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Carlos Mariano Lastra

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Marriage & Prenuptials, Uncontested Divorce, Child Abuse

About Me

Carlos M. Lastra is a highly effective trial lawyer whose experience has earned him such recognitions as being named a top "Divorce Attorney" in Washingtonian and Bethesda magazine and in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, as well an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubble.  He has also been named by the Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers publications as one of the top Maryland and D.C. metropolitan area Family Law attorneys.


 


Mr. Lastra has litigated divorce, alimony, custody, child support, paternity, and property distribution cases; contempt/enforcement actions, modification actions, and domestic violence cases in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Prince George's, Charles and Anne Arundel counties as well as the District of Columbia. He has negotiated and tried cases involving high net worth individuals and complex domestic relations issues and also handles Collaborative Family Law cases.


 


Mr. Lastra is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Florida and the District of Columbia, as well the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern District and Middle District of Florida.


 


Mr. Lastra has served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section for the Montgomery County Bar Association, a Barrister in the Montgomery Inn of Court, and is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia.


 


Mr. Lastra has presented programs on handling domestic violence cases for the Bar and also edited Pleading and Litigation Tactics in Domestic Cases for the 9th edition of MICPEL's Maryland Divorce and Separation Law Manual, used by lawyers statewide.


 


Mr. Lastra was awarded the 2010 Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Montgomery County Bar Association, as well as a Community Service Award for directing the Bar's Domestic Violence Project.


 


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lastra operated his own practice in Miami, Florida, focusing primarily on criminal defense and personal injury matters. He was previously a Special Assistant Public Defender for the Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office.


 


In addition to his legal expertise, he is fluent in Spanish.  Raised in Miami, Florida, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami in 1989; and in 1992, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he was a Certified Legal Intern, prosecuting felony cases for the Law Offices of Janet Reno, Miami-Dade State's Attorney.  Mr. Lastra also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leonard M. Rivikind.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 21%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
  4. Child Support: 19%
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($445/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • William Paul Blackford

    Carlos is a formidable attorney in divorce litigation (and associated negotiation) in the State of Maryland. I have worked with Carlos on cases and have made a great number of referrals of clients to him with absolute confidence he will do all that he can to achieve a favorable outcome for the client.

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    William Blackford Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Paley Rothman Goldstein Rosenberg Eig & Cooper, Chartered

4800 Hampden Lane
Sixth Floor
Bethesda, MD, 20814

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive200007/14/2015
DCActive 199405/24/2015
FLMember in Good Standing199205/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2015
DC Super LawyerDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2014
DC Super LawyerDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2013
Top Divorce LawyersBethesda Magazine2013
DC Super LawyerDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2012
AV RatingMartindale-Hubble Peer Review2012
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2011
DC Super LawyerDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2011
Legal Elite, Washington's Top Attorneys, Reader's PollSmart CEO Magazine2010
Family Law Practitioner of the YearBar Association of Montgomery County2010
Community Service Award - Domestic Violence ProjectMontgomery County Bar Foundation2010
Top Divorce AttorneyWashingtonian Magazine2009
Who's Who in LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2007
Bar LeadersMontgomery County Bar Association2006
Section Co-Chair of the YearMontgomery County Bar Association2006
BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalPaley Rothman Goldstein Rosenberg Eig & Cooper, Chartered2014 - Present
PartnerBrodsky Renehan Pearlstein Lastra & Bouquet, Chartered2010 - 2014
PartnerBrodsky, Greenblatt, Renehan & Pearlstein, Chartered2007 - 2010
AssociateBrodsky, Greenblatt & Renehan, Chtd2000 - 2007
Of CounselLaw Offices of James R.C. Dickey1997 - 2000
Special Assistant Public DefenderMiami-Dade Public Defender's Office1996 - 2000
Of CounselFerro & Dickey1993 - 1995
AttorneyLaw Offices of Carlos M. Lastra, P.A.1993 - 2000
AssociateLaw Offices of Richard H. Ferro1992 - 1993
Certified Legal InternMiami-Dade State Attorney's Office1991 - 1992
ClerkMiami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Leonard M. Rivikind1990 - 1990

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Montgomery County Bar AssociationPro Bono Initiative Committee Chair, Family Law Section2009 - 2010
Montgomery County Bar Association, Fee Dispute CommitteeCo-chair2009 - Present
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/A2009 - Present
Montgomery County Circuit CourtSettlement Facilitator2009 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Maryland Hispanic Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Montgomery County Bar FoundationBar Leader2006 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-chair2005 - 2006
Montgomery American Inn of CourtBarrister2005 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-chair, Program Committee2004 - 2005

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Maryland Divorce and Separation Law Manual - MICPELEditor, Pleading and Litigation Tactics in Domestic Cases, 9th edition2009
Small Firm BusinessCommentary, Anderson Publishing's Maryland Evidence Courtroom Manual2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1992
University of MiamiN/ABachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Montgomery County Commission for WomenSus Derechos Legales en el Divorcio: Resumen y Temas Relacionados2014
Montgomery County Commission for WomenMaryland Divorce and Custody Law2014
Family Law SectionImmigration Issues in DV and Family Law Cases2010
Bar Association for Montgomery County, Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Pro Bono InitiativeVolunteer Attorney Training / Orientation2010
Montgomery County Commission for WomenSus Derechos Legales en el Divorcio: Resumen y Temas Relacionados2009
Montgomery County Commission for WomenMaryland Divorce and Custody Law2009
Bar Association for Montgomery County, Family Law SectionFamily Law Update2007
Montgomery American Inn of CourtWhen Domestic Violence Leads to Criminal Charges - Procedures and Strategies from Arrest to Trial2003