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darden-evelynEvelyn O.A. Darden

Lawyer
Law Offices of Addison-Darden

Awards, honors and firsts are nothing new for Evelyn O.A. Darden, founder of the Columbia law firm of Addison-Darden.

A graduate of Morgan State University and the University of Maryland School of Law, her legal career began in 1976. Her early training began under the tutelage of Kenneth L. Johnson, a trailblazing civil rights attorney. At that firm and the Baltimore Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Darden was responsible for several major class-action Title VII cases against Fortune 500 companies in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, focused mainly on discrimination complaints from black and female police officers, firefighters and steelworkers.

Darden was one of the first Black women to serve as an assistant attorney general in Maryland, and she worked for years with renowned trial attorney Johnny Cochran, who nominated her for the National Trial Lawyer of the Year for Public Justice Award in 2002.
Most recently, the western Howard County resident was inducted into both the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Darden founded her mother-son law firm of Addison-Darden in 1988 – the first Black mother-son law firm in the state.

In 2003, the firm was named trial lawyers of the year by the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association for a successful class-action case filed on behalf of juveniles abused at state juvenile facilities in western Maryland.

Darden has served on various boards and organizations, including the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and is active in her church and community.

“Never give up, even when barriers exist,” Darden said, when asked for advice for new legal leaders. “Always pursue your dreams. Motivation, determination, perseverance, the North Star on the road less traveled will ultimately lead to a successful journey, by His Grace.”

“Always pursue your dreams. Motivation, determination, perseverance, the North Star on the road less traveled will ultimately lead to a successful journey, by His Grace.”

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