Carlos Lastra

Carlos Lastra

Principal, Paley Rothman
  • Family Law
  • District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland
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Summary

As Co-Chair of Paley Rothman’s Family Law practice and a member of its Litigation practice group, Carlos Lastra provides clients with diligent, thoughtful and effective representation, addressing both their immediate concerns and securing long-term solutions, in arguably the toughest times imaginable. Applying skills honed over a quarter of a century of recurrent civil and criminal trials before judges and juries in federal and state courtrooms in multiple jurisdictions, Carlos employs his rich trial experience to create a strategy custom-made to meet the client’s objectives, anticipate the opposing party’s tactics, and ultimately achieve his client’s goals.
Over the last 26 years, Carlos Lastra has represented individuals and small businesses, in a wide diversity of cases ranging from criminal conspiracy, fraud, R.I.C.O., and white collar criminal cases, to contract claims, shareholder’s derivative actions, construction disputes, professional malpractice defense, and other commercial litigation cases, as well as family law matters. As a result, Carlos is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who has been honored throughout his career with numerous awards and distinctions, including Legal Elite - Washington’s Top Attorneys, Smart CEO Magazine, top “Divorce Attorney” by Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine, as well as Family Law Practitioner of the Year. His intricate knowledge of complex domestic-relations cases and his ability to anticipate the opposition to develop effective case strategies, has earned him an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, the highest rating possible from clients, peers and judges, by Martindale Hubbell.
Carlos Lastra has represented clients in all aspects of family law - from complex high net worth divorces, with closely held businesses and property spanning multiple jurisdictions including foreign countries, to highly sensitive divorces including hidden assets, and cases involving the acquirement of digital computer forensic.

Practice Area
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Litigation: Business
  • Litigation: Individual
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
Florida
Maryland
U.S. District Courts for the Southern District and Middle District of Florida
U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
Paley Rothman
Current
Education
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. (1992)
University of Miami
B.A. (1989)
Awards
Maryland Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
Maryland Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers
“Top Divorce Attorney,”
Washingtonian Magazine
“Top Divorce Lawyers,”
Bethesda Magazine (2013, 2017)
“Family Law Practitioner of the Year,”
Montgomery County Bar Association
“Legal Elite,”
SmartCEO Magazine
Community Service Award, Domestic Violence Project,
Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Section Co-Chair of the Year
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
“Bar Leaders,”
” Montgomery County Bar Association
Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar
Member
Current
Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Bar Leaders (2006)
Current
Bar Association of Montgomery County
Chair, Program Committee, Family Law Section (2005)
Current
Montgomery County American Inn of Court
Current
Activities: Barrister (2005)
Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia
Member
Current
Maryland Hispanic Bar Association
Member
Current
Hispanic National Bar Association
Current
Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Co-Chair (2005-2006)
Current
Maryland State Bar Association
Member
Current
Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program
Current
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland - Chair, Pro Bono
Chair, Pro Bono
Current
District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
Montgomery County Circuit Court
- Facilitator
Initiative Committee, Family Law Section
Contact & Map
Paley Rothman
4800 Hampden Lane
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA
Telephone: (301) 656-7606 Ext. 3
Fax: (301) 654-7354