andrea hirsch

5425 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
United States
Office Phone: 202-480-2160
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP



I am deeply committed to the collaborative process as a means of resolving family disputes. I have been practicing family law for over 15 years and the development of forms of alternate dispute resolution, such as collaborative practice, has changed the way divorce should be viewed. Divorce is difficult but it is possible to divorce your spouse, without destroying your family. In 2010, a g group of collaborative practitioners here in D.C. opened the Collaborative Practice Center. We have a vision of collaborative practice being the norm for the resolution of family matters.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): J.D.

Professional Activities

I am active member of my practice groups and serve on the boards of both the CDRP and the DCACP. I am a member of the family law sections of the DC and Montgomery County Bar Associations. I serve as a family law expert at the Family Law Self Help Center and Attorney Negotiator Project at DC Superior Court and I mentor attorneys who handle pro bono family law cases. I also serve as a volunteer Judge and Mediator for ABA law student competitions.

Undergraduate Education

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA B.A. 1978

Postgraduate Education

University of Santa Clara School of Law, J.D. 1984

Professional Education

Collaborative Training, Collaborative Team Training; Mediation Training


I have been interested in Collaborative Law as a means of resolving family disputes since I was first trained in 2002. In 2010, I created my own firm and co-founded the Collaborative Practice Center of DC. I have an active collaborative law practice and find that it offers my clients a way to move through the divorce process in a way that insulates the children from the conflict, minimizes the hurt and anger that often accompanies divorce and offers the possibility of creative solutions to difficult problems.