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Laura Grace Duncan

Criminal defense Attorney at Frederick, MD

5.0   22 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 8 years
    Maryland - MD 9 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

My mission is to provide effective legal representation as well as personal service to members of the Frederick and Montgomery County communities.

The guiding principle of my practice of law is respect for the client and their goals. I will counsel and educate each client about their legal rights and options to empower clients in making informed decisions, decisions which impact their lives in significant ways and shape the future of their families.

Our Frederick office is located on West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, call to schedule a consultation.  Our Rockville office is located at One Church Street, only one block from the Circuit Courthouse.  Call for more information on Fait & DiLima's attorneys and services or visit our firm's web page at

Frederick and Rockville Attorney Laura Duncan, MBA, J.D. was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2014. She is also admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. She earned her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in 2013. Laura attended Hood College where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business in 2007 and 2009, she also holds an AAS degree in Accounting from Frederick Community College.

In her first year of law school, Ms. Duncan worked as a legal intern for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a Student Attorney in the UDC Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic during law school. In her third year, she traveled with Professor Waysdorf and other law students to work at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Biloxi, Mississippi over spring break. There, Laura completed heir title work under the Katrina Housing track for homeowners to receive federal funding for the repair of their homes following Hurricane damage.

She began interning with a criminal defense firm, Poffenbarger and Weddle in Frederick, Maryland in February 2013, and upon admission to the Maryland Bar in 2014, Laura started working as an Appointed Attorney under the District Court of Maryland’s Appointed Attorneys Program providing legal services to low income and indigent clients. She provides low bono and pro bono legal services to criminal defendants under the program.

Laura is a Professor of legal courses at Hood College and Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. She enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate students how to analyze legal issues in the contemporary business environment and incorporates several ethical frameworks into their learning experience.

Laura is Child Counsel and Collaboratively trained and Co-Chair of the ADR & Collaborative Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and a member of the Bar Association of Frederick County, Maryland. She worked on the Take Five Campaign to benefit the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund as a Leadership Development Academy Fellow in 2016-2017. In 2017, she became an Associate Member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Inns of Court.  Laura is also proficient in Spanish.

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Location

Laura Duncan, Attorney at Law
5301 Buckeystown Pike, Suite 215-A
Frederick, MD, 21704

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Reviews

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Posted by Sridhar | January 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most efficient and easy to work with
We used Laura to draft our Wills and get them notarized. Laura made the entire pricess really seamless and hassle free. She is easily reachable and very efficient and professional in her work.
Response from Laura Duncan January 16, 2024
Thank you kindly, Sridhar, for your positive and detailed feedback. We are excited to hear that your experience with our legal services met or exceeded your expectations! Please reach out if we can be of assistance in the future to you and/or your family. We are happy to serve your legal needs.
Posted by Tawanda | December 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will & Trust attorney
Laura is amazing. She is not only ethical, but honest and knowledgeable. She talked to me, not at me and made sure I understood the entire process. I highly recommend Laura. If you need a will and I encourage you to do so, Laura is your Attorney.
Response from Laura Duncan January 16, 2024
Thank you, Tawanda, for your positive feedback on your experience with our legal services! We appreciate the detail provided on how we served your individual needs and are proud to serve our local first responders to meet their estate planning needs. Please reach out if we can be of assistance to you and your loved ones in the future, thank you for your business!
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Posted by Kim | November 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will Preparation
Working with Laura Duncan in updating my Will was smooth and thorough. I loved her professionalism and advice during the process. I highly recommend her if you are looking for an attorney.
Response from Laura Duncan November 19, 2023
Thank you, Kim, it was my pleasure to serve! Your recommendation is very appreciated. Happy Holidays!
Posted by Fred | November 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very organized
She led us through the process of our wills thoroughly and professionally. Thankful for her expertise.
Response from Laura Duncan November 17, 2023
Thank you, Fred, it was a pleasure to serve you both! Please let us know if we can assist in the future and we appreciate your awesome feedback on our legal services!
Posted by Nadine | April 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent assistance
Laura did a fantastic job helping us prepare our wills, medical and financial power of attorneys. As folks who are new to this process, she clearly explained the steps and helped us understand what was needed and why. She communicated frequently and was an excellent resource. Highly recommended!
Response from Laura Duncan November 17, 2023
Thank you, Nadine, it was a pleasure working with your family to meet your estate planning needs and I appreciate your thoughtful and kind feedback. Happy Holidays to you & yours!
Posted by Sally | January 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive
Laura helped me pull together a will, POA and advanced directive. We did it quickly. Laura was very helpful, I did not know what I needed but she helped me figure it all out.
Response from Laura Duncan January 24, 2023
Thank you, Sally, for your positive feedback. I am happy you were satisfied with the quality of work and advice with regard to our legal services. Please let us know if we can assist your family in the future!
Posted by Teague | March 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An attorney who is willing to go the extra mile!
Laura helped me through my divorce process. She took over my case and helped get me through an exceedingly difficult time. Her professionalism, frankness, and willingness to go the extra mile made a world of difference in my case. I am grateful and appreciative to have had Laura fighting for me.
Response from Laura Duncan April 5, 2022
Thank you, Teague, it is a honor to serve and your positive feedback is the fuel that enables me to continue to strive for effective resolutions on behalf of our clients. Thank you for your business and time and care in writing this review to share your experience and thoughts about our family law legal services.
Posted by Deborah | September 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will
I felt comfortable and at ease working with Laura and she was very easy to work with.
Response from Laura Duncan April 5, 2022
Thanks Deborah, for your kind feedback. Do not hesitate to reach out should you have questions or need to discuss updates.
Posted by Phil | August 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleased with service
Laura Duncan worked with me to write my Will, Advanced Directive, and Power of Attorney. This is not my field of expertise and Laura advised and explained everything to me and produced the documents in a timely fashion. Was good to get this done and Laura was great to work with.
Response from Laura Duncan August 30, 2021
Thank you, Phil, for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure working with you on your estate planning needs. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in the future. Laura Duncan
Posted by Jinny | June 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will
Laura took her time in working through some potential confusing aspects. She provided to me many wording options. She availed herself after hours. I have recommended her to others.
Response from Laura Duncan June 7, 2021
Thank you, Jinny, for your business and feedback! I am happy that you were pleased with my legal services and your documents. Thank you for the recommendations. Laura Duncan, Esq.
Posted by Joy | February 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Laura was great!
Laura was extremely helpful from the beginning of the process. She walked me through everything and did an incredible job explaining it all. I will absolutely refer her and use her in the future. Thanks Laura!!
Response from Laura Duncan February 22, 2021
You are most welcome, Joy, and thank you for your business and great feedback. Let us know if we can help your family in the future. Best Wishes.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very professional lawyer indeed!
Laura was very professional, kind, respectful and knowledgeable. She made getting our wills and health care directives super easy by being proficient in her profession. I wholeheartedly recommend Laura for your lawyering needs.
Response from Laura Duncan January 23, 2023
Thank you for your kind feedback about legal services that I provided to you!
Posted by David | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 STARS
Excellent service! Would definitely recommend. Thank you so much for your expert advice, it was very helpful.
Response from Laura Duncan April 5, 2022
Thank you, David, for your business and recommendation! Do not hesitate to contact us if you or your family need legal services in the future.
Posted by Petter | November 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service & Quality
Ms. Duncan has an excellent track record of providing quality work for her clients, everything that she provided to us was timely and more than what we expected. This was our first time seeking an attorney for this type of work, and she did an excellent job explaining what everything was, and included examples to help us understand the legal jargon. I would gladly recommend her services to anyone.
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Response from Laura Duncan January 6, 2021
Thank you, Petter, for your kind feedback. I am happy to have exceeded your expectations. Thank you for the 5-star review and endorsement of my legal counsel and services!
Posted by Barbie | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was treated like family
I felt like she truly listened & understood my situation and feelings going into such a life changing experience which required attorneys. As this was my first time needing a lawyers help, I was rather nervous and definitely unaware of what was expected of me. Laura explained things and always made me feel at ease. I felt like a family member was walking thru this unfamiliar journey. This approach was very reassuring and it did all work out very well!!! I was More than Pleased with the treatment and outcome!!
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Response from Laura Duncan January 6, 2021
You are most welcome, Barbie, and we are honored that you are pleased with your final settlement and our legal services. We are happy in knowing that we empowered you to make the best decision for you and your family.
Posted by Mark | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Knowledgable
Laura and Dorothy are very professional and knowledgable. When I hired them I have been 2 years in the divorce process already. I was hopeless and then Laura put everything in order in less than two months and negotiated for me a Settlement with my Ex-Wife. I saved time and a lot of money... Thank you, Ladies!
Response from Laura Duncan May 8, 2020
Thank you, Mark. It was an honor to serve you and we thank you for sharing your thoughts on your positive experience with us. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you in the future. Best wishes to you and your family.
Posted by Mark | September 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks!!
Laura was very helpful! I Only had a minor question for her but she was very happy to help. Thanks
Response from Laura Duncan January 23, 2023
Thank you, Mark, for your feedback. I am happy to hear my advice was informative.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Laura was amazing with her knowledge and expertise. Laura is an extremely good listener and explained her knowledge very well. I had all my questions answered and was very satisfied. I recommend Laura for consultation and or hire.
Response from Laura Duncan January 23, 2023
Thank you for your business and let us know if we can assist you or your family in the future. LD Esq.
Posted by Thomas | July 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lura Duncan
Laura was great .to work with.She explained in detail all parts of the adv. directive and power attorney.
Response from Laura Duncan January 23, 2023
Thank you, Thomas, for your kind feedback regarding legal services provided to you! LD Esq.
Posted by victoria | June 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and insightful
Laura helped me with an employment issue. She listened to the details and honed in on the key issues by separating my emotions from the pertinent information and getting me to focus. So very helpful. She has great insight and legal knowledge. I would trust her with the most sensitive legal issues and will definitely use her for all of my legal needs.
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Response from Laura Duncan June 14, 2019
Happy to help and thank you kindly, Vickie.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-275 per hour

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Fait & DiLima, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Hood College
  • 2015 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • District Court of Maryland Appointed Attorneys Program
  • 2014 - Present

Education

  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Hood College
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2009

Associations

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • ADR & Collaborative Section Co-Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Forensics and Debate - English Departmental Award
  • Walkersville High School
  • 1999

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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General practice Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is an extremely passionate and knowledgeable advocate. Her willingness to take the time necessary to fully understand her client's needs and desires in their legal matters ensures that she provides individualized advice and strategies to get the best solution for each client."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura Duncan is one of the most client centered attorneys that I know. She always strives for the best results for her clients, and no matter how big or small her client's problems are, she is always just as passionate about those issues as her clients are. Highly recommended for Family, Criminal, and Trust and Estate Work."
Wills and living wills
Criminal defense
Estate planning
Frederick Criminal defense Lawyer Laura Grace Duncan
Laura Grace Duncan
Criminal defense Attorney
Frederick, MD
Licensed for 9 years