Judith A. Mustille handles civil and domestic matters. She is experienced in litigation and non-adversarial approaches to both civil and domestic disputes. As a family law attorney, she handles cases involving complex property division, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and surrogacy agreements, as well as custody and support issues. Ms. Mustille is well-known in the mediation arena and has practiced collaborative law since 2002.

Ms. Mustille is managing partner of Smith Mustille, LLC. She has been practicing law for thirty years, twenty in the greater Washington, DC area. She is active in the bars of Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and California, and has been admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Courts for Maryland, District of Columbia, and the Central District of California.

She graduated from a prep school in Andover, Massachusetts, received a BA from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a MA from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. She was a newspaper reporter, assistant editor, radio news writer, and campaign press secretary in Los Angeles, California, before attending UCLA School of Law, where she was in the Moot Court Honors Program.  She practiced law in Los Angeles, and became a certified family law specialist in California before moving to the Washington, DC area with her husband and family in 1996. In addition to the full-time practice of law, she has devoted significant time to various bar committees, local nonprofit organizations, and pro bono clinics throughout her career.   Her legal experience includes civil litigation, family law, and collaborative law. In additon to litigation, Ms. Mustille’s practice includes pre- and post-nuptial agreements and surrogacy agreements. Her major sources of referrals are former clients, other lawyers, and on occasion, opposing parties. Representative matters include:

  • Representation of a young victim of a life-threatening headshot wound, which was successfully resolved with an insurance company settlement coupled with a rare Medicaid hardship waiver.
  • Discreet representation in a divorce involving a Washington, D.C. judge.
  • Representation of business owners and high-income professionals in divorces with complex financial issues, and of clients embroiled in international custody disputes.
  • Representation of a minor who was sexually abused by a veteran police officer in a civil lawsuit against the District of Columbia.
  • Representation and preparation of a Virginia pre-nuptial agreement for a woman about to marry a wealthy heir of a nationally known company and preparation of a California pre-nuptial agreement for a vice president of a nationally known company.
  • Representation of a NBA player in a breach of contract dispute with his agent.
  • Representation of a woman in a paternity and child support action involving a NBA player.