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Marina S Barannik

Child custody Attorney at Washington, DC

4.5   4 reviews

About Marina

Learn Marina’s areas of practice.

The end of a marriage can confront divorcing spouses with new and unfamiliar roles such as taking control over family finances or getting involved in day to day tasks of child rearing. Educating clients on facing these new roles as they are undergoing a major crisis in their lives is a particular strength of Marina’s. She serves clients who are stay-at-home spouses who must suddenly learn to become financially savvy, or accomplished career executives who need to assume a greater share of parental responsibilities. Always emphasizing the importance of family, Marina guides clients through divorce in a thoughtful, calm and civil way.

 

Marina excels in dealing with the complexity of divorce among the international community, especially the cross-jurisdictional and cross-cultural issues of family law. Parlaying both her international experience and her academic knowledge, she is able to understand the interplay between cultural differences and nuances of family law that other lawyers without her background may not notice. 

 

Marina’s languages include Russian and French. Marina believes that family lawyers have a profound responsibility to preserve rather than destroy family relationships which are especially fragile during divorce. Known for her logical and analytical approach, Marina seeks to understand the priorities, fears and needs of both sides in order to achieve positive results for her clients through negotiation, collaborative law, mediation and litigation, when necessary.

 

Outside of her practice, Marina enjoys spending time with her family and has a passion for international travel, architecture and classical music.

Licensed for 18 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 07/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Marina

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
1129 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20036
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
4800 Hampden Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2014
Very helpful, walked me through the process
I knew going into my divorce that there would be some twists and turns, and I wanted someone who could help me work my way through this experience. Marina was recommended to me by a friend I trust, and I couldn't have been happier with the selection. Marina provided me with assistance when I needed it but let me handle things on my own when I wanted to. She provided excellent strategic advice throughout the process. One thing I particularly appreciated was her ability to help me weigh all the options when I had to make a decision. She also weighed the value of her time by pointing out to me areas where she *could* help but where the likelihood of prevailing was low or the return-on-investment was negative. Since I was operating on a limited budget I really appreciated her input along these lines. At the end of the day I feel that Marina helped me through a difficult time in my life. I don't think she would be offended if I say that I hope I never have to work with her again! :-)
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2014
Cool and composed - when emotions fly high
Marina was calm, composed and results focused in a case high on emotions. This trait, in addition to her legal competence was important not only to resolve the legal matter of multiple revisions of child support and separation agreement, but also in dealing with an unpredictable and often irrational opponent. Marina has the ability to calm things down, while at the same time being clear, resolute and assertive.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2014
Honest, smart and strategic
Marina did a great job getting me through a very difficult divorce. I'm not going to lay out her strategic sense here, but it's excellent: she helped me avert some nasty potential pitfalls that could have been very costly, and she got me much of what I wanted in my settlement. Equally importantly, she kept me focused on the goal, which was to get negotiations done fairly and fast without getting swept into the emotional and legal morass that so many people drown in. She was always there to save me from myself. Marina was the reverse of the divorce lawyer caricature: she was always looking for ways to keep my legal bills down and she was incredibly efficient. Her strong relationship with opposing counsel really helped as well in minimizing the adversarial aspects of these negotiations. She is honest and blunt and incredibly responsive, returning my phone calls and emails fast and turning around documents in just a day or two. Even though her firm is one of the biggest in DC with much more wealthy clients, I never felt like I was a second-class citizen.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not helpful in a case with unusual facts
I told Marina my ex- was mentally ill, but she mostly seemed to not believe me, and to the extent she did, she either didn’t care or believe it was a matter worth pursuing. Instead, she urged me to sign a settlement with joint custody which I did. It’s been only a few months since settlement, and my ex- now not only regularly ignores the agreement (everything from refusing to raise my daughter in our religion to refusing to make joint decisions with me). And she is now hurting my daughter to get back at me (such as cancelling my daughter’s activities while admitting she’s saving for a cruise). I no longer have money to hire an attorney so now I must go back to court by myself to seek sole custody.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Divorce/ Family Law Attorney- Partner
  • Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor, With Honors
  • 2003
  • Institute of U.S. & Canadian Studies
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1989
  • Moscow State University of International Relations
  • MA - Masters
  • 1981
  • Moscow State University of International Relations
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
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Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (DC Chapter)
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • D.C. Bar Advocacy and Justice Clinic
  • Family Law Mentor
  • 2014 - Present
  • D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Montgomery County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • French

Awards

  • Top 25 Divorce Lawyers
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Bethesda Magazine
  • Financial Empowerment and Divorce - How to Take Control
  • 2014
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • The Value of a Prenuptial Agreement
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter
  • The World Bank and Family Law
  • 2016
  • The International Family
  • The World Bank and Family Law, Panel Moderator
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Marina is a level-headed and calming presence during times of stress. She is efficient and effective in bringing conflicts to resolution. She is highly sophisticated in negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Marina is my law partner, but that is not why I am endorsing her (although some people would say she should get the proverbial medal for that!). I am endorsing her becasue she is a great attorney -- smart, analytical, perceptive, compassionate and thoughtful. Marina is conscious about high legal costs and affirmatively seeks solutions that are practical and cost-effective for her clients. Marina is relaxed and easy-going but when it comes to representing her clients and advocating for their rights, she becomes very passionate and quietly tough. Marina is multlingual which often makes her the choice of the international community since she can help people -- who are often overwhelmed by an unfamiliar court system -- navigate it with ease and understanding. If you are separating, divorcing, fighting for custody or thinking of a prenuptial agreement (a contract before marriage), Marina should be on the top of your list of lawyers to interview."
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Washington Child custody Lawyer Marina S Barannik
Marina S Barannik
Child custody Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 18 years