To all my clients and potential clients, please stay safe, healthy and positive. We will get through this. For now the Maryland Courts are currently closed through June 5, 2020. However, if you are a victim of domestic violence, have an emergency custody matter or have been arrested, the Court is available remotely to help. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should immediate services be necessary or if you want to discuss a matter that can be addressed by the Courts when they reopen. Please note I have left a message on my office phone with email and cell phone information. There are ways to file cases despite the closure. All the best, Debra L. Ackerman

Debra L. Ackerman



Rockville, MD

Helping Others Since 1985

In 1979, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social work, however my passion was always the law. I graduated from Washington College of Law, American University in 1985 and I have devoted myself to providing clients with professional service and attention to each client's individual needs. After graduating from the Washington College of law in 1985, I became skilled in litigation, working with experienced attorneys, while gaining exposure to a broad range of legal cases, including complex and other civil litigation, all types of family law matters, probate matters, personal injury defense and Plaintiff's personal injury matters, bankruptcy and criminal defense.

In May 1993, I opened my own law practice, which provided me with the opportunity to assist clients of all means and needs. In 2002, I moved my office from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery County, Maryland, where my law office remains. My law practice is devoted to advocating for individuals and companies, providing individual attention to each client's needs throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. My law practice today handles every type of family law matter, including preparation of Marital Settlement (separation and property settlement agreements), divorce, both contested and uncontested, custody, domestic violence, and child support cases; personal injury criminal defense, including assault cases, traffic matters, theft and DWIs, civil litigation, and Will preparation. My goal will always be to obtain the best result possible for each individual client.

At the Law Office of Debra L Ackerman, you will receive my individual attention and will never be passed over to an associate. I will provide zealous representation and legal advice based upon my over 30 years of experience. My goal will be, when possible to resolve each client's issues without the need for contentious litigation, but you can rest assured that when there is a need to litigate your case, my office will be prepared to zealously litigate all of your issues.

For many individuals, it is your first time seeking legal representation. The Court procedures and process can seem daunting to those unfamiliar with the court system and legal process, regardless of the nature of your issues. At the Law Office of Debra l. Ackerman, I will patiently guide you through this process. Always remember that there are no stupid questions when addressing your individual situation and needs.

Experience a law firm that puts people first
At the Law Office of Debra L. Ackerman, you will find an attorney who genuinely cares about her clients. The goal is to resolve your legal problems, whenever possible, without spending exorbitant sums of money and without enduring the rigors of litigation. My law office has successfully resolved and litigated family law, civil, personal injury and criminal matters for over 29 years.

If you retain my law office your telephone calls and email will be responded to promptly.

The law firm offers reasonable rates and retainers which are based upon not only the complexity of the case, with consideration paid to the individuals' financial means.

Evening and weekend appointments upon request.

Free telephone consultation; though please remember that there is a limitation as to what can be addressed with representation.
In office consultations at a reasonable cost.

Office is located one block from the Montgomery County Circuit Court and there is free parking.

Offering legal services in the District of Columbia and Maryland, primarily in Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George's, Howard and Anne Arundel, in both the district and circuit courts the office also handles administrative hearings, including child abuse and MVA matters.

401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 208
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(3010 340-8190)


Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Traffic Violations
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Lemon Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1987


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Juris Doctor - 1985
  • Rhode Island College, Rhode Island
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1979
    • Major: Social Work

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association