As clients navigate the turbulent waters of divorce, they need clarity as to where they want to go and they need resources to help them get there. Mary assists clients in developing a “vision” of where they want to be in the future, and in putting in place the “pieces” necessary to achieve that vision.
For the client who feels overwhelmed, beleaguered, diminished, or is experiencing life as confusing and chaotic, Mary excels in helping to develop strategies and skills to address those feelings and in achieving the client’s unique desired outcome. Understanding the very real and raw emotions of clients in divorce, Mary encourages them to balance their feelings with actions that will lead to long-term benefits for them and their children.
Mary is particularly skillful and creative in getting a divorce process underway which embodies the client’s values for the divorce – values such as dignity, integrity and respectfulness -- as well as at keeping the needs of the children first and foremost in the process. She recognizes that divorce affects the whole person and is adept at bringing resources from the financial, mental health, estate planning and other professions to address all of a client’s needs.
Mary has been a leader in bringing the Collaborative Divorce model to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and in supporting excellence in the practice of Collaborative Law in this area. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) and chaired its Collaborative Law Committee from 2005 through 2010.
Mary is a tough, take charge advocate for her client in any process, and brings a sophisticated knowledge of complex financial matters to her practice. She prides herself on being highly organized and thorough in her preparation at all stages of the client’s matter. Clients appreciate her zeal and perseverance in pursuing every possible remedy to achieve results tailored to the client’s particular situation. Typically beginning the divorce process in a state of dismay and uncertainty, clients complete it with a sense of empowerment thanks to Mary’s relentless efforts on their behalf.
Licensed since 1984
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Area||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top Family Law attorney||Washingtonian Magazine||2011|
|Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2011|
|Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Area||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Area||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top Family Law attorney||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2007|
|Top Family Law attorney||Washingtonian Matgazine||2007|
|Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Area||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Top Matrimonial lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2004|
|Top Matrimonial lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2000|
|Top Matrimonial lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||1995|
|Fellow||Phi Beta Kappa||1967|
|AV rating||Martindale and Hubbell||N/A|
|Divorce and Collaborative Family Lawyer||Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP||1984 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals||President-Elect||2012 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||N/A|
|Maryland Collaborative Practice Council||Founding Member and Board Member||N/A|
|The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Chair of the Collaborative Law Committee||N/A|
|Bliss v. Bliss, 733 A.2d 954 (D.C. 1999)||In this international custody case, we prevailed at both the trial level and in the appellate court.|
|Wilkinson v. Wilkinson 785 F.Supp. 1037 (1992)||My client, the wife, prevailed in this case involving her entitlement to receive a share of her ex-husband's Foreign Service pension.|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|University of Michigan||N/A||MS - Master of Science||1971|
|University of Michigan||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1967|
|Trusts, Estates & Probate Section, DC Bar||Collaborative Practice in the Trusts & Estates Field||2013|