Who are we?
We are a law firm that provides comprehensive legal services for complex business, personal injury, family law, traffic, and criminal cases.
The Maryland Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC is led by Managing Attorney Gabriel J. Christian, a 1991 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He has provided highly effective legal counsel to clients across the tri-state area since 1991. Over the years, he has tried complex business, personal injury, family law, traffic, and criminal cases ranging from drunk- driving hearings to white-collar crimes and more. We have had the honor of serving international clients in Ethiopia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, while providing legal support to the embassies of South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, and Dominica. Our office represents individual walk-in clients, small businesses, homeowners' associations, and religious organizations across the state of Maryland, with a focus on the Washington, D.C suburbs.
Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC is possessed of a highly collaborative culture. Our style is open, service focused, and friendly. We are deeply committed to civic engagement in the communities within which we work, and promote an equal opportunity environment.
The Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC strives to provide the highest quality legal service, tailored to each client's individual background, needs and goals. We are genuinely concerned about your well-being and aim to nurture a close working relationship with each one of our clients, giving them our fullest possible personal attention.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Our firm is deeply engaged with the Maryland school system, the religious community, and various African American, African, Latin American, and Caribbean community organizations. Our managing attorney Gabriel J. Christian has been honored to serve the Maryland legal system for eight years as a Judicial Commissioner of the Maryland Court of Appeals; he was appointed to that position by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in 2007.
We serve a diverse community, and believe that such diversity strengthens our nation by drawing the unique contributions of each community into one productive national entity. We believe in an equality of opportunity society where the law serves the best interest of all in the community, not some. We are committed to forging links with other countries and peoples in ways which are mutually beneficial, and further the noblest goals of great national leaders such as President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King. To that end, our firm promotes the value of civic engagement and volunteerism.
Why Choose Us?
We are not just attorneys, we are trial lawyers. It is true that in reality most cases settle. However, be it personal injury claims involving an insurance company, or a complex family law matter, our colleagues know that we shall aggressively advocate for you and seek the best result. We do not back down. When we take a case, we make no guarantees, but are certain that our efforts will bear fruit. Where we discover that your matter faces challenges, we shall tell you. Our clients over the years trust us because we treat all who come to us, as clients, with compassion, courtesy, and competence while striving for a successful outcome.
The Law Firm of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC, has its genesis in the Law Partnership of Farrington & Christian. Thomas A. Farrington, was the Senior Partner of Farrington & Christian, who graduated from William & Mary and Yale School of Law. He held several esteemed titles in the legal profession and was a master of the bench. Thomas A. Farrington was a senior litigator and Continuing Legal Education lecturer in Prince George’s County, for approximately thirty (30) years. Gabriel J. Christian shared a relationship with Thomas A. Farrington from his first year at Georgetown University Law Center as a law clerk, then became an associate and later a partner.
During that time, the practice developed a high degree of excellence in law and adherence to the highest standards of the bar. The Firm’s tradition of community involvement aimed at opening doors of the legal profession to those previously under represented within its folds. Thomas A. Farrington is acknowledged as the first white lawyer to join the Prince Georges County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In its later years, the Firm expanded from its original insurance defense base practice, to one firmly rooted in servicing the community’s needs in civil, criminal, domestic, international, and business law. With the untimely passing of Thomas A. Farrington, on July 19, 1997, the Firm transitioned to Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC.
Thomas A. Farrington
A Fond Farewell in Prince George's
The Washington Post, July 31, 1997
His was not, perhaps, a household name, but Thomas A. Farrington was a beloved and respected Prince Georgian who worked behind the scenes as political strategist, mentor and, long before it was fashionable for whites in the county, as a civil rights activist. He died suddenly July 19 at the age of 59, after a heart attack, and last week an establishment that spanned political generations in Prince George's County paid him homage.
They filled the small St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro for his funeral and afterward crowded into his Woodmore home for the wake. They were the county's power brokers past and present. There were Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Peter O'Malley, his former law partner, with whom he formed a triumvirate in the late 1960s and early 1970s to dominate Democratic politics. Former county executive Winfield Kelly Jr. and former governor Harry Hughes were there. So was Lansdale G. Sasscer Jr., son of the late Democratic political boss and congressman. A product of Montgomery County's Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the College of William and Mary and Yale Law School, Farrington had first gone to work for the Sasscer law firm when he came to Prince George's.
The assemblage also included African American leaders whom Farrington had helped promote, among them Tommie Broadwater, the county's first black state senator, and County Executive Wayne K. Curry, its first African American county executive. Years ago, Farrington, it is said, was the only white member of the Prince George's NAACP. Since starting his own law firm in the 1980s, he had brought in black associates, teaching them and boosting their careers, among them Greg Wells, Curry's campaign manager. His current name partner, Gabriel J. Christian, is a black man from Dominica in the Caribbean. "He was uniquely suited to be sort of a bridge and bring everybody in," Hoyer said. "Tom was very committed, and he brought a real intellectual drive to the practical side of politics." In the 1970s, he was chairman of the Democratic Central Committee in Prince George's, joining with Hoyer and O'Malley to dominate the party politics of the era. Broadwater, whose successful first campaign he'd managed, remembered that Farrington "represented the black people's positions" at "all the big-time meetings...He did a hell of a job, took a hell of a beating."
When George James Christian died in the Gold Coast Region of Ghana in 1940, few in Dominica heard of his passing nor were aware of his involvement in the Pan Africanist Movement, nor of his pivotal role in shaping the Ashanti region of Ghana as a member of the Legislative Council of the Gold coast, and as a prominent lawyer trained in Gray's Inn in London.
His remarkable life and contribution to the Gold Coast of Ghana was highlighted in a paper presented by Margaret Rouse-Jones at a conference on Henry Sylvestre-Williams and Pan-Africanism: A Retrospection and Projection, organized by the University of the West Indies, and Oberlin College, Ohio in January 2001.
George James Christian
DSO, DFC, Squadron Leader Royal Air Force
(139 Squadron, Bomber Command)
Airman, Lawyer, Judge, Diplomat, and friend.
World War II Royal Air Force (RAF) veteran Squadron Leader Phillip Louis Ulric Cross, was born in Port of Spain Trinidad on May 1, 1917. A graduate of the prestigious St. Mary's College in Trinidad, he volunteered to fight German fascism which had by 1941 conquered much of continental Europe. Nurtured on a sense of duty to country and elementary fairness, took a ship to Britain and enrolled in the Royal Air Force in November 1941. During his time in the RAF Cross was decorated on several occasions for bravery in aerial combat - he earned the Distinguished Service Order pinned on him by King George V at Buckingham Place and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He undertook a total of eighty (800 aerial combat missions, twenty (20) of which were over the most heavily defended sectors of the German capital of Berlin. Cross was one of the intrepid ace navigators in the Mosquito Pathfinder Force who laid markers on the particular target ahead of the bombers.
After the war, Cross became the Officer in Charge for Demobilization of Colonial Forces, and an announcer on the BBC. Earlier in the war, he was recorded in "West Indies Calling" a BBC documentary on British West Indians engaged in the war effort. See here.
After the war Cross graduated as a lawyer from Middle Temple in London. He later served as judge in Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah's government; Ghana's special envoy to President Patrice Lumumba's government in the newly independent Congo in 1961; Attorney General of Cameroon; founder of Tanzania's Industrial Court, and his native Trinidad & Tobago's High Commissioner to London; Cross also served as his country's, ambassador to Germany and France. In later years Cross served as Commonwealth of Nations advisor and was the founder of the philanthropic organization the Cotton Tree Foundation.
During the June 2009 Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates, LLC spearheaded a Caribbean Diaspora heritage project - Caribbean Glory - A Tribute to the British West Indies Veterans of World War II. The event at Andrews Air Force Base was supported by Pont Casse Press and its co-founders Honorable Judge Irving W. Andre of the Superior Court of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, the West Indian American Military Members Association, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Ambassador Curtis Ward, Maryland General Assembly Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Maryland Lt Governor Anthony Brown, Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, Chief Judge of Maryland 7th Circuit Honorable William Missouri. The event host was Lynton Scotland of the Executive Leadership Council and the keynote speaker who brought greetings from the British Government was Baroness Patricia Scotland of Ashtal, Her Brittanic Majesty's Attorney General. The awardees that evening were Wendell McKenzie Christian of Dominica, British Army; Flight Lieutnenat Cy Grant of Guyana, Royal Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Dudley Thompson of Jamaica, Royal Air Force and Twistleton St. Rose Bertrand of Dominica, British Army.
See Ulric Cross Memorial Service video here
Ulric Cross died aged 96 on 4 October 2013, at his home on Dere Street, Port of Spain, where, in his retirement, he had been living with his daughter Nicola. A memorial service in his honor was held at Memorial Park, Port of Spain, on 10 October 2013. Paying tribute to Cross at the service, the British High Commissioner said: "Without the help of servicemen from the Commonwealth (like Cross), the outcome of World War II would have been entirely different.
A movie in honor of Ulric Cross titled "Hero" and starring Nikolai Salcedo as Ulric Cross was premiered in September 2018 in Toronto, Canada. See here.
He was our good friend, a humanitarian and an example of service to the best values. We shall remember him and those like him who served and serve.