MD and DC divorce lawyer Jonathan Dana

Making strategic decisions for the future can be challenging during a family crisis like divorce. Jonathan Dana, a compassionate and straightforward divorce attorney with more than 35 years of experience, helps clients navigate these difficult times to make educated, informed and optimal decisions for their circumstances. 

“I present clients with options, letting them know that my role is to guide, rather than tell them what to do,” says Jonathan. “It’s important that they make the best choices for their lives after being equipped with the information we provide.” 

Jonathan specializes in addressing financial disputes, marital property and asset division, child support and spousal support matters, catering to cases of every complexity, including high-net-worth divorce and high-asset divorce. He serves a clientele that includes the area’s top attorneys, lobbyists, political professionals, corporate executives, business leaders and their spouses. Clients value his analytical, business-like approach to decision-making to help them arrive at pragmatic solutions that protect their best interests now and into the future.

Jonathan takes a holistic approach, focusing on more than just financial outcomes. “Securing the most favorable terms at any cost isn’t the goal. There’s value in preserving the relationship with the other side and facilitating productive discussions.”

While Jonathan is known for resolving cases out of court through negotiation, mediation or Collaborative Divorce, he excels as a skilled advocate in the courtroom when litigation is necessary. “I can’t tell you how many calls I get years later where people say ‘thanks for helping me’ and that they’ve gone on with their lives in a happy, healthy way.”

Continually celebrated as a leader in family law, Jonathan has earned recognitions such as the Washingtonian Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement award and regular inclusion in the Washingtonian’s best attorneys list as a “Top Divorce Lawyer” since 2007. His excellence is also acknowledged by his peers, who consistently select him for the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists.

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys leading an active lifestyle, doing yoga, biking, traveling and spending time with his precious granddaughter. 


Representative Matters

  • Compton v. Hutchins – Lead counsel on precedent setting case clarifying the definition of joint custody in the District of Columbia


  • The Best Lawyers in America® Family Law (2006-2023)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyer (2021-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Family Law Arbitration (2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Family Law Mediation (2023)
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Lawyer – Divorce and Family Law (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017-2023)
  • Selected to the Washington, DC, Super Lawyers list – Family Law (2008-2023)
  • Selected to the Washington, DC, Super Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers” list – Family Law (2019-2022)
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Member (2022)
  • Bethesda Magazine, Top Divorce Lawyers (2017)

Published Works

  • Jonathan M. Dana, Safeguarding Your Children’s College Education in a Divorce, Bethesda Magazine (September 2013)
  • Jonathan M. Dana, The Gift of a Joyful Holiday Season, Bethesda, Maryland (November 2012)

Previous Experience

  • Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Partner (1992-2023)
  • Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Co-Managing Partner (2012-2021)
  • Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Associate (1986-1992)
Jonathan A. Dana, Partner

"Working with clients to secure their futures and to bring stability back to their lives is the reason I have been doing this work for over 30 years and I still feel that passion every day.”


  • J.D., Antioch School of Law (1984)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin (1977)


Law Clerk for the Honorable Rufus King, III, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Bar/Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Professional Memberships / Affiliations

  • Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, Voting Delegate (1984 – 1995)
  • Charles Fahy American Inn of Court, Participant (1990)
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • D.C. Bar, Family Law Division, Member (1984 – Present)
  • D.C. Bar, Family Law Section, Past Co-Chair
  • D.C. Bar, Steering Committee, Co-Chair (1995 – 1996)
  • D.C. Bar, Treasurer (1988 – 1990); (1993-1995)
  • D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, Board Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member