Bruce Avery

Adjunct Professor


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Bruce E. Avery, of Avery & Upton, practices family law in Rockville, Maryland. He has applied interest-based negotiation techniques to resolving legal conflicts around the world, using problem-solving techniques that benefit and satisfy both parties without losing sight of his client’s interests, needs, goals, and feelings.

Bruce serves as a Best Interest Attorney, facilitator, and mediator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland and as a Parent Coordinator. He is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI), the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council (MCPC), and Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc., and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

After retiring from the US Army where he served for 15 years as a Judge Advocate, Bruce opened his private practice in Rockville. In 2004 he formed the partnership Avery & Upton with his daughter, Prudence Upton. The firm restricts its practice to family law.

As a member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute, Bruce has been involved in Collaborative training offered by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County, and trainings offered by CPTI itself. He has presented at the IACP annual forum. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the Francis King Carey School of Law of the University of Maryland where he co-teaches Collaborative Law and Family Law.

He authored “Specific Child Custody and Support Considerations in Military Family Law Cases,” in Strategies for Military Family Law (Aspartore, 2012). He has also presented on military family and pension law for the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Montgomery County, and Half Moon Education. Bruce graduated from Hobart College in1971 and University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 1976. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Kentucky, Court of Appeals of Maryland, DC Court of Appeals, and the Bar of the Republic.