Linda Ravdin

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

7735 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
United States
Office Phone: 301-656-8850
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP



I practice family law exclusively, including divorce and dissolution of domestic partnerships, custody, support, and disposition of property, as well as premarital agreements, postmarital agreements and domestic partnership agreements. I also serve as a mediator and facilitator in family law matters.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Virginia State Bar - June 1974 ~District of Columbia Bar - November 1974 ~Maryland Bar - January 1984

Professional Activities

Author, Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiation (ABA 2011); ~ ~American Bar Association, Family Law Section. Member, Publications Development Board, 2003-- , Chair, 2003 -- 2008; Governing Council, 2009 --; ~ ~Uniform Law Commission, Committee on Premarital and Marital Agreements, ABA co-Advisor, 2010 -- ; ~ ~D.C. Superior Court, Family Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Facilitator, 2002 - present. ~ ~D.C. Superior Court, Family Court, Volunteer, Self-Help Center, 2004 - 2007. ~ ~Co-Author (with Honorable Diane M. Brenneman), Domestic Relations Manual for the District of Columbia (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2002, supplemented annually). ~ ~Author, TM 849, Marital Agreements (Tax Mgmt Inc. 2003). ~ ~Co-Author (with Marcia C. Fidis), Premarital and Domestic Partnership Agreements (MICPEL 2009). ~ ~Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ~ ~Member, D.C. Bar (Family Law Section) ~ ~Member, Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section) ~ ~Member, Maryland State Bar Association (Family Law Section) ~ ~

Undergraduate Education

B.A., Ohio State University, with honors, 1970

Professional Education

J.D., George Washington University, with honors, 1974


I have always felt that I could best serve my clients by keeping them out of court whenever possible. When a couple is able to resolve issues arising out of a family breakup through a settlement, they have greater control over the result. By working together, they can find creative solutions, often ones that a judge has no power to impose on them, that meet the needs of their own family. The Collaborative Process brings to bear all the best ideas for how to help couples reach that goal. I am an active member of a collaborative group in each of the three jurisdictions where I am licensed and I intend to continue encouraging family law clients to take advantage of this innovative approach to reaching a civilized, dignified and private resolution of their matters.