Monica G. Harms

Monica G. Harms

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
 | 25 West Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-3230
Fax: 301-354-8130
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

A thorough knowledge and understanding of each client’s circumstances and needs distinguishes Monica Harms’ approach to practicing family law. She prides herself on relating to her clients, carefully listening to their goals and concerns, and then tackling legal processes with their perspectives in mind.

An enthusiastic and successful litigator, Monica is always poised to aggressively pursue her clients’ best interests in court. Her combination of thorough preparation, courtroom experience and dedication to providing the highest levels of service has helped her achieve the best possible outcomes for many of her clients.

Monica represents clients in a broad range of complex family law matters, including divorce, separation, contested custody and access, child support, domestic violence, separation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, alimony, property distribution, grandparent visitation, contempt/enforcement actions, modification actions, adoptions and guardianships. She is also a court-appointed representative of minor children as a Best Interest Attorney and/or Privilege Attorney. Bethesda magazine named Monica a Top Divorce Lawyer in its November/December 2013 issue, saying she “is among those in the elite tier of private attorneys who are known for their skills in handling thorny custody issues.”

Prior to joining Stein Sperling, Monica supervised the Montgomery County Circuit Court’s Domestic Violence Assistance Project, where she represented victims of domestic violence through the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. Continuing her advocacy for victims of domestic violence, she often speaks on issues of divorce, custody and domestic violence. Monica has also lectured before the Pro Bono Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County on how to present Protective Order cases.

Monica is actively involved in the Bar Association of Montgomery County, serving on its Executive Committee (2010-2012), and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland’s Montgomery County Chapter, also serving on that organization’s Executive Committee (2009-2012). For several years, Monica coordinated monthly chamber chats with the Montgomery County Circuit Court and District Court Judges on behalf of the Bar Association.

About Monica Harms

Admitted: 2002, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://steinsperling.com/our-people/p/harms

Honors/Awards:

  • President's Outstanding Service Award, Bar Association of Montgomery County, 2007
  • President's Outstanding Service Award, Bar Association of Montgomery County, 2012
  • Leading Women, The Daily Record, 2016
  • Best of Bethesda, Family Law Practitioner, Top Vote Getter , Bethesda Magazine, 2018
  • Very Important Professionals List – Successful by 40, The Daily Record, 2012
  • Bethesda magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers, Honorable Mention (2010)
  • Bethesda Magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers, 2017
  • Bethesda magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers, 2013
  • Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, Bar Leader (2008-present)
  • Best Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County  Chapter  Executive Committee (2009-present) Museletter monthly newsletter, Co-Chair (2006-2011) Triennial Silent Auction, Donations Chair (2010)
  • The Washington Ballet Women's Committee (2016-present)
  • 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 Co-Chair (2011-2012) Member (2007-2008)
  • Montgomery County, Maryland American Inn of Court, Associate Member (2004-2006)

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

Educational Background:

  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2002)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1999)
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Office Location for Monica G. Harms

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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