Family Law Attorney

Christopher Mays received his BS from Virginia Tech and JD from the George Washington University Law School. Chris has received various awards for his work as an attorney, including recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by Northern Virginia Magazine. He has lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and local bar associations in Northern Virginia. He has also written for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and co-authored written materials for Virginia CLE (Continuing Legal Education). As an attorney, Chris focuses his practice on representing individuals and families in matters relating to divorce and other family law issues, as well as estate planning and administration. Chris is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Fairfax County Bar Association, Prince William County Bar Association, Alexandria Bar Association, and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Chris is admitted to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before beginning his legal practice, Chris served on active duty with the United States Army and as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense.

Bar Admissions

  • 2004 State Bar of Virginia

Education

George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052
JD - Juris Doctor - 2004
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Bachelor of Science - 1995

Career Highlights

  • 10 Best Attorney for Virginia - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers - The National Advocates - 2014
  • Top Lawyer - Northern Virginia Magazine - 2011
Legal Resources
Zen and the Art of Testifying at Your Custody Trial
March 21, 2018 - Christopher Mays

As an attorney who handles custody and visitation cases for a living, I can tell you that nothing will sink your case faster than poorly managed anger toward the other parent.

Has a Relative Named You As Power of Attorney in Virginia? Important Information You Need to Know Before Agreeing to Serve as Agent.
March 20, 2018 - Christopher Mays

Virginia imposes several specific obligations on any person acting as an agent under a power of attorney. Problems can arise when an agent is unaware of these requirements, and fails to follow them.

Separation and Marital Agreements – Important Concepts to Know
March 20, 2018 - Christopher Mays

The process of negotiating and preparing a marital settlement agreement (or property settlement agreement) can be overwhelming for most clients. One way of dealing with this is to make a concerted effort to understand some of the common concepts involved in marital settlement agreements.

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