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Monica Garcia Harms

Monica Garcia Harms

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Domestic Violence

About Me

A thorough knowledge and understanding of each client’s circumstances and needs distinguishes Monica Harms’ approach to practicing family law. She prides herself on relating to her clients, carefully listening to their goals and concerns, and then tackling legal processes with their perspectives in mind.


An enthusiastic and successful litigator, Monica is always poised to aggressively pursue her clients’ best interests in court. Her combination of thorough preparation, courtroom experience and dedication to providing the highest levels of service has helped her achieve the best possible outcomes for many of her clients.


Monica represents clients in a broad range of complex family law matters, including divorce, separation, contested custody and access, child support, domestic violence, separation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, alimony, property distribution, grandparent visitation, contempt/enforcement actions, modification actions, adoptions and guardianships. She is also a court-appointed representative of minor children as a Best Interest Attorney and/or Privilege Attorney. Bethesda magazine named Monica a Top Divorce Lawyer in its November/December 2013 issue, saying she “is among those in the elite tier of private attorneys who are known for their skills in handling thorny custody issues.”


Prior to joining Stein Sperling, Monica supervised the Montgomery County Circuit Court’s Domestic Violence Assistance Project, where she represented victims of domestic violence through the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. Continuing her advocacy for victims of domestic violence, she often speaks on issues of divorce, custody and domestic violence. Monica has also lectured before the Pro Bono Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County on how to present Protective Order cases. 


Monica is actively involved in the Bar Association of Montgomery County, serving on its Executive Committee (2010-2012), and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland’s Montgomery County Chapter, also serving on that organization’s Executive Committee (2009-2012). For several years, Monica coordinated monthly chamber chats with the Montgomery County Circuit Court and District Court Judges on behalf of the Bar Association.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%

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Contact Info

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD, 20850

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive200207/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2015
Top 50 Female Attorneys in MarylandMaryland Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyer2015
Rising StarWashington DC Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyer2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top Divorce LawyersBethesda Magazine2013
VIP AwardDaily Record2012
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2012
Bar LeaderMontgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation2012
President’s Citation for Outstanding ServiceBar Association of Montgomery County2012
President’s Citation for Outstanding ServiceBar Association of Montgomery County2011
Bar LeaderMontgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation2011
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2011
Bar LeaderMontgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation2010
Honorable MentionBethesda magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers2010
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Bar LeaderMontgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation2009
Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2009
Bar LeadersMontgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation2008
Super Lawyers Rising StarMaryland Super Lawyers2008
President's Outstanding Service AwardMontgomery County Bar Association2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalStein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC2003 - Present
Litigation AttorneyWomen's Law Center of Maryland2002 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Social CommitteeCo-chair2011 - 2012
Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County ChapterTriennial Silent Auction, Donations Chair2010 - 2010
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyExecutive Committee2010 - 2012
Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County ChapterExecutive Committee Member2009 - Present
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Social CommitteeMember2007 - 2008
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyMembership Chair2007 - 2008
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Long Range CommitteeMember2007 - 2008
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Fall Outing CommitteeSilent Auction Co-Chair2006 - 2010
Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County ChapterMuseletter monthly newsletter, Co-Chair2006 - 2011
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Chamber Chats CommitteeChair2006 - 2008
Montgomery American Inn of CourtAssociate2004 - 2006

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
WBA MuseletterGrandparent Visitation2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law TrainingBasic Family Law Training2013
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyRelocation Issues in Child Custody Cases2013
Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training CLE SeminarFamily Law2011
Family Law: Custody and AccessCustody and Access2008
Divorce, Separation and Property RightsDivision of Property & Divorce2008
Litigating Domestic Violence CasesDomestic Violence2003