For over two decades, Ilene has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. She has extensive experience in complex litigation as well as the amicable resolution of complex family matters. Ilene is committed to educating and empowering her clients to reach sound solutions focused on what is important to them.
Ilene provides a high level of client of service. She uses her attention to detail, knowledge of the law, empathy and relationships with other professionals, to achieve successful resolution, whether through litigation or settlement. Her practice includes the resolution of sensitive custody matters and complex financial issues such as child support, alimony and marital property in matters involving closely held businesses, stock options, executive compensation plans, undisclosed income and hidden assets.
After years of experience, Ilene believes that most family law disputes can be resolved without the emotional and financial strain of litigation and works to achieve peaceful resolutions where possible. Ilene is a trained mediator, child’s attorney, collaborative law practitioner and parent coordinator. She also works with a network of other professionals, including mental health professions, financial planners, accountants, real estate and mortgage brokers.
Ilene’s dedication to the family law community is reflected in the fact that she has been voted a Best Lawyer in America by her peers since 2015 and included in Super Lawyers since 2021. She regularly teaches and writes about complex family law issues. She is currently the Legislative Co-Chair for the Family & Juvenile Section Council of the Maryland State Bar and is an active member of the Family Law Section of the Baltimore County Bar Association, for which she has served as chair of several programs. Ilene is a member of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) which enables her to stay abreast of the latest research on a wide breadth of issues affecting families going through separation and divorce. She is actively working to expand her Collaborative Law Practice to provide interested clients the opportunity for a more holistic and peaceful approach to restructure their life. She is a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore and Howard County Collaborative Professionals.
Outside of work, Ilene enjoys spending time with her two sons, working as a fitness and nutrition coach and reading. She also sits on the Board of The Legacy School, a non-profit school for dyslexic children and is active with the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle.
Legal Practice in the area of Family Law, including litigation of divorce, alimony & spousal support, marital property, child custody & visitation and child support often involving complex financial matters and challenging child related issues. Negotiation and drafting of Prenuptial Agreements. Trained and practiced in alternative dispute resolution, including Collaborative Law, mediation and Parent Coordination.
Law Offices of Julie Ellen Landau February 2022 to date – Associate Attorney
Hooper & Jacobs, LLC January 1996 – February 2022 – Attorney
Best Lawyers, 2013
Super Lawyers 2021
Education & Professional Development
University of Baltimore School of Law – Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctorate 1994, Magna Cum Laude
University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware, Bachelor of Arts, 1989
Harvard Negotiation Program, 2007
Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – 2009, 2010
Annual Family Law Symposium – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Maryland Chapter, 2015 – 2020
Child Counsel Training, 2016
40 Hour Civil Mediation Training, 2017
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Introductory Training by Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, 2018
40 Hour Parent Coordination Training, 2018
20 Advance Mediation Training, Child Access, 2018
AFCC Webinar, A Meta-Analysis of Child Adjustment in Different Custodial Arrangements, 2019
Family Law Symposium with Bill Eddy, Harford County Bar Association, 2019
Bill Eddy Presentation – High Conflict People, Howard County Collaborative Professionals, 2019
Advanced Parent Coordination Training, 2021
Mosten Guthrie Collaborative Practice Building Group – 2021, 2022
“In The Interests Of Property”, Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XXV111, No. 2 (March/April, 1996), Co-author
“Double Dipping”, Baltimore County Bar Association – Family Law Section, March 2010, Presenter
“Financial Divorce Settlements From Start To Finish”, National Business Institute, April 2014, Presenter, Dividing Retirement Assets & Ethics
“High Conflict Personalities and Personality Disorders: How To Recognize and Manage Them”, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, February 2018, Program Chair
“Lawyer v. Client – Who Decides?”, The Advocate, Volume XXVI, No. 9, March 2018
“Family Law From Start To Finish”, National Business Institute, July 2018, Presenter, Tax Primer For Family Law Attorneys
“Family Law Brown Bag Lunch – Parent Coordination”, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, April 2019, Program Chair
“Family & Juvenile Law Section – 2019 Legislative Update”, Maryland Family Law Advocate, A publication of the MSBA Family & Juvenile Law Section, Spring 2019, Co-author
Business Valuations – Determining Goodwill , St. Mary’s County Bar Association, 2019, Presenter
“Tax Primer For Family Law Attorneys”, 2019, Presenter
“Legislative Update 2020 Presentation”, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, May 2020, Presenter
“Legislative Update 2021 Presentation”, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, May 2021, Presenter
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1995 – date
Baltimore County Bar Association. Family Law Committee, Member, 1995 – date
Maryland Bar Association, Member, 1995 – date, Volunteer, Legislative Committee for Juvenile & Family Section Council, 2018
Family & Juvenile Law Section Council, MSBA, Member 2018, Legislative Co-Chair, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore, Member, 2018 – date
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2018 – date
Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Member 2021 – date
Other Volunteer Service
Board of Directors, The Legacy School, Member, 2017 – date
Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, Member 2017 – date, Grant Reader 2017 – 2021, Grant Reader Team Leader 2021, Post-Grants 2022
Temple Isaiah , Mikadesh-New Beginnings, Founder, Temple Isaiah’s social, support, social action group for individuals starting over after the end of a marriage, Leader 2018 – date