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During family transitions like divorce, strategic thinking can be difficult. Empathetic and understanding, Jonathan Dana helps clients work through their emotions to make sound decisions for the future.  Acting as a trusted advisor, Jonathan engages clients in a business-like approach to decision-making, analyzing costs and benefits to arrive at pragmatic solutions.  


With more than 25 years of experience in family law, Jonathan has wide-ranging expertise.  Clients appreciate Jonathan’s knowledge of complex property divisions, pensions and retirements, business valuation, tax implications, and the needs of financially-dependent spouses.  Jonathan’s clientele includes an array of professionals, and he is often chosen by lawyers from other firms to manage their divorces. 


Jonathan is widely recognized for his outstanding ethical standards and his commitment to achieving resolution without exacerbating family conflict.  An adept communicator and problem solver, Jonathan resolves the vast majority of cases through negotiation, mediation, and Collaborative Law.  But when litigation is necessary to bring matters to closure, Jonathan excels as a skilled advocate in the courtroom.


One of two managing partners at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Jonathan is continually recognized as a leader in his field.  He has been named in the Washingtonian Magazine's List of Top Divorce Lawyers for over a decade.  Most recently, his professional peers selected Jonathan for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers 2010/2011. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America.



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
    31 years
  2. Family: 20%



Hourly ($300-575/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Alexandra Dianne Harwin

    I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan provides wise counsel; he is pragmatic and helps clients focuses on the big picture. He is empathetic and truly cares about clients' whole lives. When dealing with other lawyers, he is a model of civility and professionalism, deescalating rather than exacerbating conflict.


    Alexandra Harwin Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Christopher G Hoge

    I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan is smart, caring and very good at keeping his eye on the ball while litigants and opposing attorneys get hung up on emotions and competitive instincts. While certainly capable of litigating at the highest level, most importantly Jonathan knows how to build a case so that full-blown litigation is often not necessary. He is both a highly skilled attorney and a decent human being.


    Christopher Hoge Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

1129 20th Street, NW
Fourth Floor
Washington, DC, 20036

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

4800 Hampden Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Divorce and Family Law, Managing PartnerFeldesman Tucker leifer fidell LLP1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
District of Columbia BarMember1984 - Present
District of Columbia Bar, Family Law DivisionMember1984 - Present
District of Columbia Bar,Steering CommitteeCo-Chair1995 - 1996
District of Columbia BarTreasurer1993 - 1995
District of Columbia BarTreasurer1988 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Compton v. HutchinsClarified definition of joint custody in the District of Columbia
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Antioch School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts - with Distinction1977