Christopher W. Roberts

Family Law Attorney

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cwroberts@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • James Madison University (B.A. in English, minor in Education, 2000))

Admissions

  • Maryland
Overview

Chris Roberts is a family law and divorce attorney who represents clients in all aspects of family law, including separation, divorce, custody, property, support, post-judgment issues, and domestic violence matters in Maryland. 

Compassionate and charismatic, Chris’s mission is to assist his clients in protecting and maintaining what they hold most dear. He is skilled at identifying his clients’ unique challenges, and represents their interests forcefully and tactfully toward the desired outcome.  

Chris is always exploring creative ways to resolve difficult issues, so as to avoid the expensive and often acrimonious litigation process where possible. Whatever the process, Chris strives to make the divorce experience easier and less painful. When litigation is the best or only option, Chris thrives and has a reputation for being firm but fair in his dealings with the bench and opposing counsel. In addition to his decade of trial experience, Chris is also a trained mediator. He is well-versed in eDiscovery and recently completed an intensive eDiscovery Training Academy at Georgetown University.

Chris regularly handles complex child custody matters, which frequently involve child custody and/or psychological evaluations, multi-state or international jurisdictional disputes, and mental health or substance abuse issues.  Chris is equally well-versed handling complex financial cases which may require tracing of marital and non-marital funds, knowledge of the tax consequences associated with property disposition or awards of support, and familiarity and comfort with forensic accounting and related principles.  

Chris is a native of Montgomery County, where he continues to reside with his wife and two young children. Before becoming a family law attorney, Chris was a high school English teacher in the Montgomery County Public School system.

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • James Madison University (B.A. in English, minor in Education, 2000))

Admissions

  • Maryland
Representative Matters
  • Successfully negotiated numerous cases involving child custody and access issues, property, and/or support issues.
  • Successfully represented numerous clients in high-conflict custody cases that included allegations of alienation, and/or abuse, and issues related to mental disabilities, and/or mental health challenges of the parties and/or their children.
  • Obtained an order dismissing the opposing party’s claim modify alimony payments to ex-spouse, and granting attorney’s fees to the client in defending against the claim.
  • Negotiated effective support payments on behalf of executives with complex pay structures in multiple cases.
  • Obtained an order granting primary physical custody to a client after a lengthy trial involving parental alienation.
  • Represented multiple clients in litigation involving international custody issues to achieve a favorable result.
  • Successfully negotiated numerous cases for clients in same-sex relationships, including negotiation of pre-nuptial agreements and resolution of marital estates.
  • Obtained an order granting joint legal custody with decision making authority for a client, despite recommendations of the opposing expert and the court appointed custody evaluator that the other parent should have decision-making authority. 
  • Obtained an order granting a monetary award to a client which included several hundred thousand dollars of dissipated marital funds and an attorney’s fees award for the client’s expenses in pursuing the claim.
  • Successfully represented a client in a litigation involving international child support issues.
  • Successfully represented clients whose non-marital property was being claimed as marital property by a spouse and therefore not subject to division in a divorce.
  • Successfully represented several business-owner clients whose business interest valuations were under dispute.
  • Successfully represented a client in preventing the opposing party from relocating a child’s primary residence out of the state. 
  • Represented multiple clients who have no children and are looking to resolve issues after a short-term marriage.
  • Represented numerous clients in pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • James Madison University (B.A. in English, minor in Education, 2000))

Admissions

  • Maryland
Honors & Awards
  • Listed as "Rising Star" in Family Law by Maryland Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2016-present)
  • Listed as "Super Lawyer" in Family Law by Maryland Super Lawyers (2018)
  • Listed as "Super Lawyer" in Family Law by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2018)
  • Listed on The Daily Record's VIP List: Successful Under 40 (2015)
  • Listed as "Rising Star" in Family Law by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • Received "Section Chair of the Year" award from Bar Association of Montgomery County for chairing Family Law Section (2015)
  • Received President’s Citation for Outstanding Service, Montgomery County Bar Foundation (2012)
  • Received the "Bar Leader" award from the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation for Outstanding Leadership to the Bar (2012)
Community Involvement
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts (Board of Directors 2015-present)
  • Platoon 22 (Board of Directors 2017-present)
  • Volunteer work with MANNA Food Center, Special Olympics of Maryland for Montgomery County
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County (Co-Chair, Leadership Academy, 2015-present; Co-Chair, Family Law Section 2014-2016; Co-Chair, New Practitioners Section 2011-2014; Co-Chair, Special Olympics Planning Committee 2012-2016; Strategic Planning Committee 2011-present; Executive Committee 2011-2012; Chair of the Mentor/Mentee Committee 2011-2012)
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