Laura V. Bearsch


Laura V. Bearsch, a principal with the firm since 1999, received her undergraduate degree from Towson University in 1991 and her law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1994, where she was associate editor of The Law Forum. Ms. Bearsch is a former law clerk to the Honorable William O. Carr. Her practice is concentrated in family law matters and includes divorce, custody, child support, alimony, guardianship, property disposition and  adoption.  Additionally, Ms. Bearsch is lead counsel for the Harford County Department of Social Services, representing the Department in all matters relating to children who are the victims of abuse or neglect and vulnerable adults who are in need of assistance. She also handles appellate matters in these practice areas in both the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Ms. Bearsch is the former chairperson of the Harford County Judicial Nominating Commission (2007-2015), having been appointed to two terms by Governor Martin O’Malley.   She is a member of the Maryland State and Harford County Bar Associations.  She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Harford Day School and is a former member of the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission and of the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center, an organization developed to provide fundraising and public awareness of the mission of the Child Advocacy Center in assisting victims of child abuse. Ms. Bearsch participates in ongoing continuing legal education and provides continuing education to various groups and organizations, to include the Harford County Office of Family Court Services (grandparent and third party custody and visitation cases) and the Harford County Bar Association (third party access and representing parents in CINA proceedings).  She taught a seminar entitled “What Women Need to Know in Divorce” through the Anne Arundel Community College.  Ms. Bearsch is also an ongoing volunteer for Harford County’s Pro Se project, is an active participant in the pro bono and reduced fee programs offered by the Harford County Bar Foundation, and has served as a volunteer for the Maryland Family Law Hotline, advising pro se litigants on a variety of family law topics.  She has twice been named the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for Harford County.  In 2010, Ms. Bearsch was named Harford County’s Pro Bono Star by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and was presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for that honor.   She previously taught “Gender and the Law” as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (“UMBC”). Ms. Bearsch’s areas of practice include:

  • Divorce
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property
  • CINA & TPR Matters
  • Appeals
  • Adoption
  • Protective Orders
  • Peace Orders
  • Same-Sex Divorce

Representative published case law:

  • Allen v. Allen, 178 Md. App. 145, 941 A.2d 510 (2008)
  • Aumiller v. Aumiller, 183 Md. App. 71, 959 A.2d 849 (2008)
  • Shurupoff v. Vockroth, 372 Md. 639 (2003)
  • Potts v. Potts, 142 Md. App. 448, 790 A.2d 703 (2000)

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