Donna K. Rismiller

Top rated Family Law attorney in Rockville, Maryland

Donna K. Rismiller

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 2000

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010


51 Monroe Place
Suite 1401
Rockville, MD 20850 Visit website


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

Family Law, Civil Litigation: Defense, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Family Law
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2000, Maryland

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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

Office location for Donna K. Rismiller

51 Monroe Place
Suite 1401
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-340-1616

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