• Struggling with Domestic issues? You are not alone.

    Leichman & Snyder has helped hundreds of individuals through difficult times.

  • Thinking of starting a family?

    We can help you form a family either through adoption or assisted reproductive technology

  • Veterans, thank you for your service. Now let us serve you!

    WE REPRESENT VETERANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

  • We practice in all jurisdictions in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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WELCOME TO LEICHMAN & SNYDER, P.C.

With 30 years of experience, the lawyers of Leichman & Snyder can meet your legal needs with competency, compassion, and knowledge.

Leichman & Snyder, P.C. practices in courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia and also in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. All attorneys are admitted to the bar in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.).

The law firm of Leichman & Snyder can serve you compassionately as your advocate in veterans benefits, adoption, surrogacy, and all family law cases whether you are married, single, gay, step-parent, birth parent, surrogate, intended parent, veteran, or a child or spouse of a veteran. Please contact us.

We have offices in Rockville, Maryland.

  • CLIENT TESTIMONIAL
    Dean Kirchner persents a positive testimonial
    Dean Kirschener
    Executive Director - Adoption Makes Family
    "Tremendously professional, knowledgeable, and caring...Ms. Leichman has approached each case with the highest professionalism and expertise. Her knowledge of adoption law has made her an invaluable asset not only to the Agency, but to each birth parent and adoptive family affected by the adoption process."
  • CLIENT TESTIMONIAL
    Susan M.
    "I really appreciate everything [Ms. Leichman] did to make this divorce happen in such a professional and sensitive manner."
AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • ADOPTION & FAMILY FORMATION LAW

    There are many ways to start a family. We can help you explore your options and reach your adoption or family goals.

    • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

      We wholeheartedly support ART and are happy to provide more information for those who may be interested in exploring this option.

    • Representation of birth and adoptive parents

      We believe in strong parenting. We treat our clients with the respect and sensitivity that they deserve.

    • Adoption finalizations

      Finalize your adoption with us. We can help you through the final steps of this process and any issues that may arise.

    • Contested adoptions

      Is your adoption being contested? Do you need to file a contest for your adoption? Contact us.

    • Step-parent and relative adoptions

      Historically, most adoptions occurred within a family. We make the process for guardianship to relatives or step-parents comprehensive and simple. We can provide the information you need to start this process as well as the various ways it can be achieved.

    • Private adoptions

      Private (or independent) adoption is a legal method of building a family through adoption without using an adoption agency for placement. We have years of experience with private adoptions and can help you with yours.

    • Foster parent adoptions

      This is a type of domestic adoption where a child is initially placed in public care. To learn more and find out if this is the right option for you, contact us today.

    • Interstate adoptions

      Often referred to as "ICPC", Interstate adoptions are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. These adoptions can seem complicated, but we can help you understand work work through every step of the process.

  • FAMILY LAW

    In several jurisdictions in the United States, the family courts see the most crowded dockets. We have expertise in many areas of Family Law and can offer help.

    • Divorce

      With several years of experience, we help our clients through the divorce process with compassion and understanding. Let us help you explore your options and find the best solution.

    • Child custody

      Child custody, or guardianship, is an important legal aspect of a child's life. To learn what legal options you ahve, contact us today.

    • Support

      We can either provide you support or help you find the legal support you need.

    • Property distribution

      Collaborative law, such as mediation, is one of many different options we can provide you for you property distribution.

    • Child support

      Let us help you secure a better future for your children.

    • Post divorce issues

      Even after a divorce, you may still be entitled to certain rights.

    • Property settlement agreements

    • Pre-nuptial agreements

      Let us help you interpret or create an agreement that works for both parties.

    • Custody

    • Child abuse and neglect

      Please contact us immediately to let us help you to the full extent provided by Maryland and D.C. law

    • Adult and child guardianship

  • VETERANS LAW

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is a large and inefficient institution. This can be overwhelming at times. We can help you reach your goals.

    We have experience helping veterans find the right training programs and benefits.

    • Training programs for practitioners are available in Veterans Law.
    • Service-connected disability benefits
    • Nonservice connected disability benefits

    We represent veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims.

    Located in Washington, D.C., we represent before the Board of Veterans Appeals and VA regional offices around the country.

    Contact us for more information about representation.


ADOPTION AND FAMILY FORMATION LAW

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

    We wholeheartedly support ART and are happy to provide more information for those who may be interested in exploring this option.

  • Representation of birth and adoptive parents

    We believe in strong parenting. We treat our clients with the respect and sensitivity that they deserve.

  • Adoption finalizations

    Finalize your adoption with us. We can help you through the final steps of this process and any issues that may arise.

  • Contested adoptions

    Is your adoption being contested? Do you need to file a contest for your adoption? Contact us.

  • Step-parent and relative adoptions

    Historically, most adoptions occurred within a family. We make the process for guardianship to relatives or step-parents comprehensive and simple. We can provide the information you need to start this process as well as the various ways it can be achieved.

  • Private adoptions

    Private (or independent) adoption is a legal method of building a family through adoption without using an adoption agency for placement. We have years of experience with private adoptions and can help you with yours.

  • Foster parent adoptions

    This is a type of domestic adoption where a child is initially placed in public care. To learn more and find out if this is the right option for you, contact us today.

  • Interstate adoptions

    Often referred to as "ICPC", Interstate adoptions are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. These adoptions can seem complicated, but we can help you understand work work through every step of the process.

FAMILY LAW

  • Divorce

    With several years of experience, we help our clients through the divorce process with compassion and understanding. Let us help you explore your options and find the best solution.

  • Child custody

    Child custody, or guardianship, is an important legal aspect of a child's life. To learn what legal options you ahve, contact us today.

  • Support

    We can either provide you support or help you find the legal support you need.

  • Property distribution

    Collaborative law, such as mediation, is one of many different options we can provide you for you property distribution.

  • Child support

    Let us help you secure a better future for your children.

  • Post divorce issues

    Even after a divorce, you may still be entitled to certain rights.

  • Property settlement agreements

  • Pre-nuptial agreements

    Let us help you interpret or create an agreement that works for both parties.

  • Custody

  • Child abuse and neglect

    Please contact us immediately to let us help you to the full extent provided by Maryland and D.C. law

  • Adult and child guardianship

VETERANS LAW

We have experience helping veterans find the right training programs and benefits.

  • Training programs for practitioners are available in Veterans Law.
  • Service-connected disability benefits
  • Nonservice connected disability benefits

We represent veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims.

Located in Washington, D.C., we represent before the Board of Veterans Appeals and VA regional offices around the country.

Contact us for more information about representation.


OUR ATTORNEYS
SHERRY LEICHMAN
Partner

Ms. Leichman is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland and is the founding member of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. and is a trained Collaborative Law attorney. She is also a trained mediator and provides mediation for the Montgomery County Courts, as well as, mediation for private clients.

Ms. Leichman is on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys. She has a wealth of experience in private adoptions including contested adoptions. She is also experienced in Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) work.

  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Past Professional Experience

    Formerly a partner of Schweitzer, Scherr and Leichman in Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. Leichman worked on complicated adoption and domestic relations cases gaining the trust of clients. Previously, as an associate with the Lewis Law Firm, a prominent domestic relations law firm in the District of Columbia, Ms. Leichman prepared complicated property settlement agreements, negotiated and litigated child custody cases, divorces, monetary awards, adoptions and other family law matters. Ms. Leichman was an Associate County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, for twelve years serving for ten years as in-house counsel for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, representing Child and Adult Protective Services in neglect and abuse cases and handling all the adoptions of foster children. She has an expertise in sex abuse cases. She was also the Chief Counsel for the code enforcement unit for two years. Ms. Leichman served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Douglas Moore, Jr., and Honorable John Tracey, both currently retired judges of the Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

    Education

    Ms. Leichman received her Bachelor of Science from Boston University and her Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law.

  • EXPERTISE

    Sherry Leichman has been a member of Maryland Bar since 1985 and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She is a seasoned litigator and has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law including:

    • Adoptions
    • Custody issues
    • Divorce
    • Property division and settlements
    • Guardianships (adult and child)
    • Prenuptials
  • ADMISSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    Ms. Leichman was a past president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women's Bar and was an executive board member of the Women's Bar Assocation of Maryland. She is also a member of:

    • Maryland State Bar Association
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Maryland Women's Bar Association
    • District of Columbia Women's Bar Association
    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (fellow)
    • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
    • Maryland Collaborative Practice Council
    • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc.
    • Collaborative Law Alliance of D.C.
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • HONORS

    Ms. Leichman has been named by Maryland Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Maryland for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016. Ms. Leichman has also been named by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Washigton D.C. for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state or the district are named by Super Lawyers.

    Ms. Leichman is also featured on Adopting.com.

KEITH SNYDER
Partner

Keith D. Snyder is a prominent veterans advocate practicing veterans law for over 25 years. He has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1985, the District of Columbia Bar since 1991, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

In 1989, Mr. Snyder left the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., to start his own veterans rights practice. He has been representing hundreds of veterans and their survivors since that time in their efforts to obtain disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a founding member and past president of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates.

  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Legal Experience

    Prior to private practice, Mr. Snyder was an attorney with the National Veterans Legal Services Project and the Vietnam Veterans of America Legal Services in Washington, D.C. He has published training manuals and conducted training programs for Legal Services attorneys throughout the country. For the Vietnam Veterans of America, a Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, he tracked regulatory and legislative developments involving the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

    Mr. Snyder is a leader in the field of veterans law and has filed suits for hundreds of clients before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

    Education

    Mr. Snyder received his Bachelor of Science from The American University and his Juris Doctorate from The Washington College of Law. He served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy between 1969 and 1972.

  • EXPERTISE

    Keith D. Snyder is a prominent veterans advocate practicing veterans law for over 25 years. He has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1985, the District of Columbia Bar since 1991, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

  • PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

    Mr. Snyder has published numerous materials pertaining to veterans benefits including newsletters designed for attorneys, veterans advocates and individual veterans, a series of self-help guides for veterans, and detailed manuals for advocates. He co-authored the Viet Vet Survival Guide published in 1985 by Ballantine Books and Veterans Benefits published in 1994 by HarperCollins.

    He has presented testimony before Congressional committees and been qualified as an expert witness in federal court proceedings relating to veterans disability law.

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Rockville Office

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Rockville, MD 20850


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