Carol Ghingher Cooper joined Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC in 2002 focusing her practice primarily in family law. Ms. Cooper represents clients in matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, adoption and other civil litigation. She is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics.
Since joining the firm, Ms. Cooper has represented clients in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County and Harford County. Ms. Cooper has been actively involved in the family law committees of the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Bar Associations and was Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association in 2008-2009.
On June 15, 2015, Ms. Cooper was appointed as a Standing Auditor for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. As Standing Auditor, she handles, for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, all matters which require an audit; and she examines, states or settles accounts referred to her by the court.
Ms. Cooper completed the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training presented by the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts, in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association CLE Department. She is a founding member of The Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore (www.collaborativepracticebaltimore.com), a group of interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to promoting the highest degree of service excellence in the field of Collaborative Practice. The group serves “to develop and promote collaborative practice as an effective means of alternative dispute resolution and to offer professionals of all disciplines involved in dispute resolution, and the populations they serve, a humane and respectful way to resolve conflicts.”
Ms. Cooper successfully completed the Maryland State Bar Association mediation training in compliance with the Maryland Rules of Procedure and is eligible to be appointed as a mediator in civil disputes. She regularly acts as a volunteer settlement facilitator for the family law division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. In addition, she has been a frequent contributor to local family law publications.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cooper interned for the following judges of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City: the Hon. Edward J. Angeletti, the Hon. Joseph H.H. Kaplan, and the Hon. Carol E. Smith. Ms. Cooper also spent a summer working as a law clerk at the Legal Aide Bureau; and worked as a research assistant for an Adjunct Family Law Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
In her leisure, Ms. Cooper enjoys attending sporting events, concerts, going to the movies, watching the Baltimore Ravens, exercising and reading.
- Family Law Group
- Litigation Group
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Maryland, 2002
- U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2003
- J. D., cum laude, University of Maryland School of Law, 2002
- Order of the Coif
- B. S., Mathematics, Union College, 1982
- Bryn Mawr School, 1978
- 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, Top 100 and Top 50 Women, Family Law
- 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, Top 100 and Top 50 Women, Family Law
- 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, Family Law
- 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, Family Law
- Washington /D.C, & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition, Family Law
- 2010-2012 Rising Star, Maryland Super Lawyers
Professional and Civic Involvement:
- Member, Board of Directors, Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore
- Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
- Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City (Chair, Family Law Committee, 2008-2009)
- Member, Maryland State Bar Association
- Member, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland
Publications and Lectures:
- “Spotlight on “Twilight Alimony,” (with F. Kirk Kolodner, Esq.), Maryland Family Law Update, October 2014
- “Navigating the Child Dependency Exemption,” Maryland Bar Journal, November 2013
- “Setting Aside a Marital Settlement Agreement,” (with F. Kirk Kolodner, Esq.), The Maryland Bar Bulletin, October 2012
- “In paternity, best interests of the child trumps biology,” Maryland Family Law Monthly, February 2010
- “The Importance of Intent In Determining Voluntary Impoverishment,” Maryland Family Law Monthly, January 2010
- “Effectively Advising Clients on Alimony,” Maryland Bar Journal, May 2009
- “Can I get a divorce if I’m still living with my spouse?,” Maryland Family Law Monthly, September 2009
- “Is Third Party Visitation Possible Without Parental Consent?,” Maryland Family Law Monthly, November 2009