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Lois R Finkelstein

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chevy Chase, MD

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    36 years

  2. Child custody
    My areas of concentration in family law include, among other things, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, custody, child support,co- parenting, alimony, property division, separation and divorce. My approach in each of these areas is as a problem solver. Consequently, I have successfully resolved, without the court's intervention, at least 95% of my cases.

    36 years

  3. Alimony

    36 years

  4. Child support

    36 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials

    36 years

Licensed for 39 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 07/12/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 06/08/2022
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 1982
Updated 09/19/2022

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Posted by Michael | September 19, 2014
The attorney that you want in your corner
I wish I could give Ms. Finkelstein 6 stars instead of 5, she is that good, dedicated and trustworthy. She treated me with respect and dignity and, most importantly, worked tirelessly to protect the personal and financial security of my children's future. Ms. Finkelstein put her heart and soul into my case. That, along with her considerable legal talents and abilities, is a formidable combination to have in your corner. Run, do not walk, to this attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2009
Superb Lawyer!!
I have worked with Lois for two years on a very complex custody case. Based on my experiences, what distinguishes Lois is a clear demonstration of how much she truly cares about what she does -- not just the "case" but the lives she touches. She is relentless and impeccable in her execution and is a superb an compelling writer. I have recommended Lois to others and would use her again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unparalleled results and top notch attorney
Lois is a highly experienced, extremely effective, wickedly smart, profoundly determined and compassionate attorney.  I can state without reservation, Lois' devotion to her clients, her knowledge of the law, and fierce drive to unfailingly obtain the most desirable results for her clients, has benefited me and continues to benefit me today.  In fact, her ability to inject brief succinct, but ever so effective, provisions in my settlement agreement continue to impact my life in ways I could never imagine! Lois worked tirelessly for me and her vision and negotiation skills continue to yield me ongoing victories today, as my case continues to present through the court system again and again.   Dealing with the demands of a narcissist ex is a delicate art and Lois masterfully navigated me through a very stressful time in my life! Her professionalism and integrity are top notch and I resoundingly recommend her to anyone who needs the finest legal representation.
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Posted by Jennifer | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would be lost without her!
Ms. Finkelstein has been consistently astute and patient while navigating me through an incredibly challenging divorce. Her professionalism and ability to work with all the parties involved is paramount. She is attentive, knowledgeable and thorough and has been skillful in keeping negotiations moving in the most positive manner possible - even when I could see no positive way forward. I simply cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Tamer | December 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lois is the Sherif you want in your town!!
Lois took over my divorce case halfway, things were going badly and my ex had an unethical divorce lawyer who was taking advantage of the situation, dragging that divorce longer and making things complicated. Lois came on board and immediately took charge! She is organized, dedicated, decisive! She was able to help me settle the case in a favorable outcome. The documents Lois prepared ( separation & parental agreements) have been the guiding light for me and my ex since without any issues. The fact that the agreements are so meticulously written left now room for guessing. lois is the attorney you want on your side of you are going through a divorce! She will have your back like no other!
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Posted by Karen | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There are not enough words to describe how wonderful, compassionate and professional Lois Finkelstein is. During one of the most difficult times in my life Lois was incredible. She was always made herself available to me and I know worked tirelessly for me. I would recommend her and her expertise to anyone and everyone. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING LOIS, YOU HAVE BEEN MY GUARDIAN ANGEL!
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Posted by Leroy wisdom | January 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The #1 Attorney in the business
The Perfect Blend of Professionalism, Effectiveness and Compassion Divorce is never an easy thing to go through. No one goes in to a marriage preparing for a divorce. So, needless to say, it's a confusing and sad time. Lois Finkelstein, my third attorney, was nothing short of the perfect blend of professionalism, effectiveness, and compassion. I only wish I had discovered her first! She was an ear when I needed one, including on weekends! She was very professional in all her communications and processes, keeping me calm in a very high anxiety time in my lifetime. Lois was extremely effective insuring the outcome of my case was one that helped me move on to the next chapter of my life with the least amount of unrest. She helped me regain control of my life and establish generous access to my child. From our first consultation to the eventual close of my case, (these cases seem to never end!) Lois was there with constant updates, advice, and solutions. She is without a doubt, the most responsive attorney I have ever had on my side. A top notch attorney who settled an unsettling time in my life. I highly recommend having Lois Finkelstein in your corner should you find yourself in a position where divorce is the only answer. She is bar non, the very best negotiator I have ever met!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate Counsel
I consulted with Attorney Finkelstein this past week regarding a complex interstate custody matter. I was taken back by how she balanced covering all legal considerations while providing compassion and emphathizing with this situation. Following the consult it was clear that I am on the right path in choosing legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
The Best of the Best!
There are simply not enough words to describe how incredible Lois is. From the very beginning of our initial consultation I could feel how engaged and invested Lois was in me, my family and helping us make the best decision for our needs. Though we “only” did a post-nup, Lois didn’t treat it like a transaction. She spent time understanding truly what we wanted and why. She provided great guidance and expertise on things we overlooked and even things we didn’t need. Lois made herself available every time we had a question or wanted to discuss anything – big or small. Of course our final document was flawless and completely captured everything we wanted. She is a lawyer who cares deeply about the whole person and is absolutely the person you want advising, counseling and fighting for you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2013
Lois is extraordinary!!!!! She truly cares for her clients and will go above and beyond what a lawyer is expected to do. I mean that wholeheartedly. She's knowledgeable and will fight for you the entire way. Part of the reason why I made it through much of my ordeal was because of the support she provided me. Without her I wouldn't be standing ( or sitting) long enough to write this.
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Posted by Margo | January 28, 2010
Superb, outstanding, extraordinary, fantastic, top-notch.....There aren't enough positive words to describe Lois Finkelstein! She is extremely knowledgable of the law, takes the time to explain the details, and truly cares. I consulted with her on a child support case, and she gave me invaluable advice. I was very well pleased with her advice, demeanor, professionalism, and how easy she was to talk to. Her advice included both legal advice and practical advice based on the law and her years of experience. I would definitely hire her and would recommend her to anyone seeking a domestic relations lawyer!!
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Posted by Steven | September 29, 2008
Client Review
Extraordinary, passionate, professional, methodical and patient. Lois has earned in spades her top ratings in the Washington DC area. I would recommend her to any friend or colleague. A must-do improvement, which I have emphasized to her repeatedly, is 1) graduate from first-generation computers and Word Perfect software, and 2) her administrative assistant/receptionist Marie's conduct/attitude and telephone etiquette is unprofessional, far below acceptable standards.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2008
former client
Lois got me through an extremely difficult legal and highly emotional divorce. Her legal skills were unsurpassed. However the most important thing was that it was always apparent that she cared about me and my children as human beings not just paying clients. I learned about Lois from another family member who had also engaged her and was extremely pleased with the outcome. I consulted other attorneys and chose Lois for her calm and supportive demeanor. PS She can be a bulldog when necessary.
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Posted by Ervin | September 26, 2008
I found her to knowledge of the law to be a guiding light during the divorce process. Her presentation of the information and her consistent professionalism is worthy of someone to meet independent of her profession or the reason I hired her. She lays out the facts of the case and the path that you will travel in a very comforting and informative way. No one like to spend money on matters such as divorce, but I must admit that this lawyer is worth every penny. I recommend me her services to anyone involved in divorce or in need of pre-marital legal gudiance. This lawyer is a keeper.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • 1998 - Present
  • Principal
  • Freer, McGarry, Bodansky & Rubin
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Anne Garfinkle
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Newman & Holtzinger
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhea Burrow
  • United States Department of Labor
  • 1982 - 1984
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • George Washington University
  • MA - Masters in Education
  • 1975
  • University of Connecticut--cum laude graduate
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973


  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • ABA Family Law Section's Military Committee
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Operation Stand-By
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Panel
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 2003 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Inclusion in the 2009/2010 edition of registry
  • Strathmore's Who'sWho
  • 2009
  • Top Washington D.C. Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top Maryland Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top Washington D.C. Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Top Maryland Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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  • The Retirement Catch-Up Guide, Ellen Hoffman, author
  • "Make the Most of Your Home Equity", quoted by the author as an attorney who specializes in family law
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • The Maryland Commission for Women
  • Discussion of legal analysis and strategies in custody matters, child support and separation and divorce
  • 2007
  • Pro Se Plus Divorce Clinic
  • Family Law, presention to lawyers and pro se litigants
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lois is an extremely talented, hardworking and well respected attorney in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend Lois to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. An accomplished advocate and superb negotiator, Lois is a consummate professional. She is acutely aware of her clients' needs. Her tenacity and attention to detail ensures lasting solutions to difficult legal problems."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lois is a very well respected and highly effective attorney. She is a strong advocate for her clients and is willing to work diligently with opposing counsel to find an amicable resolution. Any client will be well served to have her as their lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Lois for many years. She is approachable, down to earth, and practical. She is also a dedicated lawyer who volunteers her time to help others."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Finkelstein is an accomplished family law practitioner who represents her clients with zeal while at the same time relates with adversaries in a highly professional manner. This is a real attribute in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Lois for at least 5 years and believe her legal skills and ethics to be impeccable."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lois is an experienced, hardworking family lawyer who connects with her clients and obtains great results. She has broad knowledge of all aspects of divorce law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and she is a top-notch negotiator."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lois commands wide-ranging experience and expertise in family and divorce and separation law. Her practice includes community-based, multi-state, and high-profile cases. In all of her cases, she works conscientiously, pays attention to factual and legal detail, and devotes herself to her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Lois for four years. She is smart, caring and a great negotiator. She is extremely knowlegeable about the local family law environment, particularly in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Her work is consistently recognized as outstanding by her clients and by her peers. She is someone that I regularly turn to for advice, and I trust her judgment implicitly. I recommend her to you without reservation."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lois typically handles large, difficult, complex divorce cases. She cares deeply for her clients. She is very attentive to the many financial and emotional details of their cases. That's why her legal services are in high demand."
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Chevy Chase Divorce and separation Lawyer Lois R Finkelstein
Lois R Finkelstein
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chevy Chase, MD
Licensed for 39 years
Free Consultation