Erin L. Kopelman

Divorce Attorney

Principal

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

  • Nova Southeastern University (J.D., 2006)
  • Bucknell University (B.S. in Business Management, 2003)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Overview

Erin Kopelman is a divorce attorney who handles cases involving domestic relations and family law, including divorce, custody, child support, property settlement, alimony, post-judgment issues, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Erin is a fierce advocate for those she represents in negotiations and in the courtroom. She is straightforward and communicative, making sure her clients have the information to make the best decisions for themselves and their children. The daughter of two Naval officers, Erin brings a high level of precision and discipline to all her matters.

Erin often represents people with substantial assets or income who have issues related to business valuations, trust interests, or non-marital property. She works with many high-level executives at large companies, independent business owners, and professionals like doctors and lawyers, as well as their spouses. Erin also handles cases involving support for adult disabled children and domestic violence. Prior to joining Lerch Early, Erin practiced law at a boutique divorce and family law firm in Montgomery County.

Erin is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Family Law and has been named a “Rising Star” in the Maryland and DC editions of Super Lawyers magazine. The Daily Record named her one of Maryland’s “Leading Women,” and Bethesda Magazine readers gave her the “Family Law Practitioner of the Year” award. Active in the Family Law section of the county bar association, she has received both the “Section Chair of the Year” and “Bar Leader” awards.

Erin loves the exercise, plus peace and beauty, of being out on the water while kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. When she can’t be on the water, Erin enjoys running in her neighborhood while listening to music or on the treadmill while watching TV.

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University (J.D., 2006)
  • Bucknell University (B.S. in Business Management, 2003)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Representative Matters
  • Secured 50/50 custody for client who was being denied overnights.
  • Represented a mother in custody dispute over a young child with health issues. Found medical expert who explained child’s needs to court and secured client majority custody.
  • Secured final decision-making authority and primary custody for client after the other parent returned from time abroad demanding custody.
  • Filed emergency motion for custody based on one parent’s substance abuse problems and secured custody of children.
  • Represented clients whose non-marital property was being claimed as marital property by a spouse.
  • Represented clients where both parties own business interests, obtained valuations, and arranged transfer of business interests.
  • Secured modification of support awards.
  • Represented clients in post-nuptial agreements.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University (J.D., 2006)
  • Bucknell University (B.S. in Business Management, 2003)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Honors & Awards
  • Named 2018 "Family Law Practitioner of the Year" in Bethesda Magazine's Readers' Picks
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Family Law (2018)
  • Leadership Montgomery (Class of 2017)
  • Named one of Maryland's "Leading Women" by The Daily Record (2015)
  • Listed as "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Listed as "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Received the "Bar Leader" award from the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation for Outstanding Leadership to the Bar (2012)
  • Received the "Section Chair of the Year" award from the Bar Association of Montgomery County (2012)
Community Involvement
  • Round House Theatre (Secretary, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, 2015-present; Co-Chair, Gala 2017; Member, Development Committee, 2014; Member, Board of Trustees, 2013-present)
  • Town of Chevy Chase (Past Member and Past Secretary, Community Relations Committee, 2010-2016)
  • Sponsored Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Intern (2013-2015)
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Co-Chair, Member Benefits Committee (2017-present); Past Chair, Mentor-Mentee Committee; Past Chair, Judges' Breakfasts; Past Chair, Law Day Presentation for Family Law Section; Past Co-Chair, Family Law Section; Past Co-Chair, Family Law Section Pro Bono Project; Past Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education for the Family Law Section)
  • Montgomery County Women's Bar Association (Past Liaison to Montgomery County Bar Association Executive Committee; Past Chair of Listserv; Chair, Past Chair of End of Year Party)
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