Cecilia "Ceecee" Paizs
Effective Jan 3, 2017, Cecilia “Ceecee” Paizs has entered a new chapter of her career as Of Counsel at Siegel Law. The move provides Ceecee with the ability to continue her litigation practice with a focus on family law issues, to include best interest attorney appointments. She will continue to represent clients in the litigation arena with the support of the other members of the Siegel Law firm.
Ceecee will also continue to be the principal mediator in The Mediation Center, which will be located at the Siegel Law firm. Before starting her own practice in 1999, Ceecee gained valuable experience in real estate, contract, personnel, and domestic law, both in the State of Maryland and in other state court systems. She spent her first six and one half years of mediation working in a co-mediation model with Mike Boyle, a clinical psychologist, as well as mediating on her own. She has volunteered to facilitate cases for the Howard County Circuit Court, as well as the District Court of Maryland for Howard County’s Alternate Dispute Resolution program. Her varied work on staff, in her private practice and volunteer experience gives Ceecee a unique and successful approach to mediation and the collaborative practice of law.
She completed the MICPEL (Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers, Inc.) training in both Mediation and Domestic Mediation. Ceecee earned her undergraduate degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1977. She continued her education at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, earning her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1980, where she was an active member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. During her third year, she held a national position with the Law Student Division.
Before coming to the Mediation Center, Ceecee gained valuable legal experience while working as an associate at Reinman & Wattwood, P.A. (Formerly Reinman, Harrell, Mitchell & Wattwood, P.A.) in Melbourne, Florida and at Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A. in Towson, Maryland.
In February of 1999, she started her own law practice in Ellicott City, MD, building a practice which concentrates in family law. She is active with the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Inc., a past president of the Howard County Chapter of the WBA, a member of the Maryland state Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section, and currently is a member and on the Councils for the Bench Bar and the Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections. She is a member of the Howard County Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association. Her civic involvement is through the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City, of which she is a past president.