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Mary Ellen Flynn

Mary Ellen Flynn, Esq

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My practice of law is primarily in the areas of family law, probate, contested estate litigation, and civil litigation including jury trials. My largest referral source is my clients, past and present. I have a reputation for being aggressive, effective, and thorough, without ever forgetting that I am serving my clients’ needs and goals first and foremost. I believe that my job is not only to be an excellent advocate for my clients, but also to educate and inform them so that they are empowered to make important decisions in their cases and in their personal and professional lives. Whether I am representing a client in highly-contested litigation or resolving outstanding matters through collaborative law, mediation or settlement negotiations, my primary goals are to provide my client with a clear understanding of how the law applies to their particular situation, to keep my client advised of the current status and next steps in the case process, and to obtain the best results for my client.

Judges and domestic relations masters have shown confidence in my abilities by appointing me as a legal representative for children and elderly persons who are in need of legal protection for themselves and/or their property in domestic, guardianship and trusteeship situations. Throughout my career, former clients have returned and/or referred friends and business associates to me when legal questions or concerns arise for them, and I have been honored by many awards. I have achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating of attorneys for ethics and legal ability. In the Spring of 2010, the Montgomery County Bar Association honored me with the Professionalism Award. The Maryland State Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Practice Section and the Howard County Bar Association presented me with the 2009 David Hjortsberg Award, which is given in appreciation of a solo/small firm’s practitioner who raises the consciousness of all attorneys and non-attorneys through her/his professionalism, civility, intelligence, respect and commitment to community. The Daily Record recognized me in 2008 as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, an award for outstanding achievement of women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership and mentoring, and also as one of 24 Marylanders to receive a Leadership in Law Award, for significant and consistent contribution to the legal profession and the community. Additionally, Baltimore Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine have named me a ‘Super Lawyer’ for over eleven consecutive years, starting in 2008. In the fall of 2010, I was honored as one of “DC’s Finest” for Collaborative Family Law and Mediation in the Washington City Paper.

I am honored to and enjoy giving back to my profession in a variety of ways. I currently serve on the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Montgomery County, having been appointed by the Governor, and I also serve on the Bar Associations Insurance Trust and on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Washington College of Law at American University. I have also served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (and was only the 5th female to do so in the Association’s 113-year history at that time). For the Maryland State Bar Association, I currently serve on the Board of Governors (for the fourth time) and I have served as Chair of the Litigation Section (composed of Maryland’s trial attorneys). I have held many other elected and appointed positions including Treasurer of both Montgomery County’s Bar Association and its Bar Foundation; Treasurer, President, and Board of Directors Member of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County; Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Section for the Maryland State Bar Association; and Treasurer and Finance Co-Chair for the Campaign to Elect Sitting Judges of Montgomery County. I have taught many continuing legal education seminars for the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Inns of Court of Prince George’s County, and conferences, including a state-wide conference of county government attorneys. My speaking engagements also include Montgomery County Cable TV, radio programs, and guest lecturing at neighborhood and civic organizations. My publications are included in national, state and county journals and in local newspapers.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, I graduated from State University of New York in Binghamton with honors in 1985 and then received my law degree from Washington College of Law (WCL) at American University, cum laude, in 1988. I very much enjoy being a successful litigator, advocate and counselor for all of my clients, and I consider it a privilege to serve the community through my practice of this worthwhile and honorable vocation.

Professional Experience

Andalman & Flynn, P.C., Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Managing Partner (1998-present)
  • A/V Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell

Silber, Andalman, Perlman & Flynn, P.A., Takoma Park, Maryland

  • Managing Partner (1991-1998)

Law Offices of Susan Silber, Takoma Park, Maryland
(predecessor to Silber, Andalman, Perlman & Flynn, P.A.)

  • Associate (1988-1991)
  • Law Clerk (1987-1988, during law school)

City of Takoma Park, Maryland

  • Assistant Corporation Counsel (1988-1998)

During Law School

  • Law Clerk, US Magistrate for US District Court for District of Columbia (Summer 1987)
  • Law Clerk, Offices of Stephen Trattner, Washington, D.C. (Sept 1986 – June 1987)
  • Rule 13 Student Prosecutor, District Court and Circuit Court, Office of State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County, MD (Sept 1987- June 1988)
  • Law Clerk, Professor Candace Kovacic, Washington College of Law (1987-1988)

Education

  • Washington College of Law at American University, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1988
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Bachelors of Science, with honors, 1985
    Majors: Political Science and Law & Philosophy

Awards & Recognition

  • A/V® rating from Martindale Hubble®, the highest possible peer review rating of attorneys for ethics and legal ability
  • Maryland Super Lawyer, Baltimore Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine (every year since 2008)
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine (every year since 2008)
  • Shining Stars of Silver Spring Corporate Community Service Award Recipient, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, in recognition and appreciation of Andalman & Flynn, P.C.’s numerous contributions to the Silver Spring Community (June 2015)
  • 25+ Top Divorce Attorneys in Montgomery County, Maryland, Bethesda Magazine (Nov./Dec. 2013 Issue)
  • Executive of the Year Award, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), presented at the NAPW Annual Meeting in New York City, recognizing a handful of women nationally each year for their success in business and their outstanding abilities to interact, exchange ideas, educate, and empower professional women (2011/2012)
  • Annual Professionalism Award presented by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland at their Annual Meeting (2011)
  • The David Hjortsberg Award, presented by the Maryland State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and the Howard County Bar Association, in appreciation of a solo/small firm practitioner who raises the consciousness of all attorneys and non-attorneys through their professionalism, civility, intelligence, respect and commitment to community (2009)
  • Maryland’s Leadership in Law Award, bestowed by The Daily Record, celebrating the success of 24 Marylanders who contribute significantly and consistently to the legal profession and to the communities in which they work (2008)
  • Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award, bestowed by The Daily Record, recognizing the outstanding achievement of women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership and mentoring (2008)
  • Honoree, Annual Meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2007)
  • President’s Outstanding Service Award, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (2007)

Professional Contributions

Seminars and other speaking engagements:

  • Speaker, Essentials of Maryland Practice, Maryland State Bar Association, October 22, 2019.
  • Featured Speaker, “How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too,” Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association, May 30, 2007
  • Speaker, Bar Admission Ceremony of New Maryland Attorneys, Court of Appeals, Maryland, December 11, 2006
  • Speaker, “Hanging out your Shingle,” Maryland State Bar Association Conference, January 1999
  • Speaker, “How to PDA,” MSBA Annual Convention in Ocean City, June 17, 2000
  • Guest Lecturer, “Family Law,” Montgomery Community College, Summer 2001
  • Panelist with the Honorable Patrick Woodward, “Law School for the Public,” Montgomery County Cable TV, 1999
  • Speaker, “Creating and Maintaining a Law Firm,” Annual Meeting of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, May 1999
  • Moderator, “Judicial Selections Process,” Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD (1995)
  • Speaker, numerous times for Montgomery County Public School System, rotary clubs, homeowners’ associations and other civic organizations

Publications

  • Generally: Author, Co-Author and/or Editor for publications including the Maryland State Bar Association’s The Litigator, The Law Clerk and The Maryland Bar Journal, a chapter in the Maryland Practice Manual, the Maryland Association for Justice’s Trial Reporter, The American Journal of Family Law, a year of President’s Messages in the newsletter of The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, The Montgomery County Sentinel, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland Newsletter. Contributor to MICPEL and the Montgomery County Journal. Topics have included law firm practice and management tools, ethical practices of attorney’s fees, domestic violence practice tips, and family law.
  • Author, Chapter One, Law Office Economics, Management, and Fees, Essentials of Maryland Practice Treatise, MSBA publication, 2019
  • Author, The Duties and Protections of a Child’s Best Interest Attorney in Maryland, Trial Reporter, a Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), Spring 2018.
  • Author, President’s Message, The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland Newsletter, 11 Columns for Monthly Issues, June 2007 – May 2008
  • Author, Petition for Relief from Domestic Violence, Practice Tips, The Law Clerk (a publication of the Maryland State Bar Association), Spring 1999.
  • Contributor, Legal Column, Montgomery County Journal, 1993-1995.
  • Author, What Gender is Your Parachute?, Newsletter of Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, 1992.

Civic Organizations

Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce

  • Member (1998-present)

Stonegate Homeowner’s Association

  • Treasurer (2001–present)

Silver Spring Rotary Club

  • Chair, Distinguished Speaker Series (2003-2008)
  • Member (1998-2008)

Girl Scout Association

  • Leader. Cadette Troop 375 (2008-present)
  • Leader, Junior Troop 375 (2005-2007)
  • Member (1969-1980; 2003-present)