Carlos M. Lastra is a highly effective trial lawyer whose experience has earned him such recognitions as being named a top "Divorce Attorney" in Washingtonian and Bethesda magazine and in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, as well an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubble. He has also been named by the Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers publications as one of the top Maryland and D.C. metropolitan area Family Law attorneys.
Mr. Lastra has litigated divorce, alimony, custody, child support, paternity, and property distribution cases; contempt/enforcement actions, modification actions, and domestic violence cases in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Prince George's, Charles and Anne Arundel counties as well as the District of Columbia. He has negotiated and tried cases involving high net worth individuals and complex domestic relations issues and also handles Collaborative Family Law cases.
Mr. Lastra is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Florida and the District of Columbia, as well the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern District and Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Lastra has served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section for the Montgomery County Bar Association, a Barrister in the Montgomery Inn of Court, and is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Lastra has presented programs on handling domestic violence cases for the Bar and also edited Pleading and Litigation Tactics in Domestic Cases for the 9th edition of MICPEL's Maryland Divorce and Separation Law Manual, used by lawyers statewide.
Mr. Lastra was awarded the 2010 Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Montgomery County Bar Association, as well as a Community Service Award for directing the Bar's Domestic Violence Project.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lastra operated his own practice in Miami, Florida, focusing primarily on criminal defense and personal injury matters. He was previously a Special Assistant Public Defender for the Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office.
In addition to his legal expertise, he is fluent in Spanish. Raised in Miami, Florida, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami in 1989; and in 1992, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he was a Certified Legal Intern, prosecuting felony cases for the Law Offices of Janet Reno, Miami-Dade State's Attorney. Mr. Lastra also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leonard M. Rivikind.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
Hourly ($445/hour), Retainer (always)
Cash, Check, Credit card
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Carlos is a formidable attorney in divorce litigation (and associated negotiation) in the State of Maryland. I have worked with Carlos on cases and have made a great number of referrals of clients to him with absolute confidence he will do all that he can to achieve a favorable outcome for the client.
William Blackford Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1992||06/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|DC Super Lawyer||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2015|
|Maryland Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top Divorce Lawyers||Bethesda Magazine||2013|
|DC Super Lawyer||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyers||2013|
|DC Super Lawyer||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyers||2011|
|DC Super Lawyer||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2011|
|Legal Elite, Washington's Top Attorneys, Reader's Poll||Smart CEO Magazine||2010|
|Family Law Practitioner of the Year||Bar Association of Montgomery County||2010|
|Community Service Award - Domestic Violence Project||Montgomery County Bar Foundation||2010|
|Top Divorce Attorney||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Who's Who in Law||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2007|
|Bar Leaders||Montgomery County Bar Association||2006|
|Section Co-Chair of the Year||Montgomery County Bar Association||2006|
|BV Rating||Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review||2004|
|Principal||Paley Rothman Goldstein Rosenberg Eig & Cooper, Chartered||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein Lastra & Bouquet, Chartered||2010 - 2014|
|Partner||Brodsky, Greenblatt, Renehan & Pearlstein, Chartered||2007 - 2010|
|Associate||Brodsky, Greenblatt & Renehan, Chtd||2000 - 2007|
|Of Counsel||Law Offices of James R.C. Dickey||1997 - 2000|
|Special Assistant Public Defender||Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office||1996 - 2000|
|Of Counsel||Ferro & Dickey||1993 - 1995|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Carlos M. Lastra, P.A.||1993 - 2000|
|Associate||Law Offices of Richard H. Ferro||1992 - 1993|
|Certified Legal Intern||Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office||1991 - 1992|
|Clerk||Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Leonard M. Rivikind||1990 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Montgomery County Circuit Court||Settlement Facilitator||2009 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association, Fee Dispute Committee||Co-chair||2009 - Present|
|Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Maryland Hispanic Bar Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Foundation||Bar Leader||2006 - Present|
|Montgomery American Inn of Court||Barrister||2005 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Pro Bono Initiative Committee Chair, Family Law Section||2009 - 2010|
|Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Co-chair||2005 - 2006|
|Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Co-chair, Program Committee||2004 - 2005|
|Maryland Divorce and Separation Law Manual - MICPEL||Editor, Pleading and Litigation Tactics in Domestic Cases, 9th edition||2009|
|Small Firm Business||Commentary, Anderson Publishing's Maryland Evidence Courtroom Manual||2004|
|University of Miami School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Miami||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Montgomery County Commission for Women||Sus Derechos Legales en el Divorcio: Resumen y Temas Relacionados||2014|
|Montgomery County Commission for Women||Maryland Divorce and Custody Law||2014|
|Family Law Section||Immigration Issues in DV and Family Law Cases||2010|
|Bar Association for Montgomery County, Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Pro Bono Initiative||Volunteer Attorney Training / Orientation||2010|
|Montgomery County Commission for Women||Sus Derechos Legales en el Divorcio: Resumen y Temas Relacionados||2009|
|Montgomery County Commission for Women||Maryland Divorce and Custody Law||2009|
|Bar Association for Montgomery County, Family Law Section||Family Law Update||2007|
|Montgomery American Inn of Court||When Domestic Violence Leads to Criminal Charges - Procedures and Strategies from Arrest to Trial||2003|