Stephanie L. Fink
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has practiced law in Maryland since 1995, and was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1996. Stephanie has received a rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale Hubble since 2010, and has also been identified as a “Super Lawyer” by both the District of Columbia and Maryland Super Lawyers publications since 2010.
Stephanie concentrates primarily on family law matters handling divorce, custody, prenuptial agreements and step-parent adoptions. She is frequently appointed by the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to represent children in contested custody matters. In addition, Stephanie has given numerous educational presentations to the Montgomery County Family Law Section and the Maryland State Bar Association.
The other focus of Stephanie’s practice is guardianships for minors and disabled adults, which stems from her knowledge of the legal issues and federal and state benefits-related issues affecting the elderly and individuals with developmental, physical, and mental disabilities. Stephanie has also given educational presentations in this area to the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.
Many of the guardianship litigation cases that she has handled are similar to child custody cases, except that the issue involves an elderly parent instead of a minor child, and the litigants are warring siblings, or in some cases, the spouse of a disabled person and the disabled person’s adult children from a previous marriage. In recent years, she has been involved in a number of “hybrid” cases that involve divorce, issues of capacity, and conflict between family members. She has served both as attorney and as guardian for the disabled person (but not at the same time) in such cases.
Stephanie is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution: mediation, collaborative divorce, and settlement advocacy. If alternative dispute resolution has not been successful, she is also an experienced litigator.
Stephanie belongs to the following professional organizations: the Maryland State Bar Association; the Bar Association of Montgomery County, of which she is a former co-chair; the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland; the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, for which she served as Secretary; the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Inns of Court, of which she is a Master of the Bench and member of the Executive Committee, as well has having frequently served as program group leader; the Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc, of which she is a founding member and former co-president; the AFCC (American Family Conciliation Courts, Maryland Chapter; and the Simon Sobeloff Law Society, Montgomery County Chapter, of which she is also a founding member.