In September 2020, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim asserted on behalf of its client, a former LLC member, against two LLCs in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

In August 2019, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained summary judgment on behalf of a former COO of a retail jewelery store as to all claims asserted by his former employer in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

In August 2019, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a property tax appeal on behalf of an Anne Arundel County senior living facility in the Maryland Tax Court.

In November 2018, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled breach of restrictive covenant and defamation claims asserted against its client, a former employee, by a Maryland dance studio.

In November 2017, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a breach of contract claim asserted against its client by a former executive employee in the Circuit Court for Frederick County - after obtaining dismissal of a Wage Act claim.

In September 2017, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a medical malpractice claim on behalf of its client against a major Baltimore-area medical center in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

In September 2017, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled breach of contract and intentional misrepresentation claims brought on behalf of its client, a major medical institution, against a contractor in the Circuit Court For Baltimore County.

In February 2017, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a property tax appeal for a Montgomery County senior living facility in the Maryland Tax Court.

On November 17, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a million dollar breach of contract claim filed against its client, a commecial lender, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York: Commerical Division.

On August 15, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a damages award on behalf of its client against a restaurant and its owners for breach of a loan agreement after obtaining a default judgment in the Circuit Court for Talbot County - and thereafter had one defendant incarcerated for contempt related to collection of the judgment.

On July 28, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled personal injury and premises liability claims filed on behalf of its client against a condo association and condo owner in the Circuit Court for Howard County.

On June 25, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a copyright and trademark infringement case filed against its client in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

On June 10, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a property tax appeal on behalf of a Montgomery County senior living facility in the Maryland Tax Court.

On April 13, 2016, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson negotiated a consent agreement for the benefit of its client, a trust beneficiary, to reform a trust instrument over the objections of the trustees.

On October 13, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully negotiated the lifting of a suspension of a child care center's license by the Office of Childcare.

On October 9, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a variance related to a private kennel in favor of its client who operates a dog rescue in Baltimore County.  Administrative Law Judge John E. Beverungen presided over the two-day hearing and ruled in favor of the homeowner.

On September 24, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained dismissal of an appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on behalf of its client, a Baltimore area hospital, regarding a judgment obtained in the hospital's favor and against an independent contractor surgeon for breaching his professional services agreement by failing to maintain professional liability insurance coverage after the term of his agreement. 

On August 31, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a securities dispute prior to filing suit on behalf of certain investors against a start-up medical company and its principals related to required corporate disclosures in investment materials.

In July 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully represented a surgeon regarding certain restrictive covenants in his employment agreement with a major Baltimore-area medical center.

On July 8, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson delivered an oral argument before the Carroll County Board of Education in support of her client, a tenured teacher, and against the Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools' recommended termination of the teacher.

In June 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully resolved a dispute between its client, a physicians assistant, and her former employer regarding the terms of her termination and restrictive covenants.

On May 19, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully handled a dispute between its client, a court reporting company, and an employee regarding her termination for cause.

On March 12 and 13, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson represented a tenured teacher in an administrative appeal hearing regarding the Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools' recommended termination of the teacher.

On February 25, 2015, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained summary judgment in favor of its client, a Baltimore area hospital, against an independent contractor surgeon for breaching his professional services agreement by failing to maintain professional liability insurance coverage after the term of his agreement.  Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City presided over the hearing and ruled in favor of the hospital.

On December 18, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a special exception for a private kennel in favor of its client, a homeowner who operates a dog rescue in Baltimore County.  Administrative Law Judge John E. Beverungen presided over the hearing and ruled in favor of the homeowner.

Also on December 18, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a proposed ruling in favor of its homeowner clients on a Maryland Guaranty Fund claim arising out of the defective construction of their new home.  Administrative Law Judge Una M. Perez presided over the hearing and ruled in favor of the homeowners.

On September 5, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a voluntary dismissal of a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit filed against its client, a major investment company, by a finance company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  The Law Office previously had obtained dismissal with prejudice of the plaintiff's breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing claim after a hearing before Judge M. Leonie Brinkema.

On May 16, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a contract dispute between its homeowner clients and a real estate broker and realtor following oral argument on the homeowners' motion to vacate an arbitrator's award in the Circuit Court for Howard County.

On March 10, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a default judgment after a hearing in favor of its contractor client against a custom home builder for breach of contract in the District Court for Montgomery County.

On January 14, 2014, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a wage dispute between its employer client and a former employee.

On December 13, 2013, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a breach of contract claim filed on behalf of its contractor client against a custom home builder and its owner in the District Court for Montgomery County.

On November 4, 2013, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained judgment in favor of its homeowner clients against a landscape design contractor for breach of contract in the District Court for Howard County.  The Law Office thereafter successfully obtained payment from the Maryland Guaranty Fund for its clients.

On October 28, 2013, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a wage dispute between its employer client and a former employee in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.

On September 24, 2013, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson successfully settled a breach of contract action filed on behalf of its client, a start-up company, against a software developer in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

On June 14, 2013, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson obtained a ruling in favor of its client, a Baltimore area hospital, in defense of a preliminary injunction motion filed by a physician. The physician sought to enjoin the hospital from enforcing a restrictive covenant in his employment contract so that he could accept employment from a competing hospital. Judge Michael Pierson of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City presided over the two-day hearing and ruled in favor of the hospital.



Months after law firm’s opening, the furniture and clients have arrived

Posted: 3:00 pm Sun, May 19, 2013
By Kristi Tousignant
Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer


Two Months Out of the Big Law Life


Michelle J. Dickinson filed her first complaint at the courthouse this week after also going solo in March.

Dickinson has also been adjusting to handling administrative tasks several months in to opening her own. Dickinson left DLA Piper US LLP in Baltimore to start her own practice, the Law Office of Michelle J. Dickinson LLC, in Columbia in March.

“What I am finding challenging is doing it all myself,” Dickinson said. “My plan is to expand at some point, but right now it’s me. The things that I didn’t think about in the past that a secretary or paralegal did — that is a little bit challenging.”

After taking care of the details in starting a firm, Dickinson said she is now concentrating on properly dividing her time.

“Now I’m starting to get into a groove,” Dickinson said. “I’m focusing on getting the work done and also balancing that with continuing to network and to do business development.”

Dickinson, who has a commercial civil litigation practice, said the business development aspect of her job has been challenging since work was usually given to her by other partners at DLA Piper.

“My responsibility now is to go out in the business community and level the relationships I made at DLA Piper in order to get cases from those clients,” Dickinson said. “The breakfasts and lunches and following up — I really enjoy that.”

She has a lot of clients — many referred to her by DLA Piper — but could take more. Plus, she has cut her rates in half.

“I really wanted to have a local practice with local businesses and individuals, and I was finding that difficult,” Dickinson said.
Months after law firm’s opening, the furniture and clients have arrived