Jac E. Knust
The Collaborative Law Group

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5013 Twin Knolls Road
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Columbia, MD 21045
443 345 5991
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Description of Practice

Jac E. Knust principally mediates family disputes including separation, divorce, custody, child access and visitation, marital property, and child support establishment and modification. Other practice areas include disputes involving: 1) business partnerships 2) probate, wills, and estate matters 3) and real property (buyer, seller, broker) disputes. He is a Court approved mediator for Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel Counties and a licensed attorney and licensed real estate broker. He has practiced law for 49 years.

Professional Background

Jac E. Knust has been licensed to practice law in Maryland for about 40 years. He is a former Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant Public Defender for Howard County. Jac Knust graduated Cum Laude from University of Baltimore School of Law (1973). He holds a Certificate of Accounting from Catonsville Community College (1975). A major part of his law and mediation practice includes family law matters, divorce, custody, visitation, business and estate law.


Jac E. Knust began formal mediation training in 1994. He is a Court approved mediator for the Circuit Courts of Howard County,Carroll County, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel County, MD. He has used the experience gained from litigating approximately 10,000 cases for successfully mediating various disputes.


Friends School of Baltimore-1966,
B.S. in Industrial Management,Clemson University - 1969,
J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law- 1973,
Certificate of Accounting from Catonsville Community College- 1977


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1994    COSD Parenting Seminar    Conflict Resolution Training (4)
1994    Baltimore Mediation Center    Mediation Training (24)
1995    MICPEL - Alternate Dispute Resolutionq    Conflict Resolution Training (16)
1996    EEOC-Employment Dispute Mediation    Advanced Mediation Training (8)
1996    Domestic Mediation Training-Bowie State U.     Advanced Mediation Training (16)
1996     MICPEL Basic Mediation     Mediation Training (40Z0
1999    Domestic Mediation-MICPEL    Advanced Mediation Training (24)
2001     The Mediation Center-Observation     Advanced Mediation Training (4)
2001    Property & Financial Issues-MICPEL     Advanced Mediation Training (20)
2001    Howard County Bar Association, Inc.    Conflict Resolution Training (8)
2002    Various    Maryland Mediator's Convention( 8)
2002    District Court Settlement Facilitation Volunteer    Mediation Training (8)
2002    Circuit Court Settlement Facilitaion Volunteer     Mediation Training (8)
2003     MICPEL    Advanced Training for Mediators of High-Conflict Domestic Disputes (8)
2004    Rachel Wohl     Maryland Mediators Convention (6)
2004    Maryland Mediators Convention     Advanced Mediation Training (8)
2005    Pilot Project-Administrative Office of the Courts    Advanced Mediation Training (8)
2005    I was instructor     Mediation Training (4)
2006     Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings LLC    Collaborative Divorce Trainings (20)
2006    Third Annual Maryland Mediatiors Convention    Advanced Mediation Training (8)
2006    I was instructor     Mediation Training (4)
2006    MSBA Convention     Basic Collaborative Law Training (2)
2006    Collaborative Divorce Professionals     Basic Collaborative Law Training (24)
2007    Family Law Division Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County    Mediation Continuing Education (8)
2007    MICPEL-Property & Financial Issues    Advanced Mediation Training (20)
2007    Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, MD     Advanced Mediation Training (8)
2007    I was instructor    Mediation Training (4)
2007    IACP Conference-Toronto    Advanced Collaborative Law Training (24)
2007    Alexander,Bordett,Schechtman    Advanced Collaborative Law Training (16)
2008    Various    Maryland Mediator's Convention (8)
2008    IACP Conference-New Orleans    Advanced Collaborative Law Training (24)
2008    Douglas Reynolds/Susan Miller     Business/Civil/Commercial Applications in Collaborative Practice (8)
2008    Douglas Reynolds/Susan Miller     Business/Civil/Commercial Applications in Collaborative Practice (8)
2009    AOC    Mediator Assessment Project (4)
2009    Suzanne L. Brunsting     Ethical Considerations in the Practice of Collaborative Law (4)
2009    MCDR    MCDR Mediator Assessment (6)
2009    IACP Convention-Minneapolis    Advanced Collaborative Law Training (24)
2009    Ed Smith    Ed Smith Real Estate Continuing Ed for Real Estate Brokers (15)
2010    Various    Maryland Mediator's Convention (8)
2010    MPME    MPME MOSS (5.5)
2010    IACP Conference-Washington, DC    Advanced Collaborative Practice Training (24)
2011    Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence     The Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (8)
2012    Martin Kranitz     Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution-Certified Mediator (8)
2012    various    Maryland Mediator's Convention (8)
2013     Tesler/Fink     Advanced Collaborative Law 20)
2013     Soler, White, Taub, & May    Collaborative Ethics (2)
2013     Dr. Esther Finglass     Infant Attachment (1)
2014    Sharon Ellison    Taking the War Out of Words (4)
2014    Various    Maryland Mediators Convention (8)
2014    Cecilia B. Paizs    Advanced Mediation Training (4)
2014    Sharon Ellison     Moving Beyond Agenda When Asking Questions (2)
2014    Sharon Ellison     The ADR Section Spring Event Presentation on Powerful Non-Defense Communication (12)
2014    Cecilia B. Paizs, J.D. and Ria P. Rochvarg, J.D.    Advance Mediation Training (4)
2014    Baltimore Improv Group    Mediation & Improv: There is a Connection Workshop (3)
2014    MD Mediator and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)     Maryland Mediators and Conflict Resolution Office (4.5)
2014    MSBA    Effective Mediation of Commercial Insurance & Other Multi-Issue Disputes (4)
2014    Cecelia B. Paizs    Advanced Mediation Training (4)
2015    Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution    The Path Forward: Conflict Resolution in the Maryland Courts (2)
2015    Wevorce, Inc    Wevorce Mediator Certification Level 1 (13.5)
2015    I was the instructor    MSBA Mediation Training (5)
2015     CLIO CLOUD    ClIO CLOUD Conference (20)
2015     IACP    IACP Conference-Washington D.C. (16)
2015     Forrest Mosten     47 Things Mediators and Collaborative Professionals Should Know (6)
2016    Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council    MBSA Mediation Training (4)
2016    Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq.     Maryland Council Dispute Resolution (2)
2016    Cathy Heenan, Ed.D    The Inevitability of Conflict: Moving Through Impasse
2016    Frank R. Campbell    Estate Planning for 2nd Marriages
2016    Maryland Mediators Convention     8th MD Mediators Convention (6)
2016    Howard County Collaborative Professional's Training Seminar     (8)
2016    Maryland State Bar Assocaition     Mediation Training (4)


Mediation offers an opportunity for two or more persons to reach a mutually agreed upon outcome. Medation allows them to control the outcome and the process.It is a more economical approach to dispute resolution and leaves the disputants with a more satisfying result and feeling less consumed by the process.I use a facilitative approach in mediation.


Fees are charged on a fixed fee per session basis and agreed upon in advance by the participants. The parties are free to agree among themselves as to who will pay the fees. All fees are paid in advance of services being rendered. However, no retainer is required and the participants "pay as you go".The parties may also elect to have the mediatior reduce their understanding to writing for an additional fee.

Other Information

Jac E. Knust is a divorced father of two adult children. His personal and professional experience allows for a patient, empathic, and experienced approach to obtain a mutually satisfying dispute resolution experience to the parties.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Workers Comp

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Estate Planner
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Mediating Lawyer


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This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.