Erin L. Kopelman

Erin L. Kopelman: Attorney with Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
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Erin Kopelman is a divorce attorney who handles cases involving domestic relations and family law, including divorce, custody, child support, property settlement, alimony, post-judgment issues, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Erin is a fierce advocate for those she represents in negotiations and in the courtroom. She is straightforward and communicative, making sure her clients have the information to make the best decisions for themselves and their children. The daughter of two Naval officers, Erin brings a high level of precision and discipline to all her matters.

Erin often represents people with substantial assets or income who have issues related to business valuations, trust interests, or non-marital property. She works with many high-level executives at large companies, independent entrepreneurs, and professionals like attorneys in downtown law firms, as well as their spouses, all of whom value her discretion and her understanding of complex compensation and ownership issues. Erin also handles cases involving support for adult disabled children and domestic violence. Prior to joining Lerch Early, Erin practiced law at a boutique divorce and family law firm in Montgomery County.

Erin is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Family Law, is listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, and has been named a “Rising Star” in DC Super Lawyers. The Daily Record named her one of Maryland’s “Leading Women,” and Bethesda Magazine readers gave her the “Family Law Practitioner of the Year” award. Active in the Family Law section of the county bar association, she has received both the “Section Chair of the Year” and “Bar Leader” awards.

Erin loves the exercise, plus peace and beauty, of being out on the water while kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. When she can’t be on the water, Erin enjoys running in her neighborhood while listening to music or on the treadmill while watching TV.

Honors & Awards

•Named 2018 Family Law Practitioner of the Year in Bethesda Magazine's Readers' Picks
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Family Law (2018-present)
•Leadership Montgomery (Class of 2017)
•Named one of Maryland's Leading Women by The Daily Record (2015)
•Listed as Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-present)
•Listed as Rising Star by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013-present)
•Received the Bar Leader award from the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation for Outstanding Leadership to the Bar (2012)
•Recieved the Section Chair of the Year award from the Bar Association of Montgomery County (2012)

Community Involvement

•Round House Theatre (Secretary, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, 2015-2018; Co-Chair, Gala 2017; Member, Development Committee, 2014; Member, Board of Trustees, 2013-2018)
•Town of Chevy Chase (Past Member and Past Secretary, Community Relations Committee, 2010-2016)
•Sponsored Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Intern (2013-2015)



•Navigating Back to School While Preparing for Separation and Divorce September 19, 2018
•New Rights for Grandparents and Other Third Parties Seeking Custody and Visitation in Maryland January 2, 2018
•Name Change Post-Divorce Gets Easier in Maryland November 17, 2017
•Separation No Longer Required for Every Maryland No-Fault Divorce October 9, 2015
•Prenuptial 101: Sooner Really is Better than Later October 11, 2013
•How to Recoup Unpaid Child Support in Maryland August 27, 2013
•Maryland's New Grounds for Divorce February 20, 2012
•Child Support for Adults with Disabilities October 21, 2011
•How Maryland’s New Guidelines Affect Child Support March 4, 2011
•Second Marriages: Protect Your Assets and Your Interests Before You Get Remarried September 15, 2010


•Lerch Early Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019 August 15, 2018
•Lerch Early Attorneys Named to 2018 DC Super Lawyers List April 23, 2018
•Erik Arena and Heather Collier Join Lerch Early's Family Law Practice March 1, 2018
•Erin Kopelman Named 2018 Family Law Practitioner of the Year in Bethesda Magazine Readers' Poll January 1, 2018
•Lerch Early Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018 August 15, 2017
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2017 Super Lawyers List April 24, 2017
•Obtaining a Maryland Divorce No Longer Requires a Corroborating Witness March 21, 2017
•Divorce Attorney Erin Kopelman Selected for Leadership Montgomery's Class of 2017 June 16, 2016
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2016 Super Lawyers List April 22, 2016
•Lerch Early Names 6 New Principals January 4, 2016
•Divorce Lawyer Erin Kopelman to Receive Daily Record's Leading Women Award October 12, 2015
•Erin Kopelman Elected Secretary of Round House Theatre Board June 19, 2015
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2015 Super Lawyers List April 16, 2015
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2015 Super Lawyers List December 15, 2014
•Erin Kopelman Elected to Round House Theatre Board November 20, 2013
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List April 26, 2013
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List December 12, 2012
•Erin Kopelman Named Bar Leader by MoCo Bar Foundation June 5, 2012
•Erin Kopelman Receives Bar Association Section Chair of the Year Award May 18, 2012
•Lerch Early Lawyers Named to 2012 Super Lawyers List December 14, 2011
•Erin Kopelman Named Co-Chair of Montomgery County Bar Family Law Section June 3, 2011
•Military Issues in Family Law Cases November 4, 2010
•Family Law Group Top Ranked in U.S. News Best Law Firms Survey for 2010-11 September 15, 2010

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Family & Divorce Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(301) 347-1261  Phone
(301) 347-3753  Fax
University Attended:
Bucknell University, B.S., Business Management, 2003
Law School Attended:
Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 2006
Year of First Admission:
2007, District of Columbia; 2006, Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

•Maryland State Bar Association
•District of Columbia Bar Association
•Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Member, Judicial Selections Panel Committee (2017-present); Past Co-Chair, Member Benefits Committee; Past Chair, Mentor-Mentee Committee; Past Chair, Judges' Breakfasts; Past Co-Chair, Family Law Section; Past Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education for the Family Law Section; Past Chair, Law Day Presentation for Family Law Section; Past Co-Chair, Family Law Section Pro Bono Project)
•Montgomery County Maryland American Inn of Court (Past associate; Barrister (2018-present))
•Montgomery County Women's Bar Association (Past Liaison to Montgomery County Bar Association Executive Committee; Past Chair of Listserv; Chair, Past Chair of End of Year Party)

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented clients whose non-marital property was being claimed as marital property by a spouse.; Represented clients where both parties own business interests, obtained valuations, and arranged transfer of business interests; Secured modification of support awards.; Represented clients in post-nuptial agreements.; Secured 50/50 custody for client who was being denied overnights.; Represented a mother in custody dispute over a young child with health issues. Found medical expert who explained child's needs to court and secured client majority custody.; Secured final decision-making authority and primary custody for client after the other parent returned from time abroad demanding custody.; Filed emergency motion for custody based on one parent's substance abuse problems and secured custody of children.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts MasterCard and Discover

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