One of Baltimore’s premier divorce attorneys, Julie Landau maintains a visible position in Maryland’s family law arena, where she has practiced for more than 30 years. Providing caring, personal representation with a knack for resolving complex financial issues and asset distributions, Julie’s practice focuses on all aspects of matrimonial and family law.
Julie astutely integrates her knowledge of business and tax law into her practice. A court-approved and experienced mediator and certified collaborative law professional. Julie supports the resolution of legal issues by alternative dispute resolution. Her credentials include teaching continuing legal education on litigation and strategy.
Many of Julie’s clients come to her in a difficult time and she effectively and efficiently helps them on many different levels. She has authored a substantial number of published articles and lectures on family law and related topics. AV-rated, the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, speaks to the quality of representation Julie continues to provide her clients. Her clients’ recommendations and repeat representation exemplify the personal and professional connection that Julie builds with each representation.
Julie is certified to conduct mediation and she is also a certified collaborative law practitioner. In addition, we can serve as both a coach and advisor through the process. We can help you evaluate your spouse’s information, and initiate and evaluate settlement proposals. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of our client’s position, and various proposals while being sensitive to the importance of our role in the process. We assist by attending mediation sessions and participating directly in the mediation, especially with respect to complex financial issues.
We recommend initial mediation to most of our clients as a means to resolve family law disputes effectively in a cost efficient manner. Mediation allows spouses to face each other in a non-confrontational setting to address their differences and to determine their future course of action without the mandate of a court or the cost of litigation.
Research indicates that mediation is successful in more than one-half of the cases and that parties with mediated outcomes are less likely to have post-agreement disputes. With the enactment of Title 17 of the Maryland Rules relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), there are even more opportunities for mediated resolution of the complex financial aspects arising out of a divorce. Mediation allows both parties to become educated about the realities of litigation in an informal process, without the harsh reality of a court order. The rules of evidence do not apply and witnesses are not called. Mediation may take one or several sessions. The goal remains mutually agreeable resolution and the mediator’s suggestions may provide substantial guidance. Subject to certain delineated exceptions, mediation is confidential, and “…a mediator and any person present or otherwise participating in the mediation at the request of the mediator shall maintain the confidentiality of all mediation communications and may not disclose or be compelled to disclose mediation communications in any judicial, administrative, or other proceeding.“
Julie earned her J.D. at University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (1980) and her B.A at Goucher College, Towson, Maryland (1976).