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An Attorney Writes a Novel – and Becomes a Better Attorney

David Bulitt, a principal in Joseph Greenwald & Laake’s family law practice and our Assistant Managing Director, has just written his second novel that will be published on January 27, 2017. The novel draws extensively both from David’s experience as a father of an adopted child with mental health and addiction issues as well as on David’s 30 years’ experience representing clients in family law.

The novel, Because I Had To, is published by Roundfire Books. Among its main characters are a troubled young woman who runs away from home and a jaded family law attorney who finds a calling to help someone in need. The book tackles people’s complex emotions and views them through the lenses of psychology and law. It takes the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law, and the search for a biological family. With a cast of finely drawn, complicated characters, it asks it’s readers to consider the question: Can the present ever heal the past?

This is David’s second novel; his first, Card Game, was published in 2015.

For David, the process of researching and writing his books has made him a better observer of the human condition – and a better attorney.

“I find that I am now more able to relate to my clients and to understand their dilemmas, their concerns, their priorities and their problem-solving techniques,” David says. “I have become more passionate than ever in defending my clients’ rights during divorce, particularly when the interests of children are involved.”

David will be discussing his book at a series of events in the Washington, DC, area in beginning in early 2017. The book is available for now for pre-order on both and and will be available for purchase after publication at several local bookstores, on many e-book sites at

David’s practice at Joseph Greenwald & Laake focuses on all areas of family law, including cases that involve complex financial and property matters and property distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. He is often appointed by local courts to serve in one of the most difficult and demanding legal roles, as a Best Interests Attorney for children whose parents are embroiled in high conflict custody disputes. He also has extensive expertise working with families that have children with special needs. 

David has been named one of the DC Area’s “Top Divorce Lawyers” by both Washingtonian Magazine and Bethesda Magazine. Additionally, he has for many years been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” among Maryland’s and Washington, DC’s “Super Lawyers.”

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