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Michelle Locey chose to become a family law specialist after working in major corporate law firm after law school.  Since joining Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC in 2006, she has been able to apply her broader knowledge to traditional family law issues.

A skilled researcher and writer, Ms. Locey taught legal research and writing and introduction to advocacy at The George Washington University’s Law School from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Locey graduated from The George Washington University Law School with high honors. While in law school, Ms. Locey participated in the Family and Civil Litigation clinic, representing low-income clients in divorce and child custody matters, and volunteered in the Family Court Self-Help Center at the D.C. Superior Court.  Also while in law school. Ms. Locey honed her legal research and writing skills as an intern in the chambers of the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan, then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

At Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC, Ms. Locey handles divorce, spousal support, property division, including retirement and pension matters, child custody, child support, and other matters related to family law in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  Ms. Locey has also been involved in several appeals, and has collaborated on appellate briefs submitted to the D.C. Court of Appeals and to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Ms. Locey has completed comprehensive training in Collaborative Process and Interest-Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills. She looks forward to continuing to use the skills she learned to better serve the firm’s clients through the Collaborative Process.

Ms. Locey is an amateur runner, who has completed two half marathons, a baker, who enjoys making delicious treats for her co-workers’ birthdays, and is the mother of four young children.

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • Virginia, 2005


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with high honors, 2005
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2001

Professional membershipscollaborative

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP)
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Family Law Community
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Family Law Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
  • Montgomery County Bar Association

Community activities

  • Treasurer, Executive Board, Dulin Cooperative Preschool, Falls Church, VA


Serving family law clients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC provides comprehensive family law services to clients in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria counties in Virginia. Call us today at (202) 331-7522 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your concerns.