Mark A. Barondess

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Family Law


J.D., George Mason University School of Law (1985)
Virginia Tech (1981)

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

 Contact information

Mark A. Barondess is the head of the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. Mr. Barondess regularly appears in the courts of the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

A trial lawyer for 28 years, Mr. Barondess has earned a well established reputation and is recognized as one of the most aggressive civil trial advocates in the Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C.  and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas, especially in the field of Family Law. As a recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory highest “AV” rating, he is listed among its Preeminent Lawyers as distinguished by members of the area Bar and Judiciary. A passionate advocate, Mr. Barondess has developed a national reputation of respect amongst members of the Bar and Judiciary in resolving by settlement or trial complex and high-profile domestic relations litigation. Mr. Barondess regularly assumes representation of clients with cases that other attorneys have had difficulty, to resolve those matters with a track record of success. Mr. Barondess has served as lead counsel in many well publicized and high profile cases and his appellate work has created important precedents in Family Law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The praise of the work of Mr. Barondess is well-recognized. Larry King has called him “one of our nation’s top attorneys,” and Montel Williams echoed those words, terming him “one of the top lawyers in the country.” An article in The Washington Post gave Mr. Barondess the unprecedented accolade of “superlawyer.” Until his retirement from CNN, Mr. Barondess represented for over 21 years the interests of Larry King and his affiliated companies as his general counsel. Other high-profile clients have included a former Presidential candidate, an Academy Award winning actress, two Emmy award winners, a Grammy Award winner, and various local sports legends including two Olympic Gold Medalists. Mr. Barondess has also represented members of Congress and senior officials in the Federal Executive Branch of Government.

With years of experience handling prominent divorce and custody cases, Mr. Barondess authored the best-selling book, What were you Thinking??, in which he provides valuable insights into the cycle of relations, marriage and divorce. In addition to very favorable reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and others, Katie Couric praised the book as a “really fun book to read,” and Donald J. Trump joined in its praise stating that Mr. Barondess’ book contained “good solid advice based on experience.”

In addition to his Family Law practice, Mr. Barondess has tried numerous complex cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. As a general litigation attorney, Mr. Barondess has a diverse practice, concentrating in the fields of commercial litigation, partnership and contractual rights litigation, fiduciary rights litigation, medical and legal malpractice litigation, real estate and construction litigation and local government litigation.

Mr. Barondess serves as a Judge Pro Tempore and Neutral Case Evaluator for the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia, and is a Commissioner in Chancery for that Court. He also has served as a member of the Fifth District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar.

In support of the community, Mr. Barondess is the Vice-Chairman, General Counsel and a Member of the Board of Directors of the We are Family Foundation, a not for profit organization founded by music legend Nile Rodgers, which is dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding and cultural diversity. He also serves on the Board of Ambassadors of The Johns Hopkins Project Restore, which strives to restore hope, restore function and restore the lives of patients and families suffering with transverse myelitis or multiple sclerosis.