Rebecca Brannan Ripley

Litigation Manager

Ripley_RebeccaRebecca Brannan Ripley said divorce lawyers have to embody every meaning of the title of “counselor” because family law requires compassion as well as knowledge of the law.

“The divorce process is going to be difficult. It maybe one of the most difficult processes you go through in your life,” Ms. Ripley said. “What you will find as you work with me, however, is that you will regain a sense of control in your life. You will know what is going on. You will have answers. You may not always like what is going on or the answers you will get, but you will not be in this alone.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Ripley is licensed to practice law in Maryland.


Ms. Ripley graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Denison University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Ripley practiced at a general practice firm where she primarily practiced family law, but also handled estate administration, estate litigation, landlord/tenant law, and general civil litigation matters.


Ms. Ripley belongs to the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City, where she serves as an officer on the executive committee. She also is the Chair Elect of the Young Lawyers Division.


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

In 2010, Ms. Ripley received the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Presidential Award for dedication to public service and to service within the BABC. She was named the Young Lawyers Division’s Lawyer of the Month in January 2009. In law school, Ms. Ripley was named a Leadership Scholar.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Ripley was profiled in the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s publication “The Barrister” as part of its “Member in the Spotlight” series. She also is a contributor of family law articles to



“Rebecca has done everything possible in my case. I cannot say anything negative. Rebecca is very polite and very kind. Rebecca is very witty too. I am pretty easygoing, but when I get thinking of what has happened I get mad. … Rebecca seems to calm me down, because there are things that have to take their course. Rebecca knows exactly what is happening in my case at all times and how to make me think in better ways.”


“Rebecca Ripley did everything that she could. I am glad to have had her as my attorney. Even though it was a bad situation, she made me feel comfortable and understood what I was going through. Rebecca was awesome.”


“From the very first time that I walked into your Baltimore office, Rebecca made me feel very comfortable …[She was] interested in me as a father and what she could do to fight for me.  Rebecca is very inquisitive to my needs and what she can do for me.  She had me hooked at once!”


“[My attorney] is just awesome. I thought I had nowhere else to go or turn to before I found your firm and [my attorney]. [My attorney] totally helped me out every step of the way. …”


“Rebecca has been excellent. At every step of the way, Rebecca has really been there for me, and I cannot thank her enough. Rebecca is very good at keeping me informed, which is a huge deal to me.”


“Rebecca has been absolutely wonderful. Rebecca maintains her temper and mine too. I can’t tell you enough about how good she has been. Rebecca has done everything for me.  She has gone above and beyond. … “


“Rebecca did a great job when she took over my case. Rebecca is very personable and knowledgeable of the law.  When speaking to Rebecca, I could tell she was focused 100% on me as a client and on my case.”


“I had nothing but a pleasant experience with Rebecca. [The[ advice I got was right on target. If you can have a good experience going through a divorce, Rebecca made it as easy as possible. I could not be happier with how things turned out. I think our offer was good, and opposing party took it. Rebecca helped me with that. Rebecca is a very pleasant, professional lady. Your firm is outstanding in every way!”


“Rebecca is an impeccable attorney. Rebecca takes the time to speak with me immediately any time I call or email. She gives good advice and has a real warm personality. I could not be happier with Rebecca as my attorney.”


“Rebecca is very professional and caring. It’s not just a case to her, and she cares about the outcome. It makes me feel better about the entire process.”


“Rebecca is the first attorney who has sat down and listened to what [I have] to say and mapped things out for [me]. She has given me the opportunity to explain things and provided advice.”


“Rebecca is a great attorney. She really cares about what is going on with a situation. She does an impeccable job!”


“Rebecca has done a good job at understanding my requirements and trying to work with what I want while being realistic. She provides her legal expertise and has provided really good service throughout, even though we don’t really communicate face to face.”

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


Ms. Ripley previously handled matters for the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Legal Services for the Elderly; the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer’s Service (MVLS); the Judicare Program, which is part of MVLS and deals specifically with family law matters; and Free State Legal Project.