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Lisa Seltzer Becker

Education Attorney at Bethesda, MD

4.8   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    Maryland - MD 27 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2000
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    Title IX & campus sexual misconduct; public & private school suspensions and expulsions; school disciplinary matters; students’ rights; college & graduate school suspensions and expulsions; student honor council hearings; appeals; special education.

    22 years

  2. Child custody
    High conflict and complex custody matters; custody of special needs children; custody modifications and relocation.

    27 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    High asset and high income property settlements; same-sex marriage; alimony issues.

    27 years

  4. Family
    Prenuptial agreements; postnuptial agreements; child support issues; child support for adult disabled children; domestic violence and protective orders.

    27 years

  5. Mediation
    I mediate and arbitrate family law matters.


I seek cost-effective, practical solutions for my clients while aggressively advocating on their behalf. While I have significant experience in litigation, I also practice Collaborative Law and recommend this as an option for clients who want to resolve their disputes without litigation.  I also mediate and arbitrate family cases. 

I handle high asset and high income marital settlements; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; custody, custody modification and relocation; child support; child support for adult disabled children; child support arrearage and contempt; child support modification; alimony; alimony arrearage and contempt; alimony modification; same-sex marriage and separation; domestic violence and protective orders.

In my Education Law practice I represent parents and students in Montgomery County, Baltimore County and Howard County Public School cases as well as private schools in those locations.

I can meet clients at my office in Bethesda, as well as the Offit Kurman offices in Baltimore and Columbia/Maple Lawn.


Offit Kurman
4800 Montgomery Avenue
9th Floor
Bethesda, MD, 20814


4.8 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Anna | May 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Precise and kind
Mrs Becker was wonderful and kind to my daughter situation. I would recommend Mrs. Becker to everyone who has been mistreated by the school system. thank you for all you do
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Thoughtful
I reached out to Ms. Becker for an initial consultation regarding a disciplinary matter. She spent more time with me that I would have expected on a Sunday afternoon and asked me some great questions and helped me organize my thoughts. She also suggested a number of options to explore and was upfront about the pros and cons of following through with litigation. I was extremely impressed by our initial conversation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2008
In good hands
When I first met with Lisa, I knew I was in good hands. She immediately put me at ease and led me through a trying situation to a successful end with incredible skill, strength, professionalism and compassion. She kept me up to date on the case, explained everything clearly and was always responsive to my questions. I can't recommend Lisa highly enough.
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Posted by Kathleen | February 5, 2013
Grateful Client
I highly recommend Lisa as a lawyer. She was attentive, responsive, knowledgeable, effective and kind. Lisa represented me in a divorce and property settlement case. I wanted a divorce from my spouse and the removal of my name from liability for his property - originally purchased by him in both of our names. During the divorce and separation process, my spouse continued to reside in a house which I had purchased prior to our marriage. As part of the divorce settlement, he promised to purchase the house from me so that he could continue living there. He never did go through with the purchase and actually abandoned the property - forcing me to sell it for a loss. Lisa gave me good advice, but ultimately helped me to get the resolutions that I asked for from our legal actions, even though she wanted to pursue breach-of-contract and contempt-of-court to get a better settlement for me. It took a long time, but Lisa hung in there with me all the way. I want to give her an EXCELLENT overall rating but the best rating this website survey will allow is the "good" rating. My only distress about the whole experience is that the opposing side caused me a great deal of financial hardship, anxiety, and a whole lot of wasted time. I am very glad that the process is over.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • McMillan Metro, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Savit & Szymkowicz, LLP
  • 2003 - 2015
  • Director of Placement
  • Continuum Legal
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Instructor, Legal Assistant Program
  • The George Washington University, Center for Professional Development
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Ravdin & Wofford, PC
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Dragga & Callahan
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Maryland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • College sexual misconduct/Title IX
  • Client found not responsible at school hearing.
  • High-school disciplinary case
  • Expungment of suspension from student's records.
  • School disciplinary case
  • Student not expelled and returned to regular high school.


  • Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 1996 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Co-chair, Education Law Section
  • 2016 - 2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Maryland Collaborative Practice Council
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Ethics Committee
  • 2001 - 2002
  • American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists
  • Vice-President, Washington, DC Chapter
  • 1998 - 2000
  • American Inns of Court
  • Pupil, Montgomery Inn of Court
  • 1998 - 1999
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • Board Member, Washington, DC Chapter
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • DC's Finest 2010 Fall Collaborative Law & Special Education
  • Proactive Resources
  • 2010


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Maryland Special Education Law
  • 2013
  • Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter
  • Contributing writer from April 1997 to May 1998
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • IEPs and 504 Plans
  • Updates in Special Education Law; How the 504 Plan Process Works; 504 Plan Eligibility
  • 2018
  • Maryland Special Education Law
  • Maryland Special Education Law
  • 2013
  • Intersection of American & Jewish law on issues concerning agunot
  • Intersection of American & Jewish law on issues concerning agunot
  • 1999
  • Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce
  • Maryland separation and divorce law
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Lisa
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I"ve had several cases with Lisa. She knows the law, understands the issues and always does a great job for her client."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is a superb domestic relations lawyer. I have turned to her for insight in some of my own cases because she is clever and thoughtful."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work and practice, as well as endorsing her ethics and honesty."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation
Estate planning

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Bethesda Education Lawyer Lisa Seltzer Becker
Lisa Seltzer Becker
Education Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 27 years