No one anticipates being involved in a family law dispute. No one wants to deal with that drama. And yet, so many find themselves in that exact situation. It can feel scary. But you don’t have to do this alone.

Family Law Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Antenuptial Agreements (“Prenups”)
  • Best Interest Attorney/ Privilege Attorney

  • Child advocacy

  • Child support and alimony

  • Custody

  • De-facto parent’s rights

  • Divorce

  • Guardianship

  • Marital property

  • Marriage settlement agreements

  • Parenting plans

  • Protective orders

  • Third party visitation and custody

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Tell me your situation and needs so that we can determine the best legal strategy for you. Simply contact me below to schedule your consultation.

Emily Shank Bellator Law Firm Maryland

You’re not in this alone

Emily Shank is a general practice lawyer who focuses on family law with warm and empathetic engagement. Unlike big law firms, where you may speak or work with a different person each time (and not always a lawyer!), Emily will personally handle your case from start to finish.

Emily is a mom of two little girls. She understands the struggles of parenting – period, let alone when you are doing it while arguing with your spouse. She understands a parent’s instinct to do whatever is best for your children, no matter the cost. She is compassionate and fierce. And she’s in your corner.

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Emily was fantastic! She was understanding, empathic and instilled a great deal of confidence in me. My “easy” divorce became more than I bargained for and Emily was with me, supporting me throughout.
-B.R.

Emily is outstanding – her representation of me during my divorce case was exceptional. She understood the complexities of my case and she nailed it – all to my advantage and fairness towards me.
-P.D.

Emily was able to make this whole process less painful. I felt well-informed each step of the way. It was clearly communicated what was expected of me and what my choices were as we moved through the process.
-S.B.

Emily P. Shank, Esq.

Emily is a member of the Maryland State Bar, the Carroll County Bar, the Baltimore County Bar, the Women’s Bar of Maryland, and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She volunteers with the Carroll County Family law clinic, Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services, Kids In Need of Defense, and is a Know Your Rights trainer with the ACLU of Maryland. Emily has been recognized for The Daily Record’s 2019 “Leading Women Award” and Super Lawyers Rising Stars in both 2020 and 2021.

Emily grew up in Frederick and graduated from Towson University in 2008. While in college, Emily began a career in jewelry sales, eventually managing a 2-million-dollar store and 10 employees. After college, Emily and her husband moved to San Diego where Emily ultimately attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was sworn in to the Maryland Bar in 2014.

Emily clerked for the District Courts of both Carroll and Howard Counties with responsibilities to seven Judges. She is skilled at tailoring arguments to present the best case for her client. Emily then went on to work as an associate attorney at the highly regarded firm of Stoner, Preston and Boswell, Chtd. in Westminster. Ready to build her own practice, Emily started Bellator Law, Inc where she fights aggressively for her clients with a compassionate bedside manner. She is qualified to be appointed by the Court as a Best Interest Attorney; Attorney for an Alleged Disabled Person; and Mediator of Domestic/ Family Law cases.

Get In Touch

  • 532 Baltimore Boulevard
    Suite 302
    Westminster, MD 21157
  • (443) 952-7102
  • eshank@bellatorlawfirm.com

Get In Touch

  • 532 Baltimore Boulevard
    Suite 302
    Westminster, MD 21157
  • (443) 952-7102
  • eshank@bellatorlawfirm.com

Know Your Rights

Call today and schedule your consultation

  • (443) 952-7102

Know Your Rights

Call today and schedule your FREE consultation

(443) 952-7102