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“I enjoy all aspects of being a divorce litigator, from the direct client interaction to strategizing best paths to optimal outcomes and obtaining excellent results for my clients either via mediation or litigation. I enjoy and do my best when thinking outside of the standard family law paradigm to find creative solutions for my clients that help them feel empowered by an otherwise overwhelming process.”

Eva Juncker

Principal

301-968-3405
301-654-7354 FAX
ejuncker@paleyrothman.com

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Eva N. Juncker is a Principal in the firm’s Family Law practice and a member of its Litigation group. Eva’s practice focuses on all areas of family law, including divorce, juvenile law, custody, support, equitable distribution, post-divorce modification, partition actions, transgender issues, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, and property settlement agreements. She also served as a qualified guardian ad litem in Virginia for over 10 years.

Eva’s years as a qualified guardian ad litem enable her to simultaneously focus on the independent best interests of a child while also focusing on a client’s stated goals. She approaches cases strategically, working with clients to discern the best method of handling a family law matter for each individual client in order to maximize the desired outcome for her clients. Legal issues surrounding family formation and dissolution can be exceedingly difficult both, emotionally and legally, and Eva is adept at working with clients to address all aspects of their case. Eva and her team make sure clients are involved in every step of the process and are always aware of the status of their case and the importance of their legal matter.

Eva was lead counsel on a case of nationwide first impression and successfully argued for recognition of a same-sex common law marriage in the District of Columbia over the opposing party’s objection. The court found that the parties were indeed common law married as of March 2010.

Eva was also lead counsel on another case of first impression in the District of Columbia, successfully arguing that a burial designation could be executed via an electronic signature. In re Estate of Z.R., B.G. and N.G., Petitioners 138 DWLR 1757 (May 21, 2010) (Long, J.) (Sup.Ct.D.C.).

Some of Eva’s other work can be found at Scott v. Scott, Court of Appeals of Virginia, December 7, 2004, Record No. 0815-04-4, affirmed. She has also been a featured lecturer over the course of her career, delighting in educating her peers and the public on matters of family law in all three jurisdictions wherein she practices: Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Eva was selected as a Virginia Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2008, recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2011, and was recognized as one of Bethesda’s top divorce lawyers by Bethesda Magazine in 2013 and 2017.

Raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, Eva received her B. A. in English from the University of Virginia in 1996. The daughter of a Naval Officer, Eva was born in Agnano, Italy. She and her spouse of over 20 years live in Howard County, Maryland, where they enjoy raising their daughter and their two disabled, but highly active Australian Shepherds. Eva’s hobbies include golfing, camping, Girl Scouts, gaming, and swimming.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland 

  • District of Columbia

  • Virginia

  • United States Supreme Court

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 1999 

  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1996

Accolades & Awards
  • "Top 100 Lawyer" - The National Advocates (2016)

  • “25 Best Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County,” Bethesda Magazine (2013 & 2017)

  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association (2011)

  • Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008)

Recent Publications
  • “Diversity Equals Patriotism – from Brown v. Board of Education to Obergefell v. Hodges” – Hon. D. Eugene Cheek and Eva N. Juncker with assistance from Rebekah DeHaven, Virginia Lawyer, August 2018, vol. 67

  • Tying and Untying the Knot,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 25:4, 2015

  • “A Juxtaposition of U.S. Asylum Grants to Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation and to Gays and Lesbians Fleeing Physical Harm: The Need to Promulgate an INS Regulation for Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation,” Volume 4:2, Journal of International Legal Studies, Summer 1998

Civic & Community Involvement
  • Virginia State Bar 
         - Executive Committee Member, 2019-2020
         - Diversity Conference, Past Chair, 2014 -2015
         - State Bar Council and Executive Committee Member, Honorary Member, 2014 – 2015
         - Diversity Conference Board of Directors, 2012-2018
         - Special Committee on Access to Legal Services for the VSB, Member, 2008 – 2014
         - Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2017-present
         - Mandatory Professionalism Course Faculty, 2016-present
         - At Large Member of Bar Council, 2016-present

  • Old Dominion Bar Association, Member, 2014-Present

  • Women’s Bar Association of DC, Member, 2012 – Present

  • Fairfax County Bar Association
         - Member, 1999 – Present
         - Technology Committee, 2000-2003
         - Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee, 2003-2004

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2014 – Present

  • Virginia Equality Bar Association, Member, 2014 – Present

  • National Family Advisory Counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Member, 2006 – Present

  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Member, 1999 – 2015

  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member, 1998 – Present
         - Affiliate Representative
         - Board of Directors, 2004-2005
         - Member, 1998 – Present

  • DC LGBT Bar Association 
         - Member, 1997 – Present 
         - Education Fund Board Member, 1998-2000

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2003-2005 

  • George Mason American Inns of Court, Member, 2004-2012

Speeches & Presentations
  • “Retirement Can Now Be A Material Change of Circumstances! Quick Tips for Working With the New Changes,” 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2019, Virginia CLE, April 11, 2019

  • “Diversity Equals Patriotism”, Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession, Diversity Conference of Virginia State Bar, Richmond, Virginia, 2018

  • “The Long and Winding Road: Burdens of Proof in 3rd Party Custody and Visitation Cases”, by: Eva N. Juncker, Cody Perkins, and Keenan R. Goldsby, Fairfax County Bar Association Annual Convention, September 26-27, 2015

  • “Cultural Issues” and “Portability, Enforceability and Retroactivity”, Tying and Untying the Know: Same Sex Family Law Issues, 2015 VTLA Advanced Family Law Retreat, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • “Emerging Family Law in the D.C. Metro Area: Same-Sex Marriages, Domestic Partnerships, Transgender Issues, Parentage, and More”, The District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, February 19, 2015

  • “Dissolving Same Sex Relationships in Virginia”, William and Mary Law School Equality Alliance and American Constitution Society Conference: Legal Issues for Lawyers Serving LGBT People and Their Families, October 20, 2012

  • Transgender Identity Documents, Rainbow Families, 2012

  • “Love and Marriage – A Discussion Panel and Forum on Marriage Equality,” sponsored by Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia, Featured lecturer

  • “Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Gender: A New Front on Equality,” at Georgetown University Journal of Gender and the Law’s Fifth Annual Gender, Sexuality and the Law Symposium, Lecturer

  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Featured lecturer

  • GAYLAW, Transgender Legal Developments

  • Whitman-Walker Clinic, Inc. Women Coming Out of Marriage Support Group

  • Lavender Law (National LGBT Bar Association Conference) transgender law seminars and family law seminars, Routine speaker from 2000-2012