Jonathan M. Dana

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Washington, DC

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
 | 1129 20th Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-8960
Fax: 202-293-8103
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Education: Antioch Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jonathan M. Dana is a managing partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dana heads the firm’s domestic relations practice and handles family law, divorce, and all related matters. Serving clients in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, he has experience with both litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration, collaborative divorce, mediation and negotiation.

Mr. Dana earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his law degree from University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland. He has been practicing law since 1986 and has a reputation for taking a personalized approach to each client’s case to find ideal solutions to complex cases.

Recognized for his accomplishments, Mr. Dana has been regularly featured in Washingtonian magazine as a “top divorce lawyer” and the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” as one of the top attorneys practicing family law in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. He has authored articles on family law topics for publications, including Bethesda magazine and previously participated in the Charles Fahy American Inn of Court.

Mr. Dana is an active member of professional organizations, including the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He has held many roles in the District of Columbia Bar throughout the years, including co-chair of the family law section, co-chair of the steering committee and treasurer. He continues to maintain membership in the association’s family law division.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Divorce, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Jonathan Dana

Admitted: 1984, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: https://www.feldesmantucker.com/attorneys/jonathan-m-dana/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top Divorce Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Public Interest Fellowship, Chicago Kent Law School, 1999
  • Super Lawyers, Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Charles Fahy American Inn of Court, Participant, 1990
  • District of Columbia Bar, Co-Chair, Steering Committee, 1995 – 1996
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section, Past Co-Chair
  • District of Columbia Bar, Treasurer, 1988 – 1990, 1993-1995
  • District of Columbia
  • Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, Voting Delegate, 1984 – 1995
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Division, Member, 1984 – Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Gift of a Joyful Holiday Season, November 2012
  • Safeguarding Your Children’s College Education in a Divorce, September 2013, Bethesda Magazine
  • The Gift of a Joyful Holiday Season, November 2012, Bethesda, Maryland
  • American University Law School, Guest Speaker, 2009, 2010
  • DC Family Court Training, Permanency for Children Including Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Issues, February 2007
  • Child Protection Mediation Training, September 2006
  • The Child and Family Services Community Training, Teen Pregnancy, July 2005
  • Office of the Attorney General Trainings for Social Workers, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • DC Family Court Training, Adoption, July 2003
  • World Teach, Costa Rica, Volunteer Teacher, 1993

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Compton v. Hutchins

Videos:

  • What Are the Top Pitfalls to Avoid in Divorce?Jonathan Dana – Partner Family Law Washington, DC Divorce Lawyer, Jonathan Dana discusses the pitfalls to avoid in divorce. The top pitfall to avoid is making a bad decision. Clients come in and they have a point of view and that is the point of view they are wed to. Once they understand the process, once they have the information, once they are understanding their circumstances better, they can make a better decision. The second pitfall to avoid is not being reactive but being strategic. A lot of times people are anxious to get the divorce done so they will make a decision quickly whereas waiting and understanding their circumstances better is going to end up in a better decision for them. The third pitfall to avoid is listening to the choir. A lot of times clients have different people giving them advice. At the end of the day you need to have your own strength. Therefore, you can say to those people telling you what to do: “I’m okay. I know what I am doing. I am going to make a good decision because it’s my life and I need to take ownership of it.” The fourth pitfall to avoid in divorce is to not get stuck and not become so inflexible that you can’t see any other options in trying to settle the case. My goal is to make sure I do the best job I can possibly do for my clients. It is a result that will allow them to position themselves well for the future and to move on with their lives., What Are the Top Pitfalls to Avoid in Divorce?, 2019

Educational Background:

  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1977
Office Location for Jonathan M. Dana

1129 20th Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-466-8960

Fax: 202-293-8103

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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