Darlene S. Lesser

Phone: (703) 218-2195
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Virginia Divorce & Custody Law
Practice Areas

Darlene S. Lesser

Phone: (703) 218-2195
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Virginia Divorce & Custody Law
Practice Areas

Darlene Lesser’s practice focuses on family law issues including negotiating and litigating custody, visitation, relocation, divorce division of property, finances and retirement funds, as well as alimony and child support. Her trial experience as an assistant Public Defender in Florida enhances her representation of clients in all aspects of litigated issues including domestic-related criminal matters such as protective orders and domestic assault. Darlene represents clients throughout Virginia, including the Northern Virginia Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Frederick in both Circuit Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts.

Darlene has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for her legal ability and general ethical standards. She has been included on Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” five times, and was selected as The State’s Outstanding Young Lawyer by Richmond Magazine in 2009. Darlene was also selected for inclusion as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2008 and 2009, and in 2015, Northern Virginia magazine recognized her as a Top Attorney in the practice of Family Law.

She is also a contributing author to the Virginia Divorce and Custody Law blog.

  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 1998
    • Academic & Merit Scholarship Recipient, 1996-1997
    • Academic Achievement Award, 1997
    • Phi Alpha Delta, Treasurer, 1998
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Auburn University at Montgomery, 1996
    • Editor-in-Chief campus newspaper
    • Two-time recipient of American Business Women’s Association Scholarship
    • Authored and presented research paper at Southern States Communication Conference, 1995
Admitted To Practice
  • Virginia
  • Florida
Practice Highlights

Court of Appeals Cases:

  • Hoyle v. Hoyle, Court of Appeals, Record No. 1021-10-4 (Dec. 2010)
  • Murphy v. Murphy, Court of Appeals, Record No. 1060-09-4 (Nov. 2009)

Reported Cases:

  • Lofgren v. Martin, Virginia Law Weekly (February 2006)
Areas of Concentration
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Relocation
  • Child Support
  • Alimony/Spousal Support
  • Equitable Distribution of Property
  • Separation Agreement
  • Premarital & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Military Pensions
  • Retirement and Pensions
  • International Custody Cases
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA)
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Name Changes
  • Domestic Related Criminal Proceedings
  • Protected Orders
  • Appeals to Court of Appeals
  • Paternity
Professional Activities
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Bar Convention Committee, 2005
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • 2008 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star – Family Law
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014 – Family Law
  • The State’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, Richmond Magazine, 2009
  • Legal Elite, Top 50 Family Law Lawyers, 2006 & 2007
  • Northern Virginia magazine, Top Lawyers, Family Law, 2015
Speaking Engagements
  • Discovery in Family Law Cases, Virginia CLE, December 2010

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