinazzi Law Office really pulled through and we strongly won the case. I would highly recommend this firm any day, they're all so sweet and they really, really put in their all. I promise you, they wouldn't let you down.
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Posted by Sam | 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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Posted by Michael | November 22, 2017
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Professional, caring , and gets the job done!!
I was in an ugly custody dispute and an unusual one to say the least, I will spare you the details. I was always there for my child through thick and thin. The defendant (mother) was not. When the mother got her act together she decided that she wanted it ALL and came at me with false accusations, lies, and made things a three ring circus. I was battling the opposition as long as I could by myself. I was going to free workshops at the library and attending the free lawyer guidance sessions at the court house. This is where I found Shannon. She first guided me and answered the tricky questions I could not tackle myself. I was very appreciative of her help and I liked the fact she took time to volunteer at the court house and workshops , helping others as well as myself. She gave me a sense that she genuinely cared and I felt very comfortable talking with her. When things got to be over my head , and I realized I needed to obtain counsel , it was Shannon that I sought after. Once Shannon was officially on my case I felt more at ease proceeding forward knowing I was in good hands . Shannon was very prompt in returning my calls and answering questions that I had addressed through email. She really went to bat for me , she believed in me, and THAT was something I will always be grateful for. Shannon was comforting to my nerves in stressful times and a bulldog in negotiation. Shannon was able to get me EVERY single thing that I sought for. I couldn't ask for more in a lawyer. Life has been tough these last few years and I stuck it out, I am a loving and caring father who wants what is best for his kids, even if it's not always what I want. My actions speak for themselves and IF life was fair I shouldn't have had any problems winning on my own. Life is NOT fair. People DON'T tell the truth. Accusations WILL be made. You will need someone to help you. You should have someone by your side that believes in YOU, cares about YOU, and that person is definitely Shannon.
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Posted by Jennifer | September 11, 2017
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Amazing lawyer. Highly recommended!
Shannon and her entire team at the Mulinazzi law office are terrific. I started my journey with them almost two years ago looking for help in getting full custody of my two children. It was a long, painful process, but Shannon made it as easy as possible for me. She was kind, and genuinely cared about my family and I, and did everything in her power to do what was the best for my boys. From being available to answer my questions at any time( even weekends and holidays) to being completely honest about things even if it was not what I wanted to hear, she guided me through it all. Shannon won my case for sole legal and primary physical custody of my children. am truly blessed to have found such a wonderful attorney, and I highly recommend her to anyone who is going through a custody battle. Thanks to Shannon and her amazing team my family is back on the right track.
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Posted by Terri | June 16, 2017
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Divorce Lawyer
Mrs.Shannon Kowitz was extraordinarily helpful with questions I had in proceeding with my divorce. Quickly to return calls and e- mails I really was very grateful for all her help during such a changing time in my life.
Posted by Pamela | December 5, 2016
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A Great Lawyer
Ms Kowitz represented me during my custody case and she was the answer to my prayers. She was willing to take my case on even though it was very short notice. She was patient and sympathetic. She explained the process in a way that made me feel confident and reassured. She is easy to reach and very organized. She does not treat her clients like they are just clients. She gives personal care and attention that makes you feel you that she really cares. It was a great pleasure working with Ms. Kowitz and we WON!!! :)
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Posted by Vytas | November 15, 2016
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A nice helper along a rocky road
Shannon is accessible and she will pay attention to your opinion, but will warn you strongly if you are about to fall of the cliff. She provided excellent guidance in a complicated case and represented well.
Posted by Ron | November 7, 2016
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Simply amazing!!
Shannon handled my adoption case and this was by far the best experience I have ever had working with an attorney. Her professionalism and knowledge is just plain amazing and made the entire process even better. Thank you Shannon! And my daughter and wife thank you again for the flowers you brought them at the court hearing. A great 'extra touch' to the services you provided.
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Posted by Essie | May 27, 2016
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Divorce
When I called Mrs Kowitz on my divorce matter she was so helpful to me she became more than just my attorney she became a friend when i was upset about the lies my husband was telling Shannon had a way to calm me and to let me know it didn't matter because she had all my proof in other words she knew just how to give me that mental kick to get me back on track and her paralegal Laura Yost was also amazing whatever i needed she would made sure either she or Shannon would get it to me asap they made my experience with my divorce easier in any case i no i came out on top i would like to say thanks to my attorney and paralegal for there support of me during my divorce
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Posted by Donald | April 26, 2016
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Excellent lawyer, dedicated to serving the needs of my child in a negative co-parenting situation.
Shannon provided excellent representation as I worked through extensive parenting disagreements with my Ex. We were able to resolve all points of contention for the benefit of our child. Most importantly for my well-being, we were able stop the hostile communication and continuous disparagement of me by my Ex to our child. My goal was always the best outcome for my child and Shannon worked very hard at all hours to support our case. Her efforts were greatly appreciated and I now enjoy a peaceful co-parenting situation.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Mulinazzi Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Office of Stacy LeBow Siegel, LLC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Staff Attorney
  • Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
  • 2009 - 2010

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Indefinite Alimony Award
  • Client awarded indefinite alimony
  • Personal Injury Settlement
  • Settled in favor of client
  • Alimony Modification
  • Held Sub curia
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Associations

  • Women's Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hon. James Macgill American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Women's Bar Association of Howard County
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2022 Top Ten Family Law Firm
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Pro Bono Resource Center
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 under 40
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2015
  • Honorable Mention: Best Howard County Family Law Firm
  • Howard Magazine
  • 2014
  • Client Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Ms. Kowitz for several years and have the utmost confidence in her as a family law attorney. With her clients, Ms. Kowitz is helpful has a wonderful demeanor. In contested matters, Ms. Kowitz has a reputation for taking on difficult cases and getting the best result possible. I would trust her with my own personal matters."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is the standard for everything you would ever want in a lawyer. She is intelligent, passionate and always focused on her clients and clients' best interests. An aggressive and sharp negotiator, Shannon is an absolute asset to the legal community and to her field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Shannon. She is intelligent, aggressive and always puts her client first. If you are looking to hire an attorney you would be making a great choice by hiring Shannon."
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was an absolute pleasure working with Shannon on a contested custody case. I was the best interest attorney for the child and Shannon represented a parent. She was always professional and zealously advocated for her client. Shannon has impressive negotiation and litigation skills. I looking forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon was the Best Interest Attorney in a custody matter I handled. Although the case itself was very contentious, Shannon remained non bias and open to communication and compromise. I was extremely impressed by her continued professionalism even after confronted with less than favorable situations. I look forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is a bright young lawyer who is knowledgeable and professional. She is a pleasure to interact with and always courteous to everyone she meets."
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