Introduction to Abramson & Rand



The roots of Abramson & Rand, LLC date back to a time when there were less than five private attorneys with offices in Columbia, Maryland and less than 20 private attorneys in Howard County. Back to a time before area codes were necessary for calling a local telephone number. Back to a time when the customary hourly rate for attorneys was $35.00 per hour (I’m sure many of our clients wish that were true today). Back to a time when there were only two Howard County circuit court judges and one Howard County district court judge. Back to a time when Route 29 was just a two lane country road; Columbia Mall was only 2 years old; Routes 32 and 100 did not yet exist; and Howard County had a population of only about 30,000 people.

Abramson & Rand, LLC (as the firm is now known) began in the Spring of 1972 when its founding partner, Joel Marc Abramson, began practicing in Howard County, Maryland. Initially, Joel practiced as a Criminal Prosecutor (at that time, one was allowed to also pursue a private practice) and soon became one of the pioneer attorneys in Howard County and was at the forefront of many of the exciting changes of both the laws and the community. He soon expanded his practice into other legal fields and represented home builders, farm bureaus, and was instrumental in the development of the many of Columbia’s village associations. The firm owned one of the earliest title companies in Columbia. His law office was on the forefront of land use policies in the county.

Joel was one of only a handful of family law practitioners in the County and was a forerunner in the development and evolution of family law in Maryland. When Joel began practicing family law over 40 years ago, there were no child support guidelines, no monetary award statute and no family law code. At that time, adultery barred a wife from receiving alimony and women were given preference in custody matters, especially when the children were of tender years. In 1974, Joel founded the Domestic Relations Subcommittee of the Howard County Bar and became its first chairperson. He was formerly chosen by the Howard County Bar to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and was asked at that time by the Maryland Bar Association to give numerous lectures in the area of Domestic Relations as part of its Continuing Education Program. Joel argued many early landmark cases before the appellate courts of Maryland before and after the introduction of the monetary award statute and family law code. Joel continues to practice law and he is often consulted by his partner and associates regarding complex legal matters due to his years of experience and legal acumen.

Christopher Rand has strong ties to Howard County. His family came to Howard County in the 1940’s and his grandfather formerly owned Boarman’s Market in Highland, Maryland. Chris has lived in Howard County his entire life. Chris is an active supporter of and contributor to his local 4-H club. He assists his three children as they raise, care for and show their farm animals which include sheep, pigs and chickens at the Howard County Fair and Maryland State Fair.

Chris began working for Joel as a law clerk in 1996. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Towson State University and then attended the University of Baltimore School of Law. Chris served as student attorney at the University of Baltimore Family Law Clinic providing counsel for low-income clients seeking legal assistance. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Chris was handling his first contested case before the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. As our nation will never forget, the terrorist events of that day cut short the trial and the courthouse was evacuated, etching into Chris’s memory his first contested case and where he was the moment of the 9/11 attacks. Once he became a licensed attorney, he continued work at the Law Offices of Joel Marc Abramson (as Abramson & Rand, LLC was formerly known) as an associate. After successfully handling complex domestic and other civil litigation matters, he became a partner in 2008 and the Law Office of Joel Marc Abramson became Abramson & Rand, LLC.

Leila Rundell was raised in Western Howard County with her family having ties to the County dating back to the 1970s. She attended college at Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore. While in college she served in the Governor’s Summer Internship Program during the gubernatorial term of Gov. Martin Glendening. While attending law school at the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C., she interned with the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney (retired) for the Circuit Court for Howard County, where her interest in family law first began as she witnessed domestic litigation from the purview of the court. She even remembers seeing Joel litigating in court – little did she know, then, that she would eventually work for his firm. During her last year of law school, Leila began working as a law clerk for the Law Office of Joel Marc Abramson and remained at the firm once she obtained her legal decree and license. Leila served on the school board of her alma mater, Chapelgate Christian Academy, for 6 years and remains actively involved in her church and community.

Lindsey Frank, a Maryland native, joined Abramson & Rand, LLC in 2011 as a law clerk while she attended law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Lindsey served as student attorney at the University of Baltimore Family Law Clinic providing counsel for low-income clients seeking legal assistance. At her time serving in the family law clinic, she worked with a team of student attorneys to research and propose legislation and helped form a coalition on behalf of domestic violence victims. Upon graduating and obtaining her legal license, she became an associate of Abramson & Rand, LLC in 2012. Lindsey serves as a legal consultant on the board of Shari’s Promise, an organization that seeks to end child sexual abuse, empower victims and teach communities how to prevent abuse, recognize the signs of abuse and react responsibly.

The attorneys of Abramson & Rand are close-knit and have deep roots in Howard County and its surrounding counties. Their clients benefit from their collective experiences and expertise as they strategize and consult with one another (utilizing their combined 60 years of legal expertise) to provide their clients with outstanding representation and creative solutions to their legal issues.

 

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