Keisha A. Garner is the founder and managing member of Garner Law PLLC. She is passionate about the practice of law and is aware of the importance of building personal relationships with her clients. She is known for her personal approach to clients, her ability to gain her clients’ trust, and her aggressive, yet strategic approach to protecting their interests.Ms. Garner began her legal career as an attorney with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Board of Veteran’s Appeals, where she adjudicated appeals for denial of veterans’ benefits. After leaving the federal government, Ms. Garner joined the Washington, DC office of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, where she served as general counsel to nonprofit associations and litigated and settled hundreds of civil lawsuits. In her current practice, Ms. Garner focuses on family law, estate planning, small business, civil litigation and criminal defense. She is a protective and persistent advocate for her clients and works within the law to assist her clients in resolving their legal issues as economically and efficiently as possible.
Ms. Garner received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law School, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business & Technology Law. She has worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Garner also interned for the Honorable James P. Salmon at the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, Fourth Appellate Circuit. In addition to interning for the Honorable Judge Salmon, Ms. Garner also worked as a student attorney in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Ms. Garner is an active member of the legal community and uses her extensive legal experience to serve her community by providing volunteer and pro bono services to individuals and organizations through various pro bono organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. Garner provides assistance to nonprofit organizations through the Baltimore-based Community Law Center. She also assists pro bono clients with family law, estate planning, small business, criminal record expungement, and consumer protection matters through the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Programs, the Children’s Law Center, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. In addition to providing pro bono services to her community, Ms. Garner is active in several bar associations, including serving as Treasurer of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Inc. (JFBBA) (2017-2018); co-chair JFBBA’s Public Relations Committee (2015-2016); JFBBA’s Annual Scholarship Banquet Committee member (2014-present); JFBBA’s Women’s Committee member (2016-present), District of Columbia Bar Association Practice Management Service Committee member (2015-present), Maryland State Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee member (2016-2017), and National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Director of Professional Development (2019-2020).