Jessica Markham practices all aspects of family law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She has trial experience in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore County and Washington D.C. courts and is also trained in Collaborative Law. Ms. Markham also handles guardianship matters and is frequently appointed by the Court as an attorney for Allegedly Disabled Adults and as Guardian of the Property.
Ms. Markham has also been appointed by the court in Family Law matters as a Child Privilege attorney and a Best Interest Attorney (formerly Guardian Ad Litem). Ms. Markham also has an active mediation practice, helping parties to resolve both custody and divorce/property disputes as a neutral. Ms. Markham frequently serves as a court appointed custody mediator in the Montgomery County Circuit Court Child Custody/Access Mediation Program and as an Attorney-Facilitator through Montgomery County Circuit Court, Family Division Services.
Ms. Markham also mediates in the Family Mediation Program, Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the DC Superior Court where she is currently participating in a study through the National Institute of Justice and Indiana University Maurer School of Law, mediating cases with parties reporting a high incidence of Interpersonal Violence, utilizing both shuttle and video-conferencing methods.
Ms. Markham is currently serving a three year term on the Montgomery County Commission for Juvenile Justice, having been appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett and confirmed by the County Council. Ms. Markham has been selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Maryland SuperLawyers Magazine (2011-2015) and Washington DC SuperLawyers Magazine (2013-2015). Ms. Markham has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent in the field of Family Law.
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are ratings by legal peers reflecting Very High General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability (including Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience). Prior to the formation of the Markham Law Firm, Ms. Markham was an associate and then a principal in one of the area’s top boutique family law firms.
In law school Ms. Markham served as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where she focused on prosecution of juvenile misdemeanor and felony crimes.
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