Included in The Best Lawyers in America, “Family Law” 2015-2020
For over two decades, Ilene has advocated for strategic and sensible solutions for separating families, helping them to regain control of their lives and move forward in a way that minimizes conflict.
The process of restructuring your family due to separation or divorce can be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. The decisions that you make early on can make the process more manageable, less traumatic and more cost-effective. Ilene is committed to educating and empowering her clients early to reach sound resolutions while striving to prevent her clients from getting stuck in ongoing and expensive conflict. Her practice includes the resolution of sensitive custody matters and complex financial issues such as child support, alimony and marital property in matters involving closely held businesses, stock options, executive compensation plans, undisclosed income and hidden assets.
To ensure she provides her clients with the support they need, Ilene is a trained mediator, child’s attorney, Collaborative Law practitioner and Parent Coordinator.
Ilene’s dedication to the family law community is reflected in the fact that she has been voted a Best Lawyer by her peers since 2015 and regularly teaches and writes about complex family law issues. She is currently the Legislative Co-Chair for the Family & Juvenile Section Council of the Maryland State Bar and is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Baltimore County Bar Association, for which she has served as chair of several programs. Ilene is a member of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) which enables her to stay abreast of the latest research on a wide breadth of issues affecting families going through separation and divorce. She is also active in the Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore and a pro bono Collaborative attorney for the Collaborative Project of Maryland.
Outside of work, Ilene enjoys spending time with her two sons, going to Rehoboth beach, and reading. She also sits on the Board of The Legacy School, a non-profit school for dyslexic children and is active with the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle.
“In The Interests Of Property” Maryland Bar Journal, (March/April, 1996), Co-author; “Double Dipping” Baltimore County Bar Association – Family Law Section, March 2010 – Presenter; “Financial Divorce Settlements From Start To Finish” National Business Institute, April 2014 – Presenter, Dividing Retirement Assets & Ethics; “High Conflict Personalities and Personality Disorders: How To Recognize and Manage Them” Baltimore County Bar Association, February 2018(Chair); “Lawyer v. Client – Who Decides?” The Advocate, March 2018; “Family Law From Start To Finish” National Business Institute, July 2018 – Presenter, Tax Primer For Family Law Attorneys; “Family Law Brown Bag Lunch – Parent Coordination” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Section, April 2019 (Chair); “Family & Juvenile Law Section – 2019 Legislative Update” Maryland Family Law Advocate, Spring 2019, Co-author; Washington County Bar Association, October 2020 – Presenter; “The Family Law Attorney as A SOLDIER” Baltimore County Bar Association, February 2020
- University of Baltimore School of Law (JD, magna cum laude, 1994)
- University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (B.A. 1989)
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Baltimore County Bar Association. Family Law Committee
- Maryland Bar Association, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council – Co-chair Legislative Committee for Juvenile & Family Section Council 2019, 2020
- Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore – Board of Directors, Member at Large
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Continuing Legal Education
- Harvard Negotiation Program 2007
- Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2009, 2010
- Child Counsel Training 2016
- 40 Hour Civil Mediation Training 2017
- Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Introductory Training by Maryland Collaborative Practice Council 2018
- 40 Hour Parent Coordination Training 2018
- 20 Advance Mediation Training, Child Access 2018
- Collaborative Project of Maryland – Pro Bono Collaborative Attorney (2018 and 2019)
- The Legacy School (a non-profit school for children with dyslexia), Board of Directors
- Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle – Member, Grant Reader