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Attorney at Law Lawyer Suzy EcksteinSuzy Eckstein is an established family law practitioner with extensive experience in civil litigation, business law, contract matters, guardianships, step-parent adoptions, probate and wills and estates. She is a leader in the collaborative community, and believes strongly in this approach for serving her client’s best interests. She is a member of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and a trained mediator. She graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1987) where she is currently an adjunct professor. She is actively involved in the Montgomery County Bar Association, having served as Secretary, on the Executive Committee as Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section, and is currently a member of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. For the Maryland State Bar Association, Ms. Eckstein served on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee and as Chair of the ADR Section Council. In the collaborative area, she was founding President of Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, a local practice group; founding member of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, a statewide organization; and Civil Chair of the District of Columbia Academy of Collaborative Professionals and founding Co-President of the collaborative Project of Maryland, a non-profit organization providing collaborative services to Maryland families of modest means. She successfully argued what the Family Law Monthly described as the landmark case of Rock v. Rock, a precedent-setting decision on the award of indefinite alimony. Locally, former CBS reporter Jan Fox featured her advice regarding prenuptial agreements on the Consumer Reports segment of Channel 9’s Eyewitness News. Ms. Eckstein is also featured in Bethesda Magazine Top 25 divorce lawyers. You can email Suzy at suzy@oakleyeckstein.com. You can view Suzy Eckstein’s CV here, Suzy Eckstein’s CV.

 

Mark W. Oakley is an established litigation attorney concentrating in civil litigation, personal injury, construction law, appeals and criminal and traffic defense. He also advises business clients, negotiates and drafts contracts, and handles a variety of litigation matters at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Mr. Oakley is trained and certified in the collaborative practice of law. Mr. Oakley is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1987), and the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. 1984). He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Briefed the winning argument in 1986 Mercedes v. State of Maryland, a precedent-setting decision limiting the State’s power to forfeit private property. You can email Mark at mark@oakleyeckstein.com

 

Anshu Karki is an associate in the law firm of Oakley & Eckstein, LLC. She assists clients in family law, immigration, estate planning, probate, and guardianship matters. She works with clients to help them achieve their goals, and come up with creative and practical solutions to their legal problems. Ms. Karki serves as collaborative counsel, negotiates settlements and, when appropriate, litigates on behalf of clients in divorce, custody, child and spousal support, property distribution, and other matters involving family disputes. She is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association. She volunteers as an attorney with the Collaborative Project of Maryland, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting clients of modest means to have access to the Collaborative Process. Prior to law school, Ms. Karki was a writer for ekantipur.com, an online news portal. During law school, she represented survivors of domestic violence in family law matters, and worked as a legal intern in the Domestic Law Unit at Legal Aid. She enjoys building lasting relationships with her clients, and greatly values the privilege of being able to guide them through challenging times. You can email Anshu at anshu@oakleyeckstein.com

Education and Training:
-Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration- Economics Track, cum laude, Towson University, December 2010
-Juris Doctor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, May 2015
-Collaborative Divorce Training, 2015
-Estate and Trusts Collaborative Law Training, 2017
Professional Memberships:
-Montgomery County Bar Association
-Maryland State Bar Association
Languages:
-Fluent in Hindi and Nepali