Senior Litigation Attorney
Cordell & Cordell
For Kumudha Kumarachandran, a divorce attorney for the Baltimore law firm of Cordell & Cordell, the toughest part about doing her job during the pandemic has been not being able to meet with clients in person.
“Family law cases are emotional,” she said. “Meeting with clients for the very first time by phone has been challenging because having your client’s trust is essential.
“The only way I can say I have dealt with it is through having Zoom meetings. However, even through Zoom, it is hard to build trust without ever having a full sense of the person — their energy, mannerisms and so on.”
On the bright side, the restrictions of the pandemic have rekindled Kumarachandran’s love for painting.
“I now see the value of having a creative outlet to balance out work stressors,” she explained. “Painting has allowed me to reconnect with myself and process my emotions rather than internalizing them.”
Also over the past year, she has been working on a book with a colleague on cost-effective child custody litigation, which aims to teach other family law attorneys how to save their clients money. The book will be published by the American Bar Association.
Kumarachandran serves on the Military Law Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from the University of Baltimore.
Kumarachandran was recognized as a Maryland Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, from 2017 through 2021.
“To me, success is having contributed to the greater good of your community,” she said when asked about her VIP award. “While I still have so much more to do in my career, it is an honor to know that I have made at least somewhat of an impact thus far.”