Christopher W. Roberts

Family Law Attorney

Principal

cwroberts@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814
Chris Roberts Discusses his Practice

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. 

Chris is passionate about representing his client’s interests. Creative and resourceful, he seeks to resolve difficult issues without relying on the expensive and often difficult court process wherever possible. He is an adept problem solver – he works to understand his clients’ unique challenges and represents their interests powerfully and effectively to achieve the desired outcome, regardless of the forum. When litigation is the best or only option, Chris thrives in the courtroom, and has earned a reputation as a formidable advocate for his clients.

Chris regularly handles complex financial cases on behalf of high net-worth individuals and their families, frequently representing business owners and executives or their spouses. These cases may require valuation of a business or other marital property, 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 issues. Chris also often handles complex child custody matters, which often involve child custody and/or psychological evaluations, multi-state or international jurisdictional disputes, and mental health or substance abuse issues. Chris serves as a court-appointed Best Interest Attorney as well, representing the interests of children in contested child custody cases.

Chris is also a trained mediator, frequently utilizing mediation and other alternative dispute resolution tools to resolve his client’s issues outside of the court process. He is also well-versed in eDiscovery and having completed an intensive eDiscovery Training Academy at Georgetown University.

Chris has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America as a premier divorce and family law attorney. The Daily Record has included Chris on its VIP List, recognizing Chris’ professional success and commitment to inspiring change in his community. Chris is an active member of the Family Section of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, having held a number of leadership positions within the Bar Association. Chris has been recognized by the Montgomery County Bar Association numerous times for his leadership and commitment to the community. Chris frequently lectures on issues related to family law and divorce and also writes on family law topics. Chris recently contributed as an author to the Maryland State Bar Association’s divorce and family law treatise, Divorce & Separation, 10th edition.

Chris is a native of Montgomery County, where he continues to reside with his wife and two 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
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, Family Law (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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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.

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