Maryland Family Law Attorney Pens First Fiction Novel, ‘Card Game’

Joseph, Greenwald & Laake lawyer David Bulitt sprinkles tales from family law into story about death, lifelong friendships and honesty

As a successful divorce attorney and principal with law firm Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, David Bulitt guides his clients through some of the most difficult and gut-wrenching experiences of their lives. As author of the fiction novel “Card Game,” Mr. Bulitt sprinkles in tales from family law while demonstrating a similar empathy for his characters who experience their own brand of drama throughout their lives.

Mr. Bulitt’s first novel, “Card Game” was published in April and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. The book is presently available in hard copy and coming soon on all ebook platforms, including Kindle and Nook.

“Card Game” is a funny, poignant, and at times painful meditation on death, lifelong friendships and honesty. It focuses on JB, who also happens to be a successful divorce lawyer, and his band of poker-playing brothers. In the story, the sudden death of JB’s best friend forces him to re-examine a lifetime of choices. The book’s backdrop is the late 1970s, when the card game boys gather in a suburban Maryland basement, and the moments when the now-grown friends gather at a funeral to remember all they’ve faced together, and, even more importantly, all that they have not. The story also is an homage to an era of prank phone calls and fake IDs, unsupervised boys’ nights out, and more than a fair share of head-shaking depravity.

In his family law practice, Mr. Bulitt has helped numerous clients reach favorable divorce settlements that protect their rights, their assets and their children. For matters that cannot be settled, Mr. Bulitt also has been an aggressive courtroom advocate who has successfully litigated divorce cases throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia since the mid 1980s. In addition, he has served as a court-appointed attorney on behalf of children in custody disputes since the early 1990s.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Bulitt is the assistant managing director of the firm. He earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and also holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland.




Sometime in the next couple of weeks, my baby is going to have a baby. That makes me, a baby myself on occasion, a grandfather. The whole grandparent thing has got me thinking. What do I do? What’s my role in this kid’s life? When do I speak up or shut up?

In the midst of all that angst, I remembered that Jim Carrey is a grandfather.

Feeling better.  I figure if this guy can do it, so can I.

Maybe I will try a few of Jim’s lines on the kid:

            – “I don’t want to be a vampire. I’m a day person.” (Once Bitten)

              – “The best thing about being a dentist. Pure pharmaceutical grade. Couple of lines of this, I could drill my own teeth.” (Peggy Sue Got Married)

             – “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’… I have no bird, I have no bush. God has taken my bird and my bush. (Bruce Almighty)

             – “Well, It’s cause you have big jugs. I mean your boobs are huge! I mean, I wanna squeeze em’! Oh, Mama!” (Liar Liar)





Carnival-Fat Tuesday-MARDI GRAS!

Carnival-Fat Tuesday-MARDI GRAS!

Tomorrow starts the celebration. Mardi Gras, 2015. Although maybe a bit old to squeeze myself through the gin soaked streets of the French Quarter during carnival time, I can pass along a few of my favorite New Orleans haunts, that I urge you to visit – after the beads have been tossed:

  1. LAFITTE’S BLACKSMITH SHOP – Dirt floors and haunted by Pirates. Perfect.
  2. d.b.a. NEW ORLEANS – Maybe its the music. Maybe the bartenders who are plenty generous with the Templeton Rye. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
  3. ERIN ROSE – the theme is “local prices, local chaos, local love”. Check, check, check.


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54? ‘It Don’t Matter!’

To be honest, I don’t think too much about getting older. Even today, at 54, I don’t give it a ton of thought. Someone shot me a note this morning wishing me happy birthday and including this gem of wisdom from the great baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige: “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter”.

With a woman that has inexplicably stuck to and by me for the last 28 years, four girls who I have been fortunate to raise and love, brimming optimism that my first novel will catch a wave, and much more – my first 54 have not been too shabby.

With that kind of luck, Satchel is right – what’s to mind?

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