Practice Areas

Family Law

Paley Rothman’s family law attorneys represent individuals in a variety of domestic relations matters, including pre-marital agreements, divorce and separation, child custody, child support modification, family financial planning, enforcement of court orders and agreements, guardianships, adoption, family formation using ART (assisted reproductive technology), LGBT family issues, parentage, and transgender issues. Our practice covers the full spectrum of family law issues, from the most complex cases to relatively simple uncontested matters.

We routinely handle cases that require the valuation and division of business interests, real estate, stock options and other types of assets. Our family law attorneys work closely with accountants, valuation experts and financial planners to ensure that our clients’ needs are met.

As a critical complement to their legal skills and knowledge of the law, our attorneys understand the personal nature of each family law case and the difficult changes that take place in the lives of our clients and their families. As we work to obtain the best possible results for those we represent, we remain sensitive to the needs of all family members involved.

Glenn Cooper and Lynette Kleiza have received recognition from Super Lawyers and from such publications as Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine. As a result of these accolades, our attorneys are frequently invited to deliver lectures and write articles related to emerging family law topics.

In light of the increasing complexity of family law matters, our clients benefit from the breadth of experience of the attorneys in Paley Rothman’s related practice areas. A family law case may have overlapping issues concerning real estate, businesses, pensions, bankruptcy or other tax and estate planning matters. Our family law attorneys routinely consult with their partners to ensure that our clients receive quality and experienced representation in all facets of their case.

We also prosecute or defend our family law clients’ rights on appeal. Our attorneys have established an impressive track record of success in protecting our clients’ interests through the appellate process (see also Appellate Practice Group).

Our attorneys are pioneers in creating protections and establishing legal precedents for families in the LGBT comminity. We are well-known for our ability to solve problems through outside-the-box solutions that serve our clients needs.

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News

May 2, 2022

Jim Hammerschmidt Talks to National Law Journal About Appeal of Suburban Law Firms

Paley Rothman Co-President, Jim Hammerschmidt commented in the article "Downtown DC Firms Become an Increasingly Attractive Option for Suburban Lawyers" published on April 28, 2022.

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Blog

Philip Vera Cruz & Modesto “Larry” Dulay Itliong - Filipino American Labor Leaders and Civil Rights Activists

Although a decade apart, both Philip Vera Cruz and Modesto “Larry” Duly Itliong were born in the Philippines and then came to the United States when they were young men.

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Awards

Paley Rothman is proud to announce that three of our distinguished attorneys were named 2022 Washingtonian Top Financial Advisers for the 3rd consecutive time amongst approximately 50 Top Estate Attorneys in the DC Metropolitan area. We are honored to have Jeffrey Kolender, Paula Calimafde, and Michelle Chapin in our sophisticated and caring estate planning and estate administration groups. Both groups are known for their familiarity with cutting edge techniques while providing exceptional service to our clients.

Paley Rothman is pleased to announce that 10 of the firm’s attorneys have been named Maryland Super Lawyers for 2022 and two have been selected as Rising Stars. Glenn Cooper has been ranked as a Maryland Super Lawyer Top 10 for the eighth consecutive year and has been on the Super Lawyers list for the past 15 years. Trish Weaver was also honored as one of Maryland's Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, a spot she has held four times in the last six years.

For the 10th year in a row, Paley Rothman earned national and local honors in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2022 “Best Law Firms” rankings.

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