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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.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment types:

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    Erik is an assertive attorney who knows the law and gets results.


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Contact info

Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP

111 Rockville Pike.
Suite 1120
Rockville, MD, 20850


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Maryland Best LawyerBest Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
President's Citation for Outstanding ServiceBar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Recognition AwardUniversity of Maryland School of Law2005
Public Service AwardUniversity of Maryland School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateDragga Hannon Hessler & Wills, LLP2011 - Present
AssociateOffit Kurman2009 - 2011
AssociateDeckelbaum Ogens & Raftery, Chartered2007 - 2009
AssociateFeldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyCo-Chair of Creating an Improved Tomorrow Program2014 - 2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Bucknell UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BAMC Family Law Section ProgramChild-related Tax Issues—What are they and what do you do with them?2016
BAMC Family Law Section ProgramPhased Retirement for Federal Employees2015
BAMC Family Law Section CLEModification and Termination of Alimony2014
BAMC Family Law Section ProgramEvicting the Non-Titled Spouse2010
BAMC Family Law Section ProgramTracing Non-Marital Property2009