Tom is committed to providing his clients with the most effective legal strategies for cases both big and small. He is passionate about the practice of law — especially in the areas of divorce, family, guardianships, and wills and estate law —  and is open to both established and creative ways to obtain the best outcome for his clients. 

Legal Experience

With over 12 years of experience as a family law attorney, you can have the peace of mind knowing that he will advocate for you every step of the way. Clients who have worked with Tom often remark how meticulous he is with his work. He is eagle-eyed with every detail and often astounds both judges and opposing counsel alike with his keen memory and legal knowledge.

Prior to the establishment of the Law Offices of Thomas Stahl, he was a co-founding partner of Spencer & Stahl, P.C. located in Columbia, Maryland. Throughout his family law career, he has achieved many favorable outcomes for his clients, and built a solid reputation as a seasoned attorney in domestic matters, including, divorce, custody, and child support. He is regularly appointed by the courts in guardianship and trustee cases.

Tom was the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. McCrone of the Circuit Court for Howard County from 2008 until 2009. While serving as Judge McCrone’s law clerk, Tom assisted the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney (Retired) as a law clerk during Judge Sweeney’s special assignment to the trial of former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Service and Awards

As a committed member of the legal community, Tom has served on the Howard County Bar Association (HCBA) as well as the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). Because of his service to the legal community, he was awarded the HCBA Service Award in 2013, and the HCBA President’s Award in 2014. Thomas currently serves as the co-chair of the MSBA Rules of Practice Committee.

Tom has been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Maryland Super Lawyers for 2019 and 2020.

Tom is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington, DC. 

Thomas B. Stahl portrait
  • Current: Law Offices of Thomas Stahl, owner
  • 2015-2020: Spencer & Stahl, P.C., co-founder
  • 2009-2015: Silverstein & Ostovitz, LLC, associate
  • 2008-2009: Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland, judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. McCrone
  • 2008-2014 University of Baltimore School of Law, adjunct professor of law
  • 2008: Warnken, LLC, law clerk
  • 2012: Institute for Family Law Associates, Advanced Program
  • 2005-2008: University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
  • 1990-1992: University of Virginia, M.A. Soviet Studies
  • 1986-1990: George Mason University, B.A. International Studies & Russian Studies
  • 2021: Recognized for Community Leadership, Lawyer Legion
  • 2021: Recognized for Professional Involvement, Lawyer Legion
  • 2019-2020: Super Lawyer, Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2013-2018: Rising Star, Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014: President’s Award, Howard County Bar Association
  • 2013: Service Award, Howard County Bar Association

American Bar Association (member since 2006)

  • 2018: Member of the Maryland Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates


DC Bar (member since 2010)

Maryland State Bar Association (member since 2007)

  • 2017-current: Co-Chair of Rules of Practice Committee
  • 2016-2018: Member of the Board of Governors


Howard County Bar Association (member since 2011)

  • 2011-2013: Secretary
  • 2013-2014: Treasurer
  • 2014-2015: President-Elect
  • 2015-2016: President