Our People

Monica Garcia Harms

Principal
25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20850

301-838-3230 direct
301-354-8130 fax

mharms@steinsperling.com

" There's nothing more important than family, and if I were in crisis, I would want someone I trust to help me navigate through day-to-day and long-term decisions. I want to be that person for my clients."

A thorough knowledge and understanding of each client's circumstances and needs distinguishes Monica Garcia Harms' approach to practicing family law. She prides herself on relating to her clients, carefully listening to their goals and concerns, and then tackling legal processes with their perspectives in mind.

An enthusiastic and successful litigator, Monica is always poised to aggressively pursue her clients' best interests in court. Her combination of thorough preparation, courtroom experience and dedication to providing the highest levels of service has helped her achieve the best possible outcomes for many of her clients.

Monica represents clients in a broad range of complex family law matters, including divorce, separation, contested custody and access, child support, domestic violence, separation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, alimony, property distribution, grandparent visitation, contempt/enforcement actions, modification actions, adoptions and guardianships. She is also a court-appointed representative of minor children as a Best Interest Attorney and/or Privilege Attorney. Bethesda Magazine named Monica a Top Divorce Lawyer in its November/December 2013 issue and again in July/August 2017, saying she "is among those in the elite tier of private attorneys who are known for their skills in handling thorny custody issues."

Prior to joining Stein Sperling, Monica supervised the Montgomery County Circuit Court's Domestic Violence Assistance Project, where she represented victims of domestic violence through the Women's Law Center of Maryland. Continuing her advocacy for victims of domestic violence, she often speaks on issues of divorce, custody and domestic violence. Monica has also lectured before the Pro Bono Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County on how to present Protective Order cases.

Monica is actively involved in the Bar Association of Montgomery County, serving on its Executive Committee (2010-2012), and the Women's Bar Association of Maryland's Montgomery County Chapter, also serving on that organization's Executive Committee (2009-2012). For several years, Monica coordinated monthly chamber chats with the Montgomery County Circuit Court and District Court Judges on behalf of the Bar Association.

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1999)
The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2002)

ADMISSIONS + CERTIFICATIONS

Maryland

MEMBERSHIPS + ACTIVITIES

Bar Association of Montgomery County

  • Executive Committee (2010-2012)
  • New Practitioner’s Section, Chamber Chats Coordinator (2007-2008)
  • Fall Outing Committee, Silent Auction Chair (2006-2010)
  • Social Committee, Member (2007-2008), Co-Chair (2011-2012)

Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Montgomery County  Chapter

  • Executive Committee (2009-present)
  • Museletter monthly newsletter, Co-Chair (2006-2011)
  • Triennial Silent Auction, Donations Chair (2010)

Montgomery County, Maryland American Inn of Court, Associate Member (2004-2006)

The Washington Ballet Women's Committee

HONORS + AWARDS

Bethesda Magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers (2013, 2017)

Bethesda Magazine, Readers' Pick, A Top Vote Getter, Best Family Law Practitioner 2018

Best Lawyers (2017-2019)

The Daily Record Leading Women 2016

Maryland Super Lawyers magazine, Top 50 Female Attorneys in Maryland  (2015-2016)

Maryland Super Lawyers magazine, Super Lawyer (2015-2018)

Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, Bar Leader (2008-present)

Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, Rising Star (2013-2018)

Maryland Super Lawyers magazine, Rising Star (2009-2014)

The Daily Record, VIP List: Very Important Professionals, Successful by 40 (2012)

Bar Association of Montgomery County, President’s Citation for Outstanding Service (2007, 2012)