Melody M. Haynes is an Associate Attorney at Adams Law Office, specializing in Estate Planning. Melody earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Oakwood University, a Master’s degree in Education from Morgan State University, and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in public and governmental service from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She began her professional career in 2000 as a high school English teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System, but after seeing the plight of many of her students, she was inspired to go to law school to help effect changes in the community and the future her students faced. Melody began her legal career fighting for justice as a Criminal Trial Attorney and represented more than 20,000 clients and celebrated countless victories before judges and juries.
After losing her father suddenly and having to help her family pick up the pieces, Melody found her true calling in Estate Planning. She finds joy and the impact she hoped for in her legal career by helping individuals and families plan and establish a legacy for future generations.
When she’s not in the office, Melody enjoys spending time with her husband and children in their home in Upper Marlboro. She also enjoys good food, traveling, supporting the arts, and serving at her church. Everyone at the office agrees that Melody’s name really captures her sweet personality and our clients truly appreciate the way she is able to make the complex topic of Estate Planning easy to understand and approachable.
S. Maria Golder is an Associate Attorney at Adams Law Office. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) from Stevenson University in 2010 and her Juris Doctorate degree (Cum Laude) from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2018. While in law school, Maria was inducted into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society for achieving academic excellence and she served as a Staff Editor on Law Review.
Maria joined Adams Law Office, LLC to pursue her passion for helping clients navigate through financial hardship. Maria has an overwhelming amount of compassion for individuals and families faced with life’s challenges, which is why she decided to switch from her former role as a debt collection attorney. Now, Maria enjoys the satisfaction of helping clients obtain a fresh start through the bankruptcy process. She also has passion for estate planning, probate administration, and helping clients and their families avoid unnecessary conflict and having a judge make significant familial decisions, which she personally experienced after her grandmother’s passing. Maria’s goal is to provide each client with excellent legal services, from their first contact with the firm to the conclusion of their case and beyond.
Essence S. Hudson is one of our paralegals and assists primarily with our consumer bankruptcy cases. Essence graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Stevenson University, where she was active in the Legal Society and Criminal Justice Student Association. She also participated in Lead America through the Law & Justice Program at George Washington University. She has volunteered at her local church and enjoys working with children.
Essence has been a huge asset to Adams Law Office, LLC as she diligently and graciously assists our consumer bankruptcy clients with their document gathering and organization. She is a great resource to our clients and is always ready to help fulfill our mission of excellence.
Jon A. Spiers is also one of our paralegals and assists primarily with our estate planning cases. Jon graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, and he is currently completing a bachelor’s program at the University of Maryland University College in Political Science. Jon is a regular on the Dean’s List and diligently applies his studies and excellent work ethic to his position at Adams Law Office, LLC.
Jon is an avid sports lover and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Jon heads our asset funding process in the estate planning practice area, and he is always available to assist clients with document gathering and compiling their agents’ and beneficiary information. We are grateful to have Jon as such an integral part of our team.
Gabi A. Schmidt is our newest team member, and we are thrilled to have her as our receptionist. Gabi is the friendly voice that will greet you when you call and the smiling face that will greet you when you come to the office. With years of customer service experience, she assists clients with appointment scheduling, helps our team serve our clients better, and runs our seminar and webinar production. Gabi is a wife, the mom of two adult kids, and office mom to our firm’s puppy, Lola!
Lola Adams is our team puppy who you may be lucky enough to meet if she is at the office visiting. Her work schedule is very flexible, so she does not grace us with her presence every day. But when she does come in, she is the center of attention, which is her favorite thing to be. She is a teacup Maltese, so she likes attention and people. She is also hypoallergenic, so everyone can cuddle her if they don’t mind the occasional puppy nibbles.