Paul is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, located in Washington, D.C.
After completing law school, he worked for a year in the defense industry as a contracts administrator for the Westinghouse Defense Company, now the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
In 1985, he opened his private law practice. His first office was located in Baltimore City and he then practiced primarily in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. He soon relocated his practice to his home county of Carroll County, Maryland. Over the years he concentrated his practice in the areas of Family law, Mediation, Criminal and DUI/DWI defense, and Wills and Estate Planning and Estate Administration. Paul has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer for 2019. This is the fourth year in a row that Paul has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law. The Super Lawyer Award is based on attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. It is only awarded to five percent of Maryland lawyers. Paul Capriolo has also recently been named one of the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Maryland for 2018 and one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2018 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Cynthia Hatten Unglesbee is a lifelong resident of Carroll County, having graduated from North Carroll High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Hood College in 1995 and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999. Cynthia previously held the position of Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Raymond E. Beck, Sr. of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, Maryland. Here she gained valuable experience in the working of the Court system and performed legal research and assisted in the writing of judicial opinions.
Her skills are much sought after and she has extensive experience in litigating domestic and criminal matters. Cindy has again been named a Maryland Super Lawyer for 2019. This is the second year that Cindy has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law, a recognition that is well deserved. Cynthia has been recognized by the American Institute of Attorneys as one of Maryland’s 10 Best Attorneys in the areas of Personal Injury Law, Family Law, and Criminal Law for 2018. The American Institute is a third party rating organization recognizing the excellence of attorneys based upon a formal nomination, a high degree of professional achievement, and an impeccable client satisfaction rating.
Our practice in the area of Family Law includes litigation and the negotiation and preparation of marital settlement and parenting agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, handling all aspects of divorce, child custody and support, child access, alimony, and the division of marital property.
Paul also has an extensive Family Law Mediation practice to help people avoid the financial and emotional hardships of litigation.. Paul currently conducts over 150 family law mediations per year, with most reaching an amicable resolution. Mediation can help resolve issues concerning children, as well as financial and property issues. In addition to conducting private mediations, Paul has been appointed by the Circuit Court for Carroll County to serve as a Family Law Mediator and Settlement Officer to assist litigants with the successful and amicable resolution of their divorce and family law cases. In divorce cases and other family law matters, the parties, through mediation, can almost always come up with a better resolution than will result from litigation. Mediation is a wonderful way of coming to an amicable resolution of important issues, rather than having a judge or hearing master dictate a resolution to you.
In the Estate Planning area of law, we work with client's in preparing their estate plan, including the preparation of the Last Will and Testament, Financial Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive for Health Care, and the Living Will. In discussing these important documents, we will assist you in the decision making process, and in naming those responsible to assist you when needed. We also are experienced in the Administration of Estates, helping families after the loss of a loved one see to it that the estate plan is carried out, and that the deceased's assets are distributed according to their estate plan.
We also practice extensively in the areas of Criminal Defense Law, including defending people charged with all felonies and misdemeanors, including DUI/DWI's.
We have also both taught in the legal field. Paul had been an Adjunct Professor at Towson University for 6 years and at the Community College of Baltimore City for 2 years, and Cynthia has taught in the legal field at Carroll Community College.
Not only a litigator, Paul serves as both a private mediator and as a mediator appointed by the Circuit Court for Carroll County, Maryland. He has successfully helped parties resolve thousands of family law cases, thus avoiding expensive and protracted litigation. As a private mediator, he will generally meet with the parties prior to any litigation being commenced and assist the parties in resolving their dispute without court intervention. As a Court appointed mediator for the Carroll County Circuit Court, Paul mediates cases sent to him pursuant to Court Order and can help parties settle their case before the litigation becomes prolonged. Many lawyers who hold themselves out to be a mediator have received little or no training in this area. Don't be fooled. Feel free to ask Paul about his training or about the thousands of cases he has helped bring to a successful and amicable resolution.
The Circuit Court for Carroll County, Maryland also has appointed Paul and Cindy to serve as Settlement Officers for Family Law cases, a position that requires extensive knowledge of the law and of likely outcome in contested cases. They utilize their knowledge and experience to help parties resolve their cases amicably and without further litigation.