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


David Bulitt focuses his practice on complex family law cases, helping clients in Maryland and Washington, DC, through difficult times, including divorce, 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.  Along with his wife of 35 years who serves as an in house therapist for The Discovery Channel, David recently published a best selling book digging into the complex world of couples and their relationships.

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. For the last several years, David has served as a neutral mediator for other individuals and litigants looking to resolve domestic disputes. He has frequently been appointed a Best Interest Attorney by Maryland courts for minor children in contested custody matters and has a particular understanding of the concerns of families that include children with special needs.  

David's novels, Because I Had To and Card Game were published in 2015 and 2017. The Five Core Conversations for Couples was published on Valentines Day, 2021 and has received multiple national literary awards. Kirkus Reviews featured the Bulitts book in march, 2021, calling it “a rollicking self help book...insightful, funny and painfully honest guide to navigating rough patches in relationships.”

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."

  • 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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