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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 Divorce attorneys. Although she possesses the skills and experience from nearly two decades of representing clients in court, her practice now is dedicated to helping families navigate the difficult transitions that are inherent in divorce through settlement advocacy including Collaborative Divorce and traditional negotiation, and she frequently works with couples as a mediator.   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. Her services include the preparation of marital settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements.

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 consistently is recognized by Bethesda Magazine as a Top Divorce Lawyer, and in 2019 was one of only 11 lawyers recognized as a Top Alternative Dispute Resolution lawyer.  Ms. Shoop also has been recognized 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 one of 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 Divorce in the Washington Metropolitan 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 numerous publications including 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 Divorce, and Collaborative Law more broadly, 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 lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Law on the topic of Advocacy in the Collaborative Process.

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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