Richard Dodd, Esquire

Richard Dodd is a seasoned negotiator, litigator and trial lawyer, with 30 years’ experience litigating family, employment and business disputes, and negotiating marital property settlement agreements, employment severance agreements, and a broad range of real estate and commercial contracts.

Mr. Dodd is also trained in mediation and collaborative dispute resolution, processes which emphasize clients’ self-determination in negotiating settlement terms to provide for equitable parenting access plans and property settlements according to their values and objectives, rather than leaving the outcome to a judge. In collaborative cases Mr. Dodd frequently collaborates with psychologists and social workers who separately coach divorcing parents to overcome emotional resistance, enabling them to collaborate in developing creative and equitable parenting plans to promote childrens’ healthy relationships with both parents. Mr. Dodd is also experienced with small business valuations, and frequently collaborates with Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA®) to conduct comprehensive financial assessments and planning to provide for clients’ long-term financial security.

Mr. Dodd has represented numerous clients on a pro bono basis for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and the Collaborative Project of Maryland, and has served as a guardian ad litem advocating on behalf of minor children in custody proceedings in the District of Columbia. Mr. Dodd is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.  He is also a member of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Montgomery County, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. He has also collaborated in drafting and testified in support of legislation to reform Maryland law to protect against hiding and dissipation of marital assets before divorce and the abduction of children.

Mr. Dodd earned his law degree from Boston University, and an MBA from Yale University.

Mr. Dodd is a married father of two teenaged sons.

I recommend Attorney Dodd highly. Mr. Dodd coached and represented me effectively in negotiating a marital settlement agreement with my former spouse (who had no lawyer), and collaborated with her in filing a mutual consent divorce Complaint and Joint Request for Hearing. He kept me informed at every stage, even when I was traveling abroad. – William Coker, 2016

Amazing Attorney. Attorney Dodd is an outstanding lawyer – I could not have asked for a better attorney. When everything could have gone wrong for me, he helped me so that I got the best outcome I could for the time I had to prepare for the case. I would definitely hire him again in a heartbeat. I also have recommended him to a friend and she is very happy with him as well. – H. Zorce, 2016

Awesome professional. Attorney Dodd advised and represented me in collaborative divorce negotiations over several months. In addition to his expertise in divorce and child custody and support law, his advised me about small business accounting and parenting plans. He is an extremely proactive, diligent and responsive lawyer and always answered my calls promptly. He is dedicated to his client’s interests and an effective advocate. Few professionals have Rick’s passion for what they do. – Rosa, 2015

Attorney Dodd is loyal, personable and professional. Attorney Dodd has successfully tried three cases to reorganize my family, resolving child custody, child support, marital property claims and a final divorce. I appreciated his diligent preparation, encouragement, insightful coaching and articulate trial advocacy. In my child support case, he noticed and persuaded the judge to correct a calculation error by the child support enforcement agency (deducting my child’s Social Security Income from my support payments) that gained me additional $500/month. – Mermoz, 2015

I highly recommend Attorney Dodd. There are no words to express my gratitude to Mr. Dodd for his assistance w/ my case. He always keep me inform & is very responsive also helped me through very difficult times when I was frustrated w/ many issues on my case. He gave me advice & provided options as far as how things can go. Thank you for your assistance & efforts. – MP, 2015

Excellent, thorough legal support. Rick was very thorough and helpful throughout an extremely trying and complicated set of legal matters. I am grateful for his years of expertise and the way he helped me navigate these matters in a satisfactory way. – LER, 2017