Both my international experience and family law background have taught me the universality of family dynamics and familial love. We all long for safety and security for ourselves and our loved ones. As a member of the Downs Law Firm, I am honored to assist families in planning for their future and protecting what they have spent a lifetime earning. Patty Pérez
Patty grew up in a military family and has lived and studied in the U.S. and abroad. She is grateful for her time spent in the close-knit military community, as it provided early exposure to a variety of cultures and fostered profound respect for humankind as a whole. Given the immeasurable sacrifices inherent in military life, all current and former servicemen and women and their families hold a special place in her heart.
Patty and her husband met in Madrid, Spain, and consider it their second home. Whenever possible, they return to the city that brought them together to reconnect with friends and create new memories. They currently reside in Maryland with their two children, both of whom attended Catholic primary and secondary schools. And sharing their parents’ love of travel and global engagement, both of their children participated in study abroad programs as undergraduates.
Patty’s upbringing, along with her service in government, private, non-profit, and academic positions, has provided her with a strong and varied knowledge base. She speaks Spanish and has served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Smith in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court; as an Associate County Attorney in the Prince George’s County Office of Law; as the Associate Director of Family Law Information Services in the Family Division of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court; and as the Court Liaison for Hispanic and Self-Represented Litigants.
Patty holds a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, an MA in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She has taught Spanish at both the university and high school levels, law at the high school level, and English as a Foreign Language. She is a member of the Bar of Maryland, the Federal Bar for the District of Maryland, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Bar Association, and the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association.