Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated custody and divorce lawyers in Arlington. An attorney since 2007, Mr. Tank has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. Mr. Tank holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021–2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law. Mr. Tank was named a Super Lawyer in 2021–2022, after being named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year from 2015–2020. Mr. Tank resides with his wife and son in Northern Virginia.
Jonathan McHugh is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Arlington. An attorney since 2012, Mr. McHugh has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including high value equitable distribution cases. Mr. McHugh was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Family Law. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Mr. McHugh resides with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.
Brianna Salerno is a family law and divorce attorney in Arlington. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Salerno has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Northern Virginia, including complex and high-dollar divorce cases. She is also is one of the firm’s leading authorities on military divorce. Ms. Salerno was included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2019, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Salerno resides in Alexandria.
Emily Nerino is a family law and divorce attorney in Arlington. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Arlington County and Northern Virginia. Originally from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, Ms. Nerino graduated cum laude from Villanova University before earning her law degree from George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Nerino currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Arlington.
These attorneys are supported in our Arlington office by paralegals Gia Kaur-Sharma, Dollie Tran and Karen Kessel.
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The following is a sampling of client reviews for our Arlington family lawyers:
I have used Andrew Tank thrice in dealing with my former spouse. He has the depth of insight and knowledge that will be of comfort when in the thick of litigation. He has successfully aided me in discovery motions, successfully defeated a protective order in 30 minutes, and has been a constant source of encouragement and sanity in the insanity of nuances within the family law. The outstanding thing that would stand out the most when I recommend him is he is thorough, organized, moral and ethical.
I contacted Livesay & Myers after searching the web for military divorce attorneys in Virginia. My divorce was complicated and I needed someone to start resolving the little obstacles and concentrate on the larger issues. I met with Jonathan McHugh for a consultation. He was patient, extremely professional and thorough and made me feel at ease that all my issues would be resolved in a timely manner. Jonathan’s knowledge of the military and estate issues was extensive. After 24 years of abuse, Jonathan, along with his paralegal, Tatyana Spurgeon, helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both of them were quick to respond to any inquiries I had. I felt very comfortable being represented by Livesay & Myers, as I now know personally that Attorney Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal, Tatyana, fought and succeeded in every aspect of my divorce. Even after the divorce was final, Jonathan and Tatyana continued to be attentive to all the financial details that needed to be followed up to conclusion. I feel very comfortable in recommending their services to anyone who needs to accomplish a positive end result from a difficult situation.
You didn’t want to be here, reading divorce lawyer reviews. You’re stressed and hurt. You know that picking the right lawyer could be the difference between getting on with your life sooner or dealing with years of expense and frustration. Lucky for you, you found Livesay & Myers. Brianna Salerno and Dollie Tran were for me the flawlessly competent and sympathetic legal team I needed. I recommend them and the folks at Livesay & Myers in the highest possible terms. They helped me get through my unwelcome divorce in less time and for less money that I imagined possible. Definitely talk to several firms (I did), but in the end I am confident that if you select Livesay & Myers you will have made the right choice.
I cannot rave about this firm enough. I came to Livesay & Myers for help filing for divorce and they made the process SO easy. Beginning with the intro call with Attorney Ms. Emily Nerino, I was immediately comforted after speaking with her because I knew what to expect and she even refunded me for the consultation because I didn’t use all the time. (The fact I am not being gouged stated the relationship off really well). She was insightful, professional and easy to talk to. Most of my communications from there were with Paralegal Ms. Jessica Bynum, and WOW what a rock star. She was prompt, communicative, and ALWAYS proactive. IT felt like all the leg work was done for me and I just had to get stuff signed or mail it back; it was SO NICE to not be burdened with an overload of to-do’s. If something wasn’t clear, Jessica would pick up the phone and give me a call to make absolutely sure there was no confusion. Jessica is just a REAL pleasure to work with, and towards the end she really made me feel special with her closing emails. It stinks needing these services, but having such an AMAZING firm to support the process REALLY made all the difference, relieving the sticky situation and making it less stressful and cumbersome.
Andrew Tank recently represented me in a Divorce/Child Custody case. I honestly can’t imagine having to have gone through the ordeal without Andy. He is incredibly knowledgeable, honest, and did everything in his power to provide a great outcome for me. Beyond that he is compassionate and understanding. His Paralegal Karen Kessel is outstanding. Her attention to detail and professionalism were instrumental in ensuring I had a fair resolution to my case. You can’t do better than Andy and Karen!
Divorce is not something you can really prepare for. There are lot of considerations and though you think you’ve thought of them all, rest assured you haven’t. Jon McHugh and Tatyana Spurgeon were both supportive and made me realize some realities. I wanted to just get it done, but Mr. McHugh made me realize that it wasn’t just me that I was preparing this new phase of my life. Since the children were going to reside with me he researched the child support and figured the numbers that were fair based on our incomes. He also showed the options available to me based on what our circumstances in regard to the divorce, but also respected my decision in the matter. One can hope that you get a team like I did to help you through this. Just because you pay top dollar for an attorney that everyone recommends doesn’t mean you will receive what feels like personal care on a one on one basis. Sometimes the ‘top dollar’ legal team is the one that gives you that ‘top dollar’ attention.
I just wanted to take some time to say that Livesay & Myers, P.C. have been very professional. Specifically Ms. Salerno and her paralegals have been amazing this past year in finalizing my divorce, custody, and child support. They never dropped off, always followed up and had this amazing way about them that made me feel like I made the right choice. And obviously I did, I was able to keep my son, so these 5 stars aren’t doing them justice. Thank you all so much!
I retained Andrew Tank after my original attorney left family law, and left me in a bind less with less than a month to contest a ‘vague,’ one-sided PSA/MSA. With an uphill battle against an irrational ex who refused to make rational joint legal co-parenting decisions, but instead used our 2 children as pawns for financial gain and control, I consulted with Mr. Tank. The primary focus was on the stability of the children, seeing that their best interests were considered. Mr. Tank immediately helped protect them from the parental alienation when reason wasn’t working, and filed motions that forced the ex to allow them to attend therapy, and stopped her from moving them far away from me. Mr. Tank understood it was all about money to the ex, and found ways to modify the custody schedule of the PSA that was deemed ‘unmodifiable’ by opposing counsel. His knowledge of the law, positive relationships with the representatives of the court, and ability to maintain the children’s best interests not only benefited their mental health, but also preserved my joint legal rights to continue my role in their lives. Dealing with manipulative opposition is a difficult task, but Mr. Tank did not stand down to the ‘bullies’ during negotiation/litigation, and made it possible that I remained an equal parent, not just a ‘visitor’ in my own children’s lives.If you are looking for an experienced, respected, and ethical attorney that will actually keep ‘family’ as the focus in ‘family law,’ I highly recommend Mr. Tank.
Divorce sucks. It entails loss, pain, and grief. It also means you face uncertainty and unknowns, especially with respect to your rights and the legal process. No matter your situation, you need to know all the legal and financial aspects of the divorce. You need a lawyer, and a firm, you can trust and partner with throughout the process. From my first meeting with Jonathan McHugh, I felt I could not only trust him, but that I wasn’t ‘just another divorce.’ I felt the same when meeting Tatyana. Both were genuinely interested in the specifics of my case, and treated me with the utmost respect, humanity, patience, and professionalism throughout the duration of my case. As divorce negotiations proceeded, I felt confident that Jonathan and Tatyana always had my best interests in mind. The result was a fair settlement. I highly recommend Jonathan and Tatyana, and Livesay & Myers as a firm.
Livesay & Myers, P.C. was outstanding in my recent Separation Agreement and Divorce proceedings. Specifically, Brianna Salerno was over-the-top amazing! She brought years of subject matter expertise, understanding and empathy to my situation. Throughout the most trying time in my young adult life, I was able to count on Brianna’s professionalism, tact and motivational attitude. I would HIGHLY recommend Brianna Salerno and the Livesay & Myers practice to anyone facing a major life change such as a divorce. I cannot thank Brianna and her team enough for the superb support throughout this entire process! Brianna’s paralegal was an unbelievable added asset to this process as well! I had several attorneys throughout my career for varying reasons, and the Livesay & Myers practice is bar none above the rest! Overall, my experience was excellent and I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support, compassion, and professionalism!
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