Rebecca C. Shankman is a partner at Feldman Jackson. For nearly 20 years, she has practiced exclusively in the area of family law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, which includes divorce, custody and child support, division of property, spousal support (alimony), and prenuptial agreements.
Rebecca believes that the specifics of each client’s case and needs should be examined to determine the appropriate solution-oriented approach. While Rebecca has extensive experience in litigation, and a special interest in high-conflict custody cases, she makes it a priority to advocate strongly for her clients through a variety of alternative dispute resolution options, including mediation, Collaborative Law, and negotiated settlements. Rebecca is a trained and skilled mediator and is often appointed as a mediator/ADR facilitator by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Rebecca understands that, when children are involved, the end of a marriage does not mean the end of a family. She recognizes it is important for the children that each parent maintains a positive working relationship with his/her co-parent.
Contributing to the greater community is important to Rebecca and in doing so, she has served as a Guardian ad Litem and as a mentor to other attorneys in the D.C. Bar Advocacy and Justice Clinic. Rebecca has been a contributing author of the Custody Section in the Domestic Relations chapter of the District of Columbia Practice manual. She has also been a regular volunteer at the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic and served as an Attorney-Negotiator volunteer in D.C. Superior Court.
Rebecca has been recognized by her peers and given the highest rating—AV—by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2016, she has been selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list and in 2013-2015, she was selected to the Washington DC Rising Star Super Lawyers list. She's been recognized on the Washingtonian Top Divorce Lawyers list each year since 2019, and in 2021, she was selected to the U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers® list in the field of Collaborative Law.
After graduating law school, prior to entering private practice, Rebecca served as law clerk to the Honorable John M. Mott of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Rebecca resides in Maryland with her son and dog.
Child custody, including relocation
High net worth divorce
Family law litigation
Professional Memberships and Activities
District of Columbia Bar
Former Co-Chair, Family Law Steering Committee
D.C. Association of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP)
Past Board Member
Education Committee member
Collaborative Project of D.C.
Founding Board Member
Montgomery County Bar Association
Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Past Maryland Chapter-Vice President
Maryland State Bar Association
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Named a Top Divorce Lawyer, Washingtonian, December 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019.
Named in Best Lawyers in America®
Collaborative Law: Family Law, Family Law Mediation, 2022
Family Law, 2023
Family Law Mediation, 2023
Named in Top-Rated Family Law Attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers (2016-2022)
Named a Rising Star Family Law Attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers (2013-2015)
Martindale-Hubbell "AV” rated
Custody Section in the Domestic Relations chapter of the District of Columbia Practice Manual, Contributing Author.