Sanford K. Ain


Sanford K. Ain is a principal and co-founder of the firm. He has practiced family law for well over 50 years and is listed in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America, in both the family law and real estate law sections. Ranking Sandy #1 among the Washington, DC area’s top divorce lawyers, Washingtonian magazine has written, “Sandy Ain is one of the best divorce lawyers in America and maybe one of the best lawyers, period.”

In its “Guide to Civilized Divorce” Town & Country magazine named Sandy as one of the ten best divorce lawyers in America. It commented that “Even in the case of [client’s name deleted for privacy] spectacularly public divorce, Ain attempted to keep the show-down as ‘dignified and respectable’ as possible.” His practice also includes real estate law, corporate dissolution and corporate succession.

Sandy has successfully resolved some of the most notable and complex family law cases in the country. While well known for his adept negotiation skills, he is equally respected as a “top-flight” courtroom advocate. His appellate cases have created important precedents in family law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

For many years Sandy has served as lead counsel for numerous high net worth clients in complex trust and estate planning and probate matters. This includes trust analysis and administration, business and wealth succession planning, tax planning, asset preservation, and business valuation disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. Sandy will frequently collaborate with his clients’ family counsel and estate and trust counsel in strategically resolving complex estate and trust matters.

National media often calls on Sandy for his legal expertise. He is a frequent lecturer, speaker and panelist on family law issues throughout the country. His articles and papers are widely published, and he serves on the faculty of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute at the South Texas College of Law. His Comparison of the Domestic Relations Laws in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia is particularly noteworthy.

Sandy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; he is also the past president of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in addition to being a Fellow of, and recently serving as counsel to, the AAML; Counsel to the National Academy 2001, 2005 and 2006; and Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Once again in 2024, Sandy was selected by his peers for inclusion as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Family Law and Real Estate Law, every year since its original publication in 1983.

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Additional Details

+ Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972.
  • University of Wisconsin, 1969 (B.A., cum laude)
+ Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • United States Supreme Court
+ Professional Affiliations
  • Faculty member, Houston Family Law Trial Institute at South Texas College of Law
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, fellow (2000 – present), counsel (2001, 2005, and 2006)
  • District of Columbia Chapter (AAML), president
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate
+ Awards & Honors
  • In A City Grounded In Law, One Rises Above The Rest.

  • Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America, for family law and real estate

  • Washingtonian magazine DC area’s best divorce lawyer