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Michael A. Troy

Divorce and separation Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   15 reviews
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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 14 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 22 years
    Maryland - MD 26 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    All aspects of divorce, including emergency pendente lite support motions, high networth divorce, child custody, visitation issues, property distribution and separation agreements

    26 years

  2. Child custody
    Aggressive attorney with experience negotiating and litigating complex custodial issues

    26 years

  3. Family
    Michael’s practice is dedicated to matrimonial and family law. This includes divorce, separation, custody, visitation, domestic violence, child support and spousal support issues, the distribution of marital assets including business assets, as well.

    26 years


Michael is AV Rated, Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell, having been peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.  Michael earned his Juris Doctor with honors from the American University, Washington College of Law where he served as an Articles Editor on the Editorial Board of the THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW.  Attorney Troy was a Dean’s Fellow for Associate Dean and Professor Jamin Raskin. He earned his LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center.  After law school, Michael clerked for Judge John H. Bayly at D.C. Superior Court.  Judge Bayly was hearing criminal and family matters at the time.  Attorney Troy has practiced law in the District of Columbia and Maryland for more than two decades.


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Top Contributor 2012
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The Law Office of Michael A. Troy PLLC
2121 Wisconsin Ave Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20007


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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kip | May 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Lawyer
I highly recommend Mr. Troy as your attorney. He was always prompt in returning my messages, always timely and informed in responding to my legal questions and concerns, and always professional. He's a skillful attorney; thanks to his representation, I got the ruling I desired. If you need a divorce attorney, Michael Troy is the lawyer for you!
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client-Focused Attorney
Mike made sure that I did not feel like one of his many clients. I was preparing for my upcoming divorce and custody trial when my attorney fell sick and could not represent me anymore. Of course, I was frantic and had to find an attorney to learn about my case ASAP. Luckily, a friend recommended Mike Troy and I am glad she did. Mike was able to pick up my case as if he had been my attorney the whole time. He made me feel calm. After meeting him I did not doubt that he could handle my case. He advocated for me and I was able to obtain what I wanted, which was primary physical custody of my twin daughters and legal custody with me as an ultimate decision maker. Mike was an absolute blessing and stood firm in the hell storm that was my case. I would recommend him to anybody.
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Posted by Robert | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mike Troy is an Excellent Attorney
Over the last 20 years, I have worked with Mike Troy at two different firms. Mike is one of the most personable, easy-going lawyers I have ever known. He is also a skilled legal tactician. While he has a bustling family law practice, he is also an excellent business lawyer. Without reservation, I recommend Mike if your small business needs commercial counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2015
Excellent Service
Michael Troy helped me through a very difficult process. My divorce was settled out of court. Michael gave excellent advice and was always available. If you are in need of a divorce lawyer he is the one. You will not find anyone more knowledgeable or committed.
Posted by James | June 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
Clear explanations, easy to deal with, shows involvement needed to find a plan for specific situation. Doesn't overcharge and provides free consultation.
Posted by KLC | March 18, 2015
Genuine & Compassionate
I needed an attorney for a hearing on a short notice. Mr. Troy was very flexible with meeting with me and preparing me for the hearing. He's very knowledgeable in what he does and very caring. I would recommend him without any doubt.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2014
Genuinely Cares
Michael Troy is a good man who genuinely cares about each and every client he represents. He also goes above and beyond what is expected of him to get the job done. When Michael first represented me as his client in filing for my divorce, I met with him personally to discuss my case in details. He made me feel comfortable and was genuine in listening to my concerns. He listened to everything that I had to say first and sympathized with me and understood that my decision to file for divorce was difficult but that he would be my legal support each and every step of the way to make it as easy on me as possible. He understood that one of my major concerns was to be able to obtain primary or sole legal and physical custody of my children. Michael worked tirelessly to make sure my concerns were heard in court regarding my concerns about my children and I was able to obtain primary and legal custody of my children. He kept me informed each and every step of the way with the divorce and custody hearing. He thoroughly listened to the concerns I had and did his best to make sure that all of my expectations in the case were met and that I was awarded what was important to me. Michael is a very down to earth guy, he makes it easy for his clients to talk to him and he gets the job done in court. He always makes himself accessible to his clients by phone, email or in person any time day or night. Whenever I call or send him and email, he always respond right away. He also understood my financial situation and worked with me on coming up with an appropriate payment system.
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Posted by Stefanie | October 28, 2014
Advocate You Want On Your Side
Michael Troy knows his way around a court room; he gathers the facts, presents a clear, concise and compelling accounting of events. Mr. Troy is a lawyer who can look across the playing field to see the opportunities when applying the law to your specific case and he sees the risk on the horizon and is able to plan effectively for that possible risk. Michael Troy is the advocate anyone would want on their side.
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Posted by Rose | August 21, 2014
Constructive Solutions
Mike helped me navigate a potentially difficult and contentious divorce in a smooth and non-confrontational manner. This was my second divorce, and what struck me about Mike's style was his emphasis on identifying alternatives that minimized conflict and litigation, while also achieving my objectives. His overall philosophy emphasizes constructive solutions rather than costly litigation, and having now gone through a divorce in both ways, I definitely prefer Mike's approach.
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Posted by Ayman | April 4, 2014
Lawyer with Integrity
Doctors and lawyers don’t usually get along, but I love my lawyer. Most of us are know-it-alls, and lawyers don’t like us, but most of them can handle us. Michael Troy led me through the dizzying maze of a divorce settlement agreement with a sure sympathetic hand. He did so while making sure I was fair to myself, not just to my x-wife. He did everything he could to keep me sane and safe in tumultuous times and sought out the best help he could think of. One word comes to mind when I think of Michael Troy; integrity. Dr. Ayman, plastic surgeon, and CEO of Luxxery Medical boutique, Washington DC.
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Posted by Susan | March 16, 2014
Exemplary Lawyer.
From my perspective as a British client, Michael is not only an exemplary family law attorney but also a remarkable credit to the American legal profession. For the last 16 months, he has tirelessly and diligently managed a series of complicated unexpected consequences of my D.C. divorce decree. His keen intelligence, considerable legal experience and priceless insights into human psychological vulnerability contribute to his effectiveness. As a trusted lawyer, he deftly combines integrity, dignity and respectfulness with toughness and determination in pursuit of his clients' legal rights. He is a superb communicator who is totally committed to finding the best possible legal solutions for his clients and their families. His focus, sensitivity and professional demeanor command the respect of his colleagues. It is a privilege to be one of his fortunate clients.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
I rarely, if ever, write reviews, but had to make an exception for Michael Troy. He is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He was always there when I needed him, and he was committed to getting fair results. Would definitely recommend Michael Troy.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2013
Consultation was Great!
Gave great free advice during the initial consultation and was available for follow up questions. Look forward to using his services in the future. Many thanks,
Posted by Robert | July 5, 2010
Divorce and Domestic Violence Representation
Mr. Troy has exemplefied all of the attributes of a legal professional and has gone above and beyond the call during holidays and non work hours to be available to his client-
Posted by Reed | March 12, 2010
Excellent attorney
I’ve known Mike for ten years. Years ago when I started an e-commerce company, Mike served as our attorney. He served as my personal and business advisor through a multitude of issues ranging from (incorporation, liability issues, business risks, contract, venture funding, stock distribution, employee benefits). We found him excellent on the legal side but also the business side. The business side is what distinguished him from other attorneys. Many lawyers are well versed in law but lack an understanding of business strategy and philosophy. Mike's father and brother are very successful business men and has been a great resource and source of education for Mike. Although he normally worked with larger public companies, he was the right fit for us. It was one of the best decisions the company made. Mike steered us through three rounds of financing and didn’t sit back and wait for problems arise. When he gets involved with a client he is extremely proactive and loves being part of the team. He is responsive and puts his client’s best interests first – not his. Mike is the master of figuring out what keeps an executive up at night and finding solutions to those problems-- solutions that are not only legally sound but cost effective. I unequivocally endorse Michael Troy as an attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Liles Parker, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Davis Malm & D'Agostine
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Patton Boggs LLP
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate; Chairman of the Partner Associate Committee
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Silver, Freedman & Taff, L.L.P.
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney Advisor
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Law Clerk
  • D.C. Superior Court, Judge John H. Bayly
  • 1997 - 1998
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2001
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Editor
  • American University Law Review
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first met Michael Troy several years ago when I consulted him about a corporate legal issue. Mike responded quickly and his analysis of the complicated issue was very thorough. I’ve since used him in several litigation matters, particularly in Washington, DC. He has great legal judgment and knows how to get things done at the courthouse. Mike is an invaluable legal resource in Washington, DC."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Michael for several years. He approaches the most difficult family law issues aggressively yet compassionately. I am always comfortable referring individuals on to him for representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Troy is an experienced attorney and an excellent advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first worked with Michael Troy as opposing counsel on a divorce and child custody matter, and was impressed with his diligence and skillful advocacy. He is an experienced litigator that can be trusted to maneuver clients through the many landmines that can appear in family law cases. I frequently recommend clients to Mr. Troy and will continue to do so in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Mike to be very knowledgeable in his practice area and always well prepared for his cases. He cares about his clients, works hard for them, and seems always to be available. I recommend this attorney."
General practice Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known and worked with Michael off and on for eight years and have always been impressed with his dedication and ability to get things done. Mike is a tireless worker who, in addition to being a top-notch lawyer, has a very good head for business and a strong commitment to his principles. I endorse Michael without reservation and would certainly use him as my personal lawyer if the need should ever arise."
General practice Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Michael Troy for almost a decade. Over the years, I had an opportunity to work with Mr. Troy on numerous cases. He is extremely bright and hard-working. I was really pleased to hear that he had decided to open his own firm. Without reservation, i strongly recommend Mr. Troy."
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Michael A. Troy
Divorce and separation Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 26 years
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