Darcy Shoop concentrates her practice in family law and is one of the Washington D.C. area’s most experienced Collaborative Family Law attorneys. Although she has the skill and experience from nearly two decades of representing clients in court, her practice is dedicated to helping couples navigate difficult family transitions using settlement processes such as Collaborative Family Law, mediation and traditional negotiation. 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 also include the preparation of marital settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements.
Each year since 2007, Ms. Shoop has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America, and in 2014 was named Washington D.C. Best Lawyer of the Year for Collaborative Family Law. Ms. Shoop has been recognized by Bethesda Magazine as a Top Divorce and Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer, and by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Washington D.C. area's Top Divorce Attorneys. Since 2007, Ms. Shoop has been selected 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 has been a leader in the development and practice of Collaborative Law in the Washington Metropolitan area since 2004. She was the founding president of the the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council - a state-wide umbrella organization for the advancement of Collaborative Practice, and was Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association which was the first 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 Family 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 lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Law on the topic of Defining Advocacy in the Collaborative Process.
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