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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.


Languages spoken: Russian, French

Contact info

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


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
    12 years
  2. Child Custody: 35%
    12 years
  3. Prenuptials: 30%
    12 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alexandra Dianne Harwin

    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.


    Alexandra Harwin Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Jonathan M Dana

    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.


    Jonathan Dana Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Divorce/ Family Law Attorney- PartnerFeldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
D.C. Bar Advocacy and Justice ClinicFamily Law Mentor2014 - Present
D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review CommitteeMember2012 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2011 - Present
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyMember2004 - Present
Montgomery County Women's Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
District of Columbia Bar, Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Feldesman Tucker LLP WebsiteThe World Bank and Divorce: Important Things a World Bank Spouse Should Know2015
FTLF websiteYour Fiance Just Presented You with a Prenuptial Agreement - What Should You Do?2015
FTLF website5 Steps to a Better Divorce Outcome2015
Feldesman Tucker LLP WebsiteDo I Need a Prenuptial Agreement2015
Feldesman Tucker LLP WebsiteIf Your Future Spouse is a Foreign National2014
FTLF websiteI Want to Get Divorced in DC But I Am Not a US Citizen2014
Bethesda MagazineFinancial Empowerment and Divorce - How to Take Control2014
Bethesda MagazineThe Value of a Prenuptial Agreement2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Institute of U.S. & Canadian StudiesU.S Foreign PolicyPhD - Doctorate1989
Moscow State University of International RelationsInternational RelationsMA - Masters1981
Moscow State University of International RelationsInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The International FamilyThe World Bank and Family Law, Panel Moderator2015