Elizabeth A. PfensonAssociate
Ms. Pfenson is an associate and primarily practices family law. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pfenson began her career as a Law Clerk for Judge Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. While clerking for Judge Harrell, she participated in the drafting and editing of various civil and criminal matters. Ms. Pfenson has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Maryland Rising Star for 2018.
Ms. Pfenson graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 2014). During her time at NDLS, Ms. Pfenson was an Articles Editor for the Notre Dame Law Review. While at NDLS, she tailored her law school experience to the extent possible around family law, taking courses and directed readings on subjects including family law, the Hauge Convention (concerning international child abductions), custody dispute outcomes, alternative dispute resolution, federal income taxation, trial advocacy, deposition skills, and juvenile law. She also was a Dean’s Academic Group Tutor for one section of Property Law, and received the highest grades in Real Estate Transactions and Environmental Law. Ms. Pfenson was a research assistant for both a family law professor as well as an environmental law professor, and worked at the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center, where she student-represented clients experiencing economic injustice issues and assisted small community groups with issues related to incorporation and achieving non-profit status. Finally, Ms. Pfenson volunteered with Lots of Hope, Inc., and was a Committee Member of the Near Northwest Neighborhood’s Quality of Life Initiative: Youth Task Force.
After college and before law school, Ms. Pfenson was a Legal Assistant at Whittenberg Knudsen, LLP, in Wakefield, Massachusetts, where she worked with regular and prospective probate, litigation, and estate planning clients during initial review and processing, prepared accounts for conservators, probate administrators, executors, trustees, and others, and assisted in various business litigation matters.
Ms. Pfenson graduated summa cum laude with Departmental Honors from Gordon College (B.A. 2010), having majored in English Language and Literature with a Pre-Law minor. While at Gordon, she presented a paper at the Literature and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium, was a Co-Editor of the Idiom, Gordon College’s literary magazine, and was a member of the Advocates for a Sustainable Future student group. Also while at Gordon, Ms. Pfenson studied abroad for a year at Oxford University and took an intensive class in sustainable tropical agriculture in Nicaragua. During the summers, Ms. Pfenson worked as a Courtroom Clerk at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Ms. Pfenson is admitted to the Maryland State Bar.
J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2014
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Activities: Notre Dame Law Review writer Research Assistant.
B.A., Gordon College, 2010
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Activities: Literature and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium, Presenter Advocates for a Sustainable Future, Member
Maryland State Bar
Member Since: 2014