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Leslye S. Fenton, Shareholder

Whether helping her clients negotiate in confidence to draft commercial leases or working collaboratively to resolve complex family law issues, Leslye Fenton brings a uniquely powerful combination of sensitivity and tenacity to her work.

As an attorney and trained mediator, Leslye believes in listening carefully to her clients to identify what drives their interests. This key, she says, unlocks the paths toward resolution, successful negotiation and, hopefully, mutually beneficial outcomes.

Her practice includes Family Law and Commercial Leasing, and her distinct combination of skills is advantageous in both practices because each demands effective negotiating strategies. With a practical, livable solution as the end goal, Leslye develops the most efficient strategy to solve the problem at hand while helping her clients navigate the legal process to a timely completion.

In her Family Law practice, Leslye concentrates on issues involving equitable distribution of property, child and spousal support, visitation, and a variety of other issues affecting children and families. She is experienced in dispute resolution and is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator. She uses mediation as an alternative to adjudicating family law matters. Leslye also is a frequent speaker on family law issues at The Women’s Center in Vienna, VA, and other organizations.

In her Commercial Leasing practice, Leslye has extensive knowledge and experience representing both landlords and tenants in negotiating and drafting commercial leases of shopping centers, office buildings, business parks, warehouses, and unimproved land. She has also presented a number of CLE seminars on commercial leasing.

Leslye has been listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” for Alternative Dispute Resolution in five separate years. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion among The Best Lawyers in America® for Family Law Mediation since 2010 and is also named to the Virginia Super Lawyers and the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers listings for Family Law.

Education
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1984
    • George Mason University Law Review, Board of Editors
  • M.S.W., Yeshiva University, 1979
    • NIMH Fellow
  • B.A., Hofstra University, 1974
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Practice Highlights
  • Reported Cases:
    • Brown v. Brown, 5 Va. 238 (1987)
Areas of Concentration
  • Divorce
  • Premarital & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Mediation
  • Commercial Leasing
Professional Activities
  • Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Faculty
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Neutral Case Evaluator, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2010-2017 – Family Law Mediation
  • 2006-2015 Virginia Super Lawyer – Family Law
  • 2007-2015 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer – Family Law
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – Alternate Dispute Resolution
Community Activities
  • The Women’s Center – Northern Virginia
    • Board Member 2005 – Present