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Meet the Orphans' Court Judges

William R. Evans, Chief Judge

William R. Evans, Associate Judge for the Orphans' Court of Baltimore County.
William R. Evans, Chief Judge
  • Appointed by Governor of Maryland to serve as Chief Judge of the Baltimore County Orphans' Court in February 2009
  • Elected to the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court in 2006
  • Member of Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans’ Court
  • Member of the National College of Probate Judges
  • Member of Trial Judges Association of Maryland 
  • Over 40 years of experience in General Practice of Law; specializing in litigation
  • J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law - 1973; B.S. from John Carroll University - 1969
  • Attorney admitted to the Maryland Bar - 1973, and the U.S. District for the District of Maryland, US Supreme Court 1977
  • Member of American, Maryland State, Baltimore County Bar Associations
  • Elected Baltimore County Council – 1986
  • Appointed Baltimore County Board of Appeals - 1982 - 1986
  • Graduate of Calvert Hall College High School - 1963
  • Married over 45 years to his wife, Judith Ann, and father of two grown sons, Bill and Todd

Colleen A. Cavanaugh, Associate Judge

Colleen A. Cavanaugh, Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore County.
Colleen A. Cavanaugh, Associate Judge
  • Elected to Baltimore County’s Orphans’ Court in 2006.
  • Served as Chief Judge of the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court from January 2007 - February 2009.
  • Member of Trial Judges Association of Maryland 
  • J.D. from the University of Maryland; BA from American University.
  • Attorney admitted to practice before the Maryland Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Member: Maryland Association of the Judges of the Orphans’ Courts, National College of Probate Judges, and National Association of Women Judges.
  • Member of the Maryland State and Baltimore County Bar Associations.
  • Over 15 years of experience in family law, estates and trusts, and appellate practice.
  • Appellate practice resulting in published opinions clarifying Maryland’s estate and family laws.
  • Court-appointed advocate for children and the elderly.
  • Graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School.
  • Married for 14 years to Michael Warshaw, Esquire, with whom she has two sons.

Theresa A. Lawler, Associate Judge

Theresa A. Lawler, Associate Judge of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore County.
Theresa A. Lawler, Associate Judge
  • Elected to the Baltimore County Orphans' Court in 1998; re-elected in 2002 and 2006.
  • Appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve as Chief Judge from 1999 - 2006.
  • Appointed to Conference of Orphans' Court Judges by Judge Robert M. Bell in 1994; current Vice-chair of conference. 
  • President of Maryland Association of Judges of Orphans' Court; Treasurer from 1999 - 2001. 
  • Member of the National College of Probate Judges, National Association of Women Judges, and the Trial Judges Association of Maryland. 
  • Author of several articles and frequent speaker on probate related topics.  
  • Over 30 years of experience in Estates and Trusts law; 10 years on the Orphans' Court and 20 years as an attorney.  
  • JD with Honors from University of Maryland School of Law; BA from Northwestern University.  
  • Attorney admitted to the Maryland Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  
  • Member of American, Maryland State, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Women's Bar Associations. 
  • Past Member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and Financial Planners of Maryland. 
  • Member of the Women's Law Center and St. Thomas More Society of Maryland.  
  • Former Adjunct Professor (Estate Administration) at Dundalk Community College and Villa Julie College.  
  • Married for 38 years to George S. Lawler, and mother of two adult children. 
  • Service on corporate boards, including Downtown Baltimore ChildCare, Inc. and local PTAs.  
  • Voted one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" in 2008.

Revised September 5, 2013

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