Dorothy R. Fait is a Montgomery and Frederick family law attorney and the founding partner of Fait & DiLima, LLP. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1979. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1973.
Dorothy is a member of the Montgomery County, Frederick County, and Maryland State Bar Associations and has served on and chaired a number of committees for each. She is a Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Associations of Maryland and Montgomery County.
During her career, Dorothy has served as President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Family Law. She is a Bencher and Past President of the Montgomery County Inns of Court where she currently serves as the Program Co-Chair. Dorothy was a Commissioner on the Maryland State Ethics Commission, from 2000 to 2005, and served as its Chair. She was also Chair of the Montgomery County Spouse Abuse Task Force for years prior to the establishment of the Family Justice Center, and is currently the Treasurer of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
Dorothy’s commitment to her community garnered her the Woman of Valor Award from the Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse in 2003, and she was named as one of Maryland’s 100 Top Women by The Daily Record in 2004 and again in 2007, and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence by the Daily Record in 2011. Dorothy has been named one of the area’s Super Lawyers in Maryland and D.C. from 2006 through 2016. She was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Record in 2013. In 2015, she received the Founder’s Award from the Family Justice Center of Montgomery County and was named a Top Lawyer in Family Law by Washingtonian Magazine.
Dorothy’s reported cases include Sininger v. Sininger, 300 Md. 604, 479 A.2d 1354 (1984), a landmark case on the rights of adult disabled children; Dorsey v. Dorsey, 302 Md. 312, 487 A.2d 1181 (1985), concerning the law of gift between spouses; Wilson v. Wilson, 87 Md. App. 547, 590 A.2d 579 (1991), regarding the impact of out of state decrees on a pending domestic Maryland case; Weathersby v. Kentucky Fried Chicken Natl Management Co., 86 Md. App. 533, 587 A.2d 569 (1991), concerning standards for employment discrimination claims; Caldwell v. Caldwell, 103 Md. App. 452, 653 A.2d 994 (1995), concerning factors to consider in indefinite alimony; Geramifar v. Geramifar, 113 Md. App. 495, 688 A.2d 475 (1997), concerning equitable adoption; Crabill v. Crabill, 119 Md. App. 249, 704 A.2d 532 (1998), regarding whether the Court will consider part-time employment in addition to retirement income in an alimony determination; Sczudlo v. Berry, 129 Md. App. 529, 743 A.2d 268 (1999), regarding imputation of income to people who fall outside of the Child Support Guidelines Income limits; Collins v. Collins, 144 Md. App. 395, 798 A.2d 1155 (2002), regarding military pensions and their divisibility in a divorce action; Richards v. Richards, 166 Md. App. 263, 888 A.2d 364 (2005), regarding monetary awards and equitable distribution; and Mills v. Mills, 178 Md. App. 728, 943 A.2d 677 (2008), regarding the revisory power of the Courts pertaining to Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Boemio v. Boemio., 414 Md. 118 (2010), regarding when a Court can consider the use of non-statutory alimony guidelines.