Howard County is widely recognized for its quality of life, excellent public education system and residents’ high level of educational attainment and income. Money Magazine ranked Howard County’s principle population centers of Ellicott City and Columbia as 4th in “America’s Best Places to Live”. It has a diversified population of 275,000 (2008 estimate) and has earned a reputation as a community that is open, inclusive and welcoming. Howard County sits in the middle of the 40 mile corridor between Baltimore and Washington D.C. Much of its governmental functions are located are located in Ellicott City including the offices of the County Executive, the County Council, the Circuit Court and District Court.
Robert L. Flanagan has been a resident of Howard County since 1977. When he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing Columbia, Ellicott City and Western Howard County (a part time position) in 1986, he moved his law practice to Howard County. He has assisted many Howard County businesses and individuals in resolving their legal problems. In the course of 28 years as a lawyer, he has developed a variety of skill sets valuable to his clients. He is a seasoned litigator who has a reputation for effectively and efficiently representing his clients in complex lawsuits. He has a proven track record in achieving excellent results in matters diverse as litigation arising from the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s, business and construction disputes, custody and visitation battles and divorces involving business and property issues.
Robert L. Flanagan is a skilled negotiator who strives to resolves disputes for his clients in order to assist them in managing the cost of litigation and risk. For businesses the cost of litigation may include diversion of business resources that must be devoted to litigation; for individuals it includes the emotional upheaval that may result. Robert L. Flanagan also assists his clients in reviewing and/or preparing contracts and other business documents. His experience as a litigator is helpful in selecting contract language that will protect his clients’ rights and avoid misunderstandings that might lead to future litigation.