Erik P. Arena
Erik Arena practices family law exclusively and has done so since June of 2005, when he completed his judicial clerkship with the Honorable Dennis M. McHugh of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. He joined Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP in May 2011 and became the firm’s most recent partner in January 2017. Erik’s practice includes representing clients in all aspects of family law, including adoptions, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child custody and paternity matters, child support actions, domestic violence and peace order actions, and divorce matters, including spousal support/alimony and the identification, classification, valuation, and division of marital and non-marital property. Erik’s hallmarks are his creativity and assertiveness-- irrespective of the forum (e.g. negotiation, mediation, or litigation), he is known for cultivating innovative and cost-effective solutions to each family’s unique circumstances.
Since 2016, Erik has been named a “Super Lawyer” in family law, and was named a “Best Lawyer” in Maryland family law by Best Lawyers in America for 2015-2016. In 2013, he was identified as an "up and comer who provides quality divorce work at a top firm's lower rate" in Bethesda Magazine's article entitled, "Split Decisions: Top 25 Plus Divorce Lawyers in the Area". Erik is frequently called upon to speak at continuing legal education courses and bar associations programs on a variety of family law issues, including, but not limited to tax issues, support issues, and property issues.
Erik is a long-time resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, having been born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated both college and law school with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in 2001 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland in 2004.
Since childhood, Erik has been dedicated to serving his community. He logged countless hours of community service through the Boy Scouts of America as a youth, earning him the rank of Eagle Scout in 1998. During law school, Erik represented several pro bono clients through the University of Maryland School of Law’s Clinical Law Program, for which he received two awards for distinguished service -- The Public Service Award in 2004, and the University of Maryland Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award in 2005. He continues to serve his community through the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland's Community Outreach Committee, of which he has been a member since 2013. Erik previously served as the Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland for 2010-2011, and as the Co-Chair of the Creating an Improved Tomorrow ("C-IT") Program for 2013-2015, for which he received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service in May 2014. In 2011, Erik was chosen to be a member of the "Bar Leaders" of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.