Michael McHugh

Michael McHugh

Of Counsel
Silver Spring, Maryland
Michael J. McHugh is a collaborative attorney with twenty five years of experience practicing in Virginia and the District of Columbia, specializing in family law, LGBT legal issues, and estate planning.  Michael is a member of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association, as well as a founding member of the LGBT Legal Roundtable, and has been a frequent presenter on LGBT issues and LGBT marriage.  Michael is also a Board Member and former President of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, and a former founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute. He is also a member of both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Virginia Collaborative Professionals. In addition to his law degree from the University of Virginia, Michael holds a Masters of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. of Architecture from the University of Virginia. Prior to starting his own firm in 1993, Michael practiced with a large law firm in the area of land use, zoning, and development where he developed his skills in interest-based negotiation.

Areas of Practice

  • Family
  • Collaborative Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • LGBT Legal Issues

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1987
  • North Carolina State University
    • M.S. - 1982
    • Major: Architecture
  • University of Virginia
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Major: Architecture

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar