Courtnie Gore, Esquire

“Working with children in detention centers throughout Virginia and Maryland ignited a fire for zealous advocacy for families. I am so happy that my work brought me to Z Family Law."

Greetings! I’m Courtnie Gore.

I can't wait to help you start your new chapter. I'm a native of Richmond, Virginia, a graduate of the College of William & Mary, and a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law. I’ve dedicated my legal career to the representation of families and children, and my work at Z Family Law is no exception.

From 2016 to 2018, I served as an Equal Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As an attorney, I worked with unaccompanied children, asylee applicants, refugees, and other immigrants in matters of family law and immigration law. My clients were diverse in age, experience, income-level, religion, and cultural backgrounds, but they all shared the desperate need to be heard by our justice system. As a result of this experience, I always ensure that my clients’ wishes are at the center of all my work — both in the office and the courtroom.

From 2018 to 2021, I served as a Staff Attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition in the Detained Children’s Program. In this role, I represented children during the family separation crisis and litigated on behalf of youth during challenging times for immigration policy. Helping children in detention centers throughout Virginia and Maryland ignited a fire within me for zealous family advocacy. I’m so happy that my work brought me to Z Family Law, where I strive to help every client find their voice.

When I’m not practicing as a Maryland family lawyer or at the Z Family Law office, you can typically find me teaching future law professionals as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia. I’m also a member of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland.

One fact about me that surprises people? I’m a hardcore reality television fan! I’ll skip a workout class any day to binge shows about elaborate marriages that end in even more complex divorces. In my spare time, I also craft blogs and YouTube videos to arm small business owners with the tools to grow their ventures.



  • The College of WIlliam & Mary, B.A., Government
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2017
  • Maryland, 2019

Professional Memberships

  • Member, J. Franklyn Bourne Association
  • Member, Montgomery County Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
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