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Darin L Rumer

Family Attorney at Rockville, MD

4.3   12 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

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Darin Rumer provides highly effective, legal representation in high conflict divorce. He seeks cost effective resolutions through negotiation and mediation, but can be brutally tough and is well respected in the courtroom. As a dedicated advocate, Darin is well prepared for both scenarios, to litigate a client's case or to advocate the merit of an amicable resolution through negotiation or mediation. Through strong advocacy, he ensures that his client is in a better position to resolve his or her case no matter which scenario.

As a partner in Joseph, Greenwald & Laake’s Family Law practice, Darin provides legal counsel and is able to diffuse tense situations for his clients as they navigate difficult and stressful times in their lives. Darin has earned accolades from mediators, judges, and opposing parties. He takes pride in the fact that many former clients routinely refer their friends, family and colleagues. 

Licensed for 20 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 02/13/2017
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/29/2022

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Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
6404 Ivy Lane
Suite 400
Greenbelt, MD, 20770
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
5100 Buckeystown Pike
Suite 250
Frederick, MD, 21704
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Lara | February 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Extremely competent. Mr, Rumer genuinely cares for his clients and their specific needs. He listened attentively and never made me feel rushed. He answered by calls and e-mails promptly. He knows family law incredibly well and could cite case law off the top of his head. Very professional. Highly recommend.
Posted by Paul | February 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
Mr. Rumer is very professional, personable and knowledgeable in family law. He has advised me on many legal matters, including child custody, alimony, separation and divorce. He truly puts the best needs of his clients first. He is a very good listener and patiently answered all of my many questions and explained the law to me.  Mr. Rumer is dedicated, driven, and compassionate particularly while his clients are dealing with some of the most difficult and emotionally charged issues. He is an excellent lawyer and I highly recommend him. 
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent resource
He answered quickly and cared enough to call. Definitely will keep him as a resource to hire if needed. I’d feel confident recommending him just based on our initial discussions.
Posted by Rachel | April 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, hard working & dependable
Darin Rumer was a pleasure to work with. He exceeded my expectations as an attorney. He was easy to talk to and explained things thoroughly. Darin was very prompt responding to my calls, emails etc. If I needed help understanding something or had a question he was happy to help me. In the court room he showed knowledge & experience. Many of the fellow attorneys, judges etc knew him & were able to work with him diligently. Darin was honest with me about my options involving my case. He also showed patience & kindness dealing with my sensitive custody case. I am extremely satisfied with his work ethics. I would highly recommend him to be your attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and Professional
Mr. Rumer listens to my concerns and shows genuine concern for my children and I. It is obvious Mr. Rumer cares about his clients and will fight for their rights. Mr. Rumer and his staff quickly respond to my questions and legal needs. Very professional.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex Custody Case
Darin is a very compassionate yet candid attorney. Darin truly cares about the best interest of the child, not just his client. Darin led and managed a very complex and difficult custody situation very successfully. He managed the many details, and held the other attorney to task. Darin can be tough when he needs to be representing you, don't let the fact he is a super nice person fool you. He successfully helped us maneuver at tough case and get the best outcome we could for the child. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Greg | February 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
Daren was very knowledgeable and assisted me with a custody case. While I did not get sole custody he got me much more than I had before.
Posted by lloret | June 26, 2015
Best divorce attorney in Maryland
Darin was smart, focused and engaged. He was aggressive when necessary and kind and compassionate during a very difficult period. I recommend him completely.
Posted by igor Nasonkin | March 22, 2015
Darin Rumer is a star lawyer
Darin Rumer is the best Lawyer , i highly recommend him to people , who wants win custody!!!! He is the best of the best !!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2013
smartest and most compassionate attorney
Mr. Rumer was smart, aggressive and very well prepared. He knew exactly how to handle all the many issues that came up with my difficult divorce. He was kind, engaged and focused. Couldn't have asked for anyone better to handle my divorce. Thank you.
Posted by Joe | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Rumer was a disaster .
I hired Mr. Rumer to handle my divorce. Mr. Rumer was a chaotic disaster. He was very disorganized and made multiple errors. In his first letter to my then wife's attorney he asked that I be allowed to keep the motorcycle and the VW car. I have never owned either. He had confused me with another client, he said. I should have fired him then. After initially agreeing to my instructions that a settlement be agreed upon asap, without a trial, Mr. Rumer switched to insisting that there must be a trial. My former wife's attorney's office was less than a mile from Mr. Rumer's office. My former wife's attorney sent two very important, time-sensitive letters to Mr. Rumer by First Class mail and by email, on the 4th and 5th of the month. Both letters stated that if I did not disclose specified documents by a specified date Motions to Compel and for Sanctions would be filed against me. I did not know of these letters until the 11th, after the deadline had passed. Mr. Rumer had failed to inform me of them prior to the specified deadline - willfully in my sincere opinion. He denied that he had seen the letters prior to the deadline and claimed had never received either of the emails. How could two emails from a mile away get "lost"? Opposing counsel later confirmed to me in writing that both letters were sent via First Class mail and receipts for said emails had been sent to her via email I then fired Mr. Rumer. About 10 days earlier, Mr. Rumer had ignored my strict instructions not to subpoena my daughter. It was awful. At one stage, Mr. Rumer asserted that my former wife could keep all of her retirement funds (which I had funded) but that I should give her half of my pre-marital retirement funds. This was utter nonsense of course, and this advice worried me greatly. Also, I spent many hours correcting Mr. Rumer's documents, including the item number sequencing. Within weeks of firing the disastrous Mr. Rumer and acting acting pro se, I obtained a very much *better* deal from my former wife's attorney than Mr. Rumer had repeatedly urged me to accept. Fancy that! I wish I had never met Mr. Rumer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made bad situation worse
I have no idea where these other reviews came from, but they are in no way accurate to how Mr. Rummer actually handles a tough case when things are busy. I retained a reputable attorney at JGL and unfortunately got passed off to Mr. Rummer for asset phase because original attorney got too busy with more complex case. Mr. Rummer assisted some on the child custody phase and seemed okay, so I reluctantly agreed. Big mistake! He was in no way proactive or strategic, nor would he fight for what was right. Instead he let the other more experienced lawyer push us around and dictate course, allowed me to be put in unnecessary situations, gave up several advantages we had and didn't tie up loose ends. In addition, he was slow to respond, would ignore and/or was not able to understand detailed emails, nor did he have a good understanding of financial aspects/acumen. I went to this firm after having to get rid of my first attorney because the other side was so difficult and specifically hired a high-cost lawyer known to handle tough situations; while I got decent representation in child custody phase, I unfortunately was basically left to fend for myself in the second phase and still had to pay Mr. Rumer a high rate, which in no way was justified.
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Response from Darin Rumer May 18, 2020
If this is a legitimate client review, I am terribly sorry you feel that way about the representation you received. However, the information that you have provided above is not in line with my practice (and completely contrary to my handling of cases) and I have to question the authenticity of this anonymous review. There has not been an instance where a client has had to handle his or her own case or where I have been unable to comprehend any email communications. No client has ever made such a claim, past or present. Since this review is anonymous and without any facts, I am not able to respond. However I can say with confidence, 90% of my client base comes through referrals. I have received multiple referrals within the same families, as well as from the ex-spouses of former clients. No prior client has ever raised any of these allegations or concerns against me in almost 20 years of my practice. I would welcome the opportunity to address your perspective of handling of your case, should you wish. Please feel free to email me directly or call my offices, but to the best of my knowledge I cannot remotely apply this description to any of my past clients. Please note that my firm and I take client feedback seriously. We sincerely represent them zealously with their best interest in mind at all times.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Law Office of Jeffrey N. Greenblatt
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Senior Associate
  • Haspel & McLeod, PC
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Tidewater Legal Aid
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Extern
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, ED VA
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Intern
  • Law Offices of Monte Kuligowski
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Intern
  • Allen County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Clemson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • Clemson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Haney v. Haney
  • Brunk v. Brunk
  • Reversed and remanded to the Circuit Court
  • Ygnacio v. Fernandes
  • Completely vacated the Circuit Court and remanded for further proceedings.
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Associations

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland
  • Sponsor/Participant in the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program
  • 2017 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland
  • Sponsor/Participant in the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program
  • 2016 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Sponsor/Participant in the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program
  • 2015 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
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Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Ten Best Attorneys - Client Satisfaction 2016-2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Ten Best Attorneys - Family Law - Client Satisfaction 2016-2018
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top Ten Best Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney Family Law
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney Family Law
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Counselor at Law Award
  • Regent University
  • 2000
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Father's United for Equal Justice
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2012
  • Father's United for Equal Justice
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2011
  • Father's United for Equal Justice
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2010
  • Montgomery County Women's Comm
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2010
  • Father's United for Equal Justice
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2009
  • Montgomery County Women's Commission
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (4)
Endorse Darin
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darin is an excellent attorney who works very hard for his clients; he is tireless in his efforts to achieve his clients goals, has formidable courtroom skills and is genuinely compassionate. I strongly endorse this lawyer.."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In 2015, I litigated against Mr. Rumer in a multi-day custody hearing in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. I was thoroughly impressed with his knowledge, skill, and professionalism. Mr. Rumer is a smart strategist with excellent litigation skills. He is also a passionate advocate who is well liked and well respected in the domestic bar. Mr. Rumer is an excellent choice for a domestic attorney."
Domestic violence Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darin Rumer aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. I highly recommend him."
Domestic violence Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darin Rumer is extremely dedicated to the practice and truly believes in justice for all. His ability to provide consistently excellent representation has earned him the respect of both his peers and the community he serves. I wholeheartedly endorse attorney Rumer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Darin and his family law clients for more than 6 years. He has entrusted his clients' real estate and small business legal needs to my firm. Darin has excellent legal and counseling skills. Darin routinely goes and above and beyond the call of duty for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darin Rumer is a well regarded member of the Maryland bar. I know him to be a dedicated attorney and zealous litigator. His knowledge of family law and complex problem solving skills, combined with his compassion for his clients, is why I would strongly recommend him to any person who is going through a divorce, custody dispute, or the like."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Mr. Rumer. He demonstrates excellence in the practice of family law."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Rumer was opposing counsel in a particular difficult family matter and I very much appreciated his knowledge, professionalism, and candor."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darin is an excellent attorney. His legal skills are second to none. He pays close attention to the needs of his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darin is the first person that comes to mind when I have a civil litigation client who presents with overlapping complex family law issues. I know I can trust Darin to develop an empathetic rapport with the client, triage their issues, coordinate with me on their other matters, and together fiercely champion for their best interests on all fronts. Darin is an ally and an advocate who I turn to time and again."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darin and his team are always prepared and have a great knowledge of the law. I worked on a few matters against Darin --once as a Best Interests Attorney. I found that Darin was able to help his client be a better parent (and therefore help his client's case) even in the most emotionally difficult circumstances."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rumer approaches family law from the standpoint of compassion for the client and steadiness throughout the legal process. If these traits were shared by more family law counsel, the court process would operate more smoothly and clients would be better served. I endorse this attorney for family law cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darin is on my short list of best family law attorneys in the area. I highly recommend his counsel."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"As Managing Director at JGL I have seen Darin work very hard and he has progressed through our elevations quickly. He is an incredible family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have practiced family law for 43 years. Darin is a fantastic attorney and friend."
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