Ferrier R. Stillman


Ferrier R. Stillman

Ms. Stillman represents individuals in her family law practice and health care companies in her senior housing and health care practices.  She is co-chair of Tydings’ family law and health care practice groups.

Ms. Stillman has been named to The Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence, a distinction earned by being named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times.  Maryland’s Top 100 Women was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership, and mentoring.  The Circle of Excellence is awarded for sustained achievement.  She is also a recipient of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award, given for significant accomplishments in the legal profession and the community.

Family Law

With offices in downtown Baltimore and Towson, Ms. Stillman and the family law team have been representing men and women in complex domestic relations cases for decades.

She regularly negotiates sophisticated separation and property settlement agreements that involve the valuation and division of assets such as businesses, partnerships, investments, and retirement plans.  She often handles cases in which custody, visitation rights, alimony, and child support are in dispute.  When issues such as the valuation of businesses and real estate, tax consequences, and estate planning arise in divorces and premarital agreement, Ms. Stillman has the resources of a large law firm at her disposal.

A trial attorney as well as a negotiator, Ms. Stillman has tried numerous family law cases throughout Maryland.  In one of the largest divorce cases on the Eastern Shore, she argued successfully for the appointment of a receiver to control the opposing party’s assets – a rare ruling in a divorce case in Maryland.

Ms. Stillman has also represented parties in international and interstate custody disputes involving the Hague Convention and other international treaties, as well as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry, Ms. Stillman has represented clients in drafting and negotiating separation agreements, pre- and post-marital agreements, and domestic partnership agreements.

Ms. Stillman is experienced in all areas of family law, including:

  • All aspects of divorce cases;
  • Property division and monetary awards;
  • Custody and visitation disputes (domestic, interstate, and international);
  • Child support and related issues, such as payment for children’s health care expenses and private school;
  • Alimony;
  • Pre- and post-divorce planning;
  • Separation agreements, marital settlement agreements, and parenting agreements;
  • Visitation and custody cases for grandparents, other relatives, domestic partners, and step-parents;
  • Adoptions (foreign and domestic) and second parent adoptions;
  • All aspects of divorce and pre-martial agreements for same-sex couples;
  • Guardianships for special needs children and incapacitated relatives;
  • Paternity cases;
  • Appeals; and
  • Mediation.

Health Care

Ms. Stillman represents senior housing and long-term care facilities and other health care providers before state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as in commercial transactions and litigation.  Her health care background is extensive.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as Assistant Secretary for Business and Regulatory Services at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) (now the Maryland Department of Health). In this position, she oversaw the regulation and licensing of all of Maryland’s health care facilities and individual health care practitioners. She also was the Governor’s representative for passage of the revised assisted living law and oversaw implementation of significant new nursing home regulations that are still in effect today.

Highlights of her health care experience include:

  • Representing nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, group homes for the developmentally disabled, home health care agencies, and other types of health care facilities before the Office of Health Care Quality in many different types of regulatory procedures,including, but not limited to, initial licensure, preparing for surveys, drafting plans of correction, preparing for IDRs, case resolution conferences, settlements, civil money penalties, imposition of deficiencies and sanctions up to and including license revocation and decertification from Medicaid and Medicare programs;
  • Representing skilled nursing facilities before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement issues, quality of care, civil money penalties, and other issues;
  • Representing national and Maryland corporations in the acquisition, financing, and sale of senior housing facilities in Maryland;
  • Obtaining exceptions to, and quick review of, licensing requirements for senior housing and health care providers from DHMH;
  • Representing Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) throughout the process of obtaining a CCRC Certificate of Registration from the Maryland Department of Aging;
  • Handling all the health law aspects of a bankruptcy receivership case in which a company that owned more than 40 nursing homes was put into a voluntary receivership, resulting in the sale of the remaining assets, the outstanding Medicare and Medicaid cost reports being settled for the nursing homes going back numerous years, as well as litigating a wide of variety of issues affecting the health care company in receivership;
  • Negotiating settlements with various divisions of DHMH and CMS;
  • Representing health care businesses and practitioners in HIPAA and other confidentiality issues;
  • Representing a national Maryland-based pharmaceutical company in regulatory issues before the Maryland Board of Pharmacy;
  • Representing senior housing, long-term care, home health, and other health care clients before the Office of Administrative Hearings on issues such as Medicaid reimbursement, revocation of licenses and other sanctions, involuntary discharges, Medicaid enrollment for residents, and other regulatory enforcement actions;
  • Compliance counseling for health care companies, such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act and other federal and state regulations and reimbursement requirements;
  • Negotiating and drafting Managed Care contracts, vendor contracts, and other such agreements;
  • Litigating in federal court, on behalf of a major Maryland nursing home, against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services over nursing home enforcement regulations, resulting in CMS changing a key Medicaid regulation in favor of skilled nursing facilities;
  • Advising companies on employment issues in health care facilities;
  • Being appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to serve as a health care ombudsman in the bankruptcy of a residential services agency;
  • Representing individual practitioners, including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and physical and occupational therapists, before the Health Occupations Boards; and
  • Representing health care companies in investigations by various government agencies.


Ms. Stillman has taken on a variety of leadership roles within the legal profession. She is former co-chair of the Bar Association of Baltimore City's Family Law Committee, and is active in the Baltimore and Howard County Bar Associations' Family Law Committees.  She was a member of the Custody Subcommittee of the Maryland Judicial Conference. She has been appointed a Volunteer Mediator for family law cases in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

In 2017, Ms. Stillman was elected to the board of directors of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.  Additionally, she served on The Daily Record’s Editorial Advisory Board from 2012-2017.  By appointment of the Office of the Mayor, she also served on the Governing Board of Baltimore’s Head Start program.

Through her involvement in a variety of non-profit organizations, Ms. Stillman advocates for health care, long-term care, and senior housing providers.  She currently serves as a member of LifeSpan Network’s Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee, as well as the Health Facilities Association of Maryland as a member of its Health Planning and Regulatory Committee. She was chair of the board of a leading health care provider in Maryland.  She is also a former board member of the Maryland Assisted Living Association and chair of the health law section of State Law Resources, a national organization and the Board of Trustees of the Center for Healthy Maryland (a part of Med-Chi). She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Stillman has written numerous articles on a wide range of family law topics. She is also a frequent lecturer on many family law topics to fellow attorneys, psychologists, clinical social workers, accountants, financial planners, stockbrokers, lenders, and other advisors, including the Maryland Association of CPAs, the Financial Planning Association of Maryland, Maryland Psychological Association, and Maryland Society of Clinical Social Workers.

She has also given presentations on a variety of health care topics to LeadingAge (the national association for non-profit senior housing and long term care facilities), the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), and LifeSpan Network, Inc. at their annual conferences almost every year for the past twenty years.  She has also given presentations to LeadingAge Maryland, the Maryland Ambulatory Surgical Association, the Maryland Hospice and Home Health Care Association, and the Maryland Assisted Living Association.

Maryland Super Lawyers, a publication of Law & Politics, has recognized Ms. Stillman for her family law practice, and in 2015 and 2016, named her one of the state’s top 50 female lawyers.  Ms. Stillman is AV® Peer Review Rated – the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.




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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1987)
  • Vassar College (B.A., with honors, 1984) Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
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  • Health Facilities Association of Maryland
  • LifeSpan Network, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Section of Family Law
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City, Family Law Committee
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation
  • Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
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  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Board of Directors
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Baltimore City Circuit Court's Family Division, Volunteer Mediator
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City, Family Law Committee, past co-chair
  • Maryland Judicial Conference, Custody Subcommittee Member, 2009-present
  • Health Facilities Association of Maryland, Health Planning and Regulatory Committee Member
  • LifeSpan Network, Inc., Legislative and Regulatory Committee Member
  • Center for Healthy Maryland, Board of Trustees, 2012-2018
  • The Daily Record - Editorial Advisory Board, 2012-2017
  • Planned Parenthood of Maryland, board, 2006-2016; chair, 2010-2014
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, Leadership Program, Class of 1999
  • Baltimore’s Head Start program, Governing Board, 2010-2011
  • State Law Resources, Inc., Board of Directors, 2006-2009
  • Med-Chi (The Maryland State Medical Society), Privacy and Confidentiality Task Force, 1998-1999
  • Neighborhood Design Center, Chair of Board, 1994-1996
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