Margaret Oliver

6851 Oak Hall Lane
Columbia, Maryland 21045
United States
Office Phone: 410-740-1180
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

Ms. Oliver assists clients and families of all configurations in designing and implementing resolutions to family disputes that protect their assets and consider the future implications of their legal dispute.
Working with clients in families of all descriptions, she has extensive experience in the areas of adoption, guardianship, custody, separation, divorce, support, prenuptial agreements and property settlements. Trained in collaborative law as well as an experienced litigator, Ms. Oliver has found that fighting it out in Court brings little satisfaction or resolution to families going through divorce. Collaborative practice, however, can enable parties to move through the divorce process with an eye on the future.

Area(s) of Practice: Child Representative, Best Interest Attorney, Collaborative Law, Family Law, Guardian Ad Litem
License(s): Maryland State Bar ~Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Activities

~Women's Bar Association of Maryland - President ~Baltimore County Bar ~Women's Law Center ~Howard County Bar ~Mediator - District Court ~Circuit Court Facilitator ~Maryland Collaborative Practice Council Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc. - Past President

Undergraduate Education

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN - 1973-1975
College of Wooster - Wooster, OH - B.M., 1977

Postgraduate Education

L'Ecole Hindemith - Switzerland 1977
Eastman School of Music - Rochester, NY - M.M., 1978

Professional Education

University of Baltimore School of Law - Baltimore, MD - J.D. 1997
magna cum lauda; Heuisler Honor Society; Business Editor - Law Forum


After litigating family cases over the years, I am convinced that collaborative practice is far superior to litigating issues between persons who have shared their lives together, and who often have children together. Given the recent pandemic, we are learning that collaborative is even more effective given the limitations of court closings and the technology available for remote meetings. We are all learning new methods for assisting families in crisis and collaborating with other professionals has given us even more options for reaching resolutions.