Linda   Ostovitz


Phone: 301.575.0381
Fax: 301.575.0335
Mailing: 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard ,
Suite 200 , Maple Lawn ,   20759
Linkedin: Linda Ostovitz


In her 36 years of practice,Linda Sorg Ostovitz has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and serves as the Secretary of the Maryland Chapter. She also serves on the Board of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Business Women's Network of Howard.

Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a resolution without the need for litigation.

Mrs. Ostovitz has written and contributed to publications on family law matters, including the Maryland Bar Journal, and USA Today. She is a strong advocate for her clients and inspires the highest level of confidence, allowing the best and most informed decisions to be made.

She enjoys speaking to groups like the National Family Resiliency Center, and guest lecturing for organizations. She also hosts free seminars to educate the public about the varied legal options in family law. Mrs. Ostovitz values mentorship and lends her experience to students by serving as a judge in the Maryland State Bar Association high school mock trial competitions, as well as mentoring newly admitted attorneys.

Her commitment to the community extends to her generous contributions and active participation in Gilchrist Hospice, Columbia Patuxent Rotary, and Leadership Howard County.

Legal Experience

  • Principal, Offit Kurman
  • Member, Silverstein and Ostovitz, LLC, 1999 to 2015
  • Private Practice, 1988 to 1999
  • Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Howard County, 1987-1988
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Howard County, 1981-1986
  • Victim Witness Coordinator, Howard County State's Attorneys Office, 1979-1981


  •  Civil Mediation
  •  Divorce Mediation: Parenting and Child Issues
  •  Divorce Mediation: Property and Financial Issues
  •  Collaborative Law Certification
  •  Family Law Arbitration Certification, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer

Current Organizations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary, Maryland Chapter
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Business Women's Network of Howard County
  • BWN President, 2014-2016
  • Howard County Bench/Bar Committee
  • Howard County Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary Club of Columbia/Patuxent

Prior Organizations

  • Professionalism Commission of the Court of Appeals
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association ADR Section Council
  • Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Council
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Maryland State's Attorney's Association
  • Howard County Collaborative Professionals


  • 2014 Woman of Distinction, Business Women's Network of Howard County
  • Maryland's Top 100 Women 2015
  • Smart CEO finalist 2015


  • MICPEL Lecturer
  • Maryland State Police and Howard County Police Department Academy Lecturer
  • National Family Resiliency Center - Parenting Classes
  • Seminars on Divorce Options in Maryland
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2014 Symposium
  • Financial Professionals Association

Community Participation

  • Leadership Howard County Graduate, 2015
  • Leadership Howard County Co-Chair, Business Day
  • Leadership Howard County, Steering Committee
  • Gilchrist Hospice, Taste Committee member
  • Howard County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Event Committee
  • Board of Directors, Columbia Patuxent Rotary
  • Business Women's Network Board
  • MSBA Mentoring


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Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of Baltimore, 1981
  • B.S., University of Baltimore, 1978
  • Maryland Court of Appeals, 1981
  • U. S. District Court, 1989
  • U. S. Supreme Court, 1990


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2011 to present
  • Professionalism Commission of the Court of Appeals
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section Council
  • Criminal Law Section Council, 1992
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 1988-1999
  • Maryland State Attorneys Association, 1981-1990
  • Howard County Bar Association, 1981 to present
  • Board of Directors, 1993-1999
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County


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