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Walter A. Herbert, Jr.

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Family Law: Divorce litigation, child custody, child support, visitation, marital  settlement agreements and juvenile representation
Divorce Mediation
Collaborative Law

Office Locations:
Box 1384
14713 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
301.627.8200
703.533.7300
301.627.9084 Fax

McLean Professional Park
1487 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 302
McLean, Virginia  22101

Curriculum Vitae

Education:
University of Baltimore School of Law
Baltimore, Maryland
Juris Doctorate, 1987

University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Bachelor of Arts, 1978

Special Training:
Mediation training, 2001-Present
Continuing Guardian ad Litem and Best Interest Attorney training in Maryland and Virginia 1987-Present
Collaborative Law training, September 2006

Professional Associations:

Maryland State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section Council, 2003 to present. The Section Council, which is limited in membership to 20 attorneys per year and is by nomination only, is the premier policy-making group for the family law bar in the state of Maryland. Duties include reviewing all pending family law-related bills and testifying before the Maryland General Assembly as needed. From 2003 to 2010 I was the editor of Family Law News, the journal of the MSBA Family & Juvenile Law Section, which is sent to the 1,600 members of the Maryland State Bar Association family law section. I resumed my position as  co-editor in 2013.

In June 2008 I entered the Officer track for the Family Law Section Council as Treasurer and served as Treasurer of the Section Council until June 2009. I served as the Section Council Secretary June 2009 through June 2010. I served as Chair-Elect of the Section from June 2010 through June 2011.

I served as Chair, MSBA Family & Juvenile Law Section, from June 2011 through June 2012. I am currently a Past-Chair of the Section.

Chair, Family Law Committee, Prince Georges County Bar Association, 1999 to 2005. As chair of this committee I chaired the monthly meeting of the family law committee and assisted in the creation of the annual Spring education seminar.

In 2013 Governor Martin O’Malley created the Governor’s Commission on Child Custody Decision-making; the Commission was tasked with creating Maryland’s first Child Custody statute. I was appointed to the Domestic Violence and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sub-Committees and contributed  portions of the Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Report.

 

Seminars Taught:

“Successful Immigration Strategies”, Foreign Student Advisor, Bowie State University, April 1992, February 1993.

“The New Domestic Violence Act”, Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association, October 1998.

“Preparation for Trial of a Family Law Case”, Program Co-Chair and Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee, April 2001.

“2nd Annual Family Law Seminar”, Program Co-Chair and Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee, May 2002.

“Mandatory Guardian ad Litem Training Program”, Program Co-Chair and Panel Member, presented by the Prince Georges County Circuit Court Family Division and the Prince Georges County Bar Association, October 2002.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2003

“Dollars & Sense”, Program Co-Chair and Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee,  October 2003.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2004

“Hot Tips in Family Law”, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Presenter on “The Law of Contempt”, February 2005.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2005

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2006

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2007

“Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Practice: Direct Examination of a Party in a Child Custody Trial”, Presenter, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee, April 2008

8th Annual Family Law Seminar, “It’s All About The Kids”,

Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee, May 2008.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2008

“Hot Tips in Family Law”, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Presenter on “Mediation Practice”, February 2009.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2009

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Member, June 2010

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Program Chair, June 2011

Maryland Judicial Institute, Presenter, Marital Property Workshop, May 2012.

Maryland State Bar Association, Presenter, Marital Property Workshop, Waldorf, Maryland,  November 2012.

Frederick  County, Maryland, Bar Association, Presenter, “Maryland & Virginia Family Law”, May 2013.

Prince Georges County, Maryland, Bar Association, Presenter, “Effective Trial Preparation”, May 2013.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, Panel Chair & Moderator, “Mandatory CLE”, June 2013

14th Annual Family Law Seminar, “Child Custody Relocation Litigation”,

Panel Member, Prince Georges County Bar Association Family Law Committee, May 2014.

Maryland State Bar Association, Presenter, Alimony Workshop, Waldorf, Maryland,  May 2014.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, June 2014

Maryland State Bar Association, Presenter, Marital Property Workshop, Waldorf, Maryland,  November 2014.

Maryland State Bar Association, Family Law University, Panel Chair and Presenter, “Advanced BIA Topics”. Annapolis, Maryland,  February 2015.

Southern Maryland Inns of Court, Presenter, “Alimony Workshop”, Lothian, Maryland November 2015

Maryland State Bar Association, Presenter, Hot Tips in Family Law, “Custody Evaluations-Preparing Your Client”, Columbia, Maryland,  February 2016.

Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council Continuing Legal Education program, June 2016

Prince Georges County, Maryland, Bar Association, Presenter, “Outsourcing the Discovery Process: A Cost-Benefit Analysis and Practical Considerations” August 2016.

Maryland State Bar Association, Family Law University, Panel Chair and Presenter, “Status of Third Party Custody”, Columbia, Maryland, March 2017.

Prince Georges County, Maryland, Bar Association, Annual Family Law Seminar, Panel Chair and Presenter, “Status of Third Party Custody”, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, May 2017.

Maryland State Bar Association, Hot Tips in Family Law, “Avoiding Pitfalls-Marital Agreements” (materials), Columbia, Maryland, February 2018.

Prince Georges County, Maryland, Bar Association, Annual Family Law Seminar, Panel Chair and Presenter, “Modification of Custody: Material Change in Circumstance”, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, May 2018.

Prince Georges County, Maryland, Bar Association, Annual Family Law Seminar, Presenter, “Marital Property Issues”, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, May 2019.

Maryland State Bar Association and The Legal Institute, “Representing Children as a Best Interest Attorney, Glen Burnie, Maryland, May 2019.

 

Articles:
Handling Your Domestic Violence Case, www.divorcenet.com
Helping Your Child Through Juvenile Court, www.divorcenet.com
Some Thoughts on Handling Your Child Relocation Case, (with Irwin A. Goldberg, Esquire) Maryland Bar Journal, May 2006
Prepare Your Client For Child Access Mediation (with Justin J. Sasser, Esquire) Maryland Bar Bulletin, September 2006
Best Practices for the Best Interest Attorney, (with Kristine K. Howanski, Esquire) Maryland Bar Journal, May 2009
We All Make Mistakes: Disestablishing Paternity After Davis- Prince Georges County Bar Association News Journal October 2015
Motions Practice for the Family Law Attorney- Prince Georges County Bar Association News Journal October 2018

 

Media:
August 2001, ABA Journal, “Defining Moments”, by Jill Schachner Chanen: I was profiled, with a number of other attorneys, on the benefits of solo practice.
June 2004, Joe’s Justice, WOOK-AM, on Maryland Divorce Law
July 2004, Joe’s Justice, WOOK-AM, on Maryland Custody Law
August 2004, Joe’s Justice, WOOK-AM, on Maryland Law Roundtable

 

Awards:
1996, United Community Ministries, Alexandria, Virginia, Volunteer of the Year, for providing immigration and family law assistance to low income families.

Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2012

Super Lawyer, Maryland Family Law, 2012-Present

Best Lawyers,  2014-Present

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys

 

Bar Memberships:

Maryland State Bar Association: MSBA Family Law Section, Chair, Bar Year 2011-2012

Virginia State Bar: VSB Family Law Committee

Prince Georges County Bar Association, Past Chair, Family Law Committee

Fairfax Bar Association: Family Law Committee