Ms. McClernan is the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. She has also just been awarded as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for 2017. She was previously recognized as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children and Community Mediation of St. Mary's County. She can also be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock Trial Competition. Ms. McClernan just completed a two year term as President of the St. Mary's County Bar Association.
Ms. McClernan’s legal career began with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD), assuming increasingly more significant positions from June 2006 through June 2013. In December 2007, she began practicing as an attorney in St. Mary’s County, providing representation for clients in criminal cases. Ms. McClernan was responsible for four to five District Court dockets weekly for more than 100 cases a month.
She was then promoted to the Hagerstown office of the OPD. She completed over 100 cases and carried a caseload of approximately 40 Circuit Court felony cases. Ms. McClernan handled five jury trials, two court trials, and four suppression hearings in under two years. These cases ranged from simple possession to 1st degree Murder. You can read about some of Ms. McClernan’s trials in the news section.
From June 2013 until October 2015, Ms. McClernan worked as an associate attorney in a private practice firm in a range of fields including but not limited to landlord tenant, family law, security clearance issues and; criminal law. She traveled between the three Southern Maryland counties, Prince George’s County, and Arlington, VA representing clients and litigating cases in District and Circuit Court. She also represented clients in front of Administrative Law Judges for Motor Vehicle Administrative (MVA) hearings, security clearance hearings, and Title IX hearings for students at St. Mary’s College of Southern Maryland.
Ms. McClernan is a graduate of the University of Arizona, a 2007 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December of 2007. She is a current member of the Maryland State Bar Association, St. Mary's County Bar Association, an Alumnus of Leadership of Southern Maryland (Class of 2016), and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Joshua S. Brewster was born and raised in rural Indiana. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2002. Joshua practiced civil rights law with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission for ten years, where he most recently held the position of Deputy Director and Chief Staff Counsel. In his years with the statewide civil rights enforcement agency, Joshua investigated, litigated and mediated claims of discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations, and was particularly concerned with providing equal opportunities to people with disabilities. Joshua maintained close working relationships with housing providers, educators and employers providing training and advice on compliance with state and federal law. Joshua also worked closely with other state and federal agencies to coordinate efforts in the enforcement of sometimes overlapping laws and regulations. Joshua has received extensive training in the enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act and federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws. He has also represented debtors involved in mortgage foreclosure and bankruptcy.
Mr. Brewster moved to St. Mary’s County in late 2012 with his wife, Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, and their young daughter, where he has already become active in the community, serving on several County Commissions and non-profit boards. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and cycling on the beautiful roads of Southern Maryland.