Mary Roby Sanders

Top rated Family Law attorney in Towson, Maryland

Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.
Mary Roby Sanders
Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 1990

Education: The University of Maryland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.

210 W Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 420
Towson, MD 21204 Visit website


For clients in the Towson, Maryland, and greater Baltimore metropolitan area, Mary Roby Sanders is a valuable advocate when dealing with family law matters. As partner at Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A., Ms. Sanders handles issues of divorce,  marital property, prenuptial agreements, custody and visitation and child support. For her stellar work with previous clients, The Daily Record named her one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2015 and again in 2020. 

Through her service and dedication to the Maryland legal community, Ms. Sanders was given the Beverly A. Groner Family Law Award. In 2012, the Baltimore County Bar Association awarded her the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award. A former co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Task Force, Ms. Sanders also contributed to the Bench Book on Family Law and is a mediator for the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Ms. Sanders has been named on two occassions one of Maryland's Topp 100 Women and in 2023, she was named as one of the Top Ten attorneys in the state by Super Lawyers.  

Ms. Sanders was honored with the National professionalism award by the AMerican Acadamey of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2022.  

At the University of Maryland, Ms. Sanders earned both her Bachelor of Arts and her Juris Doctor. She spent almost 15 years as chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section for the Maryland State Bar Association and was also the chairperson of the Baltimore County Bar Association’s family law committee. She developed the Family & Juvenile Law Section’s mentoring program and is member of Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Sanders is a member of the Baltimore City Bar Association and has worked in the Young Lawyers division and the family law committee for the organization.

For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Ms. Sanders holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Throughout a distinguished legal career, she has maintained the highest standards of professionalism and high-quality legal services.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1990, Maryland

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Contributor, Bench Book on Family, Maryland State Bar
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Domestic Mediator, Baltimore City Circuit Court
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Task Force, Maryland State Bar
  • Member, Family Law Committee, Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section Council, 2004-2019; Member of Family and Juvenile Law Section Council 2002-2010.  2001 Chair of the Baltimore County Family Law Committee, 2009
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Mentoring Program, Family and Juvenile Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Chair of the Maryland Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section, 2010 Chair of the Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005 & 2015 Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Section Continuing Legal Education 2008 - 2014 Chair of the Baltimore County Bench Bar Committee, 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Maryland, B.A.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders Ranked #1 for Family Law firms in Maryland 2017
  • Top 100 Woment - Outstanding Women Leaders, 2020
  • J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, Baltimore County Bar Association, 2012
  • Beverly A. Groner Family Law Award , 2019
  • “Maryland Super Lawyers”, 2007
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney 
  • Ms Sanders is a Two time awardee of Maryland's Top 100 Women, in 2015 and 2020. , Top 100 Women - Outstanding Women Leaders, The Daily Record, 2015
  • J. Earle Plumhoff, Professionalism Award, Baltimore County Bar Association, 2012 Top 100 Women in Maryland by the Daily Record, 2015 Best Lawyers in America by Newsweek AV+5 rating by Martindale Hubbell from 2000 to date
  • Best Lawyers In America, News Week, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • AAML

Office location for Mary Roby Sanders

210 W Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 420
Towson, MD 21204

Phone: 410-847-2230

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