Paul Smollar

1900 L Street NW, Suite 611
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
United States
Office Phone: 202-318-7155
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

My goal is to support spouses in resolving their marital interests and differences civilly, respectfully, with integrity and compassion, and with commitment to the well-being, both emotionally and financially, of their children and their family. I encourage spouses to take responsibility for their actions, their choices and their decisions, both throughout the divorce resolution proces itself and looking out into the future regarding their interactions between themselves and their co-parenting of their children. The Collaborative Process, I believe, offers the opportunity for transformation in the way spouses and their children will nurture, support and contribute to each other long after the divorce.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): I practice in both the District of Columbia and Virginia and am an active member of the Fairfax County Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Family Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

Professional Activities

District of Columbia Family Law Task Force ~District of Columbia Bar ~Virginia Bar ~Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ~Continuing Legal Education Lecturer for programs in D.C. Metropolitan Area ~Volunteer, Vienna Women's Center ~Attorney Negotiator, D.C. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 Mr. Smollar was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top ten lawyers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He has also been recognized as one of Washington D.C.'s top divorce lawyers in Washingtonian Magazine. His practice has been recognized for the past ten years in The Best Lawyers in America and is regularly recognized in Super Lawyers publications

Undergraduate Education

Columbia College, BA, 1966

Professional Education

Northwestern University Law School, JD, 1969


In Collaborative Divorce, I am a trainer with the Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI) which is based in the tri-state area in the Virginia-D.C.-Maryland tri-state area. I am a presenter for one of CPTI's advanced trainings on Jumpstarting Your Collaborative Practice. I have made numerous presentations for Collaborative practice groups in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. During my 36 years of divorce practice. I have been recognized on multiple occasions by my peers in the publication, The Best Lawyers of the United States; as one of the top divorce lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the Super Lawyers magazine; as one of the top 25 divorce lawyers in the Washingtonian magazine; and as one of the top divorce lawyers in the Washington Post publication of top lawyers. I was just recognized by Best Lawyers of the United States as the Lawyer of the Year for 2012 in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Metropolitan area in the area of Collaborative Law: Family Law.