Decisive, Diligent, Dedicated Representation

The Few, The Proud, Native Eastern Shoremen.

Law Firm located in Salisbury, Maryland.

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Serving the Shore

We serve Maryland’s entire Eastern Shore including Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties.

Deep Experience

In 1979, Salisbury native Dirk W. Widdowson began the practice of law on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His first solo practice, Dirk W. Widdowson, P.A. became Widdowson and Dashiell, P.A. in 1991 when another Salisbury native, fellow attorney Russell C. Dashiell, Jr. joined the practice. In September of 2020, after more than 45 years, Mr. Dashiell fully retired from the practice of law.

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About our Practice

Our dedication to the representation of our clients is “homegrown.” It’s our home, our family, our community, our friends, and our clients. Our fiduciary duty to our clients is our driving force to provide dedicated, diligent, and decisive representation.

Practice Areas

We handle a variety of legal matters including but not limited to:

→ Civil Litigation
→ Corporations and
     Business Organizations
→ Commercial Law
→ Family (Divorce, Child Custody)
→ Criminal

→ Traffic
→ DUI and DWI
→ Estate Planning
→ Estate Probate
→ Guardianship
→ Personal Injuries
→ Real Estate

Meet the Lawyer

We are a passionate team with the experience you need to achieve results.

Dirk W. Widdowson, Esquire

Attorney Dirk Widdowson was born in Salisbury, Maryland and attended James M. Bennett Senior High School. He attended the University of Richmond and majored in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude with Honors in 1976. He attended T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1979. He has been practicing law in Salisbury since 1979. Dirk lived in Salisbury for over 20 years before moving to Ocean City in 2000, where he continues to live with his wife, Gayle.

Meet our Staff

Cary E. Sove

Administrative Legal Assistant

Cary was born and raised in Venice, Florida. She attended Manatee Community College and areas of study were in both paralegal studies and accounting. She began working in law offices in 1984 and she concentrated on real estate, probate, domestic law and civil litigation, as well as office management and bookkeeping. In 1998 she moved to Dayton, Ohio and worked for one of the largest personal injury law firms in the state and her concentration was on probate of personal injury settlements for minors, guardianships and personal injury law. She moved to Maryland in 2006 when her husband was hired by Allen Memorial Baptist Church as their Senior Associate Pastor. She worked for the church as the office manager, bookkeeper and ministry assistant to the Senior Pastor until September of 2016. She was hired by Widdowson and Dashiell to work as the Administrative Assistant and bookkeeper for the firm, and her emphasis is in domestic and commercial law. She has been a licensed Maryland Notary since 2007.


Susanne W. Gregory

Legal Assistant

Susanne was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She attended Tidewater Community College where her areas of study were stenography, paralegal and secretarial. In 1987 she moved to Salisbury, Maryland, where she began working in law offices with an emphasis in the area of corporate, real estate and probate law. In 2005 she became the office manager, bookkeeper and legal secretary for Hugh Kristian Hanson, LLC. She was hired by Widdowson and Dashiell, P.A., in October 2019 where her emphasis in currently in areas of real estate and probate law. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Larry, reside in Salisbury, Maryland.