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
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Alexandra Harwin, Class action Attorney
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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.
Jonathan Dana, Divorce and separation Attorney
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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Divorce/ Family Law Attorney- Partner||Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell||2003 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Feldesman Tucker LLP Website||The World Bank and Divorce: Important Things a World Bank Spouse Should Know||2015|
|FTLF website||Your Fiance Just Presented You with a Prenuptial Agreement - What Should You Do?||2015|
|FTLF website||5 Steps to a Better Divorce Outcome||2015|
|Feldesman Tucker LLP Website||Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement||2015|
|Feldesman Tucker LLP Website||If Your Future Spouse is a Foreign National||2014|
|FTLF website||I Want to Get Divorced in DC But I Am Not a US Citizen||2014|
|Bethesda Magazine||Financial Empowerment and Divorce - How to Take Control||2014|
|Bethesda Magazine||The Value of a Prenuptial Agreement||2013|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, With Honors||2003|
|Institute of U.S. & Canadian Studies||U.S Foreign Policy||PhD - Doctorate||1989|
|Moscow State University of International Relations||International Relations||MA - Masters||1981|
|Moscow State University of International Relations||International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Presenter||The World Bank and Family Law||2016|
|The International Family||The World Bank and Family Law, Panel Moderator||2015|