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Attorney at Law Lawyer Suzy Eckstein
Suzy 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 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