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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer, Family Law||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|David Hjortsberg||Howard County Bar Association||2011|
|Pro Bono Star||Pro Bono Resource Center||2005|
|Partner||Forman & Zide||2003 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Board of Governors||2011 - 2013|
|Goucher College||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
Posted by Samantha
After fostering our son for over a year, Marla represented us during his adoption. She was kind, responsive, informative, and patient. She understood the situation and had plenty of experience in foster care adoptions. Marla made sure all the paperwork was completed properly so the adoption process didn't have to take longer than needed. She prepared us for what to expect in court, and she was there the day of the adoption. From beginning to end, Marla was present, helpful, and there to answer questions. She helped us through a very exciting yet unknown time in this journey. Thank you, Marla.
Posted by Katie & Tim D.
We worked with Marla on a high-conflict custody battle that ended up dragging on for over a year. Since we were going to court against the ex-wife, we wanted a lawyer who had extensive knowledge and experience at representing the father’s side and I am definitely glad we secured Marla Zide for our counsel. She brought a straightforward no-nonsense mindset to our situation and immediately began working on our case. From start to finish, she fought for our interests and assessed our case from every possible angle to provide us with the best representation and outlook. In a high conflict custody battle where stress and tension are overwhelming, Marla addressed our abundance of questions and concerns with tact and sensitivity. Marla Zide always presented the accurate and honest truth to us and made sure we were informed of all changes to our case. It was refreshing to work with an attorney that did not sugar coat the reality of the situation or drag out a case to take advantage of you financially. She demonstrated her commitment to our case by making time on multiple occasions to confer with us over the phone and/or in person outside of her normal operating hours, which is certainly not something all lawyers will do. As an attorney, her approach to our case was uniquely crafted to fit our situation and grew organically from the beginning. She was not afraid to switch tactics or to invest extensive time and effort to research different avenues the case can potentially take. I can assure you these qualities are not universal across all legal counsel. Without her representation, we wouldn’t have had any chance of the extremely favorable settlement that we received. Throughout the course of the year that we were involved in this case, Marla remained conscientious to our needs, which helped lessen the detrimental impact of this case on our daily lives. If the need arose, we would definitely retain Marla’s services again. Her associates were also very helpful in our case, but we worked primarily with Marla throughout the process, which I would recommend. Although it would be less expensive to have her associates assist, in a high-stakes battle for your rights as a parent, you want the absolutely best person arguing for your interests and Marla Zide is the person for the job.
Posted by Eleanor
We were very fortunate to have Marla assist us through the second parent adoption process. She was not only extremely knowledgeable, but a fierce advocate... both of these qualities are critical given how heavily you have to rely on your attorney throughout these types of legal procedures. Marla and her staff were highly responsive, dependable, and compassionate. We could not have asked for better legal representation and therefore highly recommend Marla and her team.