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.
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.
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- Personal Injury
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- District of Columbia
- Spanish: Written
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm, LLC.
- Maryland Added Children
7 November 2018
- The Profession: Attorney as Counselor
12 September 2018
- The Other Side of Family Law; Stress, Anxiety, Depression
6 September 2018
- Your Divorce Consultation: What You Should Know
25 July 2018
- What to Expect in a Child Custody Case: Emergency Ruling
19 June 2018
- Toxic Partners Lead to Crazy Breakups
5 June 2018
- Your Consultation: What Should You Know?
16 May 2018
- Is it the Right Time to Appeal?
11 May 2018
- Do You Need Legal Protection
3 May 2018
- Q. Husband wants a divorce and has not filed yet. I just found out that he has been cheating for the past 4 years. Options?
- A: Depending on when your daughter reaches age 18 or is emancipated, she might not be an issue for the divorce suit in terms of custody and child support. If she is then that will be another issue to sort out for you two. Your options are to file for a divorce based on separation or based on adultery. If you file based on adultery you have the challenge of needing solid evidence to prove the adultery. But you can also include the separation. You could start your case in court based on a limited divorce (much like a legal separation) and it will be ripe for the final divorce in April 2018. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.
- Q. Hello, I am married for 6 years and getting divorced. What are my rights?
- A: I am not able to give you an answer without more information. There are questions and follow up questions that need to be asked about your situation for me to give you an answer. You may call to schedule a consultation or any divorce lawyer in Maryland of your choosing.
- Q. Do I have to pay Maryland annual back fees for an entity that has never conducted any business?
- A: I sympathize with you. When you set up a business you do need to follow the state law requirements and pay all your dues. You should have dissolved the business if you weren’t making any money at all for the first year. That doesn’t mean not making a profit. It means literally not making any money. At this point you may want to speak to Maryland to see if you can negotiate with them to pay less if you don’t have the funds to pay the back fees. Otherwise, just pay them.
- Q. Should we merge our companies or just change the name?
- A: Changing the name would have no effect. So, I would advise you make the businesses one business. You have not said what type of business Company A is. But should they have the same or similar purposes it should be fine. However, I do urge you to consult with an attorney so that he or she can get more details to be certain they are advising you correctly.
- 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. 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. 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. 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.