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Monica G. Harms

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
1101 Wootton Pkwy, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-3230
Fax: 301-354-8130
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed in Maryland Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

An incisive thinker and passionate client advocate, Monica Garcia Harms chairs Stein Sperling’s family law practice group, where she has practiced for more than fifteen years. Monica maintains a very robust and diverse family law practice, focusing her work not only on divorce, but on complex and often emotionally fraught matters such as custody, support, domestic violence, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, alimony, property distribution, grandparent visitation, contempt/enforcement actions, adoptions, and guardianships.

Monica is passionate about helping people manage difficult situations. She is a careful, thoughtful listener who seeks to understand exactly what her clients want and why. She understands the weighty concerns her clients carry and works diligently and compassionately to educate them about options and possibilities, exploring together what will best meet their needs. Monica often represents clients in custody cases involving difficult issues such as relocation, mental illness or third party custodians. She is also known for tracking down financial resources and understands complex compensation and business interests. Monica’s attention to detail and the trusting relationships she establishes with those who seek her help enable her to craft personalized case strategies and skillfully represent clients through negotiation or litigation.

Monica is frequently asked to speak on issues of domestic violence, divorce, and custody. She has lectured before the Bar Association of Montgomery County’s Pro Bono section on how to present Protective Order cases.

About Monica G. Harms

First Admitted: 2002, Maryland

Professional Webpage: https://steinsperling.com/attorneys/monica-harms/

Honors/Awards

  • Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, Bar Leader (2008-present)
  • Bethesda Magazine Top Attorney (2019)
  • The Daily Record; Leading Women(2016); VIP List: Very Important Professionals, Successful by 40 (2012)
  • Bethesda Magazine; Top Divorce Lawyers (2013, 2017); Readers' Pick, A Top Vote Getter, Best Family Law Practitioner 2018
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2013-2014)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, President’s Citation for Outstanding Service (2007, 2012)
  • Maryland Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2009-2014)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2015-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2017-2020)
  • Maryland Super Lawyer (2015-2020); Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland (2015-2016, 2020); Top 50 Female Attorneys in Maryland (2015-2016, 2019-2020)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County; Executive Committee (2010-2012); New Practitioner’s Section, Chamber Chats Coordinator (2007-2008); Fall Outing Committee, Silent Auction Chair (2006-2010); Social Committee, Member (2007-2008), Co-Chair (2011-2012)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County Chapter; Executive Committee (2009-2014); Museletter monthly newsletter, Co-Chair (2006-2011); Triennial Silent Auction, Donations Chair (2010)
  • Montgomery County, Maryland American Inn of Court, Associate Member (2004-2006)
  • The Washington Ballet Women's Committee; Executive Committee (2017-present)

Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1999)
  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2002)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenter, Fundamentals of Family Law, Montgomery County Bar Association CLE, 2012
  • Lecturer, Montgomery County Commission For Women, 2008
  • Monica Harms will be presenting at the Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training at the Bar Association of Montgomery County. The training will cover the following topics: Initial Interview/Retainer Agreements; Pleadings & Divorce Grounds, Scheduling Hearings, Uncontested Divorce Hearings; Discovery, Financial Statements, and Marital Property Statements; Pendente Lite Financial Issues, Voluntary Impoverishment, Child Support, Taking Exceptions to a Master’s Recommendations; Litigating a Child Custody Case;  Marital Settlement Agreements. , Monica Harms to present “Basic Family Law Training”, 2013
  • Monica Harms will be presenting on relocation cases in the context of a child custody dispute, for the Family Law Section of the BAMC.  Ms. Harms has successfully litigated a number of highly contested custody cases where relocation is an issue.  Based on her experience, she will be providing advice and tips for attorneys representing the parent who wants to move out of the area with the child(ren) and for attorneys representing the parent who wants to prevent the other parent from moving out of the area with the child(ren)., Monica Harms to present on Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases, 2013
  • This practical six hour training covers the nuts and bolts of family law, including: Initial Interview/Retainer Agreements; Pleadings & Divorce Grounds, Scheduling Hearings, Uncontested Divorce Hearings; Discovery, Financial Statements, and Marital Property Statements; Pendente Lite Financial Issues, Voluntary Impoverishment, Child Support, Taking Exceptions to a Master's Recommendations; Litigating a Child Custody Case; and Marital Settlement Agreements   , Monica Harms to speak at the Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training CLE Seminar, 2011
  • "Prenups: Who Needs Them?", Author, Bethesda Magazine, 2015
  • "Private School After Divorce: Who Pays?", Author, Bethesda Magazine, 2015
  • "Divorce and the Family Home", Bethesda Magazine, 2015
  • “Divorce in the Digital Age: What’s on Your Smart Phone?” , Bethesda Magazine , 2015
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Office Location for Monica G. Harms

1101 Wootton Pkwy
Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850

Last Updated: 11/16/2021

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