William C. Fanning, Jr.

William C. Fanning, Jr. (La Plata, Maryland)

William C. Fanning, Jr.

Attorney in La Plata, MD
Honoree, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Adjunct Professor, Family Law & Paralegal Studies, College of Southern Maryland, 1994-1999. Sole Practitioner, William C. Fanning, Jr., Esquire, 1993-1995. Partner, Devine, Fanning, & Greer, P.A. 1997-2001. Partner, Devine & Fanning, P.A. 2001-2013, Sole Practitioner, Fanning Law, LLC 2013-.
240-776-2506 240-776-2506
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Practice Area
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Divorce, Custody and Support, Adoptions, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Community Property Law, Domestic Partnerships, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Fathers Rights, Foster Care, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Independent Adoptions, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Interstate Support, Juvenile Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Law, Marital Property Settlements, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Name Changes, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Orphans Court Practice, Palimony, Parental Kidnapping, Parental Rights, Paternity, Post Divorce Modification, Post Nuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Marriage, Spousal Support, Step Parent Adoptions, Surrogacy Law, Termination of Parental Rights, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation Rights, Civil Practice, Litigation, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation, Accidents, Animal Attacks, Aquatic Injuries, Automobile Accidents, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Electrical Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Injuries, Personal Injury Defense, Plaintiffs Personal Injury, Slip and Fall, Contracts, Breach of Contract, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, Corporate Formation, Corporate Law, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Reorganization, Family Corporations, Incorporation, Nonprofit Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Business Dissolutions, Business Formation, Business Start-Ups, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, Limited Liability Company Law, Joint Ventures, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Employee Benefits, Wills, Contested Wills, Inheritance, Living Wills, Appellate Practice, Civil Appeals, Libel, Slander and Defamation, Defamation, Libel Defense, Libel and Slander, Labor and Employment, Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans With Disabilities Act, Caregiver Discrimination, Child Labor Law, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Claims, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Litigation, Employment Rights, Employment Terminiation, Employment at Will, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Employment Law, Human Resources Law, Labor Law, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements, Personnel Policies, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Title VII Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices, Wage and Hour Law, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination Defense, Veterans Rights, Veterans Disability Law, Veterans Benefits, Veterans Appeals, Military Law, Gay Divorce, Same Sex Divorce
Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services; Charles County Bar Association Family Law Clinic; St. Mary's County Law Clinic
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody And Support
Total time spent on pro bono work: 15%

Overall Client Rating

in Business Law and Family Law
4.8 out of 5.0
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  • Data based on 9 reviews
  • Recommended by 9 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 08/22/12
Posted by a Consumer on 08/22/12
5.0 out of 5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Fanning. He helped me get custody of my 19-month-old son in a situation where it probably could have gone either way. He was so calm and professional in front of the master while my child's mother's lawyer was rude and aggressive. He is not only an excellent attorney who truly cares about his clients and wants the very best for them, he is a really great guy. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a lawyer in the southern Maryland area.
Posted by a Consumer on 07/02/12
5.0 out of 5.0
My husband and I used Mr. Fanning's services for two adoptions and we were very pleased with his personable demeanor, his efficiency, our questions and how he interacted with the family in general. He puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable. We were equally pleased with his administrative staff as well.
Posted by a Consumer on 07/02/12
5.0 out of 5.0
To whom it may concern: Hands down I would recommend Mr. Fanning to represent myself or anyone else in a courtroom. He represented me several times for an on going child support case several years back. Each time we left the courtroom people would get up an ask for his business card. He's a very good, honest, devoted an straight to the point type of person. Trust me when I tell you he kept me out of a lot of situations that could of turned bad. I could never thank him enough for his hard work!
Posted by a Consumer on 04/26/12
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Fanning was great throughout both my cases that we won. I definitely recommend his services for anyone who wants to win a case.
Posted by a Consumer on 04/10/12
5.0 out of 5.0
If you want someone to tell you what you want to hear then don't see Mr. Fanning. If, however, you want someone to tell you the truth, your options, and potential outcomes then Mr. Fanning is the lawyer for you. I found him to be very thorough, assertive, and knowledgeable in his field. I have recommended him to several of my friends and will continue to do so.
Posted by a Consumer on 04/04/12
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Fanning and his office were excellent when I adopted my stepson. He was knowledgeable, and explained every facet of the process thoroughly. I was very pleased with his presentation of our case in court. His staff is prompt, professional and courteous. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal counsel in the area of Family Law.
Posted by a Consumer on 04/02/12
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Fanning is quiet but when the time comes he strikes.
Posted by a Consumer on 03/30/12
5.0 out of 5.0
I was very pleased by the services offered at the law offices of Devine & Fanning, P.A. The lawyers were competent in handling my case, and did so in a very efficient manner. I was able to communicate with the lawyers directly and they were always eager to answer my questions immediately. The legal secretaries were a pleasure to work with as well, as they responded quickly and professionally to all of my concerns. I enjoyed my experience with Devine & Fanning, and would highly recommend them.

Overall Peer Rating

4.4 out of 5.0
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1991, Maryland
1993, District of Columbia and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
1995, U.S. Supreme Court
2005, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
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Law School Attended
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Class of 1991
Columbus Community Legal Services - Families and the Law Clinic; Moot Court Associate
University Attended
Gwynn Park Senior High School
Class of 1984

Salisbury University
Class of 1988
Political Science
Associations & Memberships
Charles County, Prince George's County, Maryland State and Federal Bar Associations.
Representative Transactions
Representative Cases:

Butler v. Tilghman, 350 Md. 259, 711 A.2d 859 (1998).
Goshorn v. Goshorn, 154 Md.App. 194, 838 A.2d 1247 (Md.App. 2003).

Published Briefs:

Jurney v. Jurney. This successful Appellee's Brief was filed in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and argued before the three judge panel led by Chief Judge Murphy (July 3, 2012).

Representative Cases
Butler v. Tilghman, 350 Md. 259, 711 A.2d 859 (1998); Goshorn v. Goshorn, 154 Md.App. 194, 838 A.2d 1247 (Md.App. 2003).
Hobbies & Interests
Reading, gardening, running, and spending time with our four children.

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Fanning Law, LLC
The Law Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr. -, 201 Centennial Street, Suite 2A,
La Plata, MD 20646
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William C. Fanning, Jr.
Fanning Law, LLC
The Law Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr. -, 201 Centennial Street, Suite 2A,
La Plata, MD 20646

Fanning Law, LLC (La Plata, Maryland)