David Bulitt

"I represent my clients the way I'd want someone to represent me. I find out what they want, address their worries and concerns, tell them their options, and advise them of the risks. If I'm unable to resolve the problems out of court, I am ready to stand up and fight for them."

David Bulitt


Family law specialist David Bulitt has been praised as the lawyer who “epitomizes stability and old fashioned common sense” by Bethesda Magazine and routinely makes every top Washington DC Metro lawyer list.

His clients say that he is “the best non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer” they know.

David is a shareholder in the firm and served as JGL’s Assistant Managing Director for 18 years. His practice 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 experience working with families that have children with special needs.

The first member of his family to get a professional degree, Bulitt spends his spare time writing and working on his books. His latest, THE 5 CORE CONVERSATIONS FOR COUPLES, is co-written with his wife of 35 years. Julie Bulitt is a family therapist and their book is filled with relationship insights, often from quite different perspectives. THE 5 CORE CONVERSATIONS FOR COUPLES was published by Skyhorse Publishing and Simon & Schuster ebooks on Valentine’s Day, 2020. The couple have a second book scheduled to publish

in September 2023.  David’s novels, CARD GAME and BECAUSE I HAD TO were published in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1983
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland, 1986
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • 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.”


Recent assignments

  • "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.
Professional Affiliations
  • 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
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, 2008–2019
  • Maryland and D.C. SuperLawyers, 2006–Present
  • 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. 

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