Pawnee A. Davis

Pawnee A. Davis

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  • Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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I am an award-winning attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable. I am committed to serving my clients well through assertive, thoughtful advocacy. All cases are handled with care, and with a focus on getting results for the client. It is a team effort and I seek the best resolution for you.

Some results:
I obtained an award of 50% joint physical custody and decision making authority for a father--exactly what he wanted.

I litigated a motion and won a judgment for a mother that she is able to keep primary custody of her special needs daughter.

Through my contract writing, a cyber security firm received the correct contractor agreements in place for its federal contract.

My efforts through legal advice helped keep a CEO's business decisions within the bounds of the law.

A middle-aged professional wins a protective order against her abusive ex-boyfriend.
A man receives a protective order against his harassing ex-girlfriend.

These are just some of the ways I've helped my clients.

Call now for your initial consultation!

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards are accepted and preferred.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees may be appropriate for certain cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer free phone consultations After the phone consultation we will meet in person and discuss how I would approach your case based on your unique circumstances.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Various short-term contract positions at law firms
Handled family law, contract law, and negotiated settlements for law firms.
Policy/Legal Analyst
Government Accountability Office
Legal and policy research, analysis, and writing: immigration, insider trading, appropriations law, and other matters. Received multiple awards relating to leadership, thorough analysis, and financial savings.
Legal Intern
Regional Housing Legal Services
Legal research and advice regarding incorporation of non-profit organizations and affordable housing issues.
Legal Intern
Various short-term internships
Worked at district attorney's office, county attorney's office, alternative dispute resolution department. Helped prepare and file pleadings, summaries, memos, researched cases, prepared evidence, and legal memos.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D. | Law
Activities: Journal of Technology, Law, and Policy
University System of Georgia - Savannah State University
M.A. (2001) | Public Administration
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Activities: Tutor, Pre-law Fraternity, Legal Intern
California State University - Sacramento
B.A. (1999) | Government/Pre-Law
Activities: Tutor, Women's Track Team
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Top 10 Attorney
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Lead Counsel Rated in Divorce Law
Lead Counsel Rated
Top 100 Lawyers
National Black Lawyers
Professional Associations
J Franklyn Bourne
- Current
Native American Bar Association of DC
- Current
Women's Bar Association of DC
- Current
Washington Council for Lawyers
- Current
Montgomery County Bar Association
- Current
DC Bar Association
- Current
Maryland State Bar
- Current
Speaking Engagements
5th National Pescatoral Domestic Violence Conference, Washington, DC
Pennsylvania Baptist Church
Spoke about the domestic violence from a legal perspective and answered questions.
Verified Lead Counsel in Divorce Law
Lead Counsel
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. Is there a conflict of interest in a case in which a pro se learns the other side's attorney is a judge on the same
A: When I evaluate what you said, the question hints at potential bias because the presiding judge and the opposing counsel (also a judge) are friends or know each other. If there is bias present in the judge’s decision making there could be a conflict of interest in which the judge ‘s decisions are prejudiced. You may decide to file a motion for recusal if there is evidence of the bias.
Q. I have printed out the forms needed to file a divorce, would someone be able to review them with me?
A: Certainly. I invite you to look at my profile for my contact information.
Q. What if both of you did something wrong in an accident - who is at fault?
A: Maryland (as well as the other two neighboring jurisdictions, D.C. and Virginia), is a contributory negligence state, which means that if an individual is even one percent at fault for an accident, then he or she is ineligible to recover any damages from an injury claim or civil case.
Q. I have been married for only 2 months. Seeking divorce. There are no children, no assets, property, nothing. l
A: You are correct that you can fie for a mutual consent divorce. This does not require a separation period. However, you must have a prepared separation agreement and there are a few other requirements that must be met that are in the Maryland Code. To get some help targeted to you particular situation you should speak to a qualified attorney.
Q. I was hit while riding my bicycle and I hardly remember it. How can I sue the driver if my memory is so blurry?
A: More information is need d to answer your question. However, some things that may help your case. You went the ER or another doctor for treatment. How injured are you? Were there any witnesses that you have or can get contact information for? Did you speak to anyone about the account? Can the driver that hit you he identified? Was there a police report? A consultation with an attorney would greatly help you.
Q. I was separated in Oct 7, 2017, I filed for my divorce on Feb 28, and got case # then I filed the final decree.
A: This question can not be answered without more information. I suggest you call a lawyer and ask for a consultation.
Q. im in md single home, is it legal for anyone to elec. spy on me in my bedroom or bath? thank you
A: Spying with an electronic device where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy and without your consent is illegal. It violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act--a federal law. It is also illegal under Maryland law. Specifically, Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 10-402.
Q. Can I sue a cyclist who hit me on a sidewalk? There were no marked bike lanes.
A: There are several questions I would ask you before I could tell you that if you have a case where you may want to sue the bicyclist. Were you injured? Do you have medical bills? What is thI total amount of charges? Do you have the bicyclists contact information? These are some factors that need to be addressed by an attorney. Please find one to have a consultation with.
Q. What happens if the husband filed but never served the wife with the writ of summons? Can she file herself now?
A: The case might have been dismissed if the husband never served the wife or did not serve the wife properly. The wife can file for divorce if the case was dismissed. If the husband's case was not dismissed and is still active then the court might reject the wife's filing.
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Contact & Map
Montgomery County Office
17 W Jefferson St.
Suite 4
Rockville, MD 20850
Toll-Free: (844) 350-8343
Telephone: (202) 870-3021
DC Office
1717 K Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Toll-Free: (844) 350-8343
Telephone: (202) 870-3021