Sierra B. Mitchell, Esquire
Affordable and hard working
If you are seeking quality representation at an affordable price, hiring Ms. Mitchell is an excellent decision. As a young attorney, Ms. Mitchell's hourly rate is substantially lower than her colleagues. Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2012, Ms. Mitchell has worked in the legal field for over ten years, providing a unique advantage over other lawyers similar in age.
A circuit court judical law clerk
Ms. Mitchell has the invaluable experience of understanding what happens behind the scenes of a courtroom. During a year-long clerkship with the Honorable Julia B. Weatherly, a Circuit Court Judge in Prince George's County, Maryland, Ms. Mitchell had the opportunity to work day in and day out with the judge, learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be a great litigator and advocate for your client.
Because Judge Weatherly's daily docket consisted mainly of domestic trials - divorce, alimony, property disputes, custody, child support, visitation, and protective orders - Ms. Mitchell had the opportunity to interact closely with family law on a daily basis. Because there are so many factors and interpersonal dynamics associated with family law, it is important to learn from a judge's perspective what is important in each case, give reasonable expectations to parties and create solutions that actually work among conflicted families.
Another important component to Ms. Mitchell's clerkship experience was the knowledge she gained in researching and authoring opinions and orders in a variety of cases ranging anywhere from civil matters with wrongful death suits, contract disputes, real property disputes, slip-and-fall cases, discrimination matters, police use of force cases, guardianship matters, appeals from the District Court and Administrative Agencies, to criminal cases with evidentiary suppression hearings, motions to modify or reconsider a sentence, and complicated post-conviction petitions seeking new trials.
Attorneys with clerkship experience have the benefit and advantage of knowing how to get things accomplished around a courthouse. From problems as large as missing a deadline, to problems as small as locating a missing file, law clerks understand that issues arise during the course of a lawsuit and know how to solve problems.
A recognized scholar
Ms. Mitchell graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2012, in the top 7% of her class and earning induction into the Heuisler Honor Society.
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, Ms. Mitchell was inducted into the nation's most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a credential she shares with 17 U.S. Presidents and 38 U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
A local lawyer with roots in southern maryland
An extreme advantage of hiring a local lawyer is having an advocate who understands the ebb and flow of the community, both professionally and personally. Ms. Mitchell has lived in Calvert County since 1996 and is a proud graduate of Calvert High School. Ms. Mitchell understands what matters to the people of Southern Maryland and recognizes these values and common grounds in her practice of law. During law school, Ms. Mitchell had the fortunate opportunity to intern in her hometown for the Honorable Warren J. Krug of the Circuit Court for Calvert County, Maryland. This experience provided Ms. Mitchell with two invaluable opportunities: (1) meeting and developing relationships with the wonderful people who keep the Courthouse running - from judges, to clerks, bailiffs, and administrative assistants; and (2) understanding the way a small courthouse operates. While the important laws don't change throughout Maryland, there are local rules, customs, and court services that are unique to each county and having a lawyer who understands the local procedure can save essential funds and time in your case.
A diverse legal background brings back the nostalgia of the family lawyer
Ms. Mitchell's diverse legal experiences enables her to address a majority of legal needs without having to approach different lawyers for each issue.
Ms. Mitchell has worked in a wide range of legal capacities and practice areas over the past 10 years. From a legal secretary in a general practice in Upper Marlboro, to a family paralegal in Bowie, and the Land and Development and Legal departments of Chaney Enterprises in Waldorf, she had a strong understanding of the law and working in a legal environment even prior to attending law school.
During law school, Ms. Mitchell's high achievement earned her the chance to intern with the Honorable Wendelin I. Lipp, United States Federal Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt. This prestigious internship provided Ms. Mitchell with a unique opportunity to learn the basics of bankruptcy litigation from a judge's perspective. Although Ms. Mitchell does not currently practice in bankruptcy, her experience and knowledge of bankruptcy practice and procedure allow her to better address clients' needs when they are in the difficult financial times that often come when a family is going through litigation.
After Ms. Mitchell's second year of law school, she worked as a Summer Associate with the law firm of Eccleston & Wolf, P.C. in Hanover, Maryland assisting the defense in various high dollar professional and legal malpractice cases involving anything from a rural property line dispute to an engineering failure on a hundred million dollar urban development project.
Also at her side, are the 40 years of legal knowledge and experience that Mr. Meng brings as Ms. Mitchell's mentor and employer. She assists Mr. Meng in his practice of estate and trust planning and litigation and is quickly acquiring the tools to be successful in that field.
A caring heart who fights for justice
For three semesters during law school, Ms. Mitchell practiced as a Rule 16 Student Attorney with the University of Baltimore School of Law Family Law Clinic where she represented clients free of charge in domestic violence proceedings, divorce proceedings, a contested name change for a child, settlement conferences, child support modification and contempt proceedings.
More than simply representing clients with domestic law issues, Ms. Mitchell helped create a community outreach program which traveled to educate inner city youth about their rights if confronted with teen dating violence. She has also participated in the legislative process by seeking support from the Baltimore City Council to introduce and pass legislation drafted by her Community Education Team which lead to the unanimous adoption of Baltimore City Resolution 12-034R, recognizing that freedom from domestic violence is a fundamental human right. Ms. Mitchell is very proud to have helped with this cause as Baltimore is only the second city in the nation to adopt this important legislation.
For Ms. Mitchell's work with the Family Law Clinic, she was honored by the University of Baltimore with the 2011-2012 Award of Excellence in Clinical Education, an honor awarded to only one student each year at the University.
Providing legal assistance for the spanish speaking community
Ms. Mitchell's undergraduate degree is in Spanish Language and Literature. She is advanced in speaking, reading and writing Spanish and can assist our local Spanish Speaking community with various legal needs from starting a business, to defending a criminal violation, to filing for divorce, or seeking special immigrant juvenile status of a minor child.
Ms. Mitchell practices in general litigation, with a focus on family law, estate and trust litigation and planning, business organization and minor criminal offenses.
Ms. Mitchell's passion lies in helping families solve problems. Whether she is representing clients in family law matters such as child support, custody, divorce, and domestic violence, or assisting with administering the probate estate of a parent, she understands how to communicate with troubled clients, showing compassion when necessary, but remaining honest about expectations. Under the direction of George Meng, Ms. Mitchell is gaining invaluable experience in helping families who are currently in or near litigation regarding the administration of wills and trusts that have gone awry. Ms. Mitchell also has training in mediation, believes that clients are better satisfied with the outcome of their case when they provide input toward the resolution. Understanding that not all disputes can be resolved without court intervention, Ms. Mitchell will tirelessly advocate for her clients when their day in court arrives.
Bar admission and professional associations
- Maryland State Bar, Admitted 2012
- Southern Maryland Inns of Court
- Calvert County Bar Association
- Prince George's County Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Heuisler Honor Society
- Phi Alpha Delta - Legal Honor Society
- Phi Beta Kappa - Golden Key Honor Society
- J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2012
- B.A., Spanish Language & Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007