Darcy Shoop concentrates her practice in family law and is one of the Washington D.C. area’s most experienced Collaborative Practice attorneys. Although skilled in representing clients in a court-based process, her practice now is dedicated to helping families navigate the difficult transitions that are inherent in divorce through settlement advocacy including the respectful, solution-based collaborative process. During the collaborative process, she assists her clients in identifying and attaining goals that are future-focused and child friendly. Collaborative Practice allows clients to retain control over their lives while guiding the family through the development of mutually agreeable and durable resolutions for those issues of most importance to them. Ms. Shoop also represents clients in the negotiation of marital settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and is an experienced and skilled mediator.
In August of 2014, Ms. Shoop was named Washington D.C. Lawyer of the Year for Collaborative Family Law by Best Lawyers in America. Only one lawyer each year is given this recognition. Ms. Shoop also was recognized by Bethesda Magazine as one of the Top 25 Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland, and specifically for Collaborative Practice, in each of its Top Divorce Lawyers editions. Washingtonian Magazine frequently has identified Ms. Shoop as one of the Washington D.C. area's Top Divorce Attorneys. Each year since 2007, Ms. Shoop has been listed by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Maryland and D.C., as well as one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of Maryland across all areas of practice. Since 2008, Best Lawyers in America has included Ms. Shoop in both the Washington Post Magazine and in the Baltimore Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in America consistently since 2008. As the result of direct input by her peers, including members of the Judiciary, Ms. Shoop was awarded an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Darcy Shoop has been a leader in the development of Collaborative Practice in the Washington area since 2004. She is the founding and Past-President of Maryland Collaborative Practice Council - the state-wide umbrella organization for the advancement of Collaborative Practice, and she is the founding and Past-President of the Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc. - the first professional Collaborative Practice organization in Maryland. In 2011, Ms. Shoop was named Co-Chair of the then-newly established Collaborative Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association, which was the first Section of a Bar Association dedicated to Collaborative Law in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., and among one of the first in the country. She has been quoted in the Washington Post Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, and in Collaborative Divorce Handbook - Helping Families Without Going to Court by Forrest Mosten. Ms. Shoop often is invited to speak on the topic of Collaborative Practice addressing Bar Associations, the University of Maryland School of Law, and Collaborative Practice groups and other professional organizations throughout the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas.
Divorce and Collaborative Family Law
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
George Mason University (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1992)