As an adoptive mother and adoption lawyer, Sheri understands the difficult decisions and issues that confront adoptive parents. After experiencing years of infertility testing and treatment, she was finally blessed with five children of her own. It was during those emotionally and physically challenging years of infertility that she first considered adoption as a way to build her own family. Several years later, after exploring adoption options domestically and internationally, she was blessed with a precious child through a private adoption in Maryland.
Sheri has a long-standing interest in helping adoptive parents build their families through adoption. After graduating from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law located in Washington, D.C., Sheri began her practice as a lawyer in Maryland in 1999, spending eight years with a large, nationally-recognized, Baltimore law firm. Sheri represented businesses of all sizes and types, and counseled and assisted individuals and families in a wide variety of matters. During that time, she actively sought out pro bono adoption cases and to this day, she continues to work with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers’ Society to assist individuals of limited financial means pursue adoption.
In 2007, upon leaving a big firm law practice, Sheri opened her own law practice in her hometown of Mt. Airy, Maryland, which focuses on providing adoption services to adoptive parents and birth families. She also offers estate planning and administration legal services for individuals and families. Sheri chose to focus her practice on adoption law in order to pursue her passion of building “forever families” and finding loving homes for children in need of a home. Since that time, she has assisted numerous families completing an international adoption with the finalization or readoption process, as well as families completing domestic adoptions through a private agency, public agency (foster care), or private adoption in Maryland. She has also served as a lawyer for a private, Maryland adoption agency that has domestic and foreign adoption programs. Additionally, she is involved with the adoption ministry at her local church in Mt. Airy, Maryland, which has been ministering to orphans in the Ukraine since 2009, and has assisted several families as they seek to adopt children from this country.
As a Maryland adoption lawyer, Sheri's desire is to help birth parents facing an unwanted pregnancy as they consider their options and to support them through the adoption process should they choose to make an adoption plan. Sheri also seeks to assist other adoptive parents as they proceed on this similar journey, whether they choose a private adoption, adoption through the foster care system, adoption through a private adoption agency, or an international adoption. She believes that her own experience with infertility and adoption will enable her to better understand and address the concerns faced by many adoptive parents that have also struggled to build the family of their dreams.
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|Attorney||Sheri A. Mullikin||2007 - Present|
|Associate||Miles & Stockbridge||1999 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Families For Private Adoption||Professional Member||2014 - Present|
|Anayah's Advocates||Legal Consultant||2014 - Present|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Mount Airy Christian Academy||School Board Member||2009 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Estate and Trust Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Frederick County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Mount Airy Christian Academy||Advisory Council Member||2004 - 2009|
|Brenda Minner, et al. v. American Mortgage & Guaranty, et al., 791 A.2d 826, 2000 WL 703607 (Del. Super. 2000)||N/A|
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|Maryland Adoption Options Blog||Utah Proposes Legislation to Establish an Interstate Compact to Share Putative Father Registry Information||2014|
|Maryland Adoption Options Blog||Maryland Adoption Expenses - 3 Part Series: New Law Will Help Birth Parents With Living Expenses||2014|
|Maryland Adoption Options Blog||Maryland Adoption Expenses - 3 Part Series: Birth Parents Benefit When Placing in Maryland||2014|
|Mealey's Mold Litigation Reporter||Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning: The Medical Profession’s Prescription for the Admissibility of Expert Testimony||2003|
|Multifamily Executive||Break the Mold: How to Deal with a Frustrating Force||2002|
|For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||The Parent Trap: Balancing a Legal Career and Child Care in a 24/7 World||2001|
|Policy Alternatives in Transfusion Medicine||Legal Considerations in Transfusion Medicine||2001|
|Defense Research Institute (DRI)||Use of Neuropsychological Experts in Toxic Tort Cases||2000|
|Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame)||A Cost Analysis Approach to Determining the Reasonableness of Using Domestic Violence as an Insurance Classification||1999|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|St Mary's College of Maryland||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Retreat for Adoptive Moms||Legal Issues in Adoption||2014|
|Frederick County Bar Association Monthly Meeting||Adoption Law Changes||2014|
|Conference||From the Bible to Ballard: Mold Litigation and Legislation||2003|