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Divorce and other family law disputes are often once-in-a-lifetime events that will forever alter the trajectory of a person’s life. When the stakes are that high, and when the issues involved are complex, there is only one chance to get things right. Scott Strickler understands this. While he has successfully resolved hundreds of family law disputes during his career, Scott rarely approaches a case the same way twice. By customizing his strategy to each client’s situation and goals, Scott makes it difficult for opponents to anticipate his next move, or to successfully combat it.

After more than thirty years of experience in family law, Scott still sees every client and every case as unique. His ability to avoid preconceptions of how a case will unfold allows him to remain open to a variety of possible approaches to the issues involved. This approach addresses the client’s needs more thoroughly and precisely, as well as keeping opposing counsel off balance.

Scott Strickler is respected for his tactical approach to cases involving difficult tax issues or significant or complex assets. Repeatedly featured by Bethesda Magazine as a top divorce attorney in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, the magazine has highlighted Scott’s mastery of “complicated tax issues” and referred to him as a “master strategist” with a commitment to improving his clients’ overall strategic position.

Scott has been recognized by other prominent publications, as well. Worth magazine has selected him as one of the top one hundred attorneys in the United States serving the needs of affluent clientele. He has also been featured in Washington Post Magazine’s “Best Lawyers, A Comprehensive Guide to the Area’s Top Attorneys” and Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top family law attorneys in Maryland.

Those honors are the fruit of decades of practice devoted exclusively to family law. Scott began practicing in 1986, following his service as the judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of Maryland’s Fifth Judicial Circuit. In the decades since, he has represented clients in every type of family law matter, from the drafting of prenuptial agreements to the successful resolution of contested divorce matters, post-judgment disputes and appeals. Much of Scott’s work involves complex financial issues such as business valuation and the use of the Tax Code to help clients negotiate an optimal settlement.

Scott’s depth of knowledge in domestic relations law and complex financial matters has made him a sought-after public speaker. He frequently teaches continuing legal education (CLE) programs for attorneys and regularly makes presentations to financial advisors, accountants and members of the general public. Popular topics have included “Stock Options and Hidden Assets in Divorce,” “Alimony Trends in Maryland,” and “Creative Settlement Strategies: Maximizing Tax Savings.” In addition to representing clients and speaking on legal issues, Scott has often served as an expert witness at trial and in administrative proceedings on topics ranging from attorney fees to child support laws and child custody procedures.

Scott is gratified by recognition from legal organizations and publications, but what matters most to him is achieving his client’s goals. As one reviewer noted, Scott Strickler is “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.”

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Taxation
  • Litigation
  • Appeals
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1985
  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. cum laude, 1981
Admissions to Practice
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Honors and Recognitions
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer rating for highest level of professional excellence
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected by Worth magazine three years in a row as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the U.S. serving the needs of affluent clients
  • Selected by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top Family Law Attorneys in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
  • Named in Washington D.C.’s “Best Lawyers, A Comprehensive Guide to the Areas Top Attorneys,” featured in The Washington Post Magazine
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine on multiple occasions for inclusion among the top domestic relations attorneys in the area
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Frequent expert witness on issues related to attorney fees
  • Expert witness before The World Bank on Maryland child support laws
  • Expert witness in Bexar County, Texas, on interstate child custody issues and procedures
  • Pro Bono Mentor, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 1994 to present
  • Past Chair, Family Law Section of Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Court-Appointed Domestic Relations Mediator and Facilitator
  • Past Chair, Program Committee of Family Law Section of Bar Association of Montgomery County


“Great lawyer to work with. Excellent communicator and listener. Courtroom skills exceptional. Would highly recommend for any family law situation.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ 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 , ★★★★★ 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 , ★★★★★ 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 , ★★★★★ Review
“Absolutely amazing during a very difficult time.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ 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