Kristine J. Rea

Litigation Manager

kristine reaKristine J. Rea believes it is her responsibility to know every detail of her clients’ cases as well as they do since divorce and custody cases carry lifelong ramifications.

“I am committed to making that process as easy for them as possible by demonstrating compassion, being an adept litigator, and having constant communication with my clients so that they know the status of their case each step of the way,” Ms. Rea said.

Often times in domestic cases, because the issues are so personal, Ms Rea said the situation can escalate to the point where it is hard for the client to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I do my best to help them understand that it will get better and there is someone fighting for their rights,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Rea is licensed to practice law in Maryland.


Ms. Rea received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Rea practiced family law, business litigation, criminal law, civil litigation, guardianship, and appellate law.


Ms. Rea belongs to the Maryland Bar Association and Maryland Trial Lawyer Association.


Ms. Rea was recognized in 2012 and 2017 as a Maryland Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Watch Ms. Rea’s lecture, presented with Melissa Gragg, from Cordell & Cordell’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Business Valuation: The Right (Fair) Value of the Business.”

Ms. Rea has authored articles on family law for and has contributed responses to Ask a Lawyer questions on



“Kristine did such a good job on my case … Kristine was with me here every step of the way. I have never, ever seen anyone so efficient and organized. Kristine was on top of everything. It was a relief to have all things signed and taken care of for me by her. Such a relief!”


“I was already divorced when I came to you all, but at the time [the] opposing party had racked up debt and I could not afford an attorney. Eventually this changed and I needed someone to explain and fight for me to challenge some non-standard terms of my divorce. … Kristine helped me understand my rights and communicated with opposing counsel [to] challenge how they came up with their numbers. … I liked her approach. I think what you guys [are] great. I would use you again if need be in [the] future if opposing counsel tries to change things.”


“Kristine did an awesome job handling my case. She was very professional and extremely thorough. I’m glad I was represented [by] her. All of the attorneys I dealt with during my case were very good.”


“Kristine did a good job with my case. She made it simple and straightforward. There were no hiccups or problems and everything ended quickly. I have no complaints!”


“Kristine did a fantastic job, and if I needed another lawyer, I would definitely choose Kristine and your firm. Kristine kept me informed of everything the whole time. …”


“We are just beginning this process, but so far it has been very positive. Kristine has been very helpful and listens very well. Kristine is also very communicative. If I am not hearing back from her [because] she’s in with another client, I’ll get a message from [her paralegal] and [she] will help me too. It’s a team effort.”


“Kristine Rea had a whole team that helped in the case, and I would gladly use Cordell & Cordell again in a heartbeat if needed. I really want to get the word out about Kristine and the Baltimore team. Kristine is quick to respond, smart and very skilled. I think more should know what a great attorney Kristine is and the Baltimore office.”


“Ms. Kristine Rea was very professional and not judgmental. She provided sound, logical counsel and did help me to consider the positive and negative aspects of a divorce proceeding. She did not try to push me in one course of action over another; that part truly resonated with me and I respect her more for it. … She helped keep me sane through it.”


“Very professional and non-judgmental advice. Mrs. Rea took to the time to point out pros and cons to approaches and provided relevant advice on how the divorce process worked in my state and what the alternatives were.”


“Kristine is a wonderful attorney, I cannot say enough great things about her. Kristine is prompt, professional, caring, aggressive and very knowledgeable. She is the full package, and I can’t thank her enough.”


“Kristine has been incredible and perfect. Any time there has been an issue there has been a quick response from Kristine. I feel like I’ve been well-informed along the way. “


“I’ve been thrilled with Kristine’s attentiveness, advice, council and her knowledge. She has been clear and concise with me. I’m very happy with the choice I’ve made.”


“I’m very thankful Kristine is there for me. I have strong confidence in her. I appreciate the strength in her character. She has given great guidance, and I feel she has my best interests at heart.”


“Kristine is great! She is very personable. I just love her! She is a wonderful, wonderful lawyer. She is by far one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. Kristine gives me confidence and brings me back up when I’m feeling down. It’s not about the money with Kristine, and that’s a great feeling. “


“Kristine is very knowledgeable about her craft. She is practical about the difficult circumstances. She has the ability to translate complex matters to plainspoken language. …”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Kristine and the rest of our Maryland attorneys.