Collaborative Law Practice
T T O R N E Y P
R O F I L E S
Mark W. Oakley
is an established litigation attorney concentrating in civil litigation,
personal injury, constructin law, appeals and criminal and traffic defense.
He also advises business clients, negotiates and drafts contracts, and handles
a variety of litigation matters at all levels of the state and federal court
systems. Mr. Oakley is trained and certified in the collaborative practice of
law. Mr. Oakley is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law
(J.D. 1987), and the University of Maryland,
College Park (B.A. 1984). He is a member of the Maryland State Bar
Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of Montgomery
County. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland,
the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for
the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit. Briefed the winning argument in 1986 Mercedes v. State of
Maryland, a precedent-setting decision limiting the States power to forfeit
is an established family law practitioner with extensive experience in civil
litigation, business law, contract matters, guardianships, step-parent adoptions,
probate and wills and estates. She is a leader in the collaborative community,
and believes strongly in this approach for serving her clients best interests.
She is a member of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and a trained
mediator. She graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford
with a Bachelors Degree in Counseling, and received her law degree from the
University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1987) where she is currently an adjunct professor.
She is actively involved in the Montgomery County Bar Association, having served as Secretary and on the
Executive Committee, and is currently Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section
and a member of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. For the Maryland State Bar
Association, Ms. Eckstein served on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee
and ADR Section Council. In the collaborative area, she was founding President
of Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, a local practice group;
founding member of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, a statewide
organization; and is currently Civil Chair of the District of Columbia Academy of
Collaborative Professionals and founding Co-President of the collaborative Project
of Maryland, a non-profit organization providing collaborative services to Maryland
families of modest means. She successfully argued what the Family Law Monthly
described as the landmark case of Rock v. Rock, a precedent-setting
decision on the award of indefinite alimony. Locally, former CBS reporter Jan
Fox featured her advice regarding prenuptial agreementson the Consumer Reports
segment of Channel 9s Eyewitness News.
K. Fairbrother, Of Counsel, ss a family law attorney with a focus on
legal matters related to family law, wills, probate and guardianships of adults and minors. Ms. Fairbrother's family
law practice includes representing clients in the negotiation of marital separation, property settlement,
custody and prenuptial agreements. Additionally, Ms. Fairbrother litigates divorce, custody, support and domestic
violence matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
As a longtime resident of the Washington DC Area she has served our community as a court appointed pro
bono attorney representing the interests of children during family law litigation. She is a member of both
the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars as well as an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Ms. Fairbrother is a certified Collaborative Practice attorney and mediator. She received her J.D. from the
Capital University Law and Graduate Center in 1993 and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Street, Suite 600
Rockville, Maryland 20850
voice 301.424.8081 facsimile 301.294.0892