Michelle C. ThomasFounder
1250 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Michelle C. Thomas, Esq. is a veteran trial lawyer and the founder of M.C. Thomas & Associates, PC, a sophisticated divorce and family law firm serving Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. Michelle has been repeatedly recognized as a Top Rated Family Lawyer in Washington D.C. by SuperLawyers, and has spent her career handling complex divorce litigation, high net worth divorce, and contested custody cases for traditional and non-traditional families.
Michelle is a seasoned trial lawyer who works closely with clients to identify their goals and develop strategies to help achieve them. 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 Michelle 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. The firm works with tax consultants and other financial professionals to incorporate tax planning into settlement negotiations and trial strategies. Michelle is keenly aware that families often benefit from resolving matters outside of court, and understands the complexities involved when a family is dissolving.
Michelle is also a regular in local and national media, including the Washington Times, Washington Examiner, ESSENCE magazine, the Michael Baisden Show, Fox 5 news, News One Now with Roland Martin (WOL/Radio One), and a frequent contributor to call-ins on The Audrey Chapman Show (WHUR), The Daily Drum Show (WHUR), and Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell (WOL/Radio One) where she provides insight on a wide-range of divorce and family law topics.
As a leader in the legal community, Michelle has addressed her colleagues on topics from trial advocacy to family law and business, and has been a featured speaker before such groups as the National Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the Women’s Bar Association of DC, the Washington Bar Association, and the Greater Washington Area Chapter Bar Association. She has also been a guest lecturer at The George Washington University Law School, Howard University and Morgan State University.
Today, Michelle is an active leader in her profession. She has been elected to the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, appointed chair of the Practice Management Service Committee of the D.C. Bar, and elected president of the National Bar Association's Division for Young Lawyers. She served on the Nominations Committee of the D.C. Bar and the Board of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Foundation, as well as President of GWAC, the National Bar Association's Women Lawyer's Division's D.C. Chapter.
As a result of her contributions to the legal community and reputation and work as a skilled trial divorce lawyer, Michelle has received several awards and recognitions, including being named the Young Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of D.C., a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer by the National Bar Association, a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Black Lawyers, a 10 Best Client Satisfaction Family Lawyer in Maryland by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, and repeatedly named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in Washington, DC in the area of Family Law.
Michelle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The George Washington University Law School. For current information on divorce and family law, follow the firm @divorcelawfirm.
J.D., The George Washington University Law School
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Political Science
Certification, Collaborative Law
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
SuperLawyers Washington, D.C. Family Law Rising Star (2015, 2016)
Top 100 Lawyer, National Black Lawyers (2015)
10 Best Family Lawyers Client Satisfaction Recognition for Maryland, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015)
Young Lawyer of the Year, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, National Bar Association
Division of the Year, President, National Bar Association-Young Lawyers' Division
Meritorious Award, National Bar Association
President’s Award, National Bar Association
Outstanding Affiliate Chapter of the Year, President, Greater Washington Area Affiliate Chapter of the National Bar Association
"Same-sex Families and the Law", National Bar Association, July 2013
“Media & the Law: How to Master the Media and Win Your Case", National Bar Association, February 2013
“Oral Advocacy Workshop: Giving Your Best Presentation, From the Boardroom to the Courtroom,” National Bar Association, January 2012
The Business of Law, D.C. Bar, November 2011
Drafting of Legal Contracts, The George Washington University Law School, October, 2011
“Networking 101,” Women’s Bar Association, September, 2011
“Demystifying Social Media”, D.C. Bar, April, 2011
“Client Intake and Counseling: Avoiding Pitfalls with Problem Clients”, National Bar Association, March 2011
Board of Governors Member, D.C. Bar (2013-2016) (elected)
Board of Governors Member, National Bar Association (2012-2013) (elected)
Chair, D.C. Bar Practice Management Service Committee (2012-2013) (appointed)
Member, Nominations Committee, D.C. Bar (2012) (appointed)
President, National Bar Association-Division for Young Lawyers (2012-2013) (elected)
Officer, Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Foundation (2009-2010) (appointed)
Board of Directors, Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Foundation (2008-2011) (appointed)
Board Member, D.C. Bar Practice Management Service Committee (2008-2012) (appointed)
Board Member, National Bar Association-Division for Young Lawyers (2010-2012)
Board Member, George Washington University Law School Black Alumni Association (2010-2012)
President, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers' Division (2007-2008) (elected)
Member, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar
Member, Family Law Section, D.C. Bar
Member, Juvenile & Family Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "When Online Dating Leads to Love, Marriage...and Divorce: Legal Tips on How to Navigate Online Infidelity & Divorce” (WOL 1450AM/Radio One) (February, 2016)
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "Divorce 101: Divorce From Start to Finish" (WOL 1450AM/Radio One) (January, 2016)
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "Cohabitation and Common Law Marriage" (WOL 1450AM/Radio One) (September, 2015)
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "Cohabitation and Common Law Marriage" (WOL 1450AM/Radio One) (February, 2015)
The Daily Drum, "What Happens When Your Child Hauls You Into Court" (WHUR 96.3FM & HUR Voices Sirius XM) (March, 2014)
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "Cohabitation and Common Law Marriage" (WOL 1450AM/Radio One) (February, 2014)
Law Talk with Ethel Mitchell, "Affairs of the Heart: Prenuptial Agreements" (WOL 1450AM /Radio One) (February, 2014)
He Said, She Said, "Custody Battle: How to Deal With This Issue" (HUR Voices Sirius XM) (October, 2013)
The Daily Drum, "Insight on the Custody Battle" (WHUR 96.3FM & HUR Voices Sirius XM) (October, 2013)
The Daily Drum, "Divorce Drama" (WHUR 96.3FM & HUR Voices Sirius XM) (September, 2013)
The Michael Baisden Show, "Impact of Divorce on Children" (WHUR 96.3FM) (May, 2013)
The Audrey Chapman Show, "Unique Issues Facing Same-Sex Couples in the Law" (HUR Voices Sirius XM) (March, 2012)
The Audrey Chapman Show, "One Hour Interview with Michelle C. Thomas Answering Caller Questions on the Dos and Don’ts of Divorce” (WHUR 96.3 FM) (August, 2011)
ESSENCE, Finances and How Single Parents can Plan for and Protect Their Children’s Futures
ESSENCE, Little Green Lies: How Financial Fibs Can Destroy Trust
ESSENCE, Best Advice: Expert Tips on Guardianship, Tuition and Saving
Washington Examiner, "No, You Take The House!"
Washington Examiner, "Washington Lawyers Bank on Divorce for Gay Couples"
Washington Times, "Can’t Afford Divorce in Hard Times”
Fox 5 News Television, How Couples May Manage the Division of Assets During Tough Economic Times
Volunteer, D.C. Bar Advice & Referral Clinic
Volunteer, So Others Might Eat
Chair, Law Ministry, Reid Temple A.M.E. Church
Member, The Links, Incorporated
Active Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated