Award-winning, full service Mid-Atlantic law firm serving clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We focus on providing complete and sound legal advice to all of our clients, to solving problems and resolving business and individual disputes effectively, and to winning the cases that we litigate.

Jill Pogach Michaels Law is a full-service law firm headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.  In addition to general business law and civil litigation, we also have specialty practice areas in real estate law, short sales, foreclosure defense, criminal defense, and family law.  Our firm represents clients in the entire metropolitan Washington D.C. area.  We presently have three attorneys and a full staff of paralegals and assistants.

From forming a business to getting a trademark, from developing an employee policy manual to defending a sexual harassment lawsuit, from closing a real estate transaction to stopping foreclosure, from planning your estate to discussing bankruptcy options, from divorce to family planning, and from collecting unpaid receivables to bringing suit as a plaintiff, our lawyers have helped every type of client in these instances.

We want to get to know you and we invite you to meet our team and learn why you should work with us.  Contact us by phone, by email, or by using the form below for a personal consultation.



170 Rollins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852


410 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701


(240) 425-0008

Hightlighted Areas of Our Practice

FORECLOSURE DEFENSE Receiving notice that your lender is trying to foreclose on your home can be overwhelming. Many think foreclosure is their only option when it’s not. Fighting back against the lender to either slow the foreclosure process or stop it completely is important. In some cases, the lender skips the proper paperwork and/or the documents were improperly endorsed. If such a case, they may have no right to claim your home. You should consider hiring us to assist you. We have helped homeowners residing in Maryland and the Washington D.C. Metro Area.. Let us help you too!

SHORT SALES For some homeowners, a short sale is an alternative to foreclosure. During a short sale, the lender agrees to accept less money on a home than the total amount still owed. While a short sale affects credit scores, the impact is less significant than foreclosing on your home. Contrary to its name, the short sale process can be quite lengthy. However, with our help, you may be able to avoid going into foreclosure

REAL ESTATE LAW Whether you are buying, selling or refinancing, when you need a seasoned real estate attorney, we are here for you. We also work as the law firm for our partner settlement company, Michaels Title & Escrow, a full-service title company in Rockville, MD that offers title insurance and real estate closing services. We also support our REALTOR® and Loan Officer clients with sound legal guidance, timely responses and the tools you need to do your job better.

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW We practice a variety of business law matters throughout for many small to medium-sized businesses. Our attorneys guide clients through business formations, corporate governance, employment practices, business financings, leases and other contract formation and review, real estate purchases and financing, trademarks, copyrights, and a variety of other business matters.

LITIGATION If you or your business is sued or if you are considering bringing a suit against a business or another person, please reach out to our seasoned litigation team for a free consultation. In all litigation cases (with the exceptions noted below where you pay no attorney fees), we pride ourselves on winning cases and achieving positive outcomes for our clients. In addition, we charge reasonable and highly competitive hourly billing rates, and we don’t nickel-and-dime you on our bills like many law firms do. In certain personal injury and business collection cases, you will only pay our out-of-pocket costs and no attorney’s fees unless we recover a judgment, settlement, or other payment on your behalf to compensate you. Our highly skilled litigation team has obtained positive outcomes for clients in a variety of civil actions as both defendants and plaintiffs. When you need a lawyer, call us.

BANKRUPTCY Individuals and businesses under severe financial strain due to debt may consider filing for bankruptcy, which helps people get out from under their debt and gain a fresh start. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code are the most common for individual bankruptcy. Chapter 11 covers business bankruptcy. Bankruptcy attorneys at the Law Offices of Jill Michaels can help you through the process.

  • Chapter 7 – Liquidation: Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the individual is eventually released from liability of certain debts. If assets are available, they are taken over, sold for profit and used to pay outstanding debts to creditors.

  • Chapter 13 – Adjustment of Debts of an Individual with Regular Income: Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is more appropriate for someone with a regular income and who can continue paying debts. The person doesn’t lose property they own and a plan is created to help him/her pay their creditors over a period of time.

  • Chapter 11 – Reorganization: Chapter 11 bankruptcy may be appropriate for businesses wishing to continue operating while repaying creditors. The plan allows businesses to file a plan of reorganization in which they repay a portion of their debts, while others are discharged.

OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSEL (OGC) We provide focused, cost-effective counsel to OGC business clients on legal issues that confront them daily. Through this monthly subscription service, your business receives personalized and customized advice for solutions to your problems. Since we develop a close relationship with you and your team, we understand your operations, your history, and your aims as we guide you on legal issues. We coordinate and oversee your legal efforts concerning commercial contracts, corporate governance (board and shareholder resolutions, etc.), capital raises, employment matters, executive compensation issues, trademarks, copyrights, litigation, ADR, and real estate matters.

Contact Us.

Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal situation. Please be succinct but reasonably detailed. Include the area(s) of law you are interested in speaking with us about along with any specific requests. To help us best service your needs, we recommend you first describe the legal issue(s) and then tell us your aims. Of course, you may also email or call us to make an appointment.

NOTE: For job seekers, please email us your resume and a cover letter. We always look for new, exceptional talent to continue to grow our firm’s expertise and experience.

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