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Dorothy R. Fait

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Rockville, Maryland

Dorothy R. Fait is the founding partner of Fait, Wise & 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 and is a graduate of George Washington University.

Dorothy is a member of the Montgomery County, Frederick County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations, serving on and chairing a number of committees for each. She is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Womens Bar of Maryland/Montgomery County.

During her long and illustrious career, Dorothy has served as President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Commissioner of the Maryland State Lottery, and Commissioner for the Governor's Citizen's Commission on Crime Prevention.  Dorothy is a member of the Governors Task Force on Family Law and is currently a Bencher and past-President of the Montgomery County Inns of Court where she serves as the Program Co-Chair.  Dorothy was a Commissioner on the Maryland State Ethics Commission, from 2000 to 2005, was its Chair, and she was also Chair of the Montgomery County Spouse Abuse Task Force for many years and is currently the Treasurer of the Montgomery County Family Justic Center Foundation.

Dorothy is Past Chair on the Maryland State Bar Family Law Section Council and is a member of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

Dorothy's considerable commitment to her community has 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 Marylands 100 Top Women by The Daily Record in 2004 and again in 2007, and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence in 2011. Dorothy has been named one of the area's Super Lawyers in Maryland and D.C. from 2006-2014.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • 90% Family Law
  • 10% Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1973
  • George Washington University
    • B.A. - 1970

Honors and Awards

  • Bencher and President, Montgomery County Inns of Court
  • The Woman of Valor Award, Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, 2003
  • One of Marylands Top 100 Women, 2004
  • One of Maryland's Top 100 Women, 2007
  • Named a Super Lawyer of Maryland and DC, 2006 - 2010
  • The Daily Record Circle of Excellence, 2011
  • The Daily Record Leadership in Law Award, 2013
  • Named a Super Lawyer of Maryland and D.C., 2006-2010, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member
  • Frederick County Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Womens Bar of Maryland, Member
  • Womens Bar Montgomery County, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Montgomery County Commission for Women, President
  • Maryland State Lottery, Commissioner
  • Governors Citizens Commission on Crime Prevention, Commissioner
  • Governors Task Force on Family Law, Member
  • Maryland State Ethics Commission, Commissioner, 2000 - 2005
  • Montgomery County Spouse Abuse Task Force, Chair
  • Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation, Treasurer

Office Locations

Fait, Wise & DiLima, LLP

Fait, Wise & DiLima, LLP
One Church Street, Suite 800
Rockville, MD 20850
Local: 301-251-0100
Toll Free: 800-251-1058
Fax: 301-424-7865
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Frederick Office
233 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 217
Local: 301-698-1704
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Client Testimonials

  • Dorothy Fait was extremely helpful with my volatile divorce. She was very responsive and knowledgeable about my case and I felt that my divorce was in good hands throughout the whole process. She handled the international custody issue successfully. The outcome was the best for me and my child. -Former Client
  • Thank you, for all of your dedication and hard work on my case, and especially for your compassion and humor in tough situations. I couldn't have asked for better representation. - Client of Dorothy Fait
  • Thank you, Dorothy, for all of your efforts to win my divorce, and enable me to rebuild my life, for myself and my daughter. -Former Client
  • The professionalism, care, and compassion to my family was met with unsurpassed legal knowledge and expertise. I am extremely thankful to be in the hands of this firm during my separation and divorce process. Thank you. - Client of Brian Wise
  • I will never be able to thank Marjorie enough for all she has done for me. Her guidance, kindness and professionalism will never be forgotten. - Former Client
  • Marjorie DiLima really fought for me as a person, not just a client. Thank you, Marjorie, for being there for me during one of the craziest times in my life. - Former Client
  • Thank you so much, Marjorie, for coming to my rescue, and being my lawyer. - K.
  • My case was painstaking and difficult, but it meant the world to me to have Jillian by my side while I pushed for what I knew was the truth. She believed in me and her knowledge, advice, and representation was invaluable. I will always be grateful. - E. F.
  • Thank you, Jillian, for the way you handled my divorce and especially for keeping me focused for my kids. I am so grateful that you represented me - D.D.
  • I want to offer my most gracious appreciation for your exemplary legal service while handling my case. I have never hired a lawyer before and my first experience in doing so has been more than satisfying. Thank you, Jillian. I will not hesitate to call the law office of Fait, Wise, & DiLima again if I need to. - J.D.
  • I am so grateful for all of the hard work Sylvia has done on my case. I appreciate her kindness, and her dedication to get everything just right. - T. S.
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