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Jessica E Zadjura

Divorce and separation Attorney at Baltimore, MD

4.8   18 reviews

About Jessica

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I was born and lived in Prince George's County until graduating high school and then relocated to Anne Arundel County where I currently reside. I believe in giving back to the community and volunteer my time by participating in Wills for Heroes, a pro bono program created after September 11, 2001 to provide first responders and their families with essential estate planning documents. I also volunteer once per quarter at the family law office in the Howard County Circuit Court giving free legal advice to low income litigants.

I have worked exclusively in the family law arena since graduating law school and truly enjoy helping and advocating for my family law clients. I am the child of divorced parents and one of five daughters in a blended family. I am divorced myself, and a step-mom, so I understand the challenges parents and children face as a result of divorce and why, when our most personal relationships are at stake, that litigation is not always the best process to resolve family issues. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your family law situation and help you determine what resolution process is best suited to your case.

Licensed for 11 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 07/12/2022

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

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Cordell & Cordell
300 E. Lombard Street
Suite 1010
Baltimore, MD, 21202

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Samuel Young | November 4, 2021
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Divorce attorney review
Jessica was extremely thorough and knowledgeable. She helped me tremendously and I would strongly recommend her to anyone seeking a divorce attorney.
Posted by John | October 26, 2021
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Jessica leaving on maternity leave
Jessica was very helpful in giving me direction and pause in my separation with my wife. I would think we may move forward with a formal divorce in coming years, but I am happy with current arrangement
Posted by Jacob | June 17, 2019
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Very satisfied customer!
Jessica helped me through the whole custody process. She assured me, made me feel confident of the outcome and her ability and knowledge. I loved her honesty and gave me all the best options for my case. She made her self very available, and was a pleasure to talk to and work with. I recommend her for any person who has to go through a divorce or custody arrangement. under her legal advice and skill, i now have custody rights to my children and am able to build better relationships to them. Thank you Jessica
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Posted by Emily | October 19, 2017
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Amazing in representing us in a divorce/custody case!
My boyfriend and I initially found Jessica on this site and had a consultation with her. We hired her for a relatively complex divorce and custody case. She worked tirelessly to fight on our behalf and ensure that we had the Discovery documents and information to support our claims. She was very responsive through the entire process and we always felt we were in good hands. She did every single thing she said she would. She truly had our best interests at heart and helped us reach a settlement, rather than push us to go to trial (which would have made her more money!). She is very intelligent, empathetic, organized, and motivated to help you. We are so happy with how our case proceeded and thrilled with the results. We would recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Marie-Vic | September 18, 2015
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5 Stars!!!
I having nothing to say other than she was great and very supportive during the whole entire time. She gave very sound, logical and practical legal advice throughout the process. Plus, she always made sure to take into account my children in every step of the way.
Posted by Christina Marshall | September 16, 2015
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Grounded and present
I have worked with Jessica Zadjura twice. Ms. Zadjura was honest, fast and financially as fair as the law would allow her. She got the ball rolling immediately for my separaration, and my modification, which so worked in my favor. I could count on honest and clear explanation regarding each step of my cases and was never expected know attorney jargon. I would not hesitate to hire ms. Zadjura in the future if need be.
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Posted by Marcia | September 15, 2015
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Divorce
I found this law firm on the internet. I was impressed with the information I found in a booklet regarding Divorce on the firm's web page. I had hired an attorney to handle my divorce that I was not happy with and decided to look for a new attorney. I was impressed with Jessica because she had a list of things that she needed to work on to help me with my case the very first time that I met her in the office. I gave her copies of the information that she requested on my second meeting and she started working on my case right away. She wrote a letter to my former attorney telling him that I had hired her to replace him and then she started gathering the other information that she needed to get started. She was very efficient and only called me or e-mailed me when she needed to. She got things done and I trusted her completely. Every time we had to go to Court she was on time. Whenever I had questions, she answered them right away. I am so glad that I found that web page with the Divorce booklet on it. It was not long before I got the results that I wanted. I was also very happy with the law firm because they cared about me not just about money.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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Very effective lawyer, not afraid to fight for father's rights.
My ex wife and I have been divorced for 4 years last year. In our divorce decree it stated the custody schedule would be re-evaluated once my son had entered the 1st grade. It went from seeing him once every other Saturday to me having my son every other weekend. Once we transitioned into this new schedule it was suggested that we would review the schedule after six months to see how my has son reacted. Six months later, it was suggested that my ex and I should have 50/50 custody. After hearing this my ex stormed off and everything went downhill. My ex believes that my values, concerns, and judgement are insignificant. She didn't like my wife or my stepchildren. She would come to my house in a hostile manner and show this behavior in front of my son as well as my stepchildren. She kept accusing my family of abusing my son. She kept my son away from me and would tell him the worst things possible about me. I attended two mediation sessions with her and she practically wanted me to give up my rights. There was no reasoning with her. So I hopped online and found Arn family law. After talking to Jessica, she made me feel confident and secure that I will be able to get more time with my son. She also assured me that I would have a written schedule that would help eliminate the stress that I was enduring. After my ex was served she hires one of the most expensive law firms in Howard County. I wanted shared custody and my ex countered and wanted sole custody of our son. I was nervous because my ex and I had polar opposite views, but Jessica reassured me that everythimg would be fine. Before our mediation with Jessica pretty much gave me realistic expectations of the session. If the mediation went right then we wouldn't have to go to court. Everyone was tired, but my ex was still resistant. Her lawyer advices her that if she wouldn't agree then we would have to go to court and waste money and time. Jessica had my best interest in mind as well as my sons. When it seemed like my ex would lie, Jessica was able to find the truth. Fathers usually lose a lot in these cases and are overlooked. Jessica ensured that I would get realistic expectations and fight for my rights as a father. You would think once court documents were signed the madness would stop. However, my ex thinks she's above our court orders and refused to follow them. I contacted Jessica again and she follwed up with my ex's attorney. Let's just say my ex has no problem following our court orders now.
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Posted by Karen | September 9, 2015
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Expertise and Commitment
Sometimes life comes at you with a kick to the head. We hope it never will but so,etimes it just does. When that happens you need someone with the same values and integrity you have plus knows what to do and how to do it. I lucked into having Jessica represent me. Jessica's expertise and commitment to me was the difference in bringing a bad situation to conclusion. Hopefully by making this recommendation, others will be able to find Jessica and get the same support without resorting to luck!
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Posted by LaVada | August 24, 2015
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Review of legally services provided to me by Jessica E. Zadjura
I secured Ms. Zadjura services through the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the purpose of obtaining a divorce. Although my case was pro bono, the service she provided me was excellent and always done in an impeccably professional manner. She completed all task in a timely manner with EXCEPTIONAL attention to details. She demonstrated a superior knowledge of the law. She kept me informed and up to date on the status of my case at all times. She demonstrated a dedication to her profession and the work she was doing for me. Ms. Zadjura was respectful, kind and compassionate at all times. I would highly recommend her and would do so with complete confidence that she would provide the same quality services to anyone she might represent.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2014
Professional, reliable and effective Family Law attorney
I enlisted Ms. Zadjura's services for my divorce, and again several years later for a custody/child support modification. Not only is she easy to talk to, but also very knowledgeable and hard-working. She was thorough in working on my case and presenting various options we could pursue. I never felt rushed when communicating with her, and she always kept me apprised of all goings-on in a timely manner. In the event I ever need an attorney for a family law matter again, she will be my first call.
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Posted by Jonathan | October 10, 2014
Entirely pleased with my lawyer
From the first time I met with Jessica concerning my divorce, I felt very much at ease that I made the right decision to retain her services. Her level of expertise and desire to answer all my questions confidently was exactly what I had expected and received every single time I communicated with her. Jessica was always prompt when responding to my emails and always fair in her advice and legal guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
Great attorney!
Jessica was an excellent advocate for my family law case. She kept me up to date on all proceedings and responded quickly to any questions or concerns I had throughout the difficult process.
Posted by Fiona | March 31, 2014
Excellent and diligent attorney!
Having Jessica Zadjura represent me in my divorce was the best decision under difficult circumstances. From the first meeting to discuss my case, she became my advisor and partner and did not waiver despite the challenges with my ex. It was a complex divorce as a business was involved, and Jessica used her expertise and knowledge to uncover details, give wise advice, and truly advocate for my future. My children's needs were constantly addressed throughout the entire process. Her genuine concern for my needs was never in question and her professionalism remained intact. She is highly regarded among her peers and a respected attorney with any judge we encountered. I would absolutely recommend Jessica to anyone who needs a smart, savvy, kind, and respectful attorney.
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Posted by Krystyl | February 3, 2014
Friendly and knowledgable lawyer :-)
Jessica Zadjura represented me in divorce court in 2011 from an abusive spouse whom I had just recently married. My ex had made a public threat against me on social media and I was in fear of my safety so decided not to come home. The next day I went with my mom to get my stuff and a woman was leaving our apartment. Jessica was able to convince this woman to represent me in court against my ex even though she at first had said she didn’t want to b/c she was also by now in fear of him even though they were no longer at this time. My ex had vacated our apartment after saying he would be responsible for the bills, the landlord was pursuing me b/c of my ex vacating. Jessica was able to get the landlord to agree to go after my ex b/c she successfully prove adultery and abuse in our relationship. The landlord accepted that had my ex not been abusive I would not have vacated our apartment. When my ex left he stole several valuable items from me that he had refused to allow me to take when I had gone back to get my stuff on a second trip, he had changed the locks preventing me access. He left the apartment in “an unsanitary condition” that caused concern for the health safety of other tenants and the landlord b/c of Jessica agreed to go after my ex rather than me not just for the rent owed but also for the damages done to the apartment. Had it not been for Jessica representing me in court in 2011 I still probably would be legally married to this man as he was unwilling to participate in the divorce proceedings. During cross examination in the divorce trial Jessica not only had his previous girlfriend whom he had cheated on me with testify but she also got my ex to admit to having cheated on me with five other women during three and a half months since we’d been married. If you are looking for an exceptional attorney to help you out of a difficult divorce with a partner who is unwilling to allow you to move on with your life I strongly recommend retaining her. She is a valuable partner in your corner and a force to be reckoned with in the court room. I am eternally grateful to her for all the hours she put in on my case and her allowing me to get out of a bad situation with little more than charged up credit cards that he had created without my knowledge and charged up. I was told I’d have to pursue him in civil court and that would cost me money and there was no promise that he would ever pay it. So I didn’t mind taking that loss considering all the other things Jessica was able to help me get out of including marriage to someone who had fooled me so well.
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Posted by Ann | February 1, 2014
Very Responsive!
Ms. Zadjura handled my case professionally. She was very responsive to my communications and requests for information. She was careful with my and her time (and consequently it kept the expense reasonable). She was easy to talk to and work with despite how personal and difficult the situation was for me. I would certainly call on her again when or if I need it.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
The case is about adoption child from other country.
I adopted my niece from other country. She was 14 and was already in American. Her case involved in adoption and immigration after being adopted, so this is not just an domestic adoption case. However, there were some different requirement that the lawyer didn't know. But over all Jessica is a person I would like to recommend. She is a person I can trust and always provide help immediately.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2021
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Poor Results and Response times
I had an extremely poor experience with Jessica and her Firm (Cordell & Cordell). During the process i received minimal direction and advice and even ended up requesting a new lawyer from the Firm. After the divorce was completed and my paper work reviewed by 3 other lawyers (too late by my fault) it appears my agreement was extremely poorly done on my behalf. Very poor service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Cordell & Cordell
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cordell & Cordell
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Associate
  • ARN Family Law
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Catherine Koester
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Section Awards Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a great advocate, and is professional. Jessica often attends CLE (continuing legal education) classes to stay informed about changes in the law so she can provide the most up-to-date information to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had several cases both with and against her and in each one she displayed the utmost in professionalism and competence. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to hire a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica is a diligent and zealous advocate for her clients. Jessica is experienced and highly effective at representing clients in challenging and complex matters. Jessica is highly regarded in our legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a smart attorney who provides a no-nonsense approach to solving her clients' family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jessica, including as opposing counsel, and have always found her to be responsive, trustworthy, and professional. Jessica is a compassionate and skilled advocate for her clients and I am pleased to endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I work on cases with and against Jessica often. She cares deeply about her clients and their families and she does everything she can to help them through the difficult process of a custody or divorce case. She is diligent about learning everything she can about the facts of her case and the law. She is respected by the Bench and her peers. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jessica is a zealous advocate for her client, but also reasonable with opposing counsel and genuine in her efforts to settle cases when settlement is in the best interest of the children and the family."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica represents her clients with enthusiasm. Her settlements are creative allowing for consistent client satisfaction. Jessica works with her clients to build and understand their goals. She keeps her clients' goals at the forefront of negotiations. Her knowledge of the law is outstanding and her knowledge stretches to all aspects of the law allowing her to provide exceptional legal advice. I strongly enforce Jessica and have complete confidence in her abilities as an attorney."
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Baltimore Divorce and separation Lawyer Jessica E Zadjura
Jessica E Zadjura
Divorce and separation Attorney
Baltimore, MD
Licensed for 11 years