Aisha N. Braveboy
Edward J. Leyden
Syh A. Ambe
J. Wyndal Gordon
Gabriel J. Christian, Esq.
An attorney in Maryland and a Georgetown Law School graduate, attorney Gabriel Christian is a highly-skilled veteran trial lawyer. He is deeply involved in community service, offering his time to the citizens of Maryland, business organizations, religious organizations, the school system, and the Caribbean community.
Admissions: Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1991; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1992; U.S. Supreme Court, 1997.
Education: University of the District of Columbia (BBA, 1986); Georgetown University (J.D., 1991).
Professional Associations and Memberships: J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Prince George's County Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, National Bar Association, Alan J. Goldstein Inns of Court, American Bar Association, Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences, Tuskegee Airmen Association- East Coast Chapter, Board Member- Caribbean Research & Policy Center.
Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Litigation, Church and Religious Organizations, Insurance Defense, International Law, Commercial Law, Business Organizations, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Environmental Law and Sustainable Energy Law.
Published Works: In Search of Eden: Dominica, The Travails of a Caribbean Mini-State, 1992; Rain On A Tin Roof, 1999; Death by Fire - The Explosive Story of the 1963 Carnival Tragedy, 2007; For King & Country - The Service and Sacrifice of the Dominican Soldier, 2008; For King & Country-The Service and Sacrifice of the British West Indian Military, 2009; Mamo! The Life and Times of Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, 2010.
Appointments: Appointed a Judicial Commissioner on the Maryland Courts of Appeals Nomination Commission in 2007 by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley; Appointed a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Caribbean Affairs in 2012 by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
Aisha N. Braveboy, Esq.
Attorney at Law (of counsel)
Attorney Aisha Braveboy is an accomplished lawyer with over fourteen years of experience and first Black female to be candidate for Maryland Attorney General. She began her legal career at the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau where she worked on Federal rulemakings and wireless spectrum auctions. Ms. Braveboy worked as manager of the Land Acquisition and Real Property Division for Prince George’s County Government and in-house counsel for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, before becoming of-counsel to the Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian and Associates, LLC. In addition, Ms. Braveboy serves as pro-bono legal counsel for the Community Public Awareness Council, a community-based juvenile diversionary program that has successfully diverted over 3000 students out of the criminal justice system and provides counseling, mentoring, tutoring and other services.
Ms. Braveboy has also successfully represents families facing foreclosure and was recognized by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland for her work helping Maryland families stay in their homes.
In 2006, Ms. Braveboy was first elected to represent the 25th Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates and was reelected in 2010. She was assigned to the House Economic Matters Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy, telecommunications, business regulations, labor insurance and economic development. She was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as Chair of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee. In addition, Ms. Braveboy was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, where she led the 44-member organization on a wide range of policy issues including, equal funding and opportunities for Historically Black College and Universities, reducing mass incarceration for petty, non-violent offenses, women and minority-owned businesses, and reducing health disparities.
Ms. Braveboy is a graduate of University of Maryland at College Park and Howard University School of Law. She is a member of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square and the Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Edward J. Leyden, Esq.
Edward James Leyden is a litigator who represents clients on contingent-worker and other labor and employment-law matters in court and before administrative agencies. As a tax attorney, he also represents clients on general tax-controversy matters, which may or may not involve contingent workers.
Admitted to the Maryland Bar (1991), District of Columbia Bar (1994), and the United States Tax Court (2000). He is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S. Commerce & Engineering, 1981), University of Baltimore (J.D., 1991), and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Taxation, 1995).
Mr. Leyden is a member of the American Bar Association (Chairman, Employment Tax Committee of the Section of Taxation 2008-2010), Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Sports Lawyers Association, and City of Bowie Economic Development Committee (Chairman Emeritus). He has published articles in several legal and tax publications, including BNA, Inc., WG&L, and the American Bar Association.
Admission: Admitted to the Maryland Bar (1991), District of Columbia Bar (1994), and the United States Tax Court (2000).
Education: Graduate of Drexel University (B.S. Commerce & Engineering, 1981), University of Baltimore (J.D., 1991), and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Taxation, 1995).
Professional Associations and Memberships: Member of the American Bar Association (Chairman, Employment Tax Committee of the Section of Taxation 2008-2010), Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Sports Lawyers Association, and City of Bowie Economic Development Committee (Chairman Emeritus).
Published Works: He has published articles in several legal and tax publications, including BNA, Inc., WG&L, and the American Bar Association.
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Thomas F. Urban, Esq.
Thomas F. Urban's practice has included a wide variety of civil litigation, previously including matters involving computer crimes and the information superhighway, as well as complex commercial and products liability cases. Formerly an attorney with the law firms of Williams & Connolly and King & Spalding, Mr. Urban has engaged in high-stakes litigation in all parts of the United States.
Presently, Mr. Urban represents various clients in class action cases, RICO actions, and complex mortgage fraud cases. In the past, Mr. Urban has served as national coordinating counsel for a drug company in products liability litigation, successfully defending his client in a jury trial in Galveston, Texas, and prevailing in a summary judgment motion on Daubert grounds in Austin, Texas. His other representations have included issues involving antitrust, qui tam, automobile dealer-distributor, sex and race discrimination, Americans with Disabilities, attorney ethics, and First Amendment disputes.
In addition, Mr. Urban has maintained a substantial pro bono practice, representing preschool children with autism in Northern Virginia, pursuing a prisoners' rights case before the D.C. Court of Appeals, filing an opposition to a petition for certiorari in a highly publicized case for the Southern Poverty Law Center in the U.S. Supreme Court, and representing TransAfrica protestors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Admission: Virginia Bar (1996), District of Columbia Bar (1992). Currently not admitted in Maryland.
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 1981-83; Texas A&M University, B.S. Aerospace Engineering , 1985; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. magna cum laude, 1990; Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, 1989-90.
Professional Associations and Memberships: American Association for Justice; American Constitution Society; Virginia State Bar; Fairfax County Bar Association; Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Areas of Practice: Business Organization and Transactions, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Civil Liberties and Constitutional Law
Published Works: Mr. Urban has co-authored several articles regarding computer crime and computer law. In addition, he was the author of the computer crimes chapter of Business and Legal Guide to Online and Internet Law (Glasser LegalWorks, 1997).
Troy Lowe, Esq.
Mr. Lowe began practicing law after graduating from Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School. During law school he participated as a member of the school’s moot court organization, as well as holding leadership positions with the Black Law Student’s Association. Mr. Lowe strengthened his litigation skills while serving as a law clerk to the United States Department of Justice.
In 2011, Mr. Lowe opened his private practice in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he focuses on family law matters and personal injury litigation. His representative clients include residents from Prince George’s, Charles, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties. Mr. Lowe prides himself on the level of service and attention he provides to each client. His top priority is to ensure each client is confident that their best legal interests are represented.
Mr. Lowe is a product of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He matriculated through St. John’s Catholic school, then Surrattsville Senior High School, both in Clinton, Maryland. He was a four year letterman in football in high school as well as during his college tenure at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2014, Troy was appointed to the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission where he serves to protect the civil rights of the residents.
Education: Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Lansing, Michigan Juris Doctor; Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina Bachelor of Arts
Bar Admissions: Maryland Court of Appeals; United States District Court, District of Maryland
Professional Associations: Maryland State Bar Association Prince George’s County Bar Association J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission
Kwame Christian, Esq.
Kwame O. Christian an attorney in Ohio is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of law and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
He is highly skilled in negotiation and mediation and has been recognized by the American Bar Association for these abilities.
Professional Licenses and Education
Licensed Ohio Attorney, Columbus, OH; November 2013
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Columbus, OH
Juris Doctor; May 2013
American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition Semifinalist
National Black Law Students Association Negotiation Competition Finalist
American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition Champion
Two-Time Moritz College of Law Negotiation Competition Co-Champion
Black Law Student Association—President
Bell National Resource Center—Doctoral Fellow
Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law—Communications Editor
The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Columbus, OH Master of Public Policy and Management; May 2013
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; March 2007
Minors: Spanish and Multidisciplinary Foundations of Law in Society
Study Abroad: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands; Summer 2007
Activities: Psychology Book Exchange—Founder and President
Minority Psychology Students Association—President
Syh A. Ambe, Esq.
Syh Ambe is a graduate of Howard University School of Law. She started off her legal career as an international trade and transactional matters associate in international law firms in Washington, D.C. advising corporate clients on due diligence efforts and compliance with regulatory instruments pertinent to overseas investment, trade and general business transactions. After acquiring substantial experience in these areas, she turned her focus to the legal needs of small immigrant communities and currently represents clients in a variety of matters including personal injury, immigration, contract disputes, business formation and organization. Syh is originally from the Central African nation of Cameroon and is fluent in French.
Bar Admissions: New York State Bar (2005); Maryland State Bar (2012); District of Columbia Bar (2012).
Education: University of Yaounde, Cameroon (B.A. French and English Literature, 1992); University of Yaounde, Cameroon (Graduate Diploma in Education, 1994); Howard University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2004).
Professional Associations and Memberships: Maryland State Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; New York State Bar Association.
Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Immigration, Criminal Defense, Contract Disputes, Business Formation and Organization.
J. Wyndal Gordon, Esq.
J. WYNDAL GORDON, ESQ. "The Warrior Lawyer" was born in Washington D.C., and raised in Maryland. He attended public schools in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. He graduated from Morgan State University and the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. Gordon was admitted to the bar in 1995 and opened his law office the same year under the tutelage of renowned Baltimore trial attorney, Edward Smith, Jr. He’s maintained a successful law practice ever since representing individuals and small businesses.
Gordon has handled a number of high profile cases in the State of Maryland and is not afraid to take the lead on controversial matters that threaten guarantees of fundamental freedom. Using his private practice both within and outside of the legal community, Gordon has been involved in a number of worthy efforts to advance the cause of social justice. He is a robust and intensely competitive litigator and a major proponent of civil rights. He is not afraid to defend individual rights under the US Constitution even when it is unpopular to do so. In fact, he became most recognized for his representation of the alleged "D.C. Sniper" John Allen Muhammad during his Maryland trial. As a result of his efforts, Gordon received the Professional Legal Excellence Award from the Maryland State Bar Foundation for the Advancement of Unpopular Causes. Additionally, he has seven (7) reported cases that have developed the law on both the State and Federal levels in such areas as civil rights and criminal law.
Currently, Gordon is Past-President of the Monumental City Bar Association (MCBA), which is ostensibly the minority lawyers bar association in the Baltimore region. Founded in 1935 in part by the late Supreme Court Justice Hon. Thurgood Marshall, MCBA has a rich history, remarkable legacy, and remains one of the premier Bar Associations in the State of Maryland. In addition, Gordon is a member of the National Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Maryland Association of Justice, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Salome A. Howard Bar Association, Maryland Association of Justice, and a fellow of MSBA Leadership Academy.
Gordon has been heard on various local and national radio shows including the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and Café Mocha Radio, Canton, OH’s The Ron Ponder Show, Detroit, MI’s Inside Detroit hosted by Mildred Gaddis, The Daily Drum, in Washington, DC, and the Larry Young Morning Show in Baltimore, MD to name a few. Gordon has also been seen on cable television networks such as TruTV (formerly Court TV)’s "In Session", Headline News (HLN)’s "Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell", HLN’s Special Report, and/or HLN’s Prime Time, HLN’s Weekend Express as a guest panelist/legal expert. He has further been engaged to speak both inside and outside of the U.S. to discuss various issues concerning the law and social justice matters. Gordon served on the Board of Advisors for Bluford Drew Jamison S.T.E.M. Academy, a Baltimore City Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math academy for Baltimore City young male scholars. Gordon is an Executive Board member of the Mack Lewis Foundation that teaches boxing to inner city children, and Gordon served as General Counsel for the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.
A mentor to several college, law students, and young attorneys, and has received numerous awards, commendations and recognition for his commitment to education, young people, and the community. Annually, Gordon sponsors a Free Gas Giveaway for his very own community appreciation day. He has also delivered commencement addresses to the graduating class of a number of area high school and middle schools in Baltimore and Prince George's County, respectively.
Stacy-Ann Telfer, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Stacy-Ann Telfer is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from NCCU school of Business, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. While in law school, Ms. Telfer served as a student attorney and represented many small businesses in their legal matters. She also held an internship and clerkship with the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Coast Guard Civil Litigation department, respectively. Ms. Telfer currently practices in the areas of Business Law (domestic and international), Copyright & Trademark, and International Development. She is committed to providing quality service to her clients and is extremely involved in her local and Caribbean community.
• Admission: Maryland Court of Appeals, 2014
• Education: University of Florida ( B.S., 2009); NCCU Law (J.D., 2014);
NCCU School of Business (J.D., 2014)
• Professional Association & Membership: Maryland State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Prince George’s County Bar Association J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Evann O'Donnell, Esq.
Evann O’Donnell is a Maryland-licensed attorney specializing in matters of custody, divorce, and domestic violence. Ms. O’Donnell graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a Boardmember of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and participated as a student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic.
She graduated with High Honors from Michigan State University, and traveled through China on a National Science Foundation research grant.
Admissions: Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 2010; District of Columbia Bar: admission 2013.
Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 2005); The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2009).
Professional Associations and Memberships: Prince George's County Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, American Bar Association.
Areas of Practice: Family Law; Employment Law
Leung, A., E. O'Donnell, S. Moore, and H. Travis, Social Responses to Environmental Degradation in Northwest Rural China, Consilience: The Journal for Sustainable Development Issue #2 (2009).
Rudy, A. P., C. K. Harris, B. J. Thomas, M. R. Worosz, S. C. Kaplan, and E. C. O'Donnell. 2008. The political ecology of Southwest Michigan Agriculture, 1837-2000. Pages 152-205 in C. L. Redman and D. R. Foster, eds. Agrarian Landscapes in Transition. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.
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Ms. O’Donnell exemplifies the highest caliber of professionalism and dedication in a young attorney. Having dealt with other attorneys in the past, I speak from personal experience when I say that she is extremely knowledgeable, focused, organized, prepared for court, and conducts herself with her client’s best interests at heart.
~ A Divorce client