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Geraldine Welikson Hess

also known as Geraldine Pamela Welikson

About me

I am a thorough, innovative and tough litigator who explores and prepares for an amicable negotiation simultaneously while preparing for trial.  I am an experienced collaborative lawyer and believe that it is best to reach an amicable resolution but when that is not possible we are prepared to litigate.  

I am an member of the US Supreme Court.  I have passed the bar exams in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.  



Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
    22 years
  2. Child Support: 20%
    22 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    22 years
  4. Child Custody: 20%
    22 years
  5. Alimony: 20%
    22 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrea Esther Hirsch

    I endorse this lawyer. Geraldine is an experienced family lawyer, who is highly respected in the legal community. She is a skilled negotiator and a tough litigator, but she also offers clients her expertise in the collaborative approach. She is thorough and creative and takes the time to understand her clients needs and interests so that she can help them achieve the best outcome. She is committed to keeping her clients informed and to exploring settlement options early on, in an effort to minimize the expense and maximize the potential for an amicable resolution through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.


    Andrea Hirsch Family Attorney
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  • Cheryl Lynn Hepfer

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Geraldine on many complicated cases over the years. I have always found her to be thoughtful and creative. She is an excellent negotiator and trial attorney. She always keeps her clients' best interests in mind, and works diligently to negotiate a fair resolution. She has significant knowledge in areas of business valuation and tax consequences, as well as custody and access issues.


    Cheryl Hepfer Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hess Family Law

451 Hungerford Drive
Suite 119-307
Rockville, MD, 20850


DCActive 199405/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199309/15/2015
NYCurrently registered 199303/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyersU.S. News and World Report2015
Maryland Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best LawyersU.S. News and World Report2014
Maryland Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Best LawyersU.S. News and World Report2013
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyersBest Lawyers2012
Super LawyersDC Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2011
Top Divorce Lawyers - Honorable MentionBethesda Magazine2010
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyersDC Super Lawyers2010
Top Family Law and Divorce LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2009
Super LawyersDC Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2009
Outstanding Section Chair of the YearMontgomery County Bar Association (Maryland)2002
Award of Appreciate for Serving as PresidentPrince George's County Women's Bar Association1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Office of Cheryl Hepfer1992 - 2010
Contract AttorneyUnited States Department of Justice1992 - 1992
Legal InternUS Senate, Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice1992 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow, National and Maryland chapters2004 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc. MarylandCharter MemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Women's Bar Association of MarylandMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Frankel v Frankel, 886 A.2d 136, 165 Md. App. 533 (Md. App., 2005)The appellate court upheld the lower court decision
Li v. Lee, Reported Opinion in the Court of Special Appeals of MarylandCourt upheld the parties' separation agreement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of RochesterPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law 101: Basics for the New PractitionerDefending Your Financial Statement from Attack2012
Expert Witness SkillsDepositions2011