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Ms. Hepfer guides her clients to a resolution of their family matters through her expertise in family law and domestic law, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, the collaborative process, or litigation. She has a wealth of experience in complex property distribution, alimony, child custody and visitation, child access, and child support matters, which has led her to successfully litigate in trial courts throughout Maryland. She also has a successful appellate practice. Ms. Hepfer settles most of her cases out of court because she explores settlement options early, hoping to limit client costs and enhance the opportunity for an amicable resolution.


In September 2012, Ms. Hepfer was sworn in as the President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), which is comprised of 700 of the most highly-regarded family law lawyers throughout the world. She is also Past-President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), which is comprised of 1700 accomplished family law attorneys in the United States who specialize in all issues related to divorce and family law. Ms. Hepfer is the only Maryland Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Attorneys, which is comprised of the top 100 family law trial attorneys in the United States.


Cheryl is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator. Cheryl's memberships include the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland State Bar Association, Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Women's Bar Association and Maryland Women's Bar Association. She has served on a number of committees under the auspices of those organizations over the years.


Ms. Hepfer is a frequent lecturer on matters of family law, including issues of the valuation and division of marital assets, custody, access and general divorce related topics, such as divorce litigation. She also has been quoted by several national and regional media outlets such as CNN, ABC's Nightline, The New York Times, WBAL Radio, and National Public Radio.



Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
    44 years, 500 cases
  2. Child Support: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
  4. Divorce: 25%

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  • Geraldine Welikson Hess

    I endorse Cheryl Hepfer. I worked with Cheryl for over 17 years on many complex family law cases. Cheryl is a highly experienced strategist. Cheryl puts together the team of professionals needed to attain results. Cheryl prepares and evaluates her cases and works hand in hand with the clients throughout the entire negotiation and/or trial process to attain results. Cheryl is practical, has good judgment and is a wise advisor. Cheryl is a tough negotiator while maintaining civility and professionalism. She is a very experienced and skilled litigator. Cheryl is an excellent choice for a family lawyer.


    Geraldine Hess Alimony Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

4800 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD, 20814


DCInactive 197411/29/2015
PAAdministrative Suspension197212/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Maryland LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Top 50 Women Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Maryland LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Women Laywers in Washington DCSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Attorneys in Washington DCSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Attorneys in MarylandBaltimore Magazine2012
Top 25 Women Attorneys In Maryland ListingBaltimore Magazine2012
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2012
Top 50 Women Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2012
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2011
Top 50 Attorneys in MarylandBaltimore Magazine2011
Top 25 Women Attorneys In Maryland ListingBaltimore Magazine2011
Top 25 Divorce LawyersBethesda Magazine2010
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2009
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2007
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2006
Best Divorce Lawyers ListingWashingtonian Magazine2000
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-HubbellN/A
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.N/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalOffit Kurman2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Cheryl Lynn Hepfer1990 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident2012 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident-Elect2010 - 2012
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersVice President2006 - 2010
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident2004 - 2005
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPresident Elect2003 - 2004
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)President2002 - 2004
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)President-Elect1999 - 2002
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersVice President1998 - 2003
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)Treasurer1997 - 1999
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersNewsletter Editor1996 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBoard of Governors1995 - 1995
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)Secretary1995 - 1997
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)Parliamentarian1994 - 1995
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMembership Chair1991 - 1997
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBoard of Governors1991 - 1993
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
American College of Family Law Trial LawyersDiplomateN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Carnegie Mellon UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel Discussion on Diane Rehm ShowDebate Over Ending Lifetime Alimony2013
Interviewed on WBALForget About the Pre-nup2012
Interviewed on ABC Nightline NewsTiger Woods Scandal2009
Interviewed on CNNChild Custody2007