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William Paul Blackford

Divorce and separation Attorney at Severna Park, MD

4.9   55 reviews

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Bill brings to this difficult area of the law both the perspective and aptitude necessary to give you important and useful advice with which you can best make decisions during this life-changing time. Call Blackford & Flohr if you are interested in information or referrals to other professionals during this difficult time.

    19 years

  2. Business
    20%
    As a small business itself, Blackford & Flohr provide a small business lawyer in Maryland who is sensitive to the multitude of responsibilities, both practical and legal, that your small business is expected to fulfill. Most importantly, you need to make sure that your small business has an advocate and lawyer in your corner to make sure that your small business is protected and legally healthy.

    19 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    We handle all manner of probate matters, including administration of estates, litigation concerning estates, etc. I have helped a number of people claw back monies wrongfully taken by others.

    3 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%

    3 years

  5. Estate planning
    5%
    Drafting of wills, trusts and other documents to assist clients in protecting and preserving assets for their children, charitable goals, etc.

    3 years

Note from Bill:

"Thank you for taking the time to ensure you get quality legal services from someone committed to providing holistic legal services targeted toward problem-solving and achieving a cost-effective solution."

 

About our Law Firm:

In 2005, Bill joined with Chris Flohr to form Blackford & Flohr, L.L.C., a firm dedicated to providing high-quality trial advocacy for its clients. Together, they wanted to establish the kind of firm that is difficult to find: one that would provide passionate and practical legal advocates who are able to go to the mat for their clients and care more about them than politics or paychecks.

 

Today, Blackford & Flohr represents a variety of clients in cases for criminal defense, family law, DUI/DWI, construction law, business law, rape, traffic defense, and other general law litigation. We operate in Arundel County, Montgomery County, Baltimore, Towson, Ellicott City, Washington, DC, and throughout Maryland.


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Bill's Personal Life:

Outside of his professional life, Bill enjoys playing ice hockey and golf, volunteering time for addiction treatment services and being involved with his extended family.    Bill is happily married to his wife and they recently had a beautiful daughter last summer, who has joined their two very spoiled dogs at home in Baltimore.

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Licensed for 18 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/19/2022

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

Contact William

Blackford & Flohr
513 Benfield Road
Suite 302
Severna Park, MD, 21146-2519
Blackford & Flohr
8600 LaSalle Road
Towson, MD, 21286
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
Posted by Adam | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There needs to be more attorney’s like this in the world.
I had the unfortunate experience of losing 2 close family members days apart in 2 different states. The stress of dealing with the loss and handling both estates was a lot. I was fortunate enough to come across Mr. William Blackford, and from our first phone conversation I knew I had found the right attorney. Bill made it a point to thoroughly explain everything that we needed to take care of and also made it a point to show consideration for my well-being. To say that Bill went above and beyond would be an understatement. Bill handled everything which allowed me to then focus on the estate of my other family member which was in a different state. Bill and I spoke frequently throughout the process and he did an excellent job of keeping me updated. As the estate progressed Bill continued to reach out as well just to check in and make sure I was doing ok. Over the years I’ve had interactions with many attorneys and Bill is hands down the best attorney I’ve ever met. I will never be able to say enough good things about Bill and would 100% recommend him.
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Posted by Jacqueline | November 28, 2022
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Management Consultant
I highly recommend William Blackford. His communication is very timely and clear. I was very impressed when 8 years later, I emailed William about my case and he quickly replied and provided the documents I needed. Outstanding and very professional.
Posted by John Anthony | November 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Blackford is Awesome!
I have to say, I was not sure what to expect. Mr. Blackford quickly put my mind at ease as I was anxiety ridden with all that I had to do. I found Mr. Blackford incredible. He really cared about what I needed and was eager to assist me. There are so few people that have such a high level of customer service. I use to manage the customer service department of an investment firm and I consider Mr. Blackford to be top notch in customer service. Not only did he walk me through all of the steps that I needed due to my mother’s recent death, but he took the time to explain each of the various forms that I needed. He would constantly ask me if I had any questions and he answered all of my concerns. I’ve dealt with attorneys in the past, but if you want a real Attorney who cares and wants to help, Mr. Blackford is the best choice. I would go back to him for his assistance in a flash. John Anthony Williams
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Posted by mary | November 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Dear Bill,
You and I have been good friends through the years and we have worked together or various occasions evolving real estate transactions for some of your clients . Fortunately I haven't had many occasions when I needed a lawyer to represent me until I had a very serious accident involving a fall on someone else's property. You agreed to represent me even thought we mutually decided to not move forward with the case. I must say that I felt very comfortable, confident and pleased with how you kept me informed and represented me in such a professional manner . I would highly recommend you and your firm to anyone who might be in need of a great attorney. Thanks very much .... You are the BEST!
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Posted by Samia | October 4, 2022
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A blessing sent from above
Bill helped me through my divorce, not just as a lawyer but more as a friend, who gave me hope when I had no hope, gave me courage when I was frightened. Throughout the process, he was always very compassionate, patient, yet very very knowledgeable and professional with excellent expertise. Whenever we needed him, he was always there with his wise advice. To me and my kids he was a blessing sent from above. Thank you Bill for making our lives better!
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Posted by Olga | September 4, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
I am very satisfied, Bill is a lawyer that takes care of all details for you so you just get back to living life.
Posted by Brian | July 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer with outstanding morals
Bill worked on my very complex case that was extended because of the Covid situation at the courts He was always a great communicator and new the law well. He also brought a high set of morals in all that he did. He is extremely capable and honest …. Hire him if you value an honest and exceptionally capable lawyer
Posted by Gabriel | June 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
An exceptional experience!
My wife and I retained Mr Blackford’s services for an estate matter. The estate was in Maryland, but we lived in Texas, which greatly hampered our ability to intervene in what was happening. Our case was complex and convoluted. Mr Blackford was persistent in getting to the heart of the matter and obtaining all of the necessary records and documentation. He had an exceptional attention to detail and an exemplary understanding of the law. He was patient, professional, and always willing to thoroughly explain progress in the case and answer all of our many questions. We never felt rushed by him. We never felt like we were a bother. It was truly phenomenal service. I feel that Mr Blackford not only had our best interest in mind, but actually cared about the situation surrounding the estate and our relative, which meant a lot to us. He exceeded our expectations in every way and I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
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Posted by Will | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Bill is a Rockstar
I hired Bill to handle my divorce. He expertly guided me through every step of the process, and handled everything efficiently. He was able to work with my difficult ex spouse's lawyer and come to an agreement that got me everything I wanted. I will recommend Bill to everyone I know facing divorce
Posted by John | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Goes The Extra Mile
William Paul Blackford is very knowledgeable about so many legal issues he was way more helpful than expected We were very impressed with his knowledge of legal issues specific to us and our unique situation. I would highly recommend him and his staff
Response from William Blackford May 28, 2020
I appreciate your kind words, John. Referrals from former (and happy) clients is the best compliment I can ever get! All the best to you and your family.
Posted by Margie | May 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kind and compassionate
Bill helped me through my divorce, he was kind and compassionate through the whole process! He even gave me advice on the sale of my house after the divorce was finalized
Posted by Gordon | April 14, 2020
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Experienced Contract Negotiator
Mr. Blackford represented our firm during a large multiyear contract with a state agency. The project itself was extremely complicated from a legal standpoint, with multiple stakeholders (all with opposing concerns). His knowledge of the complex mechanisms surrounding these types of negotiations allowed us to complete the project on favorable terms. Bill is conservative, yet precise with the path he advises and our firm is extremely happy to recommend his.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2020
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The most Compassionate lawyer to handle an Estate.
My Brother’s Estate was very unusual. As he passed away a couple of years ago. And we only found out last year. We live out of state. When Bill was recommended to me. I never knew how fortunate we would be to have him. He handled all aspects of this estate with integrity, knowledge and grace. Making this emotional situation easier and helping us to move on. I am forever grateful. If you need an Estate attorney, he is the best.
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Posted by Stephen | December 2, 2019
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In a time of need
I hired Bill Blackford to represent me in my time of need. He not only delivered a favorable disposition for me, he made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process. Needing a lawyer can be very frustrating and nerve-racking. Bill's hospitality throughout the ordeal went a long way with me. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends or family should they ever find themselves needing a lawyer. His customer service and legal expertise are unmatched in my opinion. Thank you again Bill, you're one of the good ones.
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Response from William Blackford December 3, 2019
Thanks so much for your kind words. While we don't always "win" in every case, I do try my best for everyone. I was so happy for the result in your case and wish you all the best in your new career! If you ever need more, just call me anytime at (410) 647-6677. Bill B.
Posted by Rebecca | August 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny
Bill Blackford represented me while going through a divorce. He took the time to get to know me and seemed to truly care about my situation. My ex-husband was trying to be manipulative and unforthcoming with information. Bill saw through his antics and put a stop to it immediately, while being tactful and pleasant at the same time. It was important to me that the divorce remain cordial for the sake of our son. Bill took great care in removing the stress from me and fighting my battle as his own. With his strength, knowledge and unwillingness to back down, you will want him on your side of the table, trust me!
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Posted by Alex | July 1, 2019
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It pays to have a great lawyer on your side
I love my lawyer, Mr. Blackford. While i am totally not a litigious person, i got my self twice in a predicament where he was smart enough to get my money from a dishonest contractor and a few years later preempted someone from ever suing me again. I trusted his instincts and advise both times and it worked out. Thank you!
Response from William Blackford July 15, 2019
Thanks so much for the kind and honest review!
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Quick and Efficient Counseling meeting
My wife and I met up with Mr. Blackford to get guidance/counseling regarding a dispute we had with our builder. He patiently sat with us as we read the paperwork in question and we were able to get proper guidance that helped us negotiate in the follow up meetings we had with the builder.
Posted by Matthew | June 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation
I had a great experience working with Mr. Blackford. During our consultation he was straight forward and honest about the amount of legal council I needed. I appreciated him taking the time to walk me through everything and I left feeling confidant about the direction to take.
Posted by Giselle | April 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Caring, Patient, & Trustworthy
In the middle of my divorce, I went through some tough times with my health. Bill was not just a lawyer but he became someone who I can trust, someone who listened to all my health issues, and guided me towards the right path. I highly recommend him if you are looking for someone who is knowledgable, kind, caring, and honest.
Posted by Michelle | March 21, 2019
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Estate Plan
After a lot of research, I decided to hire Mr. Blackford to draft our Estate Plan documents. Mr. Blackford was very easy to work, knowledgeable, friendly, honest and trustworthy. I had a lot of detailed questions regarding the documents and Mr. Blackford took the time to answer each and every one. He was very honest about what we needed (and did not need) in our Estate Plan for our family with young children. I would definitely recommend Mr. Blackford.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Blackford & Flohr, L.L.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office Of Anton Keating
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Clerk, Associate
  • Construction Law Firm
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Juvenile Sex Offense Law Clerk
  • Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • Loyola High School
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Dismissal Of Assault Charges
  • Victory
  • Contract Win
  • Win
  • Confidential
  • $10,000,000 In Business Asset Purchase Dispute
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Associations

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2011 - Present
  • Civil Justice Network
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Civil Justice Network
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Paca Brent Inns Of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Baltimore City Bar Association
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2011
  • SuperLawyer Designation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • President
  • Civil Justice
  • 2010
  • Board Member
  • Civil Justice
  • 2009
  • Committee Chair (Strategic Planning)
  • Civil Justice
  • 2009
  • Board Member
  • Civil Justice Network
  • 2008
  • Association Of Trial Lawyers Of America
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2007
  • Board Member
  • Civil Justice
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Baltimore Sun
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2008
  • B&F Blawg
  • Numerous articles
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Strategic Planning Summit
  • Future planning for legal services organization
  • 2009
  • Law Practice Managment
  • Business & Ethics Responsibilities For Solo & Small Firms
  • 2008
  • LPM
  • Do's & Don'ts for Solo/Small Firm Practitioners
  • 2007
  • Chamber Of Commerce
  • Business Primer
  • 2007
  • NBI
  • Do's and Don'ts For Small Businesses
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (9)
Endorse William
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is an ethical and principled attorney who is very experienced in Family Law and a credit to this profession. He has my endorsement. ."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is an exceptional attorney in Maryland divorce litigation. I have battled against Bill in prior cases and as a result have since referred him a number of clients because I have complete confidence that he will get the job done right."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an excellent attorney - knowledgeable and articulate."
Business Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Blackford is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very smart attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bill is a great attorney and counselor at law. He has consistently demonstrated skill and insight beyond his years. In addition to his work in Divorce and Child Custody matters, he has done outstanding work in criminal/traffic and small business matters as well. I am proud to call him my law partner and my friend."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have trusted Bill and his law partner Chris multiple times for referrals due to date conflicts, co-defendants, and non-criminal cases, and for brainstorming on cases. Bill has been on the money for brainstorming cases, and on at least two occasions has spent after hours time with me and my clients in doing so. Bill and Chris share my old fashioned view of helping others rise as we rise, including clients and fellow lawyers."
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Severna Park Divorce and separation Lawyer William Paul Blackford
William Paul Blackford
Divorce and separation Attorney
Severna Park, MD
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation