Marcia Kuntz, Partner at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman, & Mihalik, PC, rejoined in 2012 after years as a legislative counsel and committee staffer on Capitol Hill and as a legal adviser, editor, and executive in the non-profit sector. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Kuntz teaches Family Law as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law.
Ms. Kuntz started her legal career as an associate at Arnold & Porter, and then moved to Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC. While at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC, she also co-taught Sexual Orientation and the Law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown.
Licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, Ms. Kuntz has significant experience as a negotiator and litigator, handling cases involving a wide variety of issues in Family Law. In her practice she has represented many LGBTQ+ clients.
On Capitol Hill – as legislative counsel to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and as Rep. Frank’s counsel on the Housing sub-committee of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services – Ms. Kuntz worked to advance Rep. Frank’s priorities, which included the preservation and expansion of low income housing and the advancement of justice and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. As a result of her work on LGBTQ+ issues for Rep. Frank, Ms. Kuntz was given the 1999 Distinguished National Service Award from the Gay and Lesbian Attorneys of Washington and the 1999 National Service Award from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
Ms. Kuntz has authored book chapters on legal issues of particular relevance to the LGBTQ+ community and on health care coverage. She has published numerous Op-eds, columns, and articles, both in her name and written on behalf of others.
Ms. Kuntz is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School. She lives with her partner in Takoma Park.