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 2017. This is the second 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 2017 and one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2017 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. 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 2016. 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.
We also practice extensively in the areas of Criminal Defense Law, including defending people charged with all felonies and misdemeanors, including DUI/DWI's.
Our Estate Planning practice includes the preparation of Last Wills and Testaments, Living Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives Appointing a Health Care Agent. In the area of Estate Administration, we assist the Administration of estates before the Orphan's Court and Register of Wills, including the preparation of all required filings, inventories and accountings.
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 to serve as a Settlement Officer for Family Law cases, a position that requires extensive knowledge of the law and of likely outcome in contested cases. He uses his knowledge and experience to help parties resolve their cases amicably and without further litigation.