David S. Coaxum, Member

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  • Committed to excellence, and exceeding my client’s expectations.

    Top rated Maryland Super Lawyer since 2015


410-576-4035 (direct/fax)


With more than 25 years of experience, David is skilled at the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of complex domestic matters.  He has experience navigating difficult and high-profile matters that present significant legal, business, and reputational risks. His deep and vast experience includes complex asset and property distribution, complex separation agreements, alimony, and child custody and access issues.

David represents clients in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery counties in Maryland as well as the District of Columbia. 

In addition to his family law practice, David also serves as legal counsel and trusted advisor to clients who are owners of business and corporate entities.  David's experience includes handling multifaceted business disputes and litigation matters, including high profile defamation claims, employment disputes, and contract claims.

David's excellent reputation in the Maryland legal community has resulted in the recent appointment to Maryland's Attorney Grievance Commission, a commission that ensures Maryland lawyers adhere to their professional responsibilities.

He served on the board of directors for the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center from 2010 to 2016 and is also a former board member to HopeWorks, Howard County’s sexual assault and domestic violence center that provides critical services to families affected by domestic violence.

From 2009 to 2017, David served as treasurer to the Prince George’s County Political Committee to Re-Elect Sitting Judges and served as political committee treasurer to other Judges in campaigns to retain judicial seats in Howard County.


  • Named to 2022 Family Law Power List, The Daily Record
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Recognized in The National Black Lawyers Top 100, May 2018
  • Featured member in Maryland State Bar Association, February 2018 for his continual service to the legal community as an adjunct law professor.
  • Selected to Maryland Super Lawyers® list in Family Law since 2015


Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Appointed to the Howard County Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission, 2023
  • Appointed to the Maryland State Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Immediate Past Chair, Howard County Bar Association
  • Member, J. Franklin Bourne Bar Association
  • Treasurer, Prince George's County Committee to Elect Sitting Judges (2009 – 2017)
  • Campaign Treasurer, Circuit Court Judges, Howard County (2012 Presidential Election)
  • Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Former Board Member, of the Howard County Domestic Violence Center
  • Former Board Member, Maryland Pro Bono Resources Center (PBRC)

Publications and Lectures

Presenter, MSBA Legal Summit, When to Engage, When to Dis-Engage: Best Practices When Engaging and Terminating Representation of Clients, June 2023


410-576-4035 (direct/fax)




J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1993
B.A., Howard University, 1990

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1994
District of Columbia, 1996