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Our Attorneys



John P. Downs, Esq.

David Beste, Esq.

Lisa M. Blackson, Esq.

"This law office is amazing! Lisa Blackson helped me with a custody case as well as another issue and the entire time her and her staff were nothing but professional and helpful. They explain things in an easy to understand matter and of a client's budget I greatly appreciate all the hard work from Lisa Blackson, Sherry Kelly and Jill Cottrell. Thank you and your team!"

-Kelly G. (2024 Review)

"Every single person I spoke with from this firm was nothing but helpful. Questions were always answered in a timely manner through emails or phone calls. I was extremely impressed by how easy Lisa and her team made the entire process’s custody battles are stressful and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done! You’re all an amazing team!"

-Zach S. (2023 Review)

"I was beyond pleased with Mr Beste's handling of my custody case. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. He kept me informed at all times as to what was going on. I would highly recommend him. I have dealt with other attorneys in the area and he is BY FAR THE BEST I have ever had the pleasure of working with."

-Joyce C. (2022 Review)

"It's not always easy to adequately express your appreciation in a review, but my experience with Downs, Beste & Blackson was wonderful! John Downs and Jill Cottrell are both very compassionate and professional! They both did their very best to reassure me and put me at ease both before and during my court appearance. Their support was top notch!! I would strongly recommend their firm!! I know if I ever need legal counsel again who I am going to!!! Thank you, Jill and John!!"

-Pat R. (2022 Review)

"Fantastic lawyer! I would recommend to absolutely anyone who has a legal issue, John Downs will fight for you to the last breath. The man is a lifesaver."

-Zebradiah S. (2019 Review)

"Great customer service! They were very helpful in the preparation of my husband and my wills. We worked with Ms. Blackson who answered all of our questions in layman's terms. I would recommend this lawyer group to anyone seeking family law legal assistance."

-Erin R. (2018 Review)

"Some attorneys care about their fee, and some care about their clients. These are some of the best. The office was always accessible to me, by phone and email. They held my hand through one of the worst times in my life, handling things even after I moved miles & miles away. They coordinated with another attorney I hired in the middle of everything to handle a related issue. They were always courteous, prompt, knowledgeable & professional. John P Downs personally went above and beyond, time and time again. You can’t put a price on personal care and that’s you get with this law firm. The best of the best, all around.

-Shanti L. (2018 Review)

"John Downs represented me for a DUI. He was very knowledgeable of the judicial system and genuine in his approach as far as my case was concerned. A great experience with the staff at Downs, Beste, and Blackson, LLC."

-Jiminda K. (2018 Review) 


Maryland Lawyers serving Cecil, Harford & Kent Counties.

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