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Sheraz Barkat

Family Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   17 reviews

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Sheraz Barkat is a family law attorney in Washington, D.C. As a divorce and child custody attorney, Sheraz has litigated several divorce and child custody matters including complex property distributions, overseas property, child support modifications, childhood name change, and military benefits. Sheraz has also represented clients in numerous uncontested divorces. He appears frequently before the Domestic Relations Branch of the D.C. Superior Court, and has also volunteered there as an attorney-negotiator.

 

Prior to his time as a practicing attorney Sheraz was a Congressional Staffer for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV for several years working on small business, tax, veterans, and trade policy for the Senator. In addition to his domestic education Sheraz studied abroad  in Sydney, Australia where he focused on international civil litigation and comparative family law. Sheraz is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association. He also volunteers with the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

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Licensed for 10 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 06/08/2022

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

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Barkat Law Firm
2001 L Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC, 20036

Reviews

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Posted by Marcelino | August 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful to have had Sheraz on my corner!
I had the pleasure of meeting and retained Sheraz for my custody/child support case. He was very understanding, knowledgeable, detailed, honest, and would always get back to me quickly. He handled my case with the most attention and managed to get me a settlement, after I had struggled 2 1/2 years on my own. I now have my son 43% of the time thanks to Sheraz. All I wanted was more time with my son and Sheraz made it happen! I am so grateful to Sheraz, I can finally move on. Thank you Sheraz your the best!
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just Retain Him
Sheraz was ever present and very communicative during my uncontested divorce. He explained everything in detail and got back to me in a timely fashion. He never made me feel like my very uncomplicated divorce was less than relevant to him. Sheraz is personable, respectful and most of all professional. He provides solutions, cares about his clients and works hard to get you the quickest and easiest resolution. I'm so happy I retained him; he's not only a thorough attorney, he's a great person as well.
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Posted by Marilyn | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank God Almighty for Sharaz Barkat,Esq!
I thank God for Mr. Barkat because if it had not been for his professional, caring, and yes loving handling of my divorce, I don't know what would have become of me. He saw that I had been set up to fail by my ex and her attorneys. I had all cards stacked againse due to a lack of competent representation. He fought tooth and nail to ensure that justice would be done fairly in my situation that seemed to be futile to say the least. He has restored my faith in the legal system and attorneys as a whole. An equitable and fair settlement was reached on my behalf and it wouldn't have happened without Barkat Law Firm. He sacrificed his time and knowledge to make sure that I would be OK in the end Words cannot express my gratitude for all the hard work that was done on my behalf. It is evident to me that law is not just s job but a God given calling for him. Because of his kindness, I feel like I can start my life over and successfully make it now
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Posted by James | September 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I hired Sheraz to represent me in a child custody matter in Washington, DC. He helped guide me through my case and advised me of all my options to make getting through the custody process much more understandable. I still rely on Sheraz whenever I need advice on child custody issues with my children. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good attorney.
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Posted by Stuart | August 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Tough negotiator who gets results
I was being harassed by representatives of an individual who is currently a sitting Governor in a nearby state. Those people were threatening me with lawsuits, trying to get me to turn over property to the Governor that was rightfully mine without receiving any compensation whatsoever. I turned to Sheraz who aggressively pushed back all of their efforts, and in the end successfully got them to drop their lawsuit threats and allowed me to keep rightful ownership of my property. I would recommend Sheraz to anyone who needs an attorney who knows the law, can get aggressive when necessary, who won't back down against big money firms, and will get you results.
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Posted by Roger | August 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent honest representation.
I found Attorney Barkat to be honest and thorough. I was told the negative and positives of my case so I could choose how I would proceed. He proved to be an excellent negotiator with the opposing party. In addition, I learned I had a refund coming from my retainer fee. I highly recommend Attorney Barkat and am very happy with the results of my case.
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Posted by Sheila | August 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Sheraz to represent me in my divorce, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a competent and caring attorney. He is very knowledgable and professional, and knows how to get the job done.
Posted by Laura | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney
Sheraz represented me in my divorce, custody and child support case. He was very communicative, prompt and attentive to my needs throughout the process. He always asked me what I wanted and did his best to make sure that's what I got. I felt secure in having him as my attorney, he made helped make the process a smooth one and explained everything to me so I understood my options. My case did not end up going to trial but this was also because of Sheraz. A tactic he utilized forced the other side to decide to settle out of court and come to an agreement on terms that suited my needs but did not abuse theirs. Great guy yo have on your side, I would recommend him 100% to anyone seeking a great divorce attorney!
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Posted by Pamela | June 6, 2016
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Excellent representation
Sheraz is knowledgable, professional, personable and highly competent. He represented my son in a child custody matter that was inappropriately filed in Washington, DC when it rightfully belonged in WV. He prepared and filed a Motion to Dismiss and successfully advocated for it before the judge such that the Motion was granted. He is thorough in his preparation and knowledge of the court system. It was a pleasure to meet and work with him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
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Excellent Representation
I will highly recommend Sheraz Barkat as a lawyer ,He represent me in my divorce process. He was very helpful, giving me all the details and He took care of every single detail. My divorce process was very easy and less stressful because of the excellent representation that I got from Sheraz Barkat.Once again I highly recommand him.
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Posted by Randy | February 1, 2016
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Happy Client
I found Mr. Barkat when I had nowhere else to turn to and I am so thankful for him. His knowledge and expertise helped me win a case that I thought was not possible. His attention to detail was astounding and his ability to objectively analyze any situation to determine the facts was amazing. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for myself and my family. Thank you Mr. Barkat! You are nothing short of an Angel!
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Posted by Joon Suh | January 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Personal knowledge guidance
I have consulted Sheraz on various issues over the past couple years including landlord-tennant issues and other personal matters. Sheraz is a knowledgable attorney who clearly explains the law, and provides guidance on what the right path is based on the outcome you want to achieve. If you need an attorney I would highly recommend Sheraz.
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Posted by Mark | January 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top-Notch Family Law Attorney!
I initially contacted Sheraz in regards to a family law issue. After a very thorough consultation; which included detailed answers to all of my questions and an in-depth explanation of my legal rights, I decided that I did not currently require legal representation. During our conversation, I mentioned in passing numerous headaches with a rental property. Even though it was both outside the scope of our initial consultation and Sheraz was not in a position to gain monetarily since he is not a landlord/tenant attorney, he spent a great deal of extra time directing me to several very useful resources on the Internet. As a result, I was ultimately armed with the knowledge that enabled me to revise my rental agreement, which undoubtedly has strengthened my legal rights as a landlord. Sheraz is a highly energetic and consummate professional whose integrity, intelligence and work ethic embody qualities that I would want in an attorney. I would highly recommend Sheraz to any colleagues or friends in the DMV who are in search of a reputable and caring family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Barkat was very attentive and understanding regarding the issues surrounding my divorce. He listened to all of my concerns and explained thoroughly what to expect during both of my proceedings in court. Mr. Bakrat was very knowledgable and a consummate professional. I highly recommend his services for anyone seeking a family law attorney.
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Posted by Jorge | November 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trustworthy Lawyer
I have had the opportunity to consult with Sheraz on a number of legal matters as I was setting up a new business in Washington DC. He is the consummate professional, an intelligent lawyer, personable, and - most importantly - he cares about his clients and achieving positive results. I have known Sheraz for a few years now, and I can only give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Darrell | October 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied client
I am a past client of attorney Sharaz Barkat and will say that I was very pleased with the representation of attorney Barkat. His representation of me during my divorce, his knowledge of how the process would go and what information was needed removed the stress and anxiety during my divorce proceeding. Attorney Barkat responded to my telephone calls and emails promptly and was always professional during our meetings and conversations. My divorce would not have been as successful as it was without his representation of me before the court. I would recommend attorney Barkat to my friends and family if they should need a divorce lawyer.
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Posted by Kristian | October 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service/Professional/Affordable
Sheraz Barkat created a remarkable experience during my divorce and bank litigations. He responded to my emails, texts and phone calls in a time sensitive manner with meticulous follow ups. Sheraz is a man who embodies honesty and integrity throughout the entire process. Once we established a reasonable price, he did everything in his ability to provide all the services we agreed upon while not billing additional hours although my case became more involved than initially anticipated. Sheraz ended my divorce and facilitated my case against my bank according to my requests while shedding light on all areas of concern. I will recommend him to any friend, family member or colleague that needs a hardworking and honest attorney to deliver a positive verdict. I will be forever grateful for him helping me through an extremely difficult time in my life.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Barkat Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Ates Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Legislative Correspondent
  • United States Senate
  • 2009 - 2013

Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • West Virginia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Civil Protective Order
  • Order entered with no wrongdoing found
  • Alimony and Divorce
  • Successfully defended against alimony and received award of attorney's fees from the other party.
  • Child Custody
  • Successfully dismissed the other party's complaint, and case was moved to West Virginia
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Associations

  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • District of Columbia Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Family Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • DC Young Entrepreneur of the Week
  • DC Young Entrepreneurs
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Mediation Training for Mental Health Professionals
  • DC Family Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (20)
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Child custody Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mr. Barkat's work. He is of excellent character, highly intelligent and broad knowledge of family law. Terrific trial attorney as well."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Barkat is a valuable member of the online AVVO community. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheraz provides a valuable service on Avvo. He gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The credentials that this attorney has speaks for itself"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sheraz is an excellent family law attorney who is responsive to client's needs and a zealous advocate in the court room. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Friend
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Sheraz for over a decade and would recommend him without any hesitation. Sheraz is extremely intelligent, diligent, passionate about his work and his resume speaks for itself. Perhaps most importantly, there is no one I would give a higher endorsement to in regards to integrity and trustworthiness."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Sheraz for ten years now. He is one of the most honest, dedicated and sharp people I know. The choice to hire a lawyer should not be taken lightly. You can and should have the utmost confidence when hiring Sheraz."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Sheraz for over three years. I have worked briefly with him on one case in the past, and more recently, he was opposing counsel in a family law matter that went to trial. From that experience I can say he clearly works hard and advocates zealously and effectively for his clients. I'm happy to give him my endorsement."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheraz approaches the most difficult family law issues aggressively yet compassionately. I am always comfortable referring individuals on to him for representation."
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