Deborah L. Webb

Divorce Attorney

Principal

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

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
  • Gettysburg College (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1991)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Overview

Deborah Webb is a divorce lawyer who skillfully guides clients from separation through divorce, as well as through alimony and custody issues. The Bar Association of Montgomery County named Deborah its "Family Law Practitioner of the Year" in 2015.

Detailed and discreet, Deborah helps clients identify what’s most important to them, and she advises them on creative strategies to achieve their goals. Her background in criminal law makes her a skilled trial lawyer and a strong advocate. When appropriate, she tries to resolve issues without resorting to costly litigation.

Deborah understands the complex aspects of family law and is deeply committed to helping her clients through the emotionally difficult and financially uncertain process in the most expedient and least stressful way. She helps clients negotiate property distribution, spousal support, and child visitation.

Through her representation of celebrities and professional athletes, Deborah has gained a wide breadth of experience in handling complex financial matters and in negotiating unique settlements. Her skills also include negotiation and litigation in matters involving business and stock option disputes between business owners and their spouses. She additionally represents clients with prenuptial and post-marital planning and post-divorce issues, such as modification of custody and support and relocation matters.

Deborah’s deep family law knowledge and experience is widely recognized. She often is appointed by the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to represent children in complex custody disputes and to handle alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for family law cases.

Deborah enjoys traveling and is well on her way to achieving her goal of visiting all 50 states.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained sole physical and legal custody of child with whom client was initially denied all access.
  • Worked out a creative business solution between co-owners of a business. One party remained owner while the other sold their stake but remained on as an employee to maintain collection of necessary benefits.
  • Negotiate effective support payments on behalf of executives with complex pay structures.
  • Resolve disputes between business owners and their spouses with regard to stock options and other assets.
  • Navigate the complex compensation packages of Federal and World Bank employees and negotiate solutions in divorce proceedings.
  • 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.
  • Represented several business-owner clients whose business interest valuations were under dispute.
  • Successfully represented parent wanting to modify custody arrangements in order to move with children out of state.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
  • Gettysburg College (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1991)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Honors & Awards
  • Received "Family Law Practitioner of the Year" award from Bar Association of Montgomery County (2015)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2010-present)
  • Listed in Maryland and DC Super Lawyers (2010-present)
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Listed in Top 10 Attorneys, Maryland Super Lawyers (2013)
  • Listed in Top 100 Attorneys, Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Listed in Top 50 Women Attorneys, Maryland Super Lawyers (2010-present)
  • Listed in Top 100 Attorneys, Washington, D.C. Area Super Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Listed in Top 50 Women Attorneys, Washington, D.C. Area Super Lawyers (2010-present)
  • Named "Rising Star" in Family Law by Maryland Super Lawyers (2009)
  • Named "Bar Leader" by Montgomery County Bar Foundation  (2009)
  • Received “Committee Chair of the Year” award from Bar Association of Montgomery County for chairing Fee Dispute Resolution Committee (2009)
  • Received “Outstanding Section Chair of the Year” award from Bar Association of Montgomery County for co-chairing Family Law Section (2003)
Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Maryland Chapter (Treasurer 2013-2014; Co-Chair, Annual Symposium 2013-2014; Vice President 2015-2017; President-elect 2017-present; Fellow 2011-present)
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (Fellow 2015-present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member (Board of Governors 2005-2007, Family and Juvenile Law Section Council 2005-2009)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Member (Executive Committee 2008-2010, Family Law Section Co-Chair 2002)
  • Montgomery County Maryland American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (President 2013-2014, President-Elect 2012-13, Executive Committee 2001-present)
  • Collaborative Divorce Association, Member (Co-President 2011-2012)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Women's Bar Association, Member
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