Abigail Graber joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy in December 2015. Her practice involves disability rights, fair housing, civil rights, medical malpractice, employment, and Title IX school sexual misconduct cases. Her appellate experience includes arguments before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and participating in the drafting of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court.
Abigail was chosen for inclusion on the 2020 Super Lawyers’ Maryland Rising Stars list for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Maryland are named to the Rising Stars list each year.
Prior to joining the firm, Abigail clerked for the Honorable Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
During law school, Abigail served on the Yale Law Journal and as Managing Editor of Development on the Yale Journal of International Law. She participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and she received a Coker Fellowship to teach legal writing to first-year law students. Abigail was also the recipient of the Francis Wayland Prize for her work representing Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Abigail served as a Ford Foundation Summer Fellow in the Education and Employment Division of the National Women’s Law Center, where she worked on issues relating to equal pay, Title IX and sexual harassment, and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. As an Intern in the Chambers of Justice Hanan Melcer of the Supreme Court of Israel, Abigail conducted comparative legal research on the law of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Prior to law school, Abigail taught English to Russian students in St. Petersburg, Russia; worked as an editorial assistant at a publishing company; and worked as a paralegal in a law firm specializing in whistleblower protection and fraud prosecution.
- Yale Law School, J.D., 2014
- Swarthmore College, B.A., with Highest Honors in History, Political Science, 2008
- Obtained a court order holding the District of Columbia responsible for providing services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to eligible DC residents who are incarcerated in federal facilities.
- Represents the owners and operators of two therapeutic group homes in Louisiana in their fair housing case against St. Bernard Parish.
- Represents the estate and family of a woman who died after receiving inadequate medical care at a detention center in their suit against the health care providers and correctional officers.
- Represents a female college graduate in her Title IX case against her university for mishandling the investigation into her rape by a fellow student.
- Represents blind inmates in local and state jails and prisons alleging violations of the ADA and 42 U.S.C § 1983.
- Represents disabled Marylanders and their families in Medicaid appeals.
- Represents female executives in negotiations with former employers to resolve violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act.
- Obtained a favorable settlement in a false arrest case against the Baltimore Police Department.
- Successfully negotiated a settlement in a race discrimination case on behalf of two African-American hotel patrons.
- Obtained a favorable settlement with the Board of Physicians on behalf of a Maryland doctor facing charges relating to opioid prescription practices.
- Successfully defended a Maryland start-up against frivolous accusations of theft of trade secrets, resulting in a favorable settlement and dismissal.
- 2018-2020 Maryland Rising Stars