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Regina A DeMeo

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   10 reviews

About Regina

Learn Regina’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    For over 20 years, I have assisted clients resolve their disputes re custody, child support, property division or alimony either through litigation or mediation/ ADR. Most clients are able to work out an agreement to avoid a costly trial.

    23 years, 512 cases

  2. Family
    25%
    For over 20 years, I have helped clients develop Separation Agreements and Parenting Plans, as well as prenups and postnups to address their issues related to custody, child support, property division, or alimony.

    23 years, 416 cases

  3. Mediation
    13%
    For over 10 years, I have been appointed by the DC and MD courts as a mediator, and I also offer Collaborative Divorce or private mediation sessions. Weekend mediation is available upon request. This is a pay as you go service.

    16 years, 130 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    12%
    Prenuptial Agreements & postnuptial agreements are typically done on a flat-free basis with a one week turn around. These agreements help redefine property rights and support obligations.

    23 years, 306 cases

For over 20 years, I have helped clients in MD and DC resolve their family law disputes including child support, custody, alimony and property division.  I try to use alternate dispute resolution methods whenever possible to avoid costly litigation, but if necessary I am a highly skilled litigator.  Since 2007, I have served as an ADR facilitator for both DC Superior Court and Montgomery County Circuit Court.  I have practiced Collaborative Divorce for over a decade, and was formerly President of Collaborative Divorce Association in Maryland.  For two years, I hosted a show for MMCTV to help families tackle major issues. In 2012, I was also a legal commentor for Sirius XM, and in July 2013 I appeared on Good Morning America.  I have been featured in the Washington Post, as well as Bethesda Magazine, and I am frequently quoted in the media for promoting ADR to preserve as much family wealth and good will as possible.  I enjoy guest lecturing at my alma maters, Georgetown University and GWU Law School, and currently I am serving a 4 year term on Alumni Council for Phillips Academy Andover.

I am a divorced parent, who understands the emotional and financial burdens a separation will cause a family to endure.  My goal is to assist clients with a cost-effective approach that best suits their family's needs to move forward in a timely and orderly manner.  

Licensed for 23 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 07/12/2022

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

Contact Regina

Law Office of Regina A. DeMeo
4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 760N
Bethesda, MD, 20814

Reviews

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Posted by Brett | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Family-oriented, Efficient
After researching several attorneys I hired Regina as my lawyer to help with my divorce. I chose her for her experience, candor, and reputation as a family-oriented lawyer. I received all that and more. Regina is sensible and assertive while also being empathetic. She is an excellent communicator. I was well informed of my progress and what was required of me -- and only to the extent needed so my costs were not run up. She worked hard to achieve the best outcome for myself and my child(ren) while being professional and efficient. I was very happy with my decision. I couldn't have asked for anything more from Regina.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
When first meeting Regina it was initially to create a pre-nuptial agreement, never thinking we would meet again to handle divorce proceedings. The prenuptial agreement was done timely, accurately and her advice was very exacting. When the separation/divorce was imminent she was not only a most knowledgeable legal representative but kind and emotionally available. Never did I expect to be navigated through such a most difficult time in my life with such caring. With Regina representing me I felt confident that my best interests were being taken care of and would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Regina is wonderful. She handled my prenuptial negotiations with care and advocated my best interest. I would absolutely use her services again and would recommend them to others
Posted by William | February 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce lawyer in DC
Ms. DeMeo handled my difficult divorce very professionally. She clearly informed me of the law and gave me the courage to move out on my own. She was attentive to my needs and handled everything with empathy and compassion. She was respectful, prompt, and cost sensitive. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer or a more stress-free experience. I was so glad to have had Regina DeMeo to represent me. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney..really cares
Regina is an excellent attorney. During a very painful custody and divorce process, she has been there for me and held my hand throughout the entire divorce process. Regina pays attention to every detail and knows her stuff when she gets to court. I don't think I could have picked a better attorney to represent me.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
I've known Regina for a number of years, and she is an incredibly intelligent and thoughtful attorney, who is able to easily explain complicated concepts to her clients. She is punctual, responsive, cost-conscious and very personable. Regina's commitment and compassion to her work is unquestionable. I cannot recommend her enough
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Navigated through a tough case
Ms. DeMeo has been as invaluable resource and council as well as a dedicated and persistent attorney in my court case for well over a year now. My divorce -- unfortunately -- has been a complicated one because of the personalities involved (on the opposing side). She tried to reduce costs by negotiating and had a calming effect on me while the other council was fanning the flames. Her attention to details was another critical asset that proved again and again to tilt the scales of justice to the right direction. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone needing help in family matters.
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Posted by Jason Yang | October 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forward Thiknking, Thorough, Thoughtful, and Conscientous Attorney
Regina helped my wife and I plan our estate planning before and after the birth of our first child. She was extremely well prepared and easy to work with. My wife and I came away from the experience with a rock solid plan and documents, as well as a new friend. We wholeheartedly recommend her services to everyone we know.
Posted by Oscar | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My go-to counsel
I was Regina's client for two years. Her counsel, patience and empathy as a fellow parent were critical in getting me through a custody case that took many twists and turns. Ultimately we prevailed and it was thanks to her preparation and strategy that helped me present myself and the issues in the strongest possible way in front of the DC family court. Regina was always available and had extensive procedural and strategic experience to rely on from her years practicing in DC and Maryland. I will always consider her as both my legal counsel and a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and compassionate counsel for divorce and child custody matters
Regina DeMeo represented me in my divorce and represented me again when my ex-husband became aggressive about custody of our 10-year-old son. I would hire her again immediately if the need were to arise. Regina keeps her focus on the best result for her client and any children in the family. Her approach is to negotiate or mediate when possible; if that is not possible, then she is a vigorous and masterly advocate. Regina understands that divorce is exhausting in many ways. My ex-husband thrives on conflict, and she took over all communications about the divorce so that I could focus on my son. She also recommended a book that helped me to better understand my ex-husband and to better anticipate what he might try to do. She thought of many issues that I hadn't, such as the tax implications of divorcing, and she negotiated a favorable position for me. When my ex-husband became angry at me two years later, he came back and tried to revise our shared custody agreement. I hired Regina again. Regina worked tirelessly in negotiations with my ex-husband's attorney to ensure that my son's best interests, and not my ex's anger, remained the highest priority. Finally, Regina is efficient and cost-effective. For one of the best divorce and custody attorneys in the DC/Maryland region, her rates are fair and she gets things done quickly. In one of the most difficult times of my life, I am so glad to have had Regina DeMeo at my side. I recommend her as highly as is possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Law office of Regina DeMeo
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • The Lewis Law Firm
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Liotta, Dranitzke & Engel
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • George Washington University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Georgetown University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Associations

  • Women Business Owners of Montgomery County, MD
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Women's Bar Association DC
  • Secretary
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Top Family Lawyers in MD and DC
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Family Lawyers in MD and DC
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Family Lawyers in MD and DC
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Family Lawyers in MD and DC
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Family Lawyers in MD and DC
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Divorce Lawyers
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Wealth Strategies Journal
  • Love & Money
  • 2016
  • Splitopia
  • Before You Remarry, Consider a Prenup
  • 2016
  • Wealth Strategies Journal
  • Love & Money Column
  • 2015
  • KidzEdge
  • 4 Tips for a Smooth Transition Away From a Sport
  • 2014
  • Kidzedge
  • 5 Reasons Kids Make Us Better People
  • 2014
  • Kidzedge
  • Top 5 Lessons Learned from Sports
  • 2014
  • Amazon
  • Gina the Gymnast
  • 2013
  • Maryland Psychologist
  • Settlements Outside of Court
  • 2012
  • Foundation Press publication
  • The History of Collaborative Divorce
  • 2011
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • The Expanding Role of Collaborative Family Law
  • 2011
  • Washington Business Journal
  • In Marriage, Knowing What's "Ours" and "Mine" is an Asset
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Story Time
  • Gina the Gymnast
  • 2019
  • Panel discussion for GW students
  • Careers in Family Law
  • 2019
  • Opportunities and Career Paths for Lawyers
  • Careers in Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • 2019
  • Contemporary Issues Forum
  • Forgiveness as a Key to Successful Relationships
  • 2019
  • National Gymnastics Day
  • Top 5 Lessons Gleaned From Gymnastics
  • 2018
  • Family Law Program
  • Discovery and Dealing with Adultery
  • 2018
  • Work Life Balance
  • work life balance
  • 2016
  • george washington university
  • family law
  • 2016
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • family law
  • 2016
  • American Family Mediators Assoc.
  • Flexible Thinking
  • 2015
  • Oliver Scholars Program
  • scholarships
  • 2013
  • GW University
  • collaborative law
  • 2013
  • Georgetown University webinar
  • Forgiveness
  • 2012
  • Fresh Start Students
  • Forgiveness
  • 2012
  • Phillips Academy Andover Reunion
  • scholarships
  • 2010
  • Georgetown Law School
  • collaborative law
  • 2010
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • family law
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Regina is consistently at the top of my list for challenging Maryland family law matters. She is a creative, dynamic thinker who is equally comfortable in a settlement conference and courtroom."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Regina is a professional, effective and efficient advocate with an excellent command of the law."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had several difficult cases in litigation (and outside of litigation) with Regina. She is always a pleasure to work with, despite difficulties in the cases. She has also served as a mediator very aptly in my case. I recommend her highly."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. DeMeo is a caring and thoughtful attorney who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is especially concerned with the well-being of the entire family and advising her clients on how the legal process can affect their future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Regina exhibits the highest of ethical standards, is always prepared and fully communicates her client's position on a timely basis."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Regina and seeing her dedication to helping families move into the next stage after separation. She works tirelessly to help the family with the transition, and works hard to ensure her client is educated, prepared, and comfortable with the next steps. She is dedicated to resolving her cases outside of court."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Regina to be a caring, thoughtful and smart attorney who helps clients find appropriate customized solutions that really work for their families"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. DeMeo on several Prenuptial Agreements. She has always been very professional, responsive, and cordial to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Regina is a very qualified and pragmatic attorney. She provides skilled and sensible counsel to her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly capable family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Regina is my "go to" counsel on the other side to work through tough cases, or to go to for her creative mediation approaches. She does the most pre-nuptial agreements around the area and serves as an incredible source by her practice in DC and Maryland. She is a pleasure to know and work with in family law."
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Bethesda Divorce and separation Lawyer Regina A DeMeo
Regina A DeMeo
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 23 years