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A family law attorney may have years of experience and a long track record of success on paper. In family law cases, it is not only the result that matters, but the client’s experience. Divorce, custody, and other family law disputes are stressful. A good attorney not only helps achieve an excellent outcome from a legal standpoint, but helps the client feel heard and supported throughout the case. We are honored to share the following testimonials from clients and colleagues of Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield.

Great lawyer to work with. Excellent communicator and listener. Courtroom skills exceptional. Would highly recommend for any family law situation.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

I highly recommend Geoff. He and his all-star team assisted me through a difficult and contentious divorce and child custody case. Geoff's knowledge and personal relationships really assisted in the positive outcome of my case. Geoff was efficient throughout the case to keep costs reasonable and was helpful in directing me to gather documents and information for effective pleadings and strong strategies in Court. Geoff really went to bat for me, and I am very grateful for his services.

– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Took a personalized approach to my complex divorce and was available to achieve an outcome beyond my highest expectations.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Strategic and Pragmatic. Geoff has seen plenty of situations and how they play out. Geoff has an expert understanding of the process. Geoff does a great job of communication and letting you know what’s going on by including you in his plans and actions. At the end of the day, every one of our decisions was client inclusive. He can be very aggressive in his strategy, while with the same breath, he can be pragmatic, asking you how you are doing.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review

One of the most dedicated, fair, competent, patient attorneys I have had the pleasure of dealing with. He has helped myself and many others through some difficult times. He is a very good listener and can direct you in the right place.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Excellent at simultaneously executing specific tactical aspects of the case while maintaining overall macro view.

– Family Law Attorney

I have worked with Geoffrey S. Platnick as an expert witness in several cases and find him to be an excellent attorney with a real interest in his clients.

– Child Custody Expert , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Absolutely amazing during a very difficult time.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

He is a brilliant lawyer, a fantastic strategist, willing to resolve cases through mediation but kick butt in court if that is required, and in the final analysis, effective in achieving his clients' goals. One of the really great ones. No hesitation in recommending him.

– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

A very empathetic and diligent person and attorney. His tact in suggesting acceptable solutions to emotionally charged situations and sensitivity to child issues that can easily get neglected in the egoic fracases in such cases is truly exemplary. I am, on all of our behalfs, truly grateful for having had him as an advocate for the just and the right.

– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

I have frequently engaged in complex legal discussions with Geoffrey Platnick and believe he is of the highest intellect and abilities as an attorney.

– Divorce Attorney , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

A fantastic lawyer that has solved my problems. I recommend him to everyone.

– Litigation Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Represented me in my child custody and divorce matter. He was completely dedicated to my case.... He resolved every issue and concern I had.

– Past Client

...An exceptional ally as he navigated a contentious divorce process resulting in an amicable, "uncontested divorce" settlement. He is a skilled negotiator, knowledgeable with the ability to clearly explain legal issues and options to find an ideal solution. He is assertive in his approach, open, honest, and the most redeeming factor - he is efficient. When he took on my legal matter I was confused about my situation and had many questions. He was patient and took the time to listen both to the problems I had, and to my desired outcome...insured the law was used as a vehicle to help me reach the best possible outcome! He untangled a messy web including custody, the division of assets, real estate, taxes, debt, and a property settlement.

– Past Client

Geoffrey Platnick is a man of his word and very intelligent. He is very busy and in demand. That is perhaps his only limitation although it is completely understandable because he is so good. The course of action he took over a yearlong battle was sound and in this specific case he battled an intelligent individual with an underlying personality disorder which made the entire event a long and arduous process for all involved. He is fair and honorable above all else. He and his partner got a great result for me!

– Past Client

Fighting for custody was the most stressful period of my life. While lots of lawyers could have taken advantage of my fear of the process, he talked with me, made me feel comfortable, made sure I understood everything, was always ready for court, and his skill ultimately got the other side to settle. He has helped me so much and I am forever grateful for all his time and effort and everything he’s done for my daughter and me. I would definitely recommend!

– Kathleen, Bethesda, ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Geoffrey is a smart, dedicated, compassionate person. He is understanding, approachable and trustworthy. He works hard to get the best solutions possible and definitely looks at the individual and long-term benefits for the client. He is easy to work with and ensures high quality service. His team is professional and efficient. Geoffrey got the job done and always had my best interest in mind when things got tough. In the end I prevailed because of Geoffrey’s guidance and was able to end my marriage without spending unnecessary money and time. I highly recommended him!

– Mary B., Small Business Owner, Potomac

I've had the pleasure of working with Geoff on numerous cases over the past 12 years. He has always been a dedicated problem solver. His knowledge and experience, coupled with his incredible work ethic, have brought cases to a positive resolution for his clients.

– Walter Pennington, Dembo Jones, P.C., Rockville , ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Geoffrey Platnick is a proficient, professional Family Law attorney. He is on my short list of "go-to" attorneys for my clients with challenging cases, whether the difficulty is financial or child related. Geoff is one of the best legal minds in the region regarding the financial aspects of divorce. He works well in partnership with experts, both in choosing highly competent specialists and in understanding what they are communicating. And with his partner Scott Strickler they are the Dynamic Duo of local Family Law. I recommend that you retain them-before your future ex does!

– Jamie Lapin, Risk Management Group, LLC, Rockville

Geoff is a pro's pro. His knowledge of family law is second to none. In addition, his ability to provide timely and accurate communication and updates is unmatched. If considering any family law endeavor, I would highly recommend Geoffrey Platnick.

– Brian Morley

One of the finest Family Law attorneys that I have worked with. I admire all aspects of his approach to a case... thorough in every aspect of his case preparation. He ensures that his client is ready to be deposed and to face cross examination, and he discusses his questioning of others with his client and experts...knows how to disagree without being disagreeable and is ready to take on any sort of opposition. He is a go-to guy on high profile cases or any case.

– Steven Shedlin, Rehabilitation Experts of Maryland, Inc., Rockville

Geoff served as my daughter's Best Interest Attorney (BIA) in my custody case. Geoff matched and exceeded his title because all of his actions in the case were based on the best interests of my daughter. Geoff spent a lot of time with my daughter (with me, with my ex-wife, and in the school setting) and really understood her. Prior to Geoff's involvement I had a challenging relationship with my ex-wife that may have had a negative impact on my daughter (she was in Kindergarten at the time). With Geoff's help, my ex-wife and I modified our co-parenting to ensure that we both had the best interests of our daughter with all of our interactions. Today, my ex-wife and I have a fantastic co-parenting relationship and my daughter is thriving - she is a happy child who is doing very well in school and in life. I appreciate Geoff's focus on the best interests of my daughter, and I highly recommend Geoff to serve as a BIA in your custody case.

– Past Client

Geoff is a great lawyer. I really enjoyed working with him. He is approachable and understanding. I feel comfortable communicating with him. He would make the time for me when I was worried, frustrated, and in need to communicate. He is a good listener and he gave good advice. He looked out for my best interest.

– Past Client

Geoff Platnick is an outstanding attorney in the Montgomery/Frederick County arena. He is dedicated, loyal, competent, patient and a good listener. He will help you through the most difficult times if you are involved in a contentious divorce or custody matter. He has excellent skills working with children as a Best Interest Attorney. If you need a fair and understanding attorney, Geoff Platnick is the attorney for you.

– Past Client

A brilliant attorney. He was amazing during a difficult time.

– Leslie R., Rockville

I could not have found a better attorney than Geoff Platnick to guide me through the painful and confusing process of my divorce. I also could not have asked for a more successful outcome with my case. Geoff handled every step with both professionalism and sensitivity. He not only provided strategic thinking and sound legal advice, but he also lent a sympathetic ear when I needed it. And somewhere along the way, he became a friend. I will always be grateful for all of Geoff's hard work.

– Past Client

I work with Family Law attorneys throughout the US, and I find Geoffrey Platnick to be in the top five of all of them. His ability to help his client is very good and he helps families to develop a better custody and arrangement.

– Judith Greenberg, School Finders, LLC, Rockville

Very good at making difficult situations go away. I highly value his expertise in divorce law.

– Jimmy Reid, State Farm Insurance, Rockville

Detail-oriented, responsive to needs and a good listener.

– Gail Gunther, Cruise Directors Inc., Alexandria, ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Geoff has been my attorney for two separate family law cases. He represented me at the end of a difficult divorce case, and then again a year later for a two-year custody battle. He was a tireless advocate for me and my kids; his legal expertise was most welcome during my very involved case.

My ex is a clear narcissist, and Geoff showed endless patience in dealing with his many red herrings (and he helped me stay calm as well). Geoff handled my high-conflict case with ease and helped us reach settlement right before trial, saving me a lot of money. I appreciate everything Geoff did for me, but what I appreciate the most was his honesty and integrity – while he represented me aggressively he was never unfair to the other side; he was always up front about what he believed the right path was, and he never pushed me to take any steps I wasn't comfortable in taking. Geoff’s goal was never just to get even and never pushed for legal actions that weren't warranted to create drama or raise the price tag.

Most importantly, Geoff was always honest about what the chances were before taking any legal actions, and he did his best to save money whenever possible. On top of that, Geoff was always cheerful and friendly when I needed to talk to him! I knew he cared about what happened to my family. While it is always my hope that no one ever needs Geoff’s service, I would (and do) recommend Geoff to anyone who needs an excellent family law attorney.

– Anonymous, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

When you are fighting for the loved ones in your life, you need a formidable ally. I have used multiple other attorneys and interviewed many others, and none of them come close to Geoff. Not only is he a smart attorney, a skilled strategist, and aggressive in the courtroom, but he is also an amazing person. He cares about his clients. You are not just "another case" for him. You are an important person and the outcome of your case matters to him personally, something you will not find often. I have a very long road ahead in my battle, and knowing that I have Geoff there to fight for me gives me incredible peace of mind.

– Monique , ★★★★★ Avvo Review

A smart, compassionate and dedicated lawyer. He is approachable, understanding, and trustworthy. He works to develop the best solutions possible and definitely looks at the long term benefit of the client. He was easy to work with and ensures high quality service. His staff is professional, kind and efficient.

Got the job done and had my best interests in mind whenever things got tough. In the end I prevailed and was able to resolve my divorce without spending unnecessary money and time. Always worked to settle my case reasonably but used his clever courtroom skills whenever necessary. You really want him on your side and never want to be against him. Highly recommended!

– Leslie, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Getting divorced was a painful and difficult experience. I was lucky to have Geoff and his team to navigate through the process. Geoffrey Platnick has a fantastic team of people who work with him, and he led the charge during my divorce settlement. Geoff fought for my custodial rights, my share of the assets and kept me well informed as the case progressed. I highly recommend Geoff if you are looking for an experienced, creative and thoughtful divorce lawyer.

– Matt, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

I was lucky to have him on my side. His knowledge of the law and of my case, attention to detail, preparedness, hard work and presence in the courtroom easily brought me the outcome I needed. I am impressed by his excellent professionalism and ethical standards he constantly displays. His work put him in a category well above the lawyers I had hired before and well beyond the ones working on behalf of the other side. I highly recommend him.

– Diane, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Geoff is a pro's pro. His knowledge of family law is second to none. In addition, his ability to provide timely and accurate communication and updates is unmatched. If considering any family law endeavor, I would highly recommend Geoffrey Platnick.

– Brian, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Geoff Platnick as one of the finest Family Law attorneys that I have worked with. I admire all aspects of his approach to a case. Geoff is thorough in every aspect of his case preparation. He ensures that his client is ready to be deposed and to face cross examination, and he discusses his questioning of others with his client and experts. Geoff knows how to disagree without being disagreeable and is ready to take on any sort of opposition. He is a go to guy on high profile cases or any case.

– Steven, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Geoff has seen plenty of situations and how they play out. Geoff has an expert understanding of the process. Geoff does a great job of communication and letting you know what’s going on by including you in his plans and actions. At the end of the day, every one of our decisions was client inclusive. He can be very aggressive in his strategy, while with the same breath, he can be pragmatic, asking you how you are doing.

– Scott, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Geoff is one of the best family law attorneys in the area. He is extremely knowledgeable of the law and has great insight into the many facets of family law. At the same time, he manages the stress and emotional side of these types of legal issues with ease. I have sought his counsel a number of times and would not turn to anyone else to assist me.

– Yvonne, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

I am an individual with very high standards and always looking for the best in everything. When I decided to start the divorce process. I interviewed many lawyers. I decided to hire him. Because, I did not get the feeling that I am only another client to him. He listened to me and my expectation during this process, like no other lawyer has. But what I found even more fascinating was, the level of compassion he had. If you are going through this process you know, you are sad, angry, tearful, emotional, and at times unreasonable. He was supportive through every single step of the way. My children are my world I asked him to get my kids and he got me the best custody deal ever. I can owe him for the rest of my life . Bottom line, If you are going through this nasty process, then you need a lawyer who is very knowledgeable, firm, very good in what he does and more importantly, someone who sees you as a person and actually wants to help you , rather than just see you as another r client to generate money to pay bills. He is your man. I have recommended him to many friends and every body has said the same thing about him

– Shabnam, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Many times I have consulted with Geoff on family matters and each time I received sound advice and direction I could use. Geoff's depth of law knowledge in the family space is quite impressive. Each conversation led to many possibilities with Geoff narrowing down the decision I had to make based on my specific situation. A truly caring person with an exceptional work energy that makes me wonder how he gets any sleep. Geoff, in my opinion, is an excellent family law attorney!

– Eric R., ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Handled my divorce. Retained my house and have my son almost full time, without alimony or child support. He slammed my X wife and her lame lawyer. Pricey but worth it. You get what you pay for.

– Neil, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Helped me win a four-year divorce that involved disputed legal and physical custody. It was a complex case that needed an attorney who was diligent, proactive, and aggressive.

– Chris, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

I interviewed several top lawyers for my difficult divorce. Geoff came highly recommended from multiple sources, and I realized why soon after he took my case. Geoff exhibited expert knowledge, had impeccable courtroom presence and took excellent care of me throughout my divorce process. In addition, he truly cares about his clients and works diligently to ensure they receive a great outcome, which I certainly did. I could not have asked for better representation.

– Anonymous, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Mr. Platnick is the attorney/counselor I was indeed blessed to have contending for my child's best interest recently. He is consistently attentive, empathetic, experienced, detailed, conciliatory, sympathetic, solicitous, shrewd, strategic, strength imparting. In a ludicrously over-populated profession, Geoff Platnick is a rare gentleman and a darn good attorney. His recognition to greater responsibility and certain success is assured; I am glad to add my honest endorsement to that process.

– Rajesh, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

When I realized that my divorce was inevitable, I interviewed about 20 attorneys. In talking with them, many seemed angrier than I was as they told me how they would punish my ex and made promises that they had no way of delivering.

When I interviewed Geoff, his approach was strikingly different. He started by focusing on where we were (the ex had been planning the divorce for months before I clued in so we were way behind and in a bad spot). Next, he asked me to make some tough choices and to be certain that those answers were what I really wanted. Once we were sure, he laid out an intelligent strategy, focusing on when to fight and when to compromise. At the end of the process, we didn’t get EVERYTHING, but he delivered on everything that I said mattered for my family and me.

Over the course of my ex’s eight-year campaign, which included the initial divorce, three protective orders, two custody modifications, and three appeals (all initiated by the ex), Geoff stayed focused on the best interests of my family even when I was too angry/frustrated/sad/exhausted to do so. His experience and thoughtful guidance have been invaluable through the most difficult times of my life and, as he pointed out in that first interview, things will (and DID) get much better once my family and I were safe.

– Mark, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

My divorce was a long, difficult, contentious mess. Geoff guided me through the whole process, though, answering every question and tirelessly advocating for me. There were so many twists and turns, but Geoff knew how to handle every situation. His strategic thinking and compassion were the keys to the success of my case. But he was more than just my attorney. Somewhere along the way, Geoff became a friend. He was always genuinely concerned for me on a personal level and took the time, aside from discussing my case, to just listen and help me cope with everything. I couldn't have found a better person to help get me through the last two years.

– Keith, ★★★★★ Avvo Review

Instead of serving as a weaponized legal instrument of my darkness, Hadrian spent a good amount of our time together helping me to be my own higher self. When I pushed him to be ‘more aggressive’, to humiliate my ex, to overwhelm her with chaos, Hadrian held steady, risking a fairly healthy financial engagement, to litigate my matter with honor. He advocated the high road, conveyed a balanced and reasonable position throughout, and still waged a conscious and virtuous war.

– Divorce Client

I retained Geoff after interviewing 6-8 top family law attorneys for my very difficult case. Geoff exceeded my already high expectations. He provided excellent advice and took great care of me, while ensuring I received a great outcome, which I certainly did. I felt comfortable, confident and knowledgeable every step of the way.

Geoff's reputation as one of the best attorneys in his field is well deserved. He represented me extremely well. I feel lucky to have met him.

– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

An extremely talented and knowledgeable practitioner . . . Scott is the only legal reference that I would give to anyone who needs legal advice and counsel in the U.S.

– Family Law Client

Hadrian is a very talented and perceptive litigator, who maintains a balance between settlement positioning and trial needs.

– Family Law Client

I hired Geoff in my divorce and he has used his knowledge of the local system to strategically take my case through the necessary steps to get me custody of my daughter and help maintain my family business. He has a keen memory for the facts, can prioritize what is most important and understands how each of the local judges are all very different. His ability to navigate the law and the facts, as well as think on his feet, has been invaluable to my case.

– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

Different from the 20 other attorneys I considered. [My attorney] focused on where we were since the ex had planned the divorce for months before I knew, so I was behind & in a bad spot. Next, he asked me to make some tough choices & to be certain that those answers were what I really wanted. He laid out an intelligent strategy, focusing on when to fight & when to compromise. In the end, we didn’t get EVERYTHING, but he delivered on everything that I said mattered for my family.

– Family Law Client

Wonderful person and attorney! I have had the privilege of having Geoff as my attorney in a custody case for years. Before Geoff I sought out counsel with three other attorneys in the Maryland/DC area only to have wasted my money with the other lawyers. I will never use another attorney again, Geoff is trustworthy, honest and creative. Truly one of a kind. I also would like to comment on his staff. Through this long battle I have never encountered a staff or attorney that was so fantastic.

– Child Custody Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

He offered clear and pragmatic counsel on what my rights were, even when it made me uncomfortable to discuss. He was a strong advocate for me and also had a warm and kind manner that I greatly appreciated during the most difficult time of my life.

– Divorce Client, ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review

Geoff and his partner Scott are very hands-on and stayed in touch every step of the way.

– Divorce Client

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Testimonials

“Great lawyer to work with. Excellent communicator and listener. Courtroom skills exceptional. Would highly recommend for any family law situation.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“I highly recommend Geoff. He and his all-star team assisted me through a difficult and contentious divorce and child custody case. Geoff’s knowledge and personal relationships really assisted in the positive outcome of my case. Geoff was efficient throughout the…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review
“Took a personalized approach to my complex divorce and was available to achieve an outcome beyond my highest expectations.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“Strategic and Pragmatic. Geoff has seen plenty of situations and how they play out. Geoff has an expert understanding of the process. Geoff does a great job of communication and letting you know what’s going on by including you in…”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review
“One of the most dedicated, fair, competent, patient attorneys I have had the pleasure of dealing with. He has helped myself and many others through some difficult times. He is a very good listener and can direct you in the…”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“Excellent at simultaneously executing specific tactical aspects of the case while maintaining overall macro view.”
– Family Law Attorney
“I have worked with Geoffrey S. Platnick as an expert witness in several cases and find him to be an excellent attorney with a real interest in his clients.”
– Child Custody Expert , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“Absolutely amazing during a very difficult time.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“He is a brilliant lawyer, a fantastic strategist, willing to resolve cases through mediation but kick butt in court if that is required, and in the final analysis, effective in achieving his clients’ goals. One of the really great ones.…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review
“A very empathetic and diligent person and attorney. His tact in suggesting acceptable solutions to emotionally charged situations and sensitivity to child issues that can easily get neglected in the egoic fracases in such cases is truly exemplary. I am,…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

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