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Darcy Shoop concentrates her practice in family law and is one of the Washington D.C. area’s most experienced Collaborative Law 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 traditional negotiation, mediation and Collaborative Law.  Ms. Shoop assists her clients in identifying and attaining goals that are future-focused and child friendly.  Most importantly, Ms. Shoop strives to help her clients retain control over their lives while negotiating 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, postnuptial agreements, and is an experienced and skilled mediator.

Since 2007, Ms. Shoop has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America and in 2014, was named Washington D.C. Lawyer of the Year for Collaborative Family Law.  Ms. Shoop also has been recognized by Bethesda Magazine as one of the Top 25 Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland, and by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Washington D.C. area's Top Divorce Attorneys.   Each year since 2007, Ms. Shoop has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women as well as the Top 100 lawyers in both Maryland and D.C.  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 also has been a leader in the development of Collaborative Law 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.  In 2011, Ms. Shoop was named Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association, which was the first Section of any Bar Association dedicated to Collaborative Law in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.  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 has spoken on the topic of Collaborative Law at various Bar Associations, Collaborative Law groups and other professional organizations throughout the Washington Metropolitan and Baltimore Metropolitan areas, and she is an invited guest speaker at the University of Maryland School of Law on the topic of Collaborative Law.

Practice Areas:

Divorce and Family Law
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


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