Richard Dodd is a collaborative family lawyer and litigator representing clients in the District of Columbia and Maryland. His practice encompasses divorce, child custody and support, alimony, and marital property division. Mindful to minimize the cost and acrimony of conventional divorce and custody litigation, whenever possible he facilitates clients’ direct negotiation of mutually beneficial settlement agreements through collaborative negotiations, rather than litigation.
Mr. Dodd brings skillful and nuanced issue framing, negotiation and mediation skills to collaborative law, earned over six years negotiating and litigating family law cases, 10 years as litigation counsel to individuals and small companies, and 15 years as in-house counsel to several major companies. He has counseled and coached clients through collaborative negotiations involving contested child custody and co‑parenting plans, marital property distribution, alimony and child support, and drafting divorce settlement agreements flexible to meet the separated family’s evolving needs. He also brings his personal mindfulness practice to anchor his presence with empathy in client interactions, and coaches clients to self-monitor reactivity in sometimes stressful situations.
Mr. Dodd’s commitment to family law includes representation of pro bono clients referred by the Montgomery Bar Foundation, the Collaborative Project of Maryland and as a Guardian Ad Litem in the District of Columbia Superior Court.