Everybody has a special talent, a skill that gives them satisfaction and pleasure. Some are tap dancers, some are prize fighters. I am neither. I help people solve problems.
Over my 30 years of experience in resolving legal conflicts, I have learned and practiced problem-solving techniques that benefit and satisfy both parties without losing sight of my clients’ needs and feelings.
My foundation for this approach comes from my 20 years in the Army. During my five years as an enlisted man, I served as an ombudsman for the residents of lower-enlisted housing areas. The next 15 years I served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), negotiating claims against the Army. Over that time, I successfully resolved disputes both grand and small, from claims brought by US and foreign civilians and local governments (as well as other national governments) against the United States down to neighbor-to-neighbor arguments over parking spaces.
Since 1993, after I retired from the Army, I have restricted my practice to family law, predominantly in Montgomery County, Maryland. First as a solo practitioner and now in partnership with my daughter, Prudence Upton, at Avery & Upton, I have handled hundreds of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, and other family issues, most often bringing them to resolution without the need for a trial.
I am certified as a mediator in both general civil matters and family law, focusing on property and child-related issues. I serve as a facilitator for the Family Law Division of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
All of these experiences orient me toward Collaborative Practice. In this process, my clients resolve their own problems with their "other parties." They do this with my help and that of experts in personal finances, child psychology, and marriage counseling. Clients who have participated in this process are relieved to work together with their former partners rather than have a result imposed upon them by the judicial system.
I am admitted to practice before the Supreme Court (1984), Supreme Court of Kentucky (1976), Court of Appeals of Maryland (1992), and the DC Court of Appeals (1993). I am also admitted before the various US military appeals courts and the Court of Veterans Appeals. I am a member of the Bar of the Republic of Korea.
Every year I take several courses, workshops, and seminars to learn new skills and sharpen old ones.
I serve as President of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. (CDRP), and I am a member of the Collaborative Law Society, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council. I am also involved in the tri-state collaborative coordination group and tri-state collaborative training group. I am a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the DC Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Federal Bar, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bruce for many years through professional associations. He is a very knowledgable and dedicated practitioner who appreciates the value to a client of exploring all settlement options and can assist the client in achieving their goals.
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|KY||Authorized to practice law||1976||05/27/2009|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Listed in DC's Best Lawyers||Best Lawyers||2015|
|Listed in Maryland SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2015|
|Listed in DC SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Listed in DC's Best Lawyers||Best Lawyers||2014|
|Listed in Maryland SuperLawers||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Listed in MarylandSuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Listed in DC SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Listed in DC SuperLawyers 2012||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Listed in Maryland SuperLawyers 2012||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Listed in DC SuperLawyers 2011||SuperLawyers||2011|
|Listed in Maryland Superlawyers 2011||SuperLawyers||2011|
|Listed in DC Superlawyers 2010||SuperLawyers||2010|
|Listed in Maryland Superlawyers 2010||Superlawyers||2010|
|Listed in DC Superlawyers 2009||SuperLawyers||2009|
|Listed in Maryland Superlawyers 2009||SuperLawyers||2009|
|Listed in DC Superlawyers 2008||SuperLawyers||2008|
|Who's Who in American Law||Marquis Who's Who||2008|
|Who's Who||Marquis Who's Who||2008|
|Listed in Maryland Superlawyers 2008||SuperLawyers||2008|
|Who’s Who in American Law||Marquis Who's Who||2007|
|Who’s Who in American Law||Marquis Who's Who||2006|
|Adjunct Professor||University Of Maryland School Of Law||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Avery & Upton||2004 - Present|
|Sole Practitioner||Law Office of Bruce E. Avery||1993 - 2003|
|Contract Hearing Examiner||Department of Employment Services||1992 - 1993|
|Judge Advocate||US Army JAG Corps||1976 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2011 - Present|
|Assocation for Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||2010 - Present|
|Collaborative Practice Training Institute||Founding Member||2008 - Present|
|Maryland Collaborative Practice Council||Founding Member||2006 - 2011|
|Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals||Founding Member and Past President||2005 - Present|
|Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals||Founding Member||2005 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2005 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1993 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|International Legal Society, Seoul||Member||1987 - 1989|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1984 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|International Legal Society, Tokyo||Member||1977 - 1980|
|Kentucky Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1974 - Present|
|Strategies for Military Family Law||Chapter: “Specific Child Custody and Support Considerations in Military Family Law Cases,”||2012|
|Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Hobart College||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1971|
|Maryland Admistrative Office of the Courts||Multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training||2014|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Military Pensions||2013|
|Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts||Multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training||2013|
|Maryland Administrative Office of Courts||Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training (twice)||2012|
|Maryland Administrative Office of Courts/||Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training||2011|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Doctors do it - why not lawyers; Informed Consent & Collaborative Practice||2011|
|Collaborative Practice Training Institute||30-Hour Interest-Based Negotiations & Skills Training for the Collaborative Professional||2011|
|Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training||Collaborative Practice||2010|
|Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training||Collaborative Practice||2009|
|Collaborative Practice Training||Collaborative Practice||2008|