Michelle C. Thomas is a Divorce Strategist and the Founder of M.C. Thomas & Associates, PC, a premiere divorce and family law firm serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Ms. Thomas focuses on complex divorce litigation, high net worth divorce, and contested custody cases for traditional and non-traditional families. She has extensive experience skillfully protecting assets through pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, post-separation planning and aggressive litigation as necessary. Among the property issues Ms. Thomas handles are the distribution of stock options, securities, deferred compensation, business valuations and protection, real estate holdings, private and governmental retirement benefits, professional goodwill for athletes and corporate executives, hidden assets and more. Ms. Thomas works with tax consultants and other financial professionals to incorporate tax planning into settlement negotiations and trial strategies. Ms. Thomas is also accomplished in achieving desired child custody and time sharing results for fathers and mothers alike, most notably in contested cases.
Ms. Thomas is an experienced trial lawyer who works closely with clients to identify their goals and develop strategies to help achieve them. Ms. Thomas is keenly aware that families often benefit from resolving matters outside of court, and understands the complexities involved when dealing with the divorce of public figures, politicians or professional athletes. Ms. Thomas is a certified Collaborative Lawyer and is equipped to resolve matters through ADR techniques including private mediation.
Ms. Thomas has been seen in various news media as a Divorce Expert, including the Washington Times, Washington Examiner, multiple issues of the national ESSENCE magazine, the Michael Baisden Show, Fox 5 news and multiple appearances on The Audrey Chapman Show on the “Dos and Don’ts of Divorce.” Ms. Thomas also presents on topics including Trial Advocacy and Family Law.
Specialties:Ms. Thomas focuses on complex divorce and family law in D.C. and Virginia. She has a keen eye toward the equitable distribution of assets, business valuation, and real estate re-tracing. Ms. Thomas also handles business matters and advises corporate management on employment matters and entrepreneurial pursuits.
SEMINARS AND LECTURES :
Panelist/Facilitator, “Oral Advocacy Workshop: Giving Your Best Presentation, From the Boardroom to the Courtroom,” National Bar Association, January 2012
Panelist, The Business of Law, D.C. Bar, November 2011
Guest Professorial Lecturer, Drafting of Legal Contracts, The George Washington University Law School, October, 2011
Speaker, “Networking 101,” Women’s Bar Association, September, 2011
Panelist, “Demystifying Social Media”, D.C. Bar, April, 2011
Panelist, “Client Intake and Counseling: Avoiding Pitfalls with Problem Clients”, National Bar Association, March 2011
Moderator, “Brand New Year, Brand New You: How to Generate Clients and Make it Rain through the Brand Called You", National Bar Association, March, 2011
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2011 Meritorious Award, National Bar Association
2008 President’s Award, National Bar Association
2008 Outstanding Affiliate Chapter of the Year, as President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association
YOUNG LAWYER OF THE YEAR (December, 2007), Bar Association of the District of Columbia
2006 Impact Leader of the Month, IMPACT-DC
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES:
Chair-Elect, National Bar Association-Young Lawyers’ Division (2011-2012)
Vice Chair, Appointed by Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Practice Management Service Committee (2011-2012)
Board Member, National Bar Association-Young Lawyers’ Division (2010-2011)
Officer, Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Foundation (2009-2010)
Board Member, Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Foundation (2008-2011)
Board Member, Appointed by Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Practice Management Service Committee (2008-2011)
Board Member, George Washington University Law School Black Alumni Association (2010-2012)
President, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers' Division (2007-2008)
Board Member, Washington Bar Association-Young Lawyers’ Division (2004-2005)
Member, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar
Member; Small Business Law Section, National Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section, DC Bar
Member, Family Law Section, American Bar Association
In addition to maintaining her burgeoning law practice, Ms. Thomas remains dedicated to community affairs. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, and volunteers at So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C. Ms. Thomas is a native of New York and resides in Montgomery County, Maryland.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Divorce & Family Law
Civil & Commercial Litigation
Certified Collaborative Law
J.D., The George Washington University Law School
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Honors