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Patrick Joseph Crawford

Divorce and separation Attorney at Annapolis, MD

4.6   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 22 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 21 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Uncontested divorce, contested divorce, alimony, property division, prenuptial agreements, and separation agreements

    20 years

  2. Child custody
    Custody, visitation, paternity, and child support

    20 years

  3. Family

  4. Domestic violence
    Protective orders, peace orders

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Family law attorney Patrick Crawford attended the University of Notre Dame for both his undergraduate and law degrees. After completing the latter in 2001, he spent time in Washington, DC working as an attorney with the Surface Transportation Board, a federal agency tied to the Department of Transportation.  In 2004, he opened a private practice in Rockville, Maryland representing people in various civil litigation, criminal, and family law matters.  He has since relocated to Annapolis, Maryland, and he now focuses his practice almost exclusively on family law.  A dog lover, he frequently brings his own dog Dillon into the office. Regardless of whether you are looking for help with a divorce, child custody, or other family law matter, he will represent you aggressively and compassionately. He works tirelessly to provide the high-quality, intelligent, and focused representation in all cases that he handles.

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Law Office of Patrick Crawford
170 West Street
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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4.6 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Patrick handled my divorce and child custody case with great calmness and objectivity. He was very attentive to my wishes and always communicated with the opposing party with great respect and in a non-inflammatory manner. This was very important to me, given the sensitivity of both parties through such an difficult and emotional process. I interviewed several lawyers and found that most were very eager to spark arguments that would have prolonged the process. Patrick never took this approach and we managed to settle our case without intervention from the court. I recommend him without an ounce of hesitation. Kudos to Pat!
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Posted by Lara | May 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Say yes to hiring Patrick
Patrick is worth at least 2 to 3x more than what he charges hourly. In a world where you hear attorneys advertising their abilities to be aggressive and hostile and win, win, win...Patrick cuts through all that BS and focuses on what really matters - and in family court, it seems like his approach is the best approach to take. I started with a different law firm and Patrick took on my case right before we went to trial. He went through over one year's worth of legal documents in a short amount of time. He was logical and rational and knew exactly what to spend time on and what things to not bother entertaining. Dealing with family court is stressful and his approach also alleviated a lot of the emotional taxation I was feeling. I also live out of state and he has been really good about working around my ability to travel. He also appears to be on good terms with other attorneys and the judges as well, which is important. Honestly, I don't really feel like my review can do him justice. I made a phone call to the Anne Arundel County Bar Association one afternoon after a hearing where I represented myself and his name was the first name I was given. I am just soooo glad I made that phone call that afternoon because I am completely happy with the results of the case.
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Posted by Randy | May 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Services
Patrick was truly exceptional in representing me through my recent divorce. He provided excellent advice, and always had my best interest in mind. Ultimately the divorce process ended up being seamless, thanks to Patrick always staying ahead of the process. Thanks for all of your help Patrick!
Posted by Nick | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
Patrick Crawford served as my attorney for four years and provided me with service above and beyond anything I ever expected from an attorney, or anyone else. He is scrupulously professional, dedicated, responsive, and wise. Patrick always put my interests first and never failed to answer a question or deal with a concern. I really don’t know what I would have done without him.
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Posted by Joe | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional, reasonable fees and great results.
I hired Patrick to assist with a divorce. He was extremely responsive to my needs day or night. I couldn't be more happy with his work. I would use him in the future before any others (hopefully not for another divorce). Joe
Posted by Chris | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind
I have been working with Patrick for over a year on my divorce. He has at all times been engaged, efficient, and patient. I'm sure each case presents challenges and mine is no different. Patrick has walked me through each step in the process, taking the time to explain when I needed clarification. I would and have recommended him.
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Posted by Cynthia | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Mr Crawford
Mr. Crawford was very detailed and very diligent on a case that was against me for child custody and at the end I got more than I expected on my case! I couldn't have been more happy!
Posted by Henry | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for more!
I couldn't be happier with my choice in hiring Patrick Crawford. From day one I explained to him this will probably not be an easy case and I did not have much money. I am a young father who was just fighting for my rights to have an equal opportunity to raise my son. Patrick Crawford worked with me on the finances and gave sound legal advice all the way through the court battle. Among all of the evidence I provided he utilized the evidence that he knew was crucial to the case and sorted out the evidence that would not bear weight in court. In the end, he fought my case in trial and did very well in court considering the other party was fighting for full physical and full legal with me only having my son every other weekend. My son is 16 months old and I now have both joint physical and joint legal custody of him in a state that is often seen as a mother-favoring state. I am so excited to move on with our lives and now have a future with my son that is no longer limited and I am so grateful for Mr. Crawford's efforts and patience for my case. I definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Marty | June 23, 2014
Skilled, Efficient, Professional, extremely helpful.
I retained Mr. Crawford for a child support modification and I could not have been more satisfied with my end result. Mr. Crawford was very knowledgeable and speedy in resolving my issues and guided me through the process with care and compation. His fees for his excellent work are very reasonable and worth every penny. I recommend him as the top notch family law attorney to go to for all of your family legal needs. I hope that I do not have to retain his services again but I will do so without hesitation should the need arise. Hiring Mr. Crawford is a smart choice.
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Posted by Matt | November 23, 2013
Excellent, Professional, and Highly Recommended
Patrick Crawford is one of the best lawyers I have ever met. He paid close attention to detial, was extremely professional, and very personable. During a difficult divorce process, he made sure to make the process smooth and worry free. He took complete control and succeeded beyond expectations. Besides his prestigious education, Patrick also has a solid demeanour in the courtroom. As a medical professional, success during the process was of the upmost imprtance and Patrick delivered. I highly recommend him to anyone in the Maryland/DC area.
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Posted by Ashley | September 26, 2013
Child Custody Case
I am extremely satisfied with Patrick and his abilities to get me the best results in my case. He was very knowledgeable and always kept me informed about my case. He was relentless and a go getter in pursuing a victory for me. He still answers my questions even after my case was settled. I would use him again and recommend him to and of my friends, family, or the general public.
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Posted by R J | September 4, 2013
efficiency and expertise!
Tucked away in the heart of Annapolis is this highly recommended esquire of family law. Patrick Crawford takes advantage of his considerable expertise and experience, adds technology, and is thus one of the most efficient lawyers I have heard about, much less experienced. His advice is frank and direct, even when it is not what one wants to hear. He is a no-nonsense, "get-it-done" fellow who tells it like it is and makes it happen. He works as a partner with his client throughout the legal process. He's also personable enough and just sympathetic enough to make the legal wrangles more pallatable. Do not let his youthful looks deceive you - this is a veteran with the knowledge and experience to guard a client's interests and pursue the best possible course, but still let the client stear. An invaluable counselor. RJR
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Posted by Kristie | August 29, 2013
If you are in need of a Family Attorney - Patrick Crawford is the one!
Patrick Crawford has helped me through custody and child support proceedings. He is currently helping with the change of my son's last name. He is very professional, knowledgeable, honest, and he has put my mind at ease throughout the entire process. He makes sure to keep you in the loop of what is going on, and makes sure you understand each step. Patrick listens to what you have to say and keeps your best interest in mind. In the future, when in need of a family attorney – he will be my choice, hands down! I highly recommend Patrick’s services – you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by James | August 24, 2013
In retrospect -- attorney Patrick Joseph Crawford
Having never been involved in a divorce proceeding before, Patrick Crawford put me at ease, explained fully up front what to expect in this adversarial situation, my rights and obligations, time constraints, data required, court procedure, and costs involved. Timely communications between attorney and client was of the essence, and my attorney fully complied in all respects. He was always available to answer any questions and to alert me to the next step in the process. He was fully trustworthy which was very important to me. And he was clearly competent in his knowledge and application of the law. He seemed to be highly respected by his peers both at the courthouse and among opposing counsel. The fact that he is a sole practitioner, I believe, stood him in good stead with me because I felt I was receiving his full attention and the closeness of his office to the court house further expedited his responses to the court with minimum delay and expense.
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Posted by Delicia | August 24, 2013
A Noble Lawyer
Patrick Crawford was hired to represent me in my recent divorce case. He was courteous and respectful during our initial consultation. Every aspect of my case was explained to me beforehand and handled with great detail. I highly recommend the law offices of Patrick Crawford to anyone anticipating a separation or divorce.
Posted by Peter | August 22, 2013
Need an audacious family lawyer… go with Patrick
I was blessed to have Patrick Crawford as my attorney in a divorce and child support litigations. He assisted me to arrange financial and family matters in a negotiation with my ex wife's G St.lawyers. He is a very honest, dedicated, professional and bold lawyer. In addition, he did his best to work out a fee arrangement that suited me, taking into consideration my then financial harship. I will use his services anytime I need a family attorney in the future. I highly recommend Patrick to anyone looking for a honest and compassionate family attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2013
review of Patrick Crawford
Mr. Crawford provided accurate information. He was always diligent in keeping me up to date and examining all options. He provided a realistic view of the legal process.
Posted by Kim | August 22, 2013
Great Attorney Counsel and Adviser!!!!
I highly recommend Mr. Crawford to anyone who need divorce attorney, I found him when I was desperate and he help me through very tough times and outcome was so much better then I expected, I was able to contact him whenever I needed him, He always returned my calls promptly and I was very very happy with his service.
Posted by Tom | August 22, 2013
Professional, Patient and Grounded
Patrick Crawford provided succinct and salient guidance throughout my case. His advise was consistently reliable well-timed and valuable. I received clear explanations of the implications of my alternatives. His responsiveness was outstanding. Every response was always timely. I am not by any means a "big" client yet I received a superior level of service
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Posted by Ray | June 10, 2011
Patrick Crawford highly recommended; achieved just and favorable ruling in defending a marital property suit
Mr. Crawford represented me as the Defendant in an action to enforce a marital property and separation agreement approximately eight years after the final divorce decree. After a period of 18 months which included filing and granting of two protective orders, the case went to a merits hearing and the court returned a just and favorable ruling in my case. Based on my experience in this specific matter, I would highly recommend Mr. Crawford. Additional Information Below Mr. Crawford was a knowledgeable and responsive advocate in a case that was complicated by the intrusive and unfounded actions of the plaintiff and her attorney. It was for this reason that two motions for protective order were filed - both of which were granted. Mr. Crawford's filings in this matter were excellent. He distilled a great deal of information into two coherent, comprehensive, and compelling documents. Due to the nature of the litigation, there were a number of other occasions where Mr. Crawford needed to engage with the Plaintiff's counsel. He did so professionally and effectively, even at times where Plaintiff's counsel was extremely difficult to deal with. Mr. Crawford's correspondence with Plaintiff's counsel included the preparation of several well-written, clearly stated, and well substantiated settlement offers and a point-by-point analysis and response to the Plaintiff's unsubstantiated settlement offer. Mr. Crawford's preparation for the merits hearing was consistent with his involvement throughout this case - rigorous, comprehensive, and thoughtful. At the merits hearing itself his opening statement and summation were both outstanding - logical and clearly presented. His cross-examination of the Plaintiff identified a number of inconsistencies and omissions in Plaintiff's direct testimony. Mr. Crawford's questioning of the one defense witness in addition to myself resulted in critical evidence being introduced that provided the basis for the subsequent favorable ruling. His questioning of me as the Defendant enabled me to tell a logical story that further substantiated the testimony of the other defense witness and enabled us to make the key points in our defense. The completeness of our testimony is seen in the fact that the judge asked only one clarifying question - and that was to ask me to confirm that he had clearly understood our position on a key issue. He had accurately understood our position and that understanding, supported by written evidence, provided the foundation for his ruling. Mr. Crawford encouraged and supported my active involvement in the progress of my case. He took time to understand the details of the case and consider my thoughts and comments while, equally important, never allowing me to drive the case in inappropriate direction. From my perspective, Mr. Crawford and I functioned as an effective collaborative team without which we would not have achieved the favorable outcome.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Patrick Crawford
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Raymond Carignan, Chtd.
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Patrick J. Crawford
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Attorney adviser
  • United States Surface Transportation Board
  • 2001 - 2004
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  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017


Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Patrick
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a conscientious attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. Patrick has a keen intellect to separate what is important about a client’s case vs. what is not. For over a decade, Patrick has been practicing Family Law. He knows his stuff. When we shared offices, I never knew Patrick to overcharge a client, arrive at court unprepared, or not to be cognizant of his client’s needs."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Patrick for more than 15 years. He always tries hard and works for his client's interest."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough and knowledgeable about family law. He knows the rules of procedure and laws regarding this field."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Patrick and find him to be a qualified professional who gives great client service."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is not only a great lawyer, but a great guy. He cares deeply about his client's well-being and is a passionate advocate in the area of family law. I would recommend him as an outstanding, experienced family attorney without any reservation. I've known him for years and even had cases against him. I'm so impressed with his skill, knowledge, and professionalism."
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Annapolis Divorce and separation Lawyer Patrick Joseph Crawford
Patrick Joseph Crawford
Divorce and separation Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 22 years