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Donna E. Van Scoy

Donna E. Van Scoy

Donna E. Van Scoy

Law Office of Donna E. Van Scoy LLC

With a majority of her cases in family law, attorney Donna E. Van Scoy believes it’s best if the cases can be resolved outside of the courtroom.

“My position in cases always is ‘What can we do so that the parties participate in settling their cases?’ because the chances then are much greater that they will stay out of the court system, and if they both participate in the process then they can continue to have working relationships, which often benefits the family.”

The University of Baltimore School of Law graduate opened up her own Rockville-based practice, the Law Office of Donna E. Van Scoy LLC, in 2004.

However, she set her sights on becoming a lawyer at an early age.

“I always found it fascinating to keep discussions going by making different points,” she said.

Van Scoy focuses on family law because she wants to help and guide people through a difficult period.

“You see these people at the worst point in their lives but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help them understand that they need to, as best they can, put aside the emotional part of it so that, in the end, it isn’t the lawyers that benefit,” she said. “It’s the family that is able to reach an agreement.”

Because she considers law a profession — not a job — Van Scoy is the president of the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee Women’s Bar Association of Maryland Inc.

“I think it is very important to be the best professional you can, to be very active in the profession and with other professionals,” she said.