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My practice is dedicated to helping families through the difficult transitions that are inherent in divorce through non-litigation methods of settlement advocacy including the respectful, solution-based Collaborative Law process.  I also am an experienced mediator.  When representing clients, I assist them in identifying and attaining goals that are future-focused and child friendly, with a goal toward helping the family as a whole develop mutually agreeable and durable resolutions to those issues of most importance to them.  I am consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland, and in 2015 I was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for my work in Collaborative Law.  I am the founding President of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council and the founding President of the Collaborative Divorce Association.  I also was Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association for which I was awarded Section Co-Chair of the Year in 2013.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 85%
    24 years
  2. Mediation: 15%
    10 years

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  • Sarah Novak Nesbitt

    Darcy is a leader in collaborative law in Maryland. While always ensuring that her clients are fully protected, she works to resolve cases in a respectful fashion that focuses on what is best for the family.


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  • Stacy B Talbott

    Darcy Shoop has been my opposing counsel on numerous cases. She is a zealous advocate who cares deeply for her clients. She is a leader in the field of collaborative divorce.


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Contact info

Darcy A. Shoop, LLC

Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County
51 Monroe Street, Suite 1901
Rockville, MD, 20850


DCActive 199907/06/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199403/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington D.C. Lawyer of the Year: Collaborative Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer Collaborative Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2014
Top Divorce LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Section Co-Chair of the Year, Collaborative Law SectionBar Association of Montgomery County2013
Top 100 Lawyers in DC and MDSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 50 Women Lawyers in MD and DCSuper Lawyers2013
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Top 25 Divorce LawyersBethesda Magazine2013
Super Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyer for Collaborative Family LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 50 Women Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2012
Top Divorce LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2011
Top 25 Women Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2011
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington D.C.Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer Collaborative Law: Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 50 Women in the D.C. AreaSuper Lawyers2010
Top Divorce Lawyer Montgomery County, MDBethesda Magazine2010
Top 25 Women Attorneys in MarylandSuper Lawers2010
The Best Lawyers in America (DC) Collaborative Law, Family LawThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Maryland Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
The Best Lawyers in America (MD) Collaborative Law, Family LawThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Top 50 Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2009
Top 25 Women Lawyers in MarylandSuper Lawyers2009
Top 88 Divorce Lawyers in D.C. areaThe Washingtonian Magazine2009
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top 1% of Attorneys in Washington D.C. Area - Family LawWashingtonian Magazine2009
AV RatingMartindale Hubbell2008
Recognized for Collaborative LawThe Best Lawyers in America2008
Maryland Super Lawyers - Collaborative LawSuper Lawyers2008
Maryland Super LawyersSuper Lawyers - Collaborative Law2007
Recognized for Collaborative LawThe Best Lawyers in America2007
Top Divorce LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberDarcy A Shoop, LLC2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Divorce Round Table of Montgomery CountyMember2009 - Present
Maryland Collaborative Practice CouncilFounding President, Board2006 - Present
Collaborative Divorce AssociationFounding President, Board2004 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1999 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1994 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Collabortive Law Section, Montgomery County Bar AssociationCo-chair2011 - 2013
Tri-State Task Force on Collaborative PracticeMember2007 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
George Mason UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Collaborative Law ClassDefining Advocacy in the Collaborative Process2013
2013 ConferenceCollaborative Law and Mediation2013
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2010 Forum Washington D.C.Defining Advocacy in the Collaborative Process2010