Profile – Bethesda and Washington, DC Divorce and Family Lawyer Faith Dornbrand

About Me

I’ve been a divorce and family law attorney for more than 30 years, representing clients in Bethesda and other Maryland communities as well as Washington, DC. My practice centers primarily on divorce-related issues, including custody, support, and property division. Many of my clients are business executives, doctors and other health care professionals, small business owners, employees of the federal government, and employees of non-governmental entities such as The World Bank and IMF.


B.A., Yale University,
Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors (English), Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
Associate Editor, California Law Review

Special Formal Training/Certifications

Mediation/ Alternative Dispute Resolution
Trainings sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers [AAML], Virginia Community Mediation Center, and Alternative Resolutions LLC

Negotiation Skills Workshop—Harvard University

AAML certified

Collaborative Law
Numerous trainings sponsored by such groups as the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and D.C., Maryland and Virginia collaborative law organizations

National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Selected Teaching Engagements

High Net Worth Clients: Finding and Analyzing Financial Information (Md.)

Executive Compensation—Is it Income or Is It Property? (American Bar Association)

Hidden and Undisclosed Assets in Domestic Relations Cases (Md.)

Marital Property: What is It and How Does a Court Divide It? (D.C.)

Litigating a Child Custody Case (Md.)

Legal Trends in Child Custody (Assn. Family & Conciliation Courts)

Using Visuals in Opening Statements (Md.)


“Executive Compensation Update,” Family Law Quarterly, Volume 40, No. 4, Winter 2007.

“Executive Compensation: A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Certain SEC and IRS Mandated Disclosure,” Family Law Quarterly, Volume 40, No. 3, Fall 2006.


Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (past president, Washington D.C.)

Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers

Martindale-Hubbell - highest rating for more than 15 years

Washingtonian Magazine - Top Divorce Lawyers

Washingtonian magazine has called Faith Dornbrand “brilliant” and a “family law superstar.”