David Bulitt focuses his practice on complex family law cases, helping clients in Maryland and Washington, DC, through difficult times, including divorces, custody battles and other contentious domestic conflicts. Clients regard David as both a skilled negotiator at the mediation table and as a staunch advocate in the courtroom. David is also the author of two popular books of fiction.
Although he has been involved in cases throughout the State of Maryland and in other jurisdictions as well, David most frequently litigates cases in the DC metropolitan area, including courtrooms in Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Anne Arundel and Howard counties, as well as the District of Columbia. His clients often are women, ages 40 to 70, with a complicated mix of significant assets, marital and non-marital. "My goal is to help clients reach favorable divorce settlements that protect their rights, their assets and their children," as David put it. "When settlement is not the best option, I'm fully prepared to take a case to the courtroom and try it all the way to the end." David is an experienced and aggressive courtroom advocate who has successfully litigated divorce and custody cases since he first became a lawyer in 1986. As part of his practice, David is often appointed a Best Interest Attorney by Maryland courts for minor children in contested custody matters. He has a particular understanding of the concerns of families that include children with special needs.
David's second novel, Because I Had To, was published in January, 2017. Drawing on his years as a divorce lawyer and father of four daughters, Because I Had To has been called “keenly observed, smart and funny” by an early reviewer. His first novel, Card Game, drew rave reviews after its release in 2015, and he is presently at work on his third book. The process of researching and writing books has made David an even stronger observer of the human condition. "I'm better able to relate to clients, to understand their concerns and priorities. As a result, I'm more passionate than ever about defending my clients’ rights during divorce, particularly the interests of their children."
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University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1986
University of Maryland, B.A., 1983
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
Outside the Office
As might be expected for a published author, David reads a lot, mostly fiction. "Classics and lighter stuff." He enjoys long walks in the woods with his dogs, volunteers as the announcer for Sherwood High School’s girls’ sports teams, is a youth basketball coach and gets on his motorcycle whenever possible. "Being on the bike is peaceful…keeps you focused, but free, all at the same time.”
- "While I'm willing to litigate if that's in the best interest of my client, it's important to acknowledge the risks of going to trial and getting in front of a judge." According to David, this was the message to a client of his, a woman facing divorce and frustrated by her high-earning spouse's refusal to agree to pay her adequate alimony after a 20-plus year marriage. "Although the couple had agreed on splitting their assets, it was hard to gauge a fair alimony award. There's no formula in Maryland, and my client was well-educated and had potential to earn, even though she was then a stay-at-home mother of two children." With the help of a mediator and the involvement of financial planners and a forensic accountant, David helped the parties agree to settle on the question of alimony.
- David's client in this case was the mother of two young children, one of which had special needs, and the conflict was over custody. "She had a style of parenting that was very different than her ex-husband's," as David describes the root of the problem. "Both parents worked full time outside the home, and the kids felt the emotional impact of living in two households where the parents seemed so entrenched in their ways." Things appeared to be destined to go to trial, when the younger child started acting out. "Judges will do their best, but it takes a lot of time and opportunities for a judge to discern adjudicate, leading to more difficulties and anxiety for the parents and kids. This case was not built for a judge." David was able to convince his client that negotiation, mediation and settlement was the right way to go, and so they engaged a former judge who understands the issues. In addition the husband was represented by an experienced, family law lawyer. After several mediation sessions, the ex-spouses reached an amicable arrangement that put the interests of the kids first.
- Montgomery County Inns of Court
- American Bar Association
- Prince George's County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
Speeches & Articles
- "Divorce and the special-needs child," The Daily Record, Maryland; Family Law Update, December, 2014
- “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Keeping the Client's Life Private,” Laws.com, 2013
- Mediation Techniques, Montgomery County Bar Association CLE panelist, 2013
- "The Jolie-Pitt Breakup: Hollywood Power Gives Way to High Profile Divorce," Inside Counsel, 2016
Awards & Honors
- Washingtonian magazine, One of D.C. Area’s Best Divorce Lawyers, 2000–present
- Washingtonian magazine, One of D.C. Area’s Top Lawyers, 2004–2012
- Best Lawyers in America, 2008–2014
- Maryland and D.C. SuperLawyers, 2006–2013
- Bethesda magazine, Bethesda’s Best Divorce Lawyers, 2013 and 2017
- An autographed photo of Russell Crowe in the movie “Gladiator” sits on David Bulitt’s credenza. It was a gift from a grateful client who saw David as her own personal gladiator a tough and tireless advocate who fought hard to protect her rights and interests. For David, the photo is a reminder of the type of service he strives to provide to each of his clients.
Attorney-Novelist David Bulitt: Building on Life Experience to Be a Better Lawyer
Family law Principal David Bulitt appeared recently in an extensive interview on "Happyness Journey," a program showcasing book authors that is televised on Montgomery County Media. On the show, host Dan Amzallag, Ph.D. interviewed David about his new novel, Because I Had To, which will be published in January 2017. David discussed the creative sources of his novel, how he came to write it, and how the ideas and characters in the novel are drawn from his 30 years of experience as an attorney.