Attorney Jamaal W. Stafford

If you want to make Jamaal “Jay” W. Stafford sit still, ask him about case strategy.

Otherwise, he is in constant motion, meeting new clients, devising ways to resolve their cases, filing motions, and consulting with existing clients. Jay leverages his experience from nearly a decade of working in complex litigation at two major law firms on behalf of individuals with employment law issues. For example, when negotiating non-compete and severance agreements or fighting an allegation of workplace discrimination, Jay sees the big picture, allowing him to consistently maximize the benefits his clients receive while curtailing their concessions.

He has also built a successful niche in professional licensing defense, helping Maryland professionals protect the skills and work experience they’ve spent their lives building. Jay relishes counseling, strategizing with, and representing dentists, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, optometrists, real estate agents, social workers, and other licensed Maryland professionals who are forced to assert their rights or defend their reputations against employers and licensing boards. He has successfully argued cases before federal and state courts as well as a variety of administrative agencies. As an attorney, Jay knows what it takes to build a professional career—from education and training through testing and licensure—and he understands how easily it can all be lost through a misunderstanding or an unfounded accusation.

For Jay, the best part of practicing law is breaking a complex problem down into simple, approachable components—components that add up to a successful outcome.

Jay’s introduction to complex legal issues began immediately after law school, when he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Jay continued that focus on appeals with interning at the Maryland Attorney General’s Office before joining the complex litigation team at the international law firm of DLA Piper, LLP, in Baltimore.

Jay briefly moved south, again honing his skills in complex litigation matters at Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC, a top litigation law firm in New Orleans. But the prospect of working with individuals facing their own complex cases in employment law and licensing defense drew him to open the Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, LLC, in 2015. After years of untangling complicated issues for big businesses, Jay now brings his strategic planning and problem-solving skills to bear for Maryland professionals.

Jay takes pride in providing clear guidance on the law, formulating effective strategies to resolve his clients’ problems, and being responsive and proactive with his client communications. Throughout his career, he has earned a reputation for zealously representing every client he works with.

When Jay takes a break from his law practice, he enjoys trying out Baltimore’s newest restaurants with his wife and two children. Jay also loves to travel, with a particular fondness for Aruba. Its beaches offer the perfect setting for a rare moment of stillness where he can catch up on the latest Vince Flynn spy novel.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Virginia Military Institute
  • Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals (Retired)


  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013, 2015, and 2018
  • National Black Lawyers Top 100 in 2016
  • Named to the 2014 Hot List for Lawyers of Color


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana


  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • James C. Cawood, Jr. Inn of Court

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

Mr. Stafford was fair and just, which is exactly what one hopes for in an attorney. He handled all rising issues in the best ways possible, and his choices and results were always good ones. I would hire Mr. Stafford again in a heartbeat, and would encourage anyone seeking litigation to do the same.