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AWARD WINNING

DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

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IN FREDERICK, VA

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Joe S Ritenour
 Website

As one of the best divorce and family law attorneys in the area, Attorney Joe Ritenour possesses the expertise needed to win favorable results for both you and your family. Following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, Attorney Joe Ritenour has concentrated his practice on matters including child abduction, child protective services, child support, divorce, and alimony. Attorney Joe Ritenour is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Attorney Joe Ritenour’s accomplishments within his field have led to his recognition as a Super Lawyer and Best Attorneys in America award winner. Attorney Joe Ritenour earned his JD from the University of Virginia's School of Law and has applied compassion and professionalism to every case he manages. When you are uncertain of how to proceed with your divorce and family law case, entrust the help of Attorney Joe Ritenour, the attorney who will lead you in the right direction.

Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

 Website

Review

by Google
5.00
36 reviews  

Laurel brigade law group was fantastic all the way through my case I was involved in. Eric Demetriades handled my case, he was professional, quick to respond to any of my concerns I had, and made me feel like my problem was his top concern. The pricing was fair and not having ever dealt with lawyers or anything like this before i was pleasantly surprised by the whole ordeal. If i am ever in need of a lawyer for any reason I will for sure be giving them my business again.

5 stars is not enough for Mr. Soldan. Having never been in the specific type of legal trouble that he specializes in, I was completely lost and worried. Luckily the personal reviews from his previous clients gave me confidence. Mr. Soldan responded with urgency and accuracy upon my initial request for consultation. Mine was a special case that extended past the usual 6 month period but resulted in the best outcome possible. In fact, because of his major network within the Loudoun County legal system, he was able to collaborate with the State in my favor. I'm beyond grateful for how Mr. Soldan helped and guided me. I'm confident he'll help you too.

Definitely the best in business to save you from long arduous legal processes. Thomas and his team do their upmost best to represent their clients in the most professional and talented way anyone could ask for. Definitely would hire AGAIN AND AGAIN. When In a situation that requires the professionalism and a team you can count on do yourself the favor and choose them.

Eric and the Laurel Brigade have won my loyalty for life!! I have had the pleasure of being a client of Eric Demetriades for five years. In that time he has represented me on three separate occasions: twice I have had felony charges dropped, and most importantly he helped in a case to gain custody of my son. Having experience with other legal councils in the past, Eric is by far the most professional, honest, and effective attorneys I have ever met or worked with. He gives realistic expectations but consistently outperforms. 10 stars!!

Quick response. Good results.

  • Review

    by Google
    5.00
    5 reviews  

    Laurel brigade law group was fantastic all the way through my case I was involved in. Eric Demetriades handled my case, he was professional, quick to respond to any of my concerns I had, and made me feel like my problem was his top concern. The pricing was fair and not having ever dealt with lawyers or anything like this before i was pleasantly surprised by the whole ordeal. If i am ever in need of a lawyer for any reason I will for sure be giving them my business again.

  • Review

    by Google
    5.00
    5 reviews  

    5 stars is not enough for Mr. Soldan. Having never been in the specific type of legal trouble that he specializes in, I was completely lost and worried. Luckily the personal reviews from his previous clients gave me confidence. Mr. Soldan responded with urgency and accuracy upon my initial request for consultation. Mine was a special case that extended past the usual 6 month period but resulted in the best outcome possible. In fact, because of his major network within the Loudoun County legal system, he was able to collaborate with the State in my favor. I'm beyond grateful for how Mr. Soldan helped and guided me. I'm confident he'll help you too.

  • Review

    by Google
    5.00
    5 reviews  

    Definitely the best in business to save you from long arduous legal processes. Thomas and his team do their upmost best to represent their clients in the most professional and talented way anyone could ask for. Definitely would hire AGAIN AND AGAIN. When In a situation that requires the professionalism and a team you can count on do yourself the favor and choose them.

  • Review

    by Google
    5.00
    5 reviews  

    Eric and the Laurel Brigade have won my loyalty for life!! I have had the pleasure of being a client of Eric Demetriades for five years. In that time he has represented me on three separate occasions: twice I have had felony charges dropped, and most importantly he helped in a case to gain custody of my son. Having experience with other legal councils in the past, Eric is by far the most professional, honest, and effective attorneys I have ever met or worked with. He gives realistic expectations but consistently outperforms. 10 stars!!

  • Review

    by Google
    5.00
    5 reviews  

    Quick response. Good results.

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James D Livesay
 Website

When you are struggling with a difficult divorce and family law issue, reach out to the attorney who has the necessary experience to determine your best course of action. Attorney James Livesay focuses on matters involving child custody, child abduction, family law appeals, divorce, and child support. If you are left in a difficult family situation, then reach out to Attorney James Livesay’s law firm today.

 Website

Review

by Google
4.90
101 reviews  

Livesay & Myers has been outstanding serving our family's needs during three legal proceedings. They have been compassionate, communicative, and most importantly, fierce advocates for our families needs. Amanda and Dani have really been able to help us effectively find solutions to our family legal issues.

Nearly four years after my divorce, I found myself experiencing one of the most brutal silent killers of families, parental alienation with my children. At first, I didn't even know how we got here, but thankfully, Amanda Stone Swart was there every step of the way to help my children out of this situation. This was not one of those legal matters that could be resolved or negotiated overnight. Amanda, her paralegal Danielle Humiston, Ms. Tracy, and her entire team took the necessary time to listen, dedication, patience, compassion and became fearless advocates for my children's wellbeing and mental health. Amanda was committed to fighting for my children's rights and ensuring that the process was fair from the very beginning. Additionally, Amanda's wealth of expertise and professional experience was like the calm within the storm that I never thought I'd be able to leave. Thanks to Amanda, my children now have a fresh new beginning, and they are finally happy once again.

It was my second time in about 2 years working with the attorneys at Livesay & Myers. This time, I worked with Jon McHugh and Dani Humiston (paralegal). Both were friendly, yet professional, people to work with. Stayed on top of things in a timely and efficient manner. Everything was resolved in shorter-than-expected time. I felt I was being taken care of and properly advised every step of the way. Although I pray I don’t need Custody/Visitation services again, if I ever do, I will call Livesay & Myers a third time! Ruben Devia

I retained Ms. Ariel Baniowski to resolve a legal matter. Her, and her assistant Ms. Margaret Stanley, were professional, courteous, and very responsive. I once sent an email late at night and much to my surprise received a response within minutes from Ariel. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation. I found the price to he compatible and fair. Thank you ladies for such amazing service!

Thank you to Amanda Stone Swart, her paralegal Danielle Humistan and all the staff at Livesay Myers for their legal guidance, support and compassion as I went through the process of divorce, particularly in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Everything was taken care off in a timely and efficient manner with strong attention to detail. Amanda is extremely knowledgeable and made me feel confident that she was always working in my best interest and that of my children. I was so grateful that she was willing to work to make sure that we were protected legal through the process of divorce while still honoring my desire to avoid court if at all possible within the constraints presented by other parties. Having two children as part of this process I felt that she really considered their needs and what was best for their emotional well being through this process as well.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Livesay & Myers has been outstanding serving our family's needs during three legal proceedings. They have been compassionate, communicative, and most importantly, fierce advocates for our families needs. Amanda and Dani have really been able to help us effectively find solutions to our family legal issues.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Nearly four years after my divorce, I found myself experiencing one of the most brutal silent killers of families, parental alienation with my children. At first, I didn't even know how we got here, but thankfully, Amanda Stone Swart was there every step of the way to help my children out of this situation. This was not one of those legal matters that could be resolved or negotiated overnight. Amanda, her paralegal Danielle Humiston, Ms. Tracy, and her entire team took the necessary time to listen, dedication, patience, compassion and became fearless advocates for my children's wellbeing and mental health. Amanda was committed to fighting for my children's rights and ensuring that the process was fair from the very beginning. Additionally, Amanda's wealth of expertise and professional experience was like the calm within the storm that I never thought I'd be able to leave. Thanks to Amanda, my children now have a fresh new beginning, and they are finally happy once again.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    It was my second time in about 2 years working with the attorneys at Livesay & Myers. This time, I worked with Jon McHugh and Dani Humiston (paralegal). Both were friendly, yet professional, people to work with. Stayed on top of things in a timely and efficient manner. Everything was resolved in shorter-than-expected time. I felt I was being taken care of and properly advised every step of the way. Although I pray I don’t need Custody/Visitation services again, if I ever do, I will call Livesay & Myers a third time! Ruben Devia

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    I retained Ms. Ariel Baniowski to resolve a legal matter. Her, and her assistant Ms. Margaret Stanley, were professional, courteous, and very responsive. I once sent an email late at night and much to my surprise received a response within minutes from Ariel. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation. I found the price to he compatible and fair. Thank you ladies for such amazing service!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Thank you to Amanda Stone Swart, her paralegal Danielle Humistan and all the staff at Livesay Myers for their legal guidance, support and compassion as I went through the process of divorce, particularly in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Everything was taken care off in a timely and efficient manner with strong attention to detail. Amanda is extremely knowledgeable and made me feel confident that she was always working in my best interest and that of my children. I was so grateful that she was willing to work to make sure that we were protected legal through the process of divorce while still honoring my desire to avoid court if at all possible within the constraints presented by other parties. Having two children as part of this process I felt that she really considered their needs and what was best for their emotional well being through this process as well.

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Cheryl Graham
 Website

Ready to help those in need, Attorney Cheryl Graham firmly stands in her clients’ corners at every stage of their divorce and family law situation. She mainly handles cases that include divorce, adoption, mediation, collaborative divorce, child support, and contested divorce. For her success in the field of divorce and family law, Attorney Cheryl Graham has earned the Super Lawyer and Best Attorneys in America awards. Attorney Cheryl Graham earned her JD from Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America and has applied compassion and professionalism to every case she manages. This attorney is more than qualified to handle the most complex divorce and family law cases and is waiting for your call today!

Fee Structure: Award-Winning Divorce Lawyers

 Website justia.com

Review

by Google
4.90
44 reviews  

Jason in particular, and the entire Graham team are awesome. Mindful of time, money and the best interest of their clients. The superior technical skills and knowledge that Jason and the Graham team have is matched by the soft/people skills making for a perfect mix and unprecedented customer service.

Best move I made finding Graham law firm.I can not recommend Jason Knoster enough. Jason is a professional and was always there to listen and get back to me in a timely manner.It’s not easy going through a divorce but Jason made it smooth all the way to the end.I found a expert Lawyer that I can count on for years to come. Thanks Steve

Divorce can be a very intimidating process. But Cheryl’s approach was professional, welcoming, and put me at ease. She gave me excellent guidance as to how I should proceed with separation and divorce. Her sound legal advice and timely meetings kept the process running on schedule, despite the Covid lockdown. I am extremely grateful for the way she advocated for me throughout the divorce process. Ms. Denet Adam and the rest of her staff were also very professional and responsive. I would highly recommend Graham Law Firm for your legal needs.

I've been working with an attorney and they are wonderful. They keep in touch and tell me the exact steps I need to take and things I need to do.

Jason was a pleasure to work with, knowledgeable, skilled, and able to get the job done- HIGHLY recommend! Having to consult with a lawyer for a sensitive matter isn't typically an experience to look forward to but Jason made the process smooth and has certainly earned my trust and respect each step of the way. Jason's ability to navigate the court system proved invaluable in dealing with my particular case for seeking annulment and he was able to secure the outcome I was looking for while respecting my budget and patiently helping me understand how to best proceed. I am so thankful to have had his expertise fighting on my behalf and if you're looking for someone who sets the bar in this field look no further.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Jason in particular, and the entire Graham team are awesome. Mindful of time, money and the best interest of their clients. The superior technical skills and knowledge that Jason and the Graham team have is matched by the soft/people skills making for a perfect mix and unprecedented customer service.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Best move I made finding Graham law firm.I can not recommend Jason Knoster enough. Jason is a professional and was always there to listen and get back to me in a timely manner.It’s not easy going through a divorce but Jason made it smooth all the way to the end.I found a expert Lawyer that I can count on for years to come. Thanks Steve

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Divorce can be a very intimidating process. But Cheryl’s approach was professional, welcoming, and put me at ease. She gave me excellent guidance as to how I should proceed with separation and divorce. Her sound legal advice and timely meetings kept the process running on schedule, despite the Covid lockdown. I am extremely grateful for the way she advocated for me throughout the divorce process. Ms. Denet Adam and the rest of her staff were also very professional and responsive. I would highly recommend Graham Law Firm for your legal needs.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    I've been working with an attorney and they are wonderful. They keep in touch and tell me the exact steps I need to take and things I need to do.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.90
    5 reviews  

    Jason was a pleasure to work with, knowledgeable, skilled, and able to get the job done- HIGHLY recommend! Having to consult with a lawyer for a sensitive matter isn't typically an experience to look forward to but Jason made the process smooth and has certainly earned my trust and respect each step of the way. Jason's ability to navigate the court system proved invaluable in dealing with my particular case for seeking annulment and he was able to secure the outcome I was looking for while respecting my budget and patiently helping me understand how to best proceed. I am so thankful to have had his expertise fighting on my behalf and if you're looking for someone who sets the bar in this field look no further.

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Michelle M. Hopkins
 Website

To receive the persistent care needed for your divorce or family case, turn to the attorney who is one of the best in the business. No case is too complex for Attorney Michelle Hopkins to handle as she has worked through matters involving child custody, child protective services, child support, and divorce cases. She also serves as a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Among the list of awards and recognitions she has received, Attorney Michelle Hopkins’s most notable honors are the Super Lawyer and Best Attorneys in America awards. Before securing her position as one of the best divorce and family law attorneys, Attorney Michelle Hopkins graduated from Georgetown University's Law Center. In order to secure the proper representation you deserve during one of the most difficult times of your life, contact Attorney Michelle Hopkins today!

Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

 Website justia.com

Review

by Google
4.60
55 reviews  

Always there to help me, always there to answer all my questions and emails! Gave me reassurance and helped me maintain my sanity. To Michelle and her team at the Hopkins law firm, THANK YOU! If you’re looking for a tough lawyer that’s going to fight for your rights, look no further!

I used this firm for my Divorce which is started in August of 2020. I was scared and had no idea where to begin and they helped me every step of the way. While getting divorced was sad and very emotional, Michelle and her whole team were incredibly responsive and answered all of my questions. They never judged me for my personal requests during the process. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone in the Northern Virginia area needing a lawyer.

I started working with the Hopkins Law Firm back in November 2019 when I needed a lawyer because I was, suddenly, dropped by the highly recommended one firm this area. I picked up the phone and asked: "Hey Google, give me a Lawyer in Gainesville, Virginia" And this is how it started;. Since then and now, when I am a free man, with all my family affairs resolved by this excellent law firm and loving again (I never thought and hoped that I will be happy again). They where near me all the time, face to face meetings, courts appearances (won all the time), phone, text and e-mail conversations. They promise me that I will rise again (like a Phoenix bird) from the ashes that I was burned down by the system and society and they were right; I am back, stronger and happier than ever. If you need a lawyer, a good one, call them, you will not regret it.

Absolutely the WORST law firm out there. Check reviews on Yelp as well!!! Almost all are negative. They will rip you off and not get the job done. Don’t waste your time

Services provided by The Hopkins Law firm was excellent. The staff explained the entire process and promptly responded to questions and/or required updates throughout the process. I strongly recommend retaining their legal services.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.60
    5 reviews  

    Always there to help me, always there to answer all my questions and emails! Gave me reassurance and helped me maintain my sanity. To Michelle and her team at the Hopkins law firm, THANK YOU! If you’re looking for a tough lawyer that’s going to fight for your rights, look no further!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.60
    5 reviews  

    I used this firm for my Divorce which is started in August of 2020. I was scared and had no idea where to begin and they helped me every step of the way. While getting divorced was sad and very emotional, Michelle and her whole team were incredibly responsive and answered all of my questions. They never judged me for my personal requests during the process. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone in the Northern Virginia area needing a lawyer.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.60
    5 reviews  

    I started working with the Hopkins Law Firm back in November 2019 when I needed a lawyer because I was, suddenly, dropped by the highly recommended one firm this area. I picked up the phone and asked: "Hey Google, give me a Lawyer in Gainesville, Virginia" And this is how it started;. Since then and now, when I am a free man, with all my family affairs resolved by this excellent law firm and loving again (I never thought and hoped that I will be happy again). They where near me all the time, face to face meetings, courts appearances (won all the time), phone, text and e-mail conversations. They promise me that I will rise again (like a Phoenix bird) from the ashes that I was burned down by the system and society and they were right; I am back, stronger and happier than ever. If you need a lawyer, a good one, call them, you will not regret it.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.60
    5 reviews  

    Absolutely the WORST law firm out there. Check reviews on Yelp as well!!! Almost all are negative. They will rip you off and not get the job done. Don’t waste your time

  • Review

    by Google
    4.60
    5 reviews  

    Services provided by The Hopkins Law firm was excellent. The staff explained the entire process and promptly responded to questions and/or required updates throughout the process. I strongly recommend retaining their legal services.

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Scott S Ives
 Website

When you hire Attorney Scott Ives, you may feel confident that your divorce and family law case will be handled by an accomplished attorney. Common areas of concentration include divorce and family law appeals. When you hire Attorney Scott Ives, you will be sure to leave his office feeling confident that your divorce and family law case will be in the hands of a top attorney.

 Website

Review

by Google
4.80
75 reviews  

Mr. Ives is very personable and professional. Highly recommend him as we won the case we were working on. It's always good to work with a lawyer that wins!!!! Scott is so good that I had him represent me on a second issue.

Scott took me on as a client for what was supposed to be a very simple non-contested divorce. Unknown to him or me, my Ex saw it differently, and dragged us through a 2 year nightmare. But, Scott stayed by my side and guided me through each step and got me to the finish line. I truly enjoyed working with him, and have hired him to perform other legal tasks as well. I would highly recommend hiring Scott Ives to be your Lawyer!

Mr.Ives was very professional and throughly explained not only the process but what everything meant. English is not my first language and he was very patient and worked very well with me. His prices are reasonable and I am very thankful for everything and his help on my case. Because of him, we won the case.

I reached out to Mr. Scott Ives for a legal issue. I found him quite focused and knowledgeable. He did explain the process and the outcomes for my case. My legal issue took a bit long, but in the entire period of the case he worked tirelessly and in a professional manner. I sincerely appreciate his hard work, and I highly recommend him for any legal issue.

Our attorney, Scott Ives, was outstanding. He represented me and my husband in a very professional and efficient way. He is an expert in his field and we would highly recommend him to anyone. He works tirelessly, promptly and quickly to resolve our case. We can't thank him enough for his care, work and time. Siria, his paralegal, was great as well. When we called her, she promptly addressed our questions. Thanks Scott! Sharon and Stephen

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Mr. Ives is very personable and professional. Highly recommend him as we won the case we were working on. It's always good to work with a lawyer that wins!!!! Scott is so good that I had him represent me on a second issue.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Scott took me on as a client for what was supposed to be a very simple non-contested divorce. Unknown to him or me, my Ex saw it differently, and dragged us through a 2 year nightmare. But, Scott stayed by my side and guided me through each step and got me to the finish line. I truly enjoyed working with him, and have hired him to perform other legal tasks as well. I would highly recommend hiring Scott Ives to be your Lawyer!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Mr.Ives was very professional and throughly explained not only the process but what everything meant. English is not my first language and he was very patient and worked very well with me. His prices are reasonable and I am very thankful for everything and his help on my case. Because of him, we won the case.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    I reached out to Mr. Scott Ives for a legal issue. I found him quite focused and knowledgeable. He did explain the process and the outcomes for my case. My legal issue took a bit long, but in the entire period of the case he worked tirelessly and in a professional manner. I sincerely appreciate his hard work, and I highly recommend him for any legal issue.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Our attorney, Scott Ives, was outstanding. He represented me and my husband in a very professional and efficient way. He is an expert in his field and we would highly recommend him to anyone. He works tirelessly, promptly and quickly to resolve our case. We can't thank him enough for his care, work and time. Siria, his paralegal, was great as well. When we called her, she promptly addressed our questions. Thanks Scott! Sharon and Stephen

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Ilona Ely Grenadier
 Website

No matter how amicable or complex your divorce and family law matter is, Attorney Ilona Grenadier is able to assist. This family attorney has seen remarkable triumph in representing those who are facing situations involving asset division, interstate child custody, prenuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, surrogacy, and parental rights. Attorney Ilona Grenadier dedicates her time to legal organizations, such as the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Widely recognized for her commitment to her practice, Attorney Ilona Grenadier has been featured as a Super Lawyer and one of the Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Lawyers. Since graduating from the Washburn University School of Law, Attorney Ilona Grenadier has shown noteworthy accomplishments in the practice of divorce and family law. If you require the support from a reliable divorce and family law attorney who will provide sympathetic, yet strong, representation, then connect with Attorney Ilona Grenadier and her firm today.

Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

 Website

Review

by Google
4.10
12 reviews  

Kitty was a godsend for me during my divorce. She was wonderful, tactful, and empathetic during the entire process. She saved me from myself more than once, when I let my emotions get the best of me during the arduous legal process. Her guidance and strategy were always explained clearly to me, and she fought for me & always had my best interests in mind. I really appreciate her guidance and advice during this difficult process; I was lucky to be in her good hands. She was a calming voice of reason in a wild storm. She also kept defense in check and would not back down. I admire her integrity, empathy, and confidence - she’s one of the best attorneys I’ve ever had! The whole team at her office was awesome - I’ve already recommended them to friends and family. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me, Kitty! My life now is better and happier thanks to you! I am forever grateful.

I am a young, IT professional, residing in the Northern Virginia area who has been familiar with divorce, separation and family law for about 4 years now. This is due to a really bad divorce and child custody battle between my ex wife and I. I had two attorneys that I retained the first time around and although i got what i feel was decent representation, it did not come close to what Lindsay has done for me. It was like she took this case personally. Unlike previous lawyers, Lindsay did not wait until last minute to prepare for this case. From day one she took the time ti not only get familiar with the case, but she took time to get to know me as an individual. This was especially important because i was the main witness in my defense. She took advantage of my strengths and took into consideration my weaknesses. This was critical in preparing me to take the stand. One thing that really stood out to me and comforted me in this matter was receiving emails from her late in the evening. This let me know that my case was of the upmost priority for her as that is usually time I personally reserve for personal matters and I would NEVER let work interrupt that, not Lindsay. I could really spend days going over why I am SO satisfied with her services, but I will save everyone the time. I got exactly what I had been asking for, from this case. Lindsay was very likable to the judge and had great confidence and delivery. Honestly, I would have written this review EVEN if things did NOT go my way in trial. She deserves it! I am a single father who just simply wants a relationship with his daughter and that's what Lindsay Rebecca Hendrix gave me. Give her a shot! Let her hear you out! Feel free to reach out to me on here if you have any questions about my experience with her but I can say with confidence that after one simple conversation with her, you will know you are in good hands. Best of luck yall, with all of your trial matters. Indrit Greblleshi - Defendant in the Greblleshi matter.

I could not be more pleased with my divorce lawyers Grenadier and Abbate. Everything you'd want from your lawyer - professional, smart, understanding, attentive, highly competent.

I was stuck in a marriage that wasn't good for me or my son. I was referred to this firm by a friend, and I couldn't be happier with how my case has been handled. I met with one of the partners when I first came in, and my case was given to an attorney whose skills and style were perfectly suited for me, and for what I wanted out of the case. It's been almost four years since I first came in to the office, and my situation has improved dramatically. I am no longer in that marriage, but with the help of the firm and my attorney, I've managed to rebuild a life and to establish a working, fruitful co-parenting relationship with my ex-wife. I could not have done it without legal assistance, but the help I received has gone far beyond that; through all of the drama and arguing, my attorney has kept me focused on what is the most important thing in my life, which is the wellbeing of my son.

Carrie Patterson and Elizabeth Bookwalter have provided personalized, caring, and skilled divorce mediation support and services for me. My divorce has been through the court system in three states for almost two years, and Carrie and Elizabeth have been able to bring this terrible experience to a satisfying conclusion through their expert mediation. I am grateful that one of my former attorneys recommended them to me; and I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend them to anyone going through an acrimonious and difficult divorce. Carrie and Elizabeth are both talented and extremely hard-working lawyers who put their hearts into assisting me, and I can't thank them enough for helping me get this experience behind me while feeling very happy and positive with the outcome.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.10
    5 reviews  

    Kitty was a godsend for me during my divorce. She was wonderful, tactful, and empathetic during the entire process. She saved me from myself more than once, when I let my emotions get the best of me during the arduous legal process. Her guidance and strategy were always explained clearly to me, and she fought for me & always had my best interests in mind. I really appreciate her guidance and advice during this difficult process; I was lucky to be in her good hands. She was a calming voice of reason in a wild storm. She also kept defense in check and would not back down. I admire her integrity, empathy, and confidence - she’s one of the best attorneys I’ve ever had! The whole team at her office was awesome - I’ve already recommended them to friends and family. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me, Kitty! My life now is better and happier thanks to you! I am forever grateful.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.10
    5 reviews  

    I am a young, IT professional, residing in the Northern Virginia area who has been familiar with divorce, separation and family law for about 4 years now. This is due to a really bad divorce and child custody battle between my ex wife and I. I had two attorneys that I retained the first time around and although i got what i feel was decent representation, it did not come close to what Lindsay has done for me. It was like she took this case personally. Unlike previous lawyers, Lindsay did not wait until last minute to prepare for this case. From day one she took the time ti not only get familiar with the case, but she took time to get to know me as an individual. This was especially important because i was the main witness in my defense. She took advantage of my strengths and took into consideration my weaknesses. This was critical in preparing me to take the stand. One thing that really stood out to me and comforted me in this matter was receiving emails from her late in the evening. This let me know that my case was of the upmost priority for her as that is usually time I personally reserve for personal matters and I would NEVER let work interrupt that, not Lindsay. I could really spend days going over why I am SO satisfied with her services, but I will save everyone the time. I got exactly what I had been asking for, from this case. Lindsay was very likable to the judge and had great confidence and delivery. Honestly, I would have written this review EVEN if things did NOT go my way in trial. She deserves it! I am a single father who just simply wants a relationship with his daughter and that's what Lindsay Rebecca Hendrix gave me. Give her a shot! Let her hear you out! Feel free to reach out to me on here if you have any questions about my experience with her but I can say with confidence that after one simple conversation with her, you will know you are in good hands. Best of luck yall, with all of your trial matters. Indrit Greblleshi - Defendant in the Greblleshi matter.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.10
    5 reviews  

    I could not be more pleased with my divorce lawyers Grenadier and Abbate. Everything you'd want from your lawyer - professional, smart, understanding, attentive, highly competent.

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    by Google
    4.10
    5 reviews  

    I was stuck in a marriage that wasn't good for me or my son. I was referred to this firm by a friend, and I couldn't be happier with how my case has been handled. I met with one of the partners when I first came in, and my case was given to an attorney whose skills and style were perfectly suited for me, and for what I wanted out of the case. It's been almost four years since I first came in to the office, and my situation has improved dramatically. I am no longer in that marriage, but with the help of the firm and my attorney, I've managed to rebuild a life and to establish a working, fruitful co-parenting relationship with my ex-wife. I could not have done it without legal assistance, but the help I received has gone far beyond that; through all of the drama and arguing, my attorney has kept me focused on what is the most important thing in my life, which is the wellbeing of my son.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.10
    5 reviews  

    Carrie Patterson and Elizabeth Bookwalter have provided personalized, caring, and skilled divorce mediation support and services for me. My divorce has been through the court system in three states for almost two years, and Carrie and Elizabeth have been able to bring this terrible experience to a satisfying conclusion through their expert mediation. I am grateful that one of my former attorneys recommended them to me; and I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend them to anyone going through an acrimonious and difficult divorce. Carrie and Elizabeth are both talented and extremely hard-working lawyers who put their hearts into assisting me, and I can't thank them enough for helping me get this experience behind me while feeling very happy and positive with the outcome.

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Brian M Hirsch
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When you hire Attorney Brian Hirsch, you may feel confident that your divorce and family law case will be handled by an accomplished attorney. Within his practice, Attorney Brian Hirsch represents those who are facing conflicts with business divorce, prenuptial agreements, international child custody, parental alienation, domestic violence, and same-sex couples. A leader in his profession, Attorney Brian Hirsch serves as a member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers of the Inland Empire and the American Bar Association. Attorney Brian Hirsch has received numerous accolades for his hard work, including the Super Lawyers - Top Rated Family Law Attorney and Super Lawyer awards. If you are looking for aggressive representation for your divorce and family law matter, then call Attorney Brian Hirsch's office now!

Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

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Review

by Google
4.40
26 reviews  

“Divorce is a very challenging process for all involved, especially if there are children and property involved. You need a legal firm that will help you understand all of the contingencies and richly understands your legal options with experience that comes from dealing with thousands of cases in front of hundreds of judges. They also need to help you ensure that all of your ducks are in a row so that you are prepared for the best, most optimal approach with the right responses as necessary. Nova Family Law has the vast experience and the expertise to help you navigate these treacherous waters to ensure a positive outcome for you, your children and your business.”

Brian Hirsch is a highly experienced family attorney. Not inexpensive, but worth every dollar.

Nicole Burns came recommended to me by the attorney I had (and trusted). When my attorney decided to leave law to raise a family, she told me that Nicole was a lot like her -- she takes the high road and doesn't get into dirty fighting with other attorneys. Exactly right. Nicole is a class act and works hard for you. She's a tough negotiator. And she really listened and fought for me and my child. This was a custodial agreement that needed to be modified and she worked hard to do what was best for my child. Best of all, she brought perspective and kept me on track. Her paralegal was also super helpful -- she did more to help me with the interrogatories and discovery than I had experienced with other law offices. I highly recommend Nicole and her team.

Homophobes!! I wish I had another set of hands so I could give them four thumbs down. They Took thousands of dollars for me. They did nothing but procrastinate. Contracts shouldn’t have taken more than a week. It took them nearly 10 months to do very little but edit my spouses lawyers work And fired me without so much as a phone call and then alerted my wife’s counsel immediately and left me in a very vulnerable position. They worked against me in the end! Ignored all communication from me. I wound up having to sign the original contract my wife’s counsel had drawn up over 10 months ago. I am infuriated to think how much money I spent and they essentially did nothing for me except take my money They did not care to hear my side of the story - that my wife had an affair with a man in her group therapy. They did nothing for me but tell me to wait and in the meantime they did very little work but we’re happy to take my money. If you are looking for a law firm that does very little work and treats you like a number, look no further - you have found the lawyer for you! That last response shows how gutless they are. They were against me from the beginning due to my sexual orientation. They are a bunch of homophobes. Do not trust these people. They just want your money.

It's not easy to choose an attorney and some things you don't find out until you've already paid the retainer. I'm leaving this review in the hopes it will help you make a decision. I found Nicole through the luck of the draw years ago. Nicole Burns has represented my husband and I for over three years on a high conflict post-divorce custody issue and it was a great decision. We'd had an attorney from a big name firm in the area to start with ten years ago. We thought big names meant better services because we had never hired an attorney before. While his hourly rate was lower since he was new, he ultimately cost us more by giving us incorrect tax advice and making an agreement that the IRS would not honor as well as telling us to give the other party whatever they wanted because she was "crazy" and would bankrupt us. Fast forward 10 months to the next conflict and finding Nicole Burns. First off, Nicole is a quality person. She takes the high road but won't be pushed around. She doesn't shy from conflict but tries to work things out first. She has integrity and you can't buy that. It comes from inside. She will tell you what your most likely outcome in court is but you should know that it ultimately is up to the judge and you don't always get what you want. In family law, nobody gets what they want all the time. Be prepared for that. Nicole has deftly handled everything that came up over the years. That includes working with another party that doesn't keep attorneys and rotates between representing herself and hiring new attorneys for a few months before firing them. Nicole was essential when Virginia DYFS was involved and working with them. She has helped us through getting protective orders to protect the abused child and working with the district attorney's office regarding the same. She is compassionate and cares about what she does. And she knows her stuff. Our post-divorce case involved abuse, DYFS, criminal charges, emergency motions, support modifications and garnishments, medical issues, a special needs child who could not speak for himself and working across state lines. When our funding for litigation ran low, she kept costs down and advised us on the best course. When it needed to be done, she told us so we could plan accordingly. The last thing you need to know which you probably don't know is that you want an attorney who is known in the court system. Your attorney's reputation means alot if you have to go to court. Nicole has worked in the courts and has a great reputation among those in the profession. On top of that, she's a parent and knows the work of doing the best for your child. Hire her now. I know I will when I need her again in two years.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    “Divorce is a very challenging process for all involved, especially if there are children and property involved. You need a legal firm that will help you understand all of the contingencies and richly understands your legal options with experience that comes from dealing with thousands of cases in front of hundreds of judges. They also need to help you ensure that all of your ducks are in a row so that you are prepared for the best, most optimal approach with the right responses as necessary. Nova Family Law has the vast experience and the expertise to help you navigate these treacherous waters to ensure a positive outcome for you, your children and your business.”

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    Brian Hirsch is a highly experienced family attorney. Not inexpensive, but worth every dollar.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    Nicole Burns came recommended to me by the attorney I had (and trusted). When my attorney decided to leave law to raise a family, she told me that Nicole was a lot like her -- she takes the high road and doesn't get into dirty fighting with other attorneys. Exactly right. Nicole is a class act and works hard for you. She's a tough negotiator. And she really listened and fought for me and my child. This was a custodial agreement that needed to be modified and she worked hard to do what was best for my child. Best of all, she brought perspective and kept me on track. Her paralegal was also super helpful -- she did more to help me with the interrogatories and discovery than I had experienced with other law offices. I highly recommend Nicole and her team.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    Homophobes!! I wish I had another set of hands so I could give them four thumbs down. They Took thousands of dollars for me. They did nothing but procrastinate. Contracts shouldn’t have taken more than a week. It took them nearly 10 months to do very little but edit my spouses lawyers work And fired me without so much as a phone call and then alerted my wife’s counsel immediately and left me in a very vulnerable position. They worked against me in the end! Ignored all communication from me. I wound up having to sign the original contract my wife’s counsel had drawn up over 10 months ago. I am infuriated to think how much money I spent and they essentially did nothing for me except take my money They did not care to hear my side of the story - that my wife had an affair with a man in her group therapy. They did nothing for me but tell me to wait and in the meantime they did very little work but we’re happy to take my money. If you are looking for a law firm that does very little work and treats you like a number, look no further - you have found the lawyer for you! That last response shows how gutless they are. They were against me from the beginning due to my sexual orientation. They are a bunch of homophobes. Do not trust these people. They just want your money.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    It's not easy to choose an attorney and some things you don't find out until you've already paid the retainer. I'm leaving this review in the hopes it will help you make a decision. I found Nicole through the luck of the draw years ago. Nicole Burns has represented my husband and I for over three years on a high conflict post-divorce custody issue and it was a great decision. We'd had an attorney from a big name firm in the area to start with ten years ago. We thought big names meant better services because we had never hired an attorney before. While his hourly rate was lower since he was new, he ultimately cost us more by giving us incorrect tax advice and making an agreement that the IRS would not honor as well as telling us to give the other party whatever they wanted because she was "crazy" and would bankrupt us. Fast forward 10 months to the next conflict and finding Nicole Burns. First off, Nicole is a quality person. She takes the high road but won't be pushed around. She doesn't shy from conflict but tries to work things out first. She has integrity and you can't buy that. It comes from inside. She will tell you what your most likely outcome in court is but you should know that it ultimately is up to the judge and you don't always get what you want. In family law, nobody gets what they want all the time. Be prepared for that. Nicole has deftly handled everything that came up over the years. That includes working with another party that doesn't keep attorneys and rotates between representing herself and hiring new attorneys for a few months before firing them. Nicole was essential when Virginia DYFS was involved and working with them. She has helped us through getting protective orders to protect the abused child and working with the district attorney's office regarding the same. She is compassionate and cares about what she does. And she knows her stuff. Our post-divorce case involved abuse, DYFS, criminal charges, emergency motions, support modifications and garnishments, medical issues, a special needs child who could not speak for himself and working across state lines. When our funding for litigation ran low, she kept costs down and advised us on the best course. When it needed to be done, she told us so we could plan accordingly. The last thing you need to know which you probably don't know is that you want an attorney who is known in the court system. Your attorney's reputation means alot if you have to go to court. Nicole has worked in the courts and has a great reputation among those in the profession. On top of that, she's a parent and knows the work of doing the best for your child. Hire her now. I know I will when I need her again in two years.

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Donald R. R Daugherty
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For over 20 years, Attorney Donald R. Daugherty has refined expertise in the area of divorce and family law. Common cases handled by Attorney Donald R. Daugherty include divorce and family law appeals. Attorney Donald R. Daugherty shares his time as a member of the American Bar Foundation and the American Association for Justice. Since earning his JD from the New York Law School, Attorney Donald R. Daugherty has been honored with the Super Lawyer and Super Lawyers - Top 50 Lawyers awards. Attorney Donald R. Daugherty handles all types of difficult divorce and family law matters. You may feel assured that when you visit the Law Office of Donald R. Daugherty, your divorce and family law case will be managed with the qualified representation you deserve.

Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

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Review

by Google
4.80
180 reviews  

Great law firm! Michael Daugherty specifically helped us with an step-child adoption and made it very easy. From start to finish it only took about 2 1/2 months, including waiting for our court date. He responded quickly to any of my questions. We can’t thank Michael enough for his help and guidance! Highly recommend this office!

Don’t believe anything was done for me. If court appoints a mediator go with them, could have done better myself with them and paid less in child support and not paid a lawyer! Also wouldn’t have to wait 9 months until the trial date, and just to be disappointed after trail that nothing changed after the temp motion case. Also not be down over $1000 a month in child support. Lawyer says it’s okay you make a lot of money. Lesson learned hopefully you also don’t make mistake and go with a mediator if the court appoints it. I believe this is the worse that could have happened to me and it did. Even though I had a good case, kids were raised with me, and other parent had mental problems and lives less than 2 miles away. Couldn’t get 50/50 custody, could have gotten closer to 50/50 with mediator and not be down thousands. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Easiest divorce ever. But in all honesty this place was great. Might be a little bit more expensive than another firm (i wouldn't really know, i didn't shop around much) but the made everything extremely simple, and spoke to me in a respectful manner. Nothing was difficult to understand and all in really had to do was sign a few papers when the time came. My mother recommended them because they helped her about 20 years ago or so and they helped me as well. Really appreciate everyone here.

I highly recommend the Daugherty Law Firm and more specifically Kate Daughtery. When I first began my divorce I had no idea what to expect and immediately after our first consultation I felt relieved to be able to hire Kate as my counsel. She was very knowledgeable of what to expect, what to do and how certain decisions will impact myself. Throughout the entire divorce which lasted almost twelve months, due to the separation timeline, Kate was extremely helpful and diligent from start to finish. I always felt that I was confident with her and that I wasn’t being misled or misinformed. When the final stages of the divorce were being discussed, this was one of the hardest parts of the divorce because as a man the laws are rarely in our favor for these types of situations. Kate was honest and negotiated what I believe was the best possible scenario for myself given the circumstances. In closing, divorce is not cheap and a decision not to take lightly. Kate and the Daugherty Law Firm are worth every dollar and are the type of professionals you dream of when having to deal with such an important life event.

Kate Daugherty is by far one of the most amazing lawyers! Not only is she phenomenal in the way she handles opposing counsel and the courtroom, but she genuinely cares and supports her clients. Kate is an incredible human being who operates with integrity, honesty, and transparency. She is direct. She is blunt. She calmed my anxiety and supported me in a way I cannot thank her enough for. Everyone at the Daugherty Law Firm are amazing! Mr. Daugherty is delightful, supportive, and kind. I cannot say enough about them and I genuinely appreciate, love, and consider them part of my family! I cannot thank Kate enough for what she has done for me!!! You cannot go wrong with having the Daugherty Law Firm standing with you!!!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Great law firm! Michael Daugherty specifically helped us with an step-child adoption and made it very easy. From start to finish it only took about 2 1/2 months, including waiting for our court date. He responded quickly to any of my questions. We can’t thank Michael enough for his help and guidance! Highly recommend this office!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Don’t believe anything was done for me. If court appoints a mediator go with them, could have done better myself with them and paid less in child support and not paid a lawyer! Also wouldn’t have to wait 9 months until the trial date, and just to be disappointed after trail that nothing changed after the temp motion case. Also not be down over $1000 a month in child support. Lawyer says it’s okay you make a lot of money. Lesson learned hopefully you also don’t make mistake and go with a mediator if the court appoints it. I believe this is the worse that could have happened to me and it did. Even though I had a good case, kids were raised with me, and other parent had mental problems and lives less than 2 miles away. Couldn’t get 50/50 custody, could have gotten closer to 50/50 with mediator and not be down thousands. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Easiest divorce ever. But in all honesty this place was great. Might be a little bit more expensive than another firm (i wouldn't really know, i didn't shop around much) but the made everything extremely simple, and spoke to me in a respectful manner. Nothing was difficult to understand and all in really had to do was sign a few papers when the time came. My mother recommended them because they helped her about 20 years ago or so and they helped me as well. Really appreciate everyone here.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    I highly recommend the Daugherty Law Firm and more specifically Kate Daughtery. When I first began my divorce I had no idea what to expect and immediately after our first consultation I felt relieved to be able to hire Kate as my counsel. She was very knowledgeable of what to expect, what to do and how certain decisions will impact myself. Throughout the entire divorce which lasted almost twelve months, due to the separation timeline, Kate was extremely helpful and diligent from start to finish. I always felt that I was confident with her and that I wasn’t being misled or misinformed. When the final stages of the divorce were being discussed, this was one of the hardest parts of the divorce because as a man the laws are rarely in our favor for these types of situations. Kate was honest and negotiated what I believe was the best possible scenario for myself given the circumstances. In closing, divorce is not cheap and a decision not to take lightly. Kate and the Daugherty Law Firm are worth every dollar and are the type of professionals you dream of when having to deal with such an important life event.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.80
    5 reviews  

    Kate Daugherty is by far one of the most amazing lawyers! Not only is she phenomenal in the way she handles opposing counsel and the courtroom, but she genuinely cares and supports her clients. Kate is an incredible human being who operates with integrity, honesty, and transparency. She is direct. She is blunt. She calmed my anxiety and supported me in a way I cannot thank her enough for. Everyone at the Daugherty Law Firm are amazing! Mr. Daugherty is delightful, supportive, and kind. I cannot say enough about them and I genuinely appreciate, love, and consider them part of my family! I cannot thank Kate enough for what she has done for me!!! You cannot go wrong with having the Daugherty Law Firm standing with you!!!

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Donna Mae Dougherty
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In times of family turmoil, rely on the expertise of one of the best attorneys in the business. Attorney Donna Dougherty is a skilled mediator, who has shown success in guiding families toward amicable resolutions in the event of adoption, child custody, visitation, child support, divorce, and LGBTQ marriage rights disagreements. For her success in the field of divorce and family law, Attorney Donna Dougherty has earned the Super Lawyers Rising Star and Super Lawyer awards. Before securing her position as one of the best divorce and family law attorneys, Attorney Donna Dougherty graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Look no further, as your divorce and family law attorney is ready to assist.

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Review

by Google
4.40
13 reviews  

This is a wonderful firm they are kind and know what there doing. They listen to everything and really try to understand you. They are prompt to returning phone calls and generally want the best for there client. I will definitely recommend this firm to all my family and friends!!!!

Ugh. Do not hire Donna Dougherty to handle your case. When you meet her, you'll find that she is, in my opinion, brash and abrasive and unquestionably condescending. Your first thought is "Perfect, that's how she's going to work tirelessly on my behalf." You'll be wrong. That's how she'll continue to treat you and good luck getting to effectively advocate on your behalf. In my specific experience, she will rather yell at you (as her client) than work with opposing counsel on an amicable resolution (as I've learned since severing ties with this firm). My initial consult was full of "we're going to do this" and "we'll file this" and all great salesmanship. I was excited...finally an attorney that really wants to do more than push papers and genuinely wants to help create an optimal outcome for my child. Boo. Within 2 days of writing that first big monster retainer check to Donna, before any additional documentation was provided, the tone rapidly degraded to (paraphrased) "well, I'm not sure" and "hopefully we'll prevail" type speak. Sadly, I fell for it all and have lost almost every financial resource in the process. Now Donna is going after what little is left. That's really all you need to know about the character of the character. To say I've had nothing but problems feels like a gross understatement. Donna ran up my legal tab at a rate that has offended attorneys I've consulted with since; and it takes a lot to offend another attorney. Ultimately, Donna lost my case. Anything can happen in a courtroom, but this was a worst case scenario in the face of what should have been, fairly objectively, a ruling 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Despite being the attorney I retained, Donna did not appear at the hearing to argue for attorney fees (sadly, the mostly expensive part of the entire matter) and sent an associate instead. That mistake was another $12000+ on top of the mostly unsubstantiated $20k+ billed for a very simple case (that she lost). Now Donna is suing me although I've yet to be provided any granular itemization of the billable work "provided." Always beware of lawyers that gleefully sue their clients; it's a litmus test as to where their priorities lie in terms of monetary greed vs client advocacy. And, to pour more salt in the wound, Donna is now demanding 24% interest and thousands more in legal fees for suing her own client (me in this case). Her reputation in the local family law community exists for very good reasons. I wish I had figured that out beforehand (back before the reorganization of the firm). FINAL WARNING: If you're dealing with a sensitive family law matter involving your young children and their private meetings with therapists, you may want to consider a law office that does not send confidential psychiatric documentation to the WRONG CLIENT! That's right. Donna's law office sent me an another client's very private and sensitive data regarding the child's meetings with a therapist. I've yet to ever be answered as to whether sensitive data from my case was sent to someone else. If you retain her, perhaps you can update me on my case if/when you receive the wrong confidential records too. Don't make the mistake of making what is likely the most stressful and emotionally wrenching process of your life that much worse by hiring an attorney that values your checking account significantly more than operating in the best interests of you and your child/children.

This law firm is a very thorough and competent. They are professional and always had my family's best interests in mind.

Amy Tobias has been this Dad's attorney through a pretty complicated divorce, with issues that have flared up repeatedly over 9+ years. She has represented and advised me while she was an associate, a sole practitioner, and now as a partner. This is one very intelligent lady and knowledgeable and competent family law attorney. Her advice is always sound and direct. She cuts through the fluff and tells me what I need to know and what she needs from me. When we've had actual contested hearings, the results have always been in my favor.

I have truly been blessed to find a law firm who is warm, supportive and caring for their clients, but killer Great White Sharks in the courtroom for divorce/custody. Amy Tobias and Claire Salitsky gave me my life back……..my son! I started off with a different law firm, which he was HORRIBLE!!!! I felt helpless and felt he did not put any effort into my case, just collecting my check. Before I came to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, I thought I could lose my son for no reason other than poor lawyer representation. That all changed when I went to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law! I will say, these ladies are expensive, but I'm telling you they are WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING Amy, Claire and Dawn!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    This is a wonderful firm they are kind and know what there doing. They listen to everything and really try to understand you. They are prompt to returning phone calls and generally want the best for there client. I will definitely recommend this firm to all my family and friends!!!!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    Ugh. Do not hire Donna Dougherty to handle your case. When you meet her, you'll find that she is, in my opinion, brash and abrasive and unquestionably condescending. Your first thought is "Perfect, that's how she's going to work tirelessly on my behalf." You'll be wrong. That's how she'll continue to treat you and good luck getting to effectively advocate on your behalf. In my specific experience, she will rather yell at you (as her client) than work with opposing counsel on an amicable resolution (as I've learned since severing ties with this firm). My initial consult was full of "we're going to do this" and "we'll file this" and all great salesmanship. I was excited...finally an attorney that really wants to do more than push papers and genuinely wants to help create an optimal outcome for my child. Boo. Within 2 days of writing that first big monster retainer check to Donna, before any additional documentation was provided, the tone rapidly degraded to (paraphrased) "well, I'm not sure" and "hopefully we'll prevail" type speak. Sadly, I fell for it all and have lost almost every financial resource in the process. Now Donna is going after what little is left. That's really all you need to know about the character of the character. To say I've had nothing but problems feels like a gross understatement. Donna ran up my legal tab at a rate that has offended attorneys I've consulted with since; and it takes a lot to offend another attorney. Ultimately, Donna lost my case. Anything can happen in a courtroom, but this was a worst case scenario in the face of what should have been, fairly objectively, a ruling 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Despite being the attorney I retained, Donna did not appear at the hearing to argue for attorney fees (sadly, the mostly expensive part of the entire matter) and sent an associate instead. That mistake was another $12000+ on top of the mostly unsubstantiated $20k+ billed for a very simple case (that she lost). Now Donna is suing me although I've yet to be provided any granular itemization of the billable work "provided." Always beware of lawyers that gleefully sue their clients; it's a litmus test as to where their priorities lie in terms of monetary greed vs client advocacy. And, to pour more salt in the wound, Donna is now demanding 24% interest and thousands more in legal fees for suing her own client (me in this case). Her reputation in the local family law community exists for very good reasons. I wish I had figured that out beforehand (back before the reorganization of the firm). FINAL WARNING: If you're dealing with a sensitive family law matter involving your young children and their private meetings with therapists, you may want to consider a law office that does not send confidential psychiatric documentation to the WRONG CLIENT! That's right. Donna's law office sent me an another client's very private and sensitive data regarding the child's meetings with a therapist. I've yet to ever be answered as to whether sensitive data from my case was sent to someone else. If you retain her, perhaps you can update me on my case if/when you receive the wrong confidential records too. Don't make the mistake of making what is likely the most stressful and emotionally wrenching process of your life that much worse by hiring an attorney that values your checking account significantly more than operating in the best interests of you and your child/children.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    This law firm is a very thorough and competent. They are professional and always had my family's best interests in mind.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    Amy Tobias has been this Dad's attorney through a pretty complicated divorce, with issues that have flared up repeatedly over 9+ years. She has represented and advised me while she was an associate, a sole practitioner, and now as a partner. This is one very intelligent lady and knowledgeable and competent family law attorney. Her advice is always sound and direct. She cuts through the fluff and tells me what I need to know and what she needs from me. When we've had actual contested hearings, the results have always been in my favor.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.40
    5 reviews  

    I have truly been blessed to find a law firm who is warm, supportive and caring for their clients, but killer Great White Sharks in the courtroom for divorce/custody. Amy Tobias and Claire Salitsky gave me my life back……..my son! I started off with a different law firm, which he was HORRIBLE!!!! I felt helpless and felt he did not put any effort into my case, just collecting my check. Before I came to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, I thought I could lose my son for no reason other than poor lawyer representation. That all changed when I went to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law! I will say, these ladies are expensive, but I'm telling you they are WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING Amy, Claire and Dawn!

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James D Livesay
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When you hire Attorney James Livesay, you may feel relieved to know he will be by your side every step of the way. Attorney James Livesay helps with conflicts stemming from alimony, celebrity divorce, child protective services, international child custody, domestic violence, and LGBTQ marriage rights. When he is not protecting the rights of his clients, Attorney James Livesay shares his time with the American Bar Foundation and the East/West Family Law Bar. Attorney James Livesay’s accomplishments within his field have led to his recognition as an American Academy of Attorneys - Top 40 Under 40 Family Law Attorney and Attorney of the Year award winner. A Monterey College of Law graduate, Attorney James Livesay has been guiding families to agreeable solutions for over 20 years. This attorney is more than qualified to handle the most complex divorce and family law cases and is waiting for your call today!

 Website justia.com

Review

by Google
4.70
95 reviews  

Amanda Kimble and Michelle Evan’s were great! I had to place my divorce case on hold and without hesitation and great appreciation Amanda picked up the case. She did an excellent job of choosing the best method to proceed and got the final decree quickly. I had roots with this firm and went back because of their professionalize and personal approach to challenging life changes and I was never disappointed. The divorce process was perfected and I can’t thank them enough. Not one call or email went unanswered - they explained everything! Excellent lawyer and excellent legal assistant with great customer service!

I was very hesitant of using a law firm and thought I would be able to do it myself ie name change for a minor but I’m glad I didn’t because Ms. Melannie Dino and Ms. Evans provided me with great professional service. The communication was excellent and my family greatly appreciated their service. Everything was completely virtually and exceptional. Thank you again. J Holden.

Melannie Dino represented me during my divorce and helped me navigate the process. I am the spouse of a former military member. Melannie was very knowledgable about the forms and steps that were needed in order for me to receive my military benefits. Melannie and her paralegal Michelle Evans kept me informed and responded quickly to every question and concern I had. They made me feel that they were holding my hand through this difficult time.I greatly appreciate their professional knowledge,compassion and support. I would recommend Melannie and Michelle without reservation.

Ms. Huchler (my lawyer), Ms. Wallace, Ms. Membreno and Ms. Arp were amazing to work with with throughout the entire process of my divorce! They were very responsive always returning my emails in a timely manner, answered all questions about any legal matter I had so well that a regular guy, like myself, could understand! And you always felt like they cared about helping you and defending you, I know they had several clients they were working with, but I always felt like I had their full attention. I hope that I never have to get divorced again but I would call these fine folks back up in a heartbeat if I ever make that mistake again! They say divorce is expensive cause its worth it, they have good rate and its so worth it, so you shouldn't pass up working with Jenny, Cara, Rossimer, and Taryn!

Through a long almost 2 year process due to Covid and non-responsive ex husband. Melannie and the group were always pushing forward and making sure I knew the process and moving my divorce forward. Melannie was extremely professional and made sure I was aware of everything they were doing promptly. It was a pleasure working with her through a very tough time. I appreciate all her help in getting my divorce closed before having to go to court.

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    4.70
    5 reviews  

    Amanda Kimble and Michelle Evan’s were great! I had to place my divorce case on hold and without hesitation and great appreciation Amanda picked up the case. She did an excellent job of choosing the best method to proceed and got the final decree quickly. I had roots with this firm and went back because of their professionalize and personal approach to challenging life changes and I was never disappointed. The divorce process was perfected and I can’t thank them enough. Not one call or email went unanswered - they explained everything! Excellent lawyer and excellent legal assistant with great customer service!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.70
    5 reviews  

    I was very hesitant of using a law firm and thought I would be able to do it myself ie name change for a minor but I’m glad I didn’t because Ms. Melannie Dino and Ms. Evans provided me with great professional service. The communication was excellent and my family greatly appreciated their service. Everything was completely virtually and exceptional. Thank you again. J Holden.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.70
    5 reviews  

    Melannie Dino represented me during my divorce and helped me navigate the process. I am the spouse of a former military member. Melannie was very knowledgable about the forms and steps that were needed in order for me to receive my military benefits. Melannie and her paralegal Michelle Evans kept me informed and responded quickly to every question and concern I had. They made me feel that they were holding my hand through this difficult time.I greatly appreciate their professional knowledge,compassion and support. I would recommend Melannie and Michelle without reservation.

  • Review

    by Google
    4.70
    5 reviews  

    Ms. Huchler (my lawyer), Ms. Wallace, Ms. Membreno and Ms. Arp were amazing to work with with throughout the entire process of my divorce! They were very responsive always returning my emails in a timely manner, answered all questions about any legal matter I had so well that a regular guy, like myself, could understand! And you always felt like they cared about helping you and defending you, I know they had several clients they were working with, but I always felt like I had their full attention. I hope that I never have to get divorced again but I would call these fine folks back up in a heartbeat if I ever make that mistake again! They say divorce is expensive cause its worth it, they have good rate and its so worth it, so you shouldn't pass up working with Jenny, Cara, Rossimer, and Taryn!

  • Review

    by Google
    4.70
    5 reviews  

    Through a long almost 2 year process due to Covid and non-responsive ex husband. Melannie and the group were always pushing forward and making sure I knew the process and moving my divorce forward. Melannie was extremely professional and made sure I was aware of everything they were doing promptly. It was a pleasure working with her through a very tough time. I appreciate all her help in getting my divorce closed before having to go to court.

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