Richard S. Dodd II, Esq.
Richard Dodd is a seasoned negotiator, litigator and trial lawyer, with 30 years’ experience litigating family, employment and business disputes and negotiating complex commercial agreements as in-house counsel to major corporations. Since 2014 he has focused his practice on the negotiation, litigation and trials involving divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and marital property division. While he is a skilled litigator and trial attorney, he counsels clients whenever possible to negotiate mutually satisfactory settlements to avoid the acrimony, delay and expense of litigation, especially where the custody and support of children is at issue.
Mr. Dodd is also trained in mediation and collaborative dispute resolution, processes which emphasize clients’ self-determination in negotiating settlement terms to provide for equitable parenting access plans and property settlements according to their values and objectives, rather than leaving the outcome to a judge. In collaborative cases Mr. Dodd frequently collaborates with psychologists and social workers who separately coach divorcing parents to overcome emotional resistance, enabling them to collaborate in developing creative and equitable parenting plans to promote childrens’ healthy relationships with both parents. Mr. Dodd is also experienced with small business valuations, and frequently collaborates with Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA®) to conduct comprehensive financial assessments and planning to provide for clients’ long-term financial security.
Mr. Dodd has represented numerous clients on a pro bono basis for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and the Collaborative Project of Maryland, and has served as a guardian ad litem advocating on behalf of minor children in custody proceedings in the District of Columbia. Mr. Dodd is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. He is also a member of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Montgomery County, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. He has also collaborated in drafting and testified in support of legislation to reform Maryland law to protect against hiding and dissipation of marital assets before divorce and the abduction of children.
Mr. Dodd earned his law degree from Boston University, and an MBA from Yale University. He has resided in Montgomery County for 20 years and is a married father of two adult sons. He is also a passionate amateur musician, yoga enthusiast and chef in his spare time.