Wendy S. Meadows


Beginning her distinguished career in 2005, Wendy Meadows has transitioned from a formidable family law attorney to a master mediator and collaborative law attorney dedicated to transforming family dispute resolution. Recognizing the limitations and often harsh realities of courtroom battles, Wendy has channeled her practice towards Mediation and Collaborative Law, ensuring that families achieve more amicable, cost-effective, and enduring solutions. Wendy prides herself on her ability to guide clients through one of the most challenging situations they may ever experience. She is compassionate yet results-oriented, focusing on the specific goals of each client’s case and their life after divorce.

A Mediator Who Makes a Difference

Wendy excels at identifying the root causes of conflicts in her mediation work. Her practical, straightforward style, combined with two decades of legal insight, guides clients through the resolution process more efficiently and effectively than traditional litigation. Wendy’s approach to Mediation emphasizes minimizing both emotional strain and financial burden. She adeptly manages to keep costs significantly lower than conventional litigation. In numerous instances, Wendy has resolved cases that could have otherwise cost up to $200,000 in court for under $10,000 through Mediation. Her experience as a child of divorce enhances her empathy and understanding, deeply resonating with all parties’ concerns. This unique perspective ensures that solutions are cost-effective and emotionally supportive, allowing parties to be truly heard and understood.

Expertise in Prenuptial Agreements

Understanding the importance of proactive discussions, Wendy also specializes in drafting and reviewing prenuptial agreements. By facilitating these crucial conversations before marriage, Wendy helps couples establish clear expectations and legal safeguards, significantly reducing the potential for future disputes. This preventive approach aligns with her overarching goal of keeping families out of the courtroom and laying a foundation for solid and lasting relationships.

Champion for Children

While Wendy has shifted much of her focus to Mediation, she reserves her courtroom work for representing children. She demonstrates a profound commitment to identifying what is in their best interest and then fiercely advocating for that position. As one of the few attorneys in Maryland who trains children’s counsel, Wendy plays a crucial role in enhancing the legal representation of the youngest and most vulnerable participants in family law cases. Her dedication underscores her deep commitment to ensuring the best interests of her child clients while also giving them a voice.

What Clients Say

Clients and colleagues alike praise Wendy’s meditative prowess. One client reflected on her ability to handle challenging personalities and bring everyone to a consensus, describing her impact as the “mediator's equivalent of pitching a no-hitter in baseball.” Another appreciated her ability to make a tough process palatable with her country office setting and engaging demeanor, recommending Wendy for her ability to negotiate under pressure and explain complex legal matters in relatable terms.

A Deeper Look

Raised in Maryland, Wendy graduated from Atholton High School. She earned her B.A. in English at Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College (2002, cum laude). While attending F&M, she served as Student Body President and Secretary of Chi Omega, helped run the first-year orientation program, and ran for two years on the college’s cross-country team. Wendy concluded her studies at the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C. (2005, cum laude). At American, Wendy served as the Managing Editor of the American University Law Review and enjoyed teaching high school students through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

Beyond her mediation table, Wendy channels her expertise into enhancing personal wellness and fostering work-life balance, especially for fellow lawyers and family law professionals. Through her tailored coaching sessions, she helps legal practitioners and lawyer moms master the art of balancing demanding careers with fulfilling personal lives. Her consulting work provides law firms with innovative strategies to improve practice management and employee well-being, making her a sought-after mentor in the legal community.

In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking, traveling with her family, and spending time outside, preferably by the water!

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maryland (2005)
  • Supreme Court (2009)
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2018)

Awards and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
  • Top 100: Maryland Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Top 50: Women Maryland Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Leading Women (The Daily Record, 2016)
  • Super Lawyers Maryland Rising Star (2010 - 2018)
  • Maryland Daily Record VIP Successful by 40 (2019)

Activities and Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section (Member)
  • Baltimore County Bar Association (Member)
  • Harford County Women’s Bar Association (Member)
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals (Member)
  • Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore