Working for several judges in Maryland to start my legal career – the Honorable Judges Peters, Patterson-Russell and the now Honorable Judge Middleton – provided a kick start to my legal career and enabled me to gain the experience and knowledge as to what a Judge finds most important for attorneys to prove, especially during personal injury trials, in order to solidify a favorable result for their clients
— Raylynn Best-James
B.A. University of Maryland, College Park
J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law
Court of Appeals of Maryland
Civil Litigation, Wills, Estate Administration, Personal Injury, Domestic and Family Law
Member, Maryland State Bar Association
Member, Prince George’s County Bar Association
Member, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Member, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc.
Member, Women’s Bar Association, Prince George’s County
Member, Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.
Raylynn Best-James joined Alexander & Cleaver in May 2018 after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Charles J. Peters in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. While serving as judicial clerk, Raylynn was able to obtain valuable experience relating to the process of the justice system, from the beginning arraignment stage to the post-conviction stage. While there, in addition to her own Judge, Raylynn communicated, networked and assisted most of the currently sitting Judges, including the rotating Retired Judges.
Clerking in the Circuit Court was not Raylynn’s first experience inside of the courtroom. Raylynn interned in the Baltimore City District Court under the mentorship of the Honorable Devy Patterson Russell, where she assisted with personal injury, traffic, rent and small claims matters. During her internship in the District Court, she was able to spend time in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, under the mentorship of the Honorable George Levi Russell III. Raylynn also interned in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Major Investigations Unit, under the direct supervision of former J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association president, Gerald A.A. Collins, and the now Honorable Dana Middleton. There, Raylynn was able to assist in the preparation for upcoming trials in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Raylynn graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice, in three and a half years. While at UMD, Raylynn joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a Greek letter organization originally founded at Howard University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Raylynn went on to attend and graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
At Alexander & Cleaver, Raylynn is involved in the firm’s civil litigation practice, with practice areas including estate administration, personal injury, wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, landlord/tenant and domestic matters.
Raylynn is a life-long resident of Fort Washington, Maryland, having attended and graduated from Friendly Senior High School. In her spare time, Raylynn enjoys going to the movies and spending time at the beautiful National Harbor right outside of Fort Washington, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.