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Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Divorce and Family Law

Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Divorce and Family Law
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FEATURED Faith Dornbrand Ms. Dornbrand, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, helps individuals in Maryland and DC achieve creative, dignified, amicable, and private divorce solutions. Her primary clients are other lawyers, business owners, and medical professionals. Read more. Bethesda 301-913-0650

FEATURED Leslie Weber Hoffman Leslie Weber Hoffman has more than 25 years of family law experience and was mediator-certified in 1988. Ms. Hoffman assists clients in reaching resolution through negotiated settlement [separation, pre-marital, post-nuptial and reconciliation agreements], and adeptly litigates complex property, custody, support and divorce matters in courts throughout Northern Virginia. Read more. Fairfax 703-691-3066

FEATURED Julie Curran Gerock Julie Curran Gerock is a partner with Maddox & Gerock, Vienna, Virginia. She has been practicing family law since 1999 and licensed in VA, DC and NC. She serves on numerous committees with the Fairfax Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations. Read more. Vienna 703-883-8035

FEATURED Kristin HenriksonKristin Henrikson’s practice in DC and Maryland encompasses the full range of family law issues. She has particular expertise in litigating jurisdictional, complex custody, paternity and child support, and appellate issues. Ms. Henrikson provides case-specific analysis and advice, honest counsel, and a solution-oriented approach, in both mediated and litigated contexts. Read more. Chevy Chase, MD 301-913-5236

FEATURED Carolyn Grimes Ms. Grimes has been practicing family law for over 23 years in Northern Virginia. She practices the litigation, settlement, and collaborative methods and is also a mediator. Her approach is problem solving and cost/benefit analysis for her clients. Read more. Alexandria 703-836-9030

FEATURED Linda J. Ravdin Linda J. Ravdin, a principal in the firm, concentrates in divorce and family law for both traditional and non-traditional families. She is experienced in the resolution of alimony claims, property issues of all kinds, and custody and child support issues. She is a nationally known authority on premarital and postmarital agreements and has authored 3 books on the subject. Read more. Bethesda 301-656-8850

FEATURED Richard J. Colten Mr. Colten has been practicing law for more than 40 years and concentrates his practice in the area of Family Law. He has received Martindale Hubbell’s top rating of AV and his prominence in the field has been recognized through his inclusion in listings of top domestic relations lawyers in the area, including “The Best Lawyers in America,” “Washingtonian Magazine,” “Northern Virginia Magazine” and “Super Lawyers.”  Read more. Fairfax 703-277-9700

FEATURED Theresa M. Mihalik Having been selected by Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers as one of the D.C. area’s top lawyers, Ms. Mihalik is a leader in the domestic relations field. For over 20 years, Ms. Mihalik has handled domestic relations cases in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Read more. Washington, DC 202-331-7522

FEATURED Cheryl New Cheryl New practices family law in Maryland and Virginia and is the managing partner of New & Lowinger, P.C. For over twenty-five years she has successfully navigated complex divorce and family law matters, and has consistently been rated as one of the region’s top divorce lawyers in publications such as the Washingtonian , Bethesda Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, “Best Lawyers of America,” and SuperLawyers. Read more. Bethesda 301-907-7000

FEATURED Paul J. Reinstein Paul Reinstein has become recognized throughout Maryland as one of the premier domestic relations practitioners. A Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Family Law Section, Mr. Reinstein lectures throughout the state to both lawyers and judges on current issues in family law. Mr. Reinstein is an AV-rated attorney. Read more. Bowie 301-383-1525 x215

FEATURED Sandy Ain Sandy Ain practices law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He is a co-founder of Ain & Bank, P.C. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Sandy has been featured by Washingtonian Magazine as its Top Divorce Attorney and named Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by Best Lawyers in America. Read more. Washington, DC 202-530-3330

FEATURED Donna E. Van Scoy With over 20 years of experience, Donna E. Van Scoy, AV-Rated family law attorney, understands the importance of educating clients about the options available to resolve their divorces though mediation, negotiation, collaborative law or litigation. Donna is a respected counsel and a strong advocate for her clients. Recognized for her abilities as a top family lawyer in “Washingtonian Magazine,” “Bethesda Magazine,” “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers.” Read more. Rockville 301-610-0110

FEATURED Sean P. Kelly Sean P. Kelly has practiced exclusively in the area of family law and divorce for his entire career as a lawyer, which began in 1994. Sean has extensive litigation experience and a significant knowledge and understanding of the law. Read more. Fairfax 703-224-0888

FEATURED Gary Diamond Gary Diamond has 32+ years in the legal profession, including judicial clerkship, small firm practice, and peer recognition, as well as experience in teaching, coaching, and community service. His approach to Family Law is individualized, focusing on problem solving and clear advice and counsel. Read more. Kensington 301-933-4500

FEATURED Linda A. Delaney Linda A. Delaney has litigated and negotiated complex custody and financial matters in the context of divorce and separation for more than 20 years. She has singular expertise in the psychological issues that occur in many high conflict custody cases. Read more. Chevy Chase 301-913-5236

FEATURED Margaret J. McKinney Margaret J. McKinney has practiced family law in the District of Columbia and Maryland for more than 18 years. Her litigation experience includes numerous complex divorce and child custody cases, at the trial and appellate court levels. Read more. Chevy Chase 301-913-5236

FEATURED Craig White Craig E. White is an experienced litigator and skilled negotiator in all family law matters. He is also certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a family law mediator. Read more. Leesburg 703-777-5700

FEATURED Howard B. Soypher Howard B. Soypher has been acknowledged by peers and publications alike as one of the top young Family Law attorneys in the entire Washington metro area. He was selected by Washingtonian as a “go to” lawyer for prenuptial agreements and named a Maryland Super Lawyer for the past several years. Read more. Bethesda 301-951-9333

FEATURED Arlene T. Starace Arlene Starace has over 35 years of experience in dealing with complex family law matters both as an attorney and custody evaluator for the Fairfax courts. She is listed as one of Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia by Superlawyers Magazine, is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, and in DC. and Virginia Superlawyers. Read more. Reston 703-683-9000

Deborah Luxenberg Deborah Luxenberg’s practice as Luxenberg Mediation & Family Law, LLC, focuses on mediation, collaborative process and negotiated settlements in D.C. and Maryland. She has 40 years of experience as a family lawyer and is known for her creativity, her sensitivity to non-legal issues, and her ability to work with other family law professionals. Read more. Takoma Park, MD 301-652-1161

FEATURED Jonathan M. Dana Jonathan Dana is a managing partner and head of the domestic relations practice group at Feldesman Tucker, where he has actively practiced family law since 1986. During his 25 years of practice, Jonathan has successfully resolved his clients’ Family Law matters through negotiation, mediation, litigation, and the collaborative process. Read more. Washington, DC 202-466-8960

FEATURED Anne (Jan) W. White For high-stakes divorces involving complex business, tax, and financial issues, Anne (Jan) White is considered one of the top family law attorneys in the D.C. area. Because she is a gifted negotiator who can resolve even the hardest cases to settle, Jan is frequently sought out by her peers to mediate their most difficult cases. Read more. Bethesda 301-656-8850

FEATURED Deborah E. Reiser Deborah Reiser’s practice includes the litigation and negotiation of divorces, including the identification, valuation and distribution of property alimony child custody, support and visitation and mediation and arbitration. Knowledgeable, responsive and compassionate, Deborah attempts to resolve issues through negotiation, but is a formidable advocate where necessary. Read more. Bethesda 301-961-6094

FEATURED David Bulitt David Bulitt is the Assistant Managing Director of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, PA, one of Maryland’s largest and well established suburban law firms. He focuses his practice in all areas of family law, including cases that involve complex financial and property matters and property distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. Read more. Rockville 240-399-7888

FEATURED Jeff Evan Lowinger Jeff Lowinger practices family law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. His unrivalled knowledge of valuation, tax and business issues is well respected by his adversaries in the bar. Read more. Bethesda 301-907-7000

FEATURED Darryl A. Feldman Darryl A. Feldman is a partner in the firm of Ain & Bank, P.C. He counsels and represents clients in all aspects of family law including alimony, custody, child support and distribution of property. Read more. Washington, DC 202-530-3300

FEATURED Joseph C. Paradiso Joseph C. Paradiso is senior partner in the Bethesda firm of Paradiso, Taub, Sinay, Owel & Kostecka, P.C. His practice is concentrated in the negotiation and litigation of family law matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Read more. Bethesda 301-986-7900

FEATURED Robin B. Taub A senior partner at Paradiso, Taub, Sinay, Owel & Kostecka, P.C., Robin B. Taub focuses her practice on negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law in Maryland and D.C. With her creative, yet direct approach, Ms. Taub is known for her ability to resolve financially sophisticated matters, for preventing cases from escalating and for obtaining successful results in difficult cases. Read more. Bethesda 301-986-7900

FEATURED Lauren E. Shea Lauren Shea is a co-founder of Ain & Bank, P.C. She has been peer-rated in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top divorce lawyers in the Washington, DC area. Read more. Washington, DC 202-530-3322

FEATURED Gregory R. Nugent Greg Nugent has been practicing law for 23 years with his work focused on all aspects of Family Law in the DC Metropolitan area. His firm provides personal, responsive and diligent service to their clients in complex divorce, financial and child custody matters whether through litigation or negotiated settlement. Read more. Washington, DC 202-729-6311

Julie Hottle Day
FEATURED Julie Hottle Day Julie Hottle Day, head of the CSA&D and Family Law Group, has practiced in Northern Virginia for over twenty years. An experienced litigator with special focus on the needs of cases with complex business and financial issues, Julie is also a creative problem solver possessed of the judgment and diplomacy necessary to secure excellent mediated results on behalf of her clients. Read more. Fairfax; Warrenton 703-934-2940

FEATURED Paul R. Smollar Paul Smollar is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been practicing for 40 years, specializing in matters of family law and mediation. Mr. Smollar is also one of the leaders in the field of collaborative law. Read more. Washington, DC 202-331-7522

FEATURED Martha JP McQuade Martha JP McQuade has practiced exclusively in the field of family law for over 25 years. A creative problem solver and experienced negotiator who settles the vast majority of her cases, she is also an effective litigator. Read more. Alexandria 703-548-4200, ext. 11

FEATURED Anne Marie Jackson Anne Marie Jackson is a partner at Ain & Bank, P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on family law and helping individuals negotiate their way through the difficult experience of separation and divorce. Read more. Washington, DC 202-530-3300

FEATURED Joseph A. Condo Joseph A. Condo is recognized as one of the pre-eminent family-law attorneys in Virginia. His clients appreciate his direct, informal style and his commitment to resolving cases through negotiation or mediation whenever possible. Read more. Tysons Corner 703-745-1840

FEATURED David D. Masterman Mr. Masterman has practiced for over 25 years in Northern Virginia. An outstanding litigation tactician and courtroom attorney, Mr. Masterman nevertheless emphasizes the importance of exploring settlement when possible. Read more. Vienna 703-827-5500

FEATURED Gerald R. Curran Gerald Curran has been an attorney in Northern Virginia since 1991 and focuses his practice on all areas of domestic relations litigation. He is known for his dedication to a client’s cause as well as his superior use of tactics both at trial and in negotiation. Read more. Fairfax 571-328-5020

FEATURED David Roop The Roop Law Firm understands the toll of divorce, and seeks a fair and efficient resolution, from the outset of separation. Northern Virginia Magazine says: “David Roop, Jr. has the ability to step outside a case, look at the whole picture and come up with a solution satisfying to both sides. Read more. Vienna 703-442-0040

FEATURED Susan M. Hicks “We assess clients’ options and zealously represent their interests in court or at the settlement table,” states Susan Hicks, managing principal of The Susan Hicks Group PC. Susan has over 25 years of litigation experience and is a certified Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Read more. Fairfax 703-691-4848

FEATURED Beth Bittel For more than 25 years, Beth Bittel has skillfully navigated clients through complex family law matters throughout Northern Virginia, often involving multi-million dollar asset and support issues. Beth leads a team of lawyers uniquely qualified to negotiate, mediate or vigorously litigate cases to successful resolutions while striving to protect family resources throughout the process. Read more. Fairfax 703-591-1320

FEATURED Marina Barannik Marina Barannik represents a wide range of clients in complex custody, support and property division cases and has special expertise serving families with international custody and divorce issues. A careful listener, Marina offers clients a compassionate, thoughtful and practical approach to achieving their goals in a civil and dignified way. Marina is also highly skilled in drafting prenuptial agreements. Read more. Washington, DC 202-466-8960

Heather Q. Hostetter Heather Hostetter is a compassionate, patient, energetic, and hardworking advocate for her clients.  Her clients are comforted by her attention to detail and grace under pressure. Read more. Bethesda, MD 301-657-0100 Hostetter Strent LLC

Barbara Burr. Burr Law Firm

Glenn Cooper. Paley Rotham, Bethesda
Heather Cooper. Cooper Ginsberg Gray, Fairfax
James Cottrell. Cottrell Fletcher Schinstock Bartol & Cottrell, Alexandria

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