Fort Washington, Maryland Family Lawyers

Kevin W. Smit
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Experienced & Dedicated Lawyer! Fighting for Families!

I provide legal knowledge and skill to help those with family law matters. I am dedicated to vigorously advocating for your family’s rights and interests! Visit my website for information. Read More »
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LaSheena M. Williams
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Maryland Family Law Attorney

LaSheena Williams is currently an attorney practicing in Rockville, Maryland. She focuses on family law, estate planning, and personal injury litigation. She represents clients in trial courts, mediations, and hearings... Read More »
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Robin Rucker Gaillard Esq.
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience

My philosophy is a guiding principle in my law practice and I apply it in every facet of serving my clients. My practice is an extension of that philosophy as I help clients problem solve when they are in the throes of a... Read More »
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Charles Walton
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Fort Washington, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 292-8357 10905 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Family, Divorce, Employment and Estate Planning
Fort Washington, MD Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 449-7444 7127 Allentown Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Family, Civil Rights, Criminal and Divorce
Michael Barrett
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National Harbor, MD Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(800) 400-2350 137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
I have been practicing family law and personal injury in the state of Maryland since 2003. I have helped many families deal with the heart ache of divorce and custodial issues related to divorce...helped clients deal with loss of income, transportation, and life activities due to being injured in a car crash. How may I help you?
Zionne Akpan
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(301) 358-6563 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 301
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family, Collections, Divorce and Juvenile
Boston University
Attorney Akpan has been in practice for 19 years, and there is no substitute for experience. At the Law Offices of Zionne Akpan, we put our knowledge and experience to work for you. When you trust your legal needs to us, you will have experienced, aggressive, and professional advocates on your side. We give each client the personal and individualized attention they deserve, and we are experienced at resolving the most serious and complicated legal problems. We ensure that our clients understand the legal process and provide them with the information they need to make informed...
Dr. John Christopher Belcher
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Oxon Hill, MD Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(301) 749-7306 6188 Oxon Hill Road
Suite 811
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Free ConsultationFamily, Civil Rights, Criminal and Divorce
Tulane University
30 years experience as lawyer--10 years as a federal prosecutor employed by Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and 20 years as solo practitioner in Oxon Hill, Maryland concentrating in family law, criminal law, tort law (including personal injury/auto accidents), civil rights, business counseling & litigation, and appeals. Reasonable fees and very high rate of satisfaction among former clients.
Darryl Kelley
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Temple Hills, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 449-6200 6944 Allentown Rd
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Mondre Hopson Kornegay
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Temple Hills, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(240) 353-5511 7114 Westchester Dr
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Angel Mercedes Murphy
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Oxon Hill, MD Family Law Lawyer
(240) 493-9116 6710 Oxon Hill Road Suite 210
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Family
Janelle Ryan-Colbert Esq.
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 576-6200 9450 Marlboro Pike, Suite 5
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Family, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Theresa Marie Regner
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(301) 495-3131 9726 Wyman Way
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Family
Sandra V. Guzman-Salvado
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(301) 340-1911 6301 Ivy Lane
Ste 700
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Greenbelt, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Sandra Guzma- Salvado is a bi-lingual family law attorney, mediator, Best Interest Attorney for Children, and Parent Coordinator.

Sandra represents individuals in cases involving child custody, divorce, child support, and access in Maryland. She is often appointed to represent children in contested custody matters.

Legal disputes may be resolved through negotiation, litigation, mediation, or collaborative practice.

Sandra's focus has always been family law because it is what she finds most rewarding. It is an area of law where her patience, reflective listening skills, and ability to sympathize is helpful.
Jumoke F Oladapo
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Greenbelt, MD Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(301) 533-8600 6305 Ivy Lane
Suite 605
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Family, Divorce and Immigration
University of Baltimore School of Law
You will get a personalized quality legal consultation or representation you deserve when you choose my services at Ivylaw. I am the Manging Attorney at Ivylaw Law Office, Greenbelt, Maryland. I am Passionate about helping my clients, both individuals and companies to navigate successfully through the system of U.S immigration and nationality law. My services enable my client to realize their immigration desires and intents, and help them become suceesful contributing members of the society in the United States. Being an immigrant, I know, feel and understand your immigration needs and I am commited to providing successful immigration solutions...
Regina DeMeo
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(240) 621-0559 4550 Montgomery Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
The George Washington University Law School
For over 18 years, I have focused on helping families in the DC Area with family law issues, including prenups, separation agreements, divorce, custody, support, and property division. The past 10 years, I have also provided mediation and Collaborative Divorce services. Since 2009, I have guest lectured for Georgetown Univ. and GWU Law School, and I have appeared as a legal commentator on Sirius XM, ABC tv, MMCTV, and Good Morning America. I am regularly quoted in the media and recognized as a top lawyer in Superlawyers, Bethesda Magazine and The Washingtonian.
June Marie Marshall
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Silver Spring , MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 717-9261 336 Legato Terrace
Silver Spring , MD 20901
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Employment
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
My passion has always been to help people. To this end, I focus my practice on mediation, family law, and labor and employment law (including Federal employment law). Acting as a mediator, I help parties resolve their disputes amicably without extensive litigation. However, mediation is not always the best method for everyone. In those instances, I provide legal representation. My goal is to help people resolve their disputes through mediation or litigation, whichever is appropriate.
William C. Fanning, Jr.
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La Plata, MD Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
P.O. Box 398
La Plata, MD 20646
Family, Business, Divorce and Employment
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Attorney Bill Fanning has focused on family law in Maryland since 1993. He and the staff of Fanning Law, LLC understand the complexities associated with separation, divorce, custody, visitation, and other family law matters and will successfully help you and your family through these difficult issues. With over 20 years of experience handling family disputes, Bill Fanning has an in-depth understanding of the legal and emotional issues which affect you and your family. Looking to grow your family through adoption? Fanning Law, LLC can ably assist you and your family through the adoption process...
Lisa Seltzer Becker
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(240) 507-1780 4800 Montgomery Lane
9th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Education
American University Washington College of Law
I began practicing law in 1996. Since then, I have helped many clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia with their family law issues, including high-conflict divorces, custody cases involving special needs children, and premarital and postmarital agreements. I am an experienced litigator, but is also a trained Collaborative practitioner and trained mediator.

For the last twelve years I have also represented numerous students and families in education matters, including school discipline in public and private schools, and campus sexual assault, Title IX cases and academic misconduct cases at the college level.
Jessica Elena Charles
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(240) 561-9224 9701 Apollo Dr
Suite 401
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family
American University Washington College of Law
Ms. Charles has expertise and experience in family law, wills, trusts and estates, and business law.

She has handled complex family law cases concerning issues of: divorce, alimony, marital property, custody, visitation/access, parental alienation, modification of existing orders, contempt proceedings, protective order proceedings, and child support issues.

In the corporate realm, she works with small and mid-sized companies and assisting them in setting up their business entities as well as representing them in contract negotiations and many other business-related tasks.

Finally, her community involvement is of the utmost importance to her; she believes serving people makes her a better and more effective...
Jessica Markham
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(240) 396-4373 7960 Old Georgetown Road #3B
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family
University of Miami School of Law
Jessica Markham practices all aspects of family law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She has trial experience in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Baltimore County and Washington D.C. courts and is also trained in Collaborative Law. Ms. Markham also handles guardianship matters and is frequently appointed by the Court as an attorney for Allegedly Disabled Adults and as Guardian of the Property. Ms. Markham has also been appointed by the court in Family Law matters as a Child Privilege attorney and a Best Interest Attorney (formerly Guardian Ad Litem).

Ms. Markham also has an active mediation practice, helping parties...
Richard Lundin
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Silver Spring, MD Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(800) 875-9700 10 Post Office Road
Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Family and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Richard S. Lundin's dream of becoming a Washington D.C lawyer started far from the nation's capital, working part-time as a litigation assistant in Phoenix Arizona. It was at Arizona State that Rick graduated with a degree in finance, and later George Washington University where he earned his Juris Doctor. It was also during this time that he worked for federal judge, the Honorable Charles R. Richey, who left a strong impression on Rick's early legal career. It was 1994 when Rick was hired by James Nickelsporn, who later invited him to be his law partner, forming Nickelsporn &...
Neveen H. Kurtom
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(443) 741-2567 Suite 100
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Li Weng
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(301) 804-8356 10741 Gloxinia Dr
Rockville, MD 20852
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning and Immigration
University of Texas - Austin
Founding partner Li Weng works in Rockville Law Group LLC’s practice areas of estate planning, family law, and immigration. Li brings a background of over 6 years in estate planning, anticorruption, and trade matters, as well as transnational practice experience. Over several years, Li advised multinational companies undergoing internal and SEC investigations on potential violations by the companies’ subsidiaries of anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, she represented companies during ITC investigations of antidumping and countervailing duty matters. Most recently, Li was employed with the Rockville, MD firm of Altman and Associates, where she helped the...
Heather Renee McCabe
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 888-6945 6701 Democracy One Plaza Loop
#300
Bethesda, MD 20817
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The George Washington University Law School
Heather McCabe is an accomplished litigator, mediator, and parenting coordinator. She enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals for both themselves and their children. She has taught both at Georgetown University Law School and American University's Washington College of Law. She exclusively practices in the area of family law (including divorce, separation, child support, domestic violence, and child custody).
James J. Gross
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Chevy Chase, MD Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(301) 907-4585 4601 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
Georgetown University Law Center and University of Missouri - Columbia
Managing Partner and Co-founder of Thyden Gross and Callahan, a law firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Author of four books on divorce. Formerly tax counsel for Satellite Business Systems, communications attorney for the FCC, and chemical engineer for the Procter & Gamble Company. Master of Laws in Taxation, Georgetown. Highest ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, SuperLawyers and Avvo.com.
Mr. Paul Reinstein
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Bowie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(301) 383-1525 17251 Melford Blvd.
Suite 108
Bowie, MD 20715
Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Paul J. Reinstein is a partner at the firm of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC. Mr. Reinstein is widely recognized by his clients and peers as one of the premier domestic law attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan area. Mr. Reinstein has been named by publications including Washingtonian Magazine, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, and the Washington Post, as one of the top family law practitioners in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In February, 2009, Mr. Reinstein was named one of the 88 top divorce lawyers in the entire Washington Metropolitan area. Most recently, Mr. Reinstein was named a one of...
Anne (Jan) W. White
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(301) 656-8850 7735 Old Georgetown Road Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family and Divorce
Stanford University
Anne (Jan) W. White, with over 30 years of legal experience in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and in Collaborative Law and to 2013 Super Lawyers. She attended Stanford Law School and is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she was also an Angier B. Duke scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member. Ms. White’s diverse background prepared her to resolve complex divorce issues involving taxes, retirement benefits, trusts, businesses, and related financial...
Martine A. Jean
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Hyattsville, MD Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(240) 505-5391 PO Box 223
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Family, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Thomas Edward Pyles
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Waldorf, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 705-5006 2670 Crain Highway
Suite 106
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire, is an accomplished personal injury and criminal defense trial attorney with over 26 years of legal experience. He has a tremendous background in personal injury and criminal defense cases, having tried over 200 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials. Mr. Pyles has handled complex civil and criminal litigation with outstanding client satisfaction and great professionalism. His reputation, both inside the courtroom and out, have allowed him to be one of the top litigators in this state.
Mr. Jason William Cleckner Esq.
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College Park, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 789-1616 9601 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 203
College Park, MD 20740
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Syracuse University College of Law
Mr. Cleckner practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense, traffic defense, and peace and protective order defense. He has never done anything else. Therefore, he focuses all of his extensive court experience on your case to get the best possible outcome. His wife Melanie handles all of the firm's domestic, family and divorce matters.
Tracey Coates
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Attorney
(301) 656-7603 4800 Hampden Lane
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family
Hamline University School of Law
Tracey Coates is Co-Chair of the firm's Family Law department and a member of its Litigation practice group. In working in the former capacity, she handles a variety of domestic relations matters, including pre-marital agreements, divorce and separation, child custody, child support modification, enforcement of court orders and agreements, adoption, and guardianships. Her clients include all types of individuals and couples, in a wide range of family structures.
Tracey works hard to engage in background conversations with her clients to understand family dynamics and build rapport and trust. She goes into every case with a caring, but realistic approach with her...
Keith Havens
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Greenbelt, MD Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(301) 229-8880 Ivy Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University Washington College of Law
At Havens & Associates, LLC, our clients come first. Every client is treated with personalized attention and is guaranteed effective representation. Our expertise and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of the premier legal firms in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Havens & Associates, LLC is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every client. Havens & Associates, LLC represent clients in all state and federal courts located in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Shayan Modarres
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Washington, MD Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(202) 780-9590 8121 Georgia Avenue
Suite 800
Washington, MD 20024
Family, Civil Rights, Divorce and Personal Injury
Florida A&M University College of Law and American University
Shayan Modarres is an experienced trial attorney, civil rights activist, and the founder and managing member of The Modarres Law Firm. With law offices in Florida and Maryland, The Modarres Law Firm focuses primarily on civil rights litigation. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Central Florida, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and successfully recovered large settlements for victims of police misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as a member of the legal team that represented the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a...
Pallavi Kachoria
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Lawyer
(301) 656-7603 4800 Hampden Lane
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Pallavi Kachoria is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation and Family Law practice groups. She has experience in a variety of litigation areas including general civil, commercial, and domestic litigation. Pallavi also has experience in transactional matters in working with business owners to draft documents and research complex legal issues.
Her passion for the law, the rules, and fairness helps her succeed as a litigator. In working with her clients, Pallavi embraces a practical and honest approach in dealing with their complex disputes. She works tirelessly to understand all facets of her cases and aims to develop a strong relationship...
Lorrianne Jeanette Rice
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Bowie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(301) 262-6000 14300 Gallant Fox Lane
Suite 218
Bowie, MD 20715
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Tax
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Darlene Powell
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Bowie, MD Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 464-6260 16701 Melford Boulevard
Suite 400
Bowie, MD 20715
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Harvard Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
General practice law firm serving clients in Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding Maryland counties.
Randall S Herriott
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Bowie, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 383-1525 17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 108
Bowie, MD 20715
Family and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Randall S. Herriott is a founding member and partner at the firm of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC. Randy concentrates his practice in the area of Family Law. Mr. Herriott is well known for successfully representing clients in matters involving the issues of divorce, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, property distribution and domestic violence. In 2008, Mr. Herriott successfully litigated numerous cases involving parties who were seeking the legal and physical custody of their children. In his practice, Mr. Herriott has also successfully litigated several third-party custody actions, where non-parent relatives were granted custody of their minor child relatives. Mr....
Timothy Patrick Leahy
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Bowie, MD Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(301) 464-7448 14300 Gallant Fox Ln, Suite 120
Bowie, MD 20715
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Elder and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
Timothy P. Leahy practices law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the American, Maryland, D.C, and Prince George’s County Bar associations. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore Law School in May 2000, earned his M.B.A. in 1993 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and his B.S. in Transportation & Logistics at Maryland in 1990. Timothy brings over 10 years experience in business to his over 11 years of law practice and focuses on litigation and general practice matters. A former licensed home improvement contractor and...
Benjamin Cutter Marcoux
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Greenbelt, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 459-8200 7850 Walker Drive, Suite 160
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
American University Washington College of Law
Benjamin Marcoux joined Houlon, Berman, Bergman, Finci, Levenstein & Skok, LLC in June of 2010. Prior to joining the firm, he worked with the Collaborative Law Group in Ellicott City, Maryland. He served clients in a variety of practice areas including: family, civil litigation, collaborative law, wills and probate, and personal injury. Ben has appeared before judges and masters in Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Calvert and Worcester counties. While in law school, Ben served as Dean's Fellow to Professor Rice, the former Evidence Master for the AT&T break-up litigation. Ben is a member of the...
Michael Callahan
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Chevy Chase, MD Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(301) 907-4580 4601 Willard Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center
Michael F. Callahan practices family law, estate planning and elder law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Callahan is the partner in charge of the firm’s estate planning and elder law practice.
He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1987, and is a member of the Georgetown Chapter of Order of the Coif. He has practiced law for over thirty years.
He has been named among the top lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers
He lives with his wife, their children from time to time, and their cat in Arlington, Virginia.
Lonny Bramzon
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Silver Spring, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 699-7699 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1002
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Mr. Bramzon is truly a counselor at law. Upon the gravest of circumstances, individuals have been seeking the counsel, help, and defense of Lonny Bramzon for years. He is a master of negotiations. He has a remarkable ability to communicate and connect with clients and adversaries alike. His understanding of the psychology of government agents and attorneys is bar none. He has been able to save the lives and liberty of countless individuals when the circumstances appeared hopeless. Despair does not exist in Lonny’s vocabulary. His ability to speak to a jury and eloquently present his legal issues to...
Lloyd Malech
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Bethesda, MD Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(301) 913-9119 7910 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Family, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
The George Washington University Law School
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.