Jean ZachariasiewiczJean Zachariasiewicz



Jean Zachariasiewicz is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on civil rights law, including fair housing, disability rights, police misconduct, and prisoner rights. She also has experience in constitutional litigation, class actions, and contract negotiations. Jean represents clients in state and federal court, as well as state administrative bodies and has appellate experience, having argued in the Fourth Circuit and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Jean works to ensure that her clients’ stories, experiences, and concerns are heard and respected, whether her client is a corporation or a prisoner.

Jean has been chosen for inclusion on the Super Lawyers‘ Maryland Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for lawyers 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Maryland are named to the Rising Stars list each year.

Prior to joining the firm, Jean was a civil rights litigation associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm and served as the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center, where she practiced appellate litigation in the areas of civil rights and poverty law.

After law school, Jean clerked for the Honorable Myron Thompson on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and for the Honorable Fortunato Benavides on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

During law school, Jean served as Notes & Submissions Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and as president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Jean also interned at several organizations dedicated to education and civil rights, including Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, a civil rights firm in New York that focuses on wrongful conviction, police misconduct, and prison suits.

Prior to law school, Jean was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and then worked at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.

Contact Information

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  • Columbia University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with distinction, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Representative Cases



  • Public Justice Center, Board Member
  • Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship, Board Member/Treasurer
  • National Fair Housing Alliance, Member
  • United Workers Housing Roundtable, Member


  • On April 7, 2016, Jean led a fair housing training for lawyers and staff of Maryland Legal Aid, covering Fair Housing Law Overview, Reasonable Accommodation and Modification, a Fair Housing Act Damages exercise, and an Overview of the Duties of State and Local Jurisdictions to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, Columbia, MD.
  • On April 8, 2016, Jean gave a presentation on Fair Housing, Persons with Disabilities, and Service and Assistance Animals at the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium’s 2016 Fair Housing Symposium: Shared Opportunity in Every Community, Clearwater, FL.



Badges: Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - Jean Zachariasiewicz -; The Daily Record - Leading Women - Maryland's Future