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Erik Arena has been practicing Family Law exclusively since June of 2005, when he completed his Judicial Clerkship with the Honorable Dennis M. McHugh of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Erik’s practice includes representing clients in all aspects of Family Law, including adoptions, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child custody and paternity matters, child support actions, domestic violence and peace order actions, and divorce matters, including spousal support/alimony and the identification, valuation, classification, and division of marital and non-marital property. His hallmark is his creativity -- irrespective of the forum (e.g. negotiation, mediation, or litigation), Erik is always searching for innovative and cost-effective solutions to each family’s unique circumstances.
Erik is a long-time resident of Montgomery County, having been born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated both college and law school with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in 2001 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland in 2004. Since childhood, Erik has actively served in his community, logging countless hours of community service with the Boy Scouts of America, representing pro bono clients through the University of Maryland School of Law’s Clinical Law Program (for which Erik received two awards for distinguished service -- The Public Service Award in 2004, and the University of Maryland Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award in 2005), and volunteering to serve the community through the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland's Community Outreach Committee, of which he has been a member since 2013. Erik previously served as the Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland for 2010-2011, and is presently serving as the Co-Chair of the Creating an Improved Tomorrow ("C-IT") Program for the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, for which he received the Presidental Citation for Outstanding Service in May 2014.
In 2011, Erik was chosen to be a member of the "Bar Leaders" of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation in 2011. He was named a "Rising Star" in the area of Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2010-2015, and was identified an an "up and comer who provides quality divorce work at a top firm's lower rate" in Bethesda Magazine's article entitled, "Split Decisions: Top 25 Plus Divorce Lawyers in the Area" in December 2013.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|President's Citation for Outstanding Service||Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland||2014|
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Recognition Award||University of Maryland School of Law||2005|
|Public Service Award||University of Maryland School of Law||2004|
|Associate||Dragga Hannon Hessler & Wills, LLP||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Offit Kurman||2009 - 2011|
|Associate||Deckelbaum Ogens & Raftery, Chartered||2007 - 2009|
|Associate||Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP||2005 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Bar Association of Montgomery County||Co-Chair of Creating an Improved Tomorrow Program||2014 - Present|
|University of Maryland School of Law||Law||JD||2004|
|Bucknell University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|BAMC Family Section Program||Phased Retirement for Federal Employees||2015|
|BAMC Family Section CLE||Modification and Termination of Alimony||2014|
|BAMC Family Section Program||Evicting the Non-Titled Spouse||2010|
|BAMC Family Section Program||Tracing Non-Marital Property||2009|