Sanford K. Ain, Lawyer
  • Lawyer
  • Divorce and Separation · Family

Sanford K. Ain

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  • Titles & Designations: …

  • First Admitted: 1972

  • Position: Principal

  • Born in: Glen Cove, New York, July 24, 1947

Areas of Practice

Divorce and Separation

Percent of cases
45%

Family

Percent of cases
45%

Business

Percent of cases
5%

Real Estate

Percent of cases
5%

About

  • No Misconduct

Licenses & Admissions

License

Virginia

1972

Authorized to practice law

License

Maryland

1982

Active

License

District of Columbia

1973

Active

Admission

1972,Virginia;1973,District of Columbia;1982,Maryland;United States Supreme Court

Languages

Unspecified

About Sanford K. Ain

Sanford K. Ain is a principal and co-founder of the firm. He has practiced family law for well more than 40 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 call 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 president of the District of Columbia Chapter of the AAML in addition to being a Fellow of, and recently serving as counsel to, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML); Counsel to the National Academy 2001, 2005 and 2006; and Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Once again in 2014, 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. American College of Trial Lawyers. Diplomat, American college of Family Trial Lawyers. Author of Numerous Articles, Publications and Presentations including: "Divorce-The Valuation and Division of Stock Options," D.C. Bar; "Complex Family Matters, Editorial on Troxel v. Granville, U.S. Supreme Court," The National Law Journal; "How to Value Goodwill as Marital Asset," The National Law Journal; What You Should Know About Divorce Taxation Involving the Elderly," The Practical Tax Lawyer, Spring; "Taxation Issues Affecting the Older Divorce Client," American Bar Association Family Advocate. Lecturer: "Classifying and Valuing Employee Stock Options Upon a Marital Dissolution," Virginia State Bar Presentation; "A Comparison of the Domestic Relations Laws- Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia"; Aspen Publishers:

Education

Georgetown University Law Center

Law

JD - Juris Doctor

1972

University of Wisconsin, Madison

BA - Bachelor of Arts

1969

University of Wisconsin, B.A., cum laude, 1969

University

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972

Law School

Experience

Founding Partner

Ain & Bank, PC

2003 - Present

Partner

Sherman, Meehan, Curtin & Ain, P.C.

1972 - 2003

Cases

Kramer v.Kramer, 1996 Daily Wash. L. Rptr. 1205 (March 13, 1996); Kreuz v. Kreuz, 354 A.2d 867 (DC 1976); Hamel v. Hamel, 489 A.2d 471 (DC 1985); East v. East, 536 A.2d 1103 (DC 1987); Scott v. Rutherfoord, 30 Va. App. 176 (1999); Melrod v. Melrod, 83 Md. App. 180 (1990).

Memberships & Associations

Montgomery County Bar Association, CLE Committee

Faculty Member

1985 - Present

District of Columbia Bar, CLE Committee

Faculty

1979 - Present

American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Fellow

Houston Family Law Trial Institute at South Texas College of Law

Fellow

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Executive Committee

2005 - 2006

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (District of Columbia chapter)

Past President

2003 - 2005

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Board of Governors

2002 - 2005

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Executive Committee

1999 - 2000

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Advanced Trial Advocacy Committee

Committee Member

1998 - 2005

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (District of Columbia chapter)

Past President

1991 - 1994

District of Columbia Bar

Executive Council

1978 - 1981

Montgomery County Bar Association (Member, Continuing Legal Education Faculty, 1985—)

The District of Columbia Bar (Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member, 1979—)

Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Director of Executive Council, Y.L.S., 1978-1981)

Virginia State Bar (Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member, 1983—)

Maryland State (Member, Continuing Legal Education Faculty, 1985—) and American Bar Associations

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member)

Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member.

Awards

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2017

AV Preeminent Rated

Martindale-Hubbell

2017

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2016

Best Lawyers in America

Woodward-White, Inc.

2016

Best Lawyers in America

Town and County Magazine

2016

Best Lawyers in America

Washington DC

2016

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2015

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2014

Top Divorce Lawyers

Washingtonian Magazine

2013

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2013

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2012

Top Divorce Lawyers in the United States

Town and County Magazine

2011

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2011

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2010

Top Divorce Lawyers in Washington, DC

Washingtonian Magazine

2009

Five Best Lawyers

Washingtonian Magazine

2009

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2009

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2008

Washington's Power 100

Washingtonian Magazine

2007

Top Divorce Lawyers in Washington, DC

Washingtonian Magazine

2007

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2007

Top Divorce Lawyers in Washington, DC

Washingtonian Magazine

2004

Top Divorce Lawyers in Washington, DC

Washingtonian Magazine

2000

Top Ten Divorce Lawyers in the United States

Town and County Magazine

1998

50 Washington Lawyers Who Really Get Results

Washingtonian Magazine

1997

Top Divorce Lawyers in Washington, DC

Washingtonian Magazine

1995

AV Preeminent

Publications

Family Lawyer Magazine

Business Valuation & Divorce

2015

Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses (Aspen)

Professional, Personal, & Celebrity Goodwill Valuation: Forecasting an Uncertain Future

2007

The National Law Journal

Complex Family Matters, Editorial on Troxel v. Granville

2000

The National Law Journal

How To Value Goodwill As Marital Asset

1998

ABA The Practical Tax Lawyer

What You Should Know About Divorce Taxation Involving The Elderly

1994

Family Law Advocate

Taxation Issues Affecting the Older Divorce Client

1993

Speaking Engagements

Divorcing the Wealthy

Virginia Chapter Annual Program

2017

When Lawyers Divorce: Protecting the Law Firm and the Lawyer

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 53rd Annual Convention

2012

Celebrity Divorce: the Good, the Bad, and the Value

American Bar Association Annual Meeting

2004

Divorce - The Valuation and Division of Stock Options and a Comparison of the Domestic Relations Laws in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Family Law Seminar

2001

Divorce - The Valuation and Division of Stock Options

District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section

2001

Trial demonstration regarding expert witnesses in business valuation

Fifth Annual Symposium

2000

Trial demonstration regarding business valuation - differential of personal and professional goodwill

13th Annual Hot Tips in Family Law

2000

Classifying and Valuing Employee Stock Options Upon a Marital Dissolution

Virginia State Bar

1999

Panel discussion comparing filing in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia

Annual Family Law Program

1999

Trial demonstration - business valuation and stock options issues, including presentation of expert testimony

15th Annual Advanced Family Law Program

1999

Professional, Personal, & Celebrity Goodwill Valuation: Forecasting an Uncertain Future

Annual Meeting

1998

Professional, Personal, & Celebrity Goodwill Valuation: Forecasting an Uncertain Future

Annual Meeting

1998

Second Annual Institute on Family Law

Second Annual Institute on Family Law

1997

Trial demonstration regarding expert witnesses in business valuation

Joint 1997 Litigation Support Services Conference

1997

Maintaining Good Client Relations, Retaining Clients and Collecting Fees

Mid-Year Meeting, Mexico

1996

First Annual Institute on Family Law

First Annual Institute on Family Law

1996

Handling Big Cases and Dealing with the Media

Montgomery County Bar Association

1995

The Use of Professional Consultants, Advisors, and Experts in Pre-Litigation Resolution of Marital and Custody Disputes

District of Columbia Bar

1993

Recent Developments in Issues Relating to Fee Retainer Arrangements

Annual Meeting

1993

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

1992

Divorce Taxation Involving the Elderly

Annual Meeting

1992

Trial demonstration of business division case and presentation of expert testimony

Annual Family Law Program

1990

Hobbies & Interests

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Associated Firms

Ain & Bank, P.C.

Law Firm

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