Sanford K. Ain

Top rated Family Law attorney in Washington, Washington DC

Ain & Bank, P.C.
Sanford K. Ain
Ain & Bank, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Real Estate; view more

Licensed in Washington DC since: 1973

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Ain & Bank, P.C.

1900 M St NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036 Visit website


Attorney Sanford K. Ain is a co-founder and principal at the law firm of Ain & Bank, PC, located in Washington, D.C. Since establishing the firm, Mr. Ain has focused his practice on assisting clients from the nation's capital and nearby Virginia and Maryland as they work to overcome a variety of family law challenges, including those related to the following:

  • Divorce
  • Property distribution
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Marital settlement agreements
  • Spousal support
  • Child custody and support

In addition to providing representation to family law clients, Mr. Ain also provides services in the areas of real estate law, estate planning, and corporate succession and dissolution.

Mr. Ain began his legal career in 1972 after earning his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his admission to the Virginia State Bar. In 1973, The District of Columbia Bar granted him admission, and the state of Maryland issued its approval for him to practice law in its courtrooms in 1982. For nearly 35 years, he has represented clients in all three jurisdictions, acting as both a legal representative and source of support.

With a career spanning more than four decades, it is no surprise that Mr. Ain has received numerous honors and awards. He has an "Excellent" rating from Avvo, and he has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Town & Country magazine listed him among the 10 best divorce lawyers in the country, and The Best Lawyers in America included him among the nation's best attorneys in both family law and real estate.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 80% Family Law
  • 20% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1972, Virginia

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Faculty of National Family Law Trial Institute- Houston, Texas  Advanced Cross Examination
  • Maryland
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, fellow, 2000 – present
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • District of Columbia Chapter (AAML), President
  • Virginia
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Counsel, 2001, 2005, and 2006
  • Kramer v.Kramer, 1996 Daily Wash. L. Rptr. 1205 (March 13, 1996)
  • East v. East, 536 A.2d 1103 (DC 1987)
  • Hamel v. Hamel, 489 A.2d 471 (DC 1985)
  • Melrod v. Melrod, 83 Md. App. 180 (1990)
  • Kreuz v. Kreuz, 354 A.2d 867 (DC 1976)
  • Scott v. Rutherfoord, 30 Va. App. 176 (1999)
  • Family Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • Washingtonian Magazine DC Area's Best Divorce Lawyer
  • University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008
  • One of the Best Divorce Lawyers in America, Town & Country magazine
  • Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America, for family law and real estate
Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., cum laude, 1969

Office location for Sanford K. Ain

1900 M St NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-530-3300

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