Darcy Shoop

Collaborative Divorce Association
Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County
Rockville, Maryland 20850
United States
Office: 301-340-7950
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer

After many years of practicing family law, and having seen the emotional and financial damage that litigation can cause, I have chosen to focus my practice on healthier ways of resolving disputes such as Collaborative Law, mediation, negotiation, and settlement advocacy. While I represent individual clients, I also assist couples as a neutral mediator. I believe that by focusing on constructive settlement solutions, separating couples are much more likely to make mutually beneficial decisions while preserving valuable financial resources. Whether through Collaborative Law, mediation, or standard negotiation, I help my client stay focused on future goals rather than upon the pain of the past. Collaborative Law, in particular, affords couples the opportunity to make joint decisions which address the unique needs of their family with the skill and guidance of non-adversarial collaborative attorneys, and other allied professionals. I also represent clients in developing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. I am the Founding president of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council and was the first Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Maryland 1992 ~Virginia 1994 ~District of Columbia 1999 ~Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court ~Admitted, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland ~Admitted, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Professional Activities: ~Founding and Past-President - Maryland Collaborative Practice Council (Statewide Umbrella Organization); ~Divorce Round Table of Montgomery County; ~Washingtonian Magazine Top Divorce Lawyers 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013; Top 25 Divorce Attorney's in Bethesda Magazine 2011; 2013, 2015, 2017 ~Best Lawyers in America 2008 to 2019 ~Lawyer of the Year (Collaborative Practice), Best Lawyers in America 2015 ~Super Lawyers 2008 through 2019; ~Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland (Super Lawyers) 2013 to 2019 ~Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland (Super Lawyers) 2009 to 2019 ~Member - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; ~Montgomery County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section Co-Chair (2011 to 2013); ~Top Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine ~Top Divorce Attorneys, Bethesda Magazine ~Maryland State Bar Association
Education:
Undergraduate:
B.A. Theatre/Acting George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia 1981 - Graduated 'With Distinction'

Post-graduate:
J.D. George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA 1992
Comments: I have had the pleasure of participating in many, many successful collaborative cases since becoming trained in June of 2004. I see Collaborative Practice as the most promising way of handling conflict. Since I no longer litigate divorces, Collaborative Practice, mediation, negotiation and other forms of settlement advocacy have become my sole focus. Thank you Stu Webb and Sue Brunsting!!