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Fanning Law, LLC
The Law Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr.
201 Centennial Street, Suite 2A
La Plata MD 20646

Call us:  301.934.3620 
or 301.753.4316
Send a fax:  240.523.6501
Send an e-mail: BillFaningEsq@Gmail.com

William C. Fanning Jr.

With experience in all Southern Maryland courts in Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, and Prince George's County, attorney William C. Fanning Jr. focuses his practice in family law issues with an emphasis on divorce, child custody, and support.  Mr. Fanning served five years as an Adjunct Professor of Family Law & Paralegal Studies at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.  He has had unprecedented success in obtaining winning settlements for his clients. 

Mr. Fanning's great understanding of the complicated issues involved with employment law matters as well as general business law and civil litigation has ensured him courtroom success in these areas as well.  Mr. Fanning has favorably represented personal injury claimants and criminal defendants throughout their often complex cases.  He has experience appearing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

Mr. Fanning is proud of his support to our Southern Maryland community.  He has logged hundreds of hours as a pro bono attorney at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services and the Charles County Bar Association Family Law Clinic.


  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • B.A., Salisbury University

  • Maryland State Courts
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • Charles County Bar Association
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Representative Cases:
Butler v. Tilghman, 350 Md. 259, 711 A.2d 859 (1998).
Goshorn v. Goshorn, 154 Md.App. 194, 838 A.2d 1247 (Md.App. 2003).

Published Briefs:
Jurney v. Jurney.  This successful Appellee's Brief was filed in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and argued before the three judge panel led by Chief Judge Murphy (July 3, 2012).

Legal Areas Overview

Attorney Bill Fanning has focused on family law matters since 1993.  Put his vast experience and skill to work for you.  He and the staff of Fanning Law, LLC understand the complexities associated with separation, divorce, custody, visitation, and other family law matters and will help you and your family successfully through these difficult issues.      

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Custody and Support - Deciding child custody involves making determinations to both legal custody (who will make decisions regarding the child's medical care, education, and religious upbringing) and physical custody (who lives with the child).  In either case, custody may be awarded solely to one parent or shared by both parents in a manner determined by the court to be in the child's best interests.  Regardless of the custody and visitation arrangement, both parents have an obligation to support their children financially, and some award of child support is usually ordered to be paid by the non-custodial parent to the parent with primary custody.  Deviation from Maryland's strict child support guidelines is sometimes possible if it can be shown the amount is unjust or inappropriate in a particular case.  Enlist Bill Fanning at Fanning Law, LLC to help you navigate through the maze of custody and support regulations and to ensure that you receive the best agreement available for your situation.

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Fanning Law, LLC focuses on Family Law matters because families matter most.


Fanning Law, LLC - the Law Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr. - is adept in all the following legal areas.  Put our strong, aggressive, successful courtroom experience to work for you.  

Personal Injury - We represent people injured in automobile accidents, as a result of medical malpractice, or any other instance of negligence or wrongful conduct.

Criminal Defense - We represent people charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court, including burglary, robbery, and assault, with a particular emphasis on drug offenses, driving under the influence, and matters involving juveniles.  

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Employment Law - Fanning Law, LLC can help employers and employees in cases involving wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination, or sexual harassment.  We can also prepare or litigate employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, and covenants not to compete.

Estate Planning - We draft wills and trusts tailored to your individual needs, with an eye toward maximizing the accumulation and transfer of wealth while minimizing the effect of estate and gift taxation and the time and expense of probate.

General Civil Litigation - Whether you are a plaintiff or defendant, attorney Bill Fanning can ably represent your interests in any matter brought before a Maryland civil court.

We appear before all courts throughout Southern Maryland including Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, and Prince George's County courts as well as U.S. District Courts.

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