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Firm Shot 5 15 2017 webpage sizedNo two families are alike. When you are faced with the challenges and uncertainties of an evolving family situation, it is important that you understand your rights and your options.

At Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP, we serve our clients as a team – focusing our knowledge and experience on a plan tailored to each client’s needs and desired results. We educate and empower our clients with insightful counsel and strategic solutions to face the future with confidence.

We are devoted to serving clients who need creative, experienced representation in family law matters. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of divorce, custody, child support, alimony, and property distribution, as well as domestic violence. Our attorneys are skilled at all stages of representation, whether initial, modification, or appellate, and including the most complex and contentious cases. Our attorneys are experienced mediators, collaborative law practitioners, and certified arbitrators, as well as court-appointed attorneys for children. Occasionally, other civil litigation is undertaken.

Our goal is to help our clients navigate the emotionally difficult, and often financially uncertain, legal process in the most expedient and least stressful manner. We strive to provide our clients with the necessary facts, information, and advice to make informed decisions. This includes involving professionals from other disciplines as appropriate. We are committed to serving the best interests of our clients and their families, who benefit from our collective experience, knowledge, and team approach. We seek innovative solutions to our clients’ individual situations, mindful of their goals and needs. While negotiated resolution is usually preferable, if necessary, we are well suited to undertake adversarial processes, including litigation, arbitration and appeals.

Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP combines the experience of some of the most respected family lawyers in Maryland. Initially formed in 1994 by Patrick W. Dragga and Cynthia Callahan, Jeffrey Hannon and Kevin G. Hessler joined in 1999. Partner Vincent M. Wills joined Dragga & Callahan in 1996 and became a partner in 2001. P. Lindsay Parvis and Heather Collier have each been with the firm for over 9 years, becoming partners in 2013 and 2015, respectively. In June of 2009, founding partner, Cynthia Callahan, accepted a position as an associate judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, and the firm’s name was revised to Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP. The firm bases its practice in Montgomery County, Maryland, and represents clients in all of Maryland's counties as well as the District of Columbia.

Awards

Attorney Award  Presented By
Patrick W. Dragga AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
Jeffrey Hannon AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
Kevin G. Hessler AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
Vincent M. Wills AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
P. Lindsay Parvis AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
Heather Collier AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell
Erik P. Arena AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell

Attorney Award  Presented By Year 
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100: 2017 Washington, D.C. The Washington Post Magazine/Super Lawyers - The Annual List of Top Lawyers 2017
Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP Best Law Firms In Maryland First-Tier Rankings U.S. News & World Report 2017
Patrick W. Dragga Washington's Top Divorce Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2016
Jeffrey Hannon Washington's Top Divorce Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2016
Kevin Hessler Washington's Top Divorce Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2016
Vincent M. Wills Washington's Top Divorce Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2016
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100: 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2016
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100: 2016 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2016
Patrick W. Dragga The Verdict Is In: Our 2015 List of Top Attorneys Washingtonian Magazine 2015
Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP Best Law Firms In Maryland First-Tier Rankings U.S. News & World Report 2016
Jeffrey Hannon The Verdict Is In: Our 2015 List of Top Attorneys Washingtonian Magazine 2015
Kevin G. Hessler The Verdict Is In: Our 2015 List of Top Attorneys Washingtonian Magazine 2015
Vincent M. Wills The Verdict Is In: Our 2015 List of Top Attorneys Washingtonian Magazine 2015
Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP Best Law Firms In Maryland First-Tier Rankings U.S. News & World Report 2015
Heather Collier Professionalism Award   Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2015
Heather Collier Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2015
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2015
Heather Collier Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2015
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2015
Vincent M. Wills Fellow in the AAML American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2015 - present
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2014
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2014
Heather Collier Community Service Award Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2014
Patrick W. Dragga Family Law Practitioner of the Year Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2014
Vincent M. Wills Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2013-2014
Patrick W. Dragga Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2013-2014
Jeffrey Hannon Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2013-2014
Kevin G. Hessler Top Lawyers in Family Washingtonian Magazine 2013-2014
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2013
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2013
Patrick W. Dragga Split Decisions: We Canvassed People in the Know
to Come Up With the Top 25-Plus Divorce Lawyers
in the Area
Bethesda Magazine 2013
Erik P. Arena Split Decisions: Honorable Mention:
16 More Who Get Positive Reviews from Peers
Bethesda Magazine 2013
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2012
Heather Collier 2012 Leading Women The Daily Record 2012
Heather Collier Committee Chair of the Year Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2012
Kevin G. Hessler Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2011-2012
Vincent M. Wills Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2011-2012
Patrick W. Dragga Top Lawyers in Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2011-2012
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2011
Patrick W. Dragga Top 50 Attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine 2011
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2010
Heather Collier Bar President’s Citation for Outstanding Service
to the Montgomery County Bar Association
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2010
Patrick W. Dragga Top Divorce Lawyers:
Twenty-Five Regarded as Tops in Their Field
Bethesda Magazine 2010
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2009
Patrick W. Dragga Washington's Top Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2009
Kevin G. Hessler Washington's Top Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2009
Vincent M. Wills Washington's Top Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2009
Kevin G. Hessler Top 25 Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2009
Patrick W. Dragga Top 25 Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2009
Jeffrey Hannon MD Super Lawyers in Family Law Baltimore Magazine 2009
Jeffrey Hannon Washington DC Super Lawyers in Family Law DC Magazine 2009
P. Lindsay Parvis Member of the Year Women's Bar Association of Maryland 2008-2009
Patrick W. Dragga Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine 2008
Heather Collier Bar President’s Citation for Outstanding Service
to the Montgomery County Bar Association
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2008
P. Lindsay Parvis Committee Chair of the Year Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2008
Patrick W. Dragga Big Guns Top 800 Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2008
Vincent M. Wills Big Guns, Top 800 Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2008
Kevin G. Hessler Fellow in the AAML American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2007 - present
Heather Collier Bar President’s Citation for Outstanding Service
to the Montgomery County Bar Association
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 2007
Patrick W. Dragga 52 Top Divorce Lawyers Washingtonian Magazine 2006
Patrick W. Dragga Top Lawyers in Divorce & Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2004
Jeffrey Hannon Top Lawyers in Divorce & Family Law Washingtonian Magazine 2004
Patrick W. Dragga Top Divorce Lawyer Washingtonian Magazine 2000
Patrick W. Dragga Fellow in the AAML American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 1996 - present
Patrick W. Dragga Top Divorce Lawyer Washingtonian Magazine 1995

Articles

*This article originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of the Maryland Bar Journal and is republished here by permission of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Reported Appellate Decisions

  • Brewer v. Brewer, 156 Md. App. 77, 846 A.2d 1 (2004).
  • Chimes v. Michael, 131 Md. App. 271, 748 A.2d 1065 (2000).
  • Giffin v. Crane, 351 Md. 133, 716 A.2d 1029 (1998).
  • Guen v. Guen, 38 Md. App. 578, 381 A.2d 721 (1978).
  • Karmand v. Karmand, 145 Md. App. 317, 802 A.2d 1106 (2002).
  • Kierein v. Kierein, 115 Md. App. 448, 693 A.2d 1157 (1997).
  • Lee v. Andochick, 182 Md. App. 268, 957 A.2d 1038, cert. denied, 406 Md. 745 (2008).
  • Melrod v. Melrod, 83 Md. App. 180, 574 A.2d 1 (1990).
  • Noffsinger v. Noffsinger, 95 Md. App. 265, 620 A.2d 415 (1993).
  • Riley v.Riley, 82 Md. App. 400, 571 A.2d 1261 (1990).
  • Ross v. Ross, 32 7 Md. 101, 607 A.2d 933 (1992).
  • Shenk v. Shenk, 159 Md. App. 548, 860 A.2d 408 (2004).
  • Simonds v. Simonds, 165 Md. App. 591, 886 A.2d 158 (2005).
  • Thomasian v. Thomasian, 79 Md. App. 188, 556 A.2d 675 (1989).
  • Wilson v. Wilson, 87 Md. App. 547, 590 A.2d 579 (1991).