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Donna K. Rismiller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Rockville, MD

51 Monroe Place, Suite 1401
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-340-1616
Fax: 301-340-1992
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
Licensed in Maryland Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

The founder of RLG Law, LLC, Donna K. Rismiller divides her practice among family law matters, criminal defense and civil litigation. Based in Rockville, Maryland, she represents clients throughout Montgomery County and other parts of the state. Ms. Rismiller majored in economics at the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science cum laude in 1996. She then went on to attend the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2000.

The majority of Ms. Rismiller’s caseload consists of divorce and other family law matters. Her experience in mediation and collaborative law often allows her to assist clients whose marriages are coming to an end in reaching an accord on such matters as child custody and visitation, property division, and child and spousal support, without having to go through a protracted and often-divisive courtroom battle. However, she is a forceful courtroom advocate on their behalf when litigation is necessary. Other family law matters that Ms. Rismiller has handled have included adoptions and the preparation and review of prenuptial agreements.

In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Rismiller provides forceful advocacy on behalf of people who have been accused of having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. Her cases in this regard have included driving while intoxicated, drug possession and distribution, assault, child abuse, and homicide. Ms. Rismiller’s civil litigation experience apart from the family law area has encompassed the defense of actions such as real estate disputes and contract breaches, and her excellent track record in all of her professional endeavors has earned her a great deal of acclaim from her colleagues. Her honors have included being named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and she has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Family Law
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


13 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010

About Donna K. Rismiller

First Admitted: 2000, Maryland

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Collaborative Divorce Resolution Professionals, 2007 – 2009
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2013 – Present
  • American Inns of Court, Montgomery County, 2003 – 2004
  • Bar Association of Maryland, 2000 – Present
  • Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Member, 2002 – Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member, 2000 – Present
  • Maryland, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, “The Fundamentals of Divorce,” “Domestic Violence and its Impact upon Child Custody and Divorce Proceedings,” and “Basics of Divorce Litigation,” Georgetown University

Educational Background

  • University of Maryland, B.S. in Economics and Business Management, Cum Laude, 1996


  • Forerunner Award by the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation, 2016
  • Top 1% of Attorneys by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 10 Family Lawyer by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • Lifetime Achievement – America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America and The Trial Lawyers Honorary Society
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014- Present
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, Washington D.C., 2011- Present
  • Rising Stars, Baltimore Magazine, 2010
  • Super Lawyers, Maryland, 2011 – Present
  • Maryland Daily Record, VIP (Very Important Professional) List, 2011
  • MNADV, Community Award, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
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Office Location for Donna K. Rismiller

51 Monroe Place
Suite 1401
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-340-1616

Fax: 301-340-1992

Last Updated: 6/28/2022

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