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The family law and divorce attorneys in the Leesburg-Ashburn office of Livesay & Myers, P.C. representing clients in Leesburg, Ashburn, and all across Loudoun County.

Courts in Loudoun County differ significantly from those in surrounding jurisdictions. Loudoun courts have their own unique procedures, rules and expectations. From our office in Ashburn, the family lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. practice in these courts every day. They know the local judges and the local system. And, each of our award-winning attorneys practice exclusively family law.

Our family lawyers in Leesburg-Ashburn are:
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Ariel Baniowski

Ariel Baniowski is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in the Loudoun County area. An attorney since 2012, Ms. Baniowski has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. She is known as one of our firm’s most skilled trial attorneys. Ms. Baniowski was included in the 2021–2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Baniowski resides with her husband and two children in Loudoun County.

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Amanda Stone Swart

Amanda Stone Swart is a lead senior associate in our Leesburg-Ashburn office. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Stone Swart handles every type of family law matter, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. She is known as one of the more aggressive family lawyers in Loudoun County. Ms. Stone Swart was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2020, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Stone Swart resides with her husband and two daughters in Ashburn.

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Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Loudoun County. 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.

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Chris Ingram

Chris Ingram is a family law attorney in our Leesburg-Ashburn office. He practices exclusively family law, representing clients in family law and divorce cases throughout Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. Mr. Ingram currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

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Alyssa Grzesiak

Alyssa Grzesiak is a family lawyer in our Leesburg-Ashburn office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in family law and divorce cases throughout Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. Ms. Grzesiak currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

These attorneys are supported in our Leesburg-Ashburn office by paralegals Gigi Stanley, Danielle Humiston and Sara Weber.

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Our attorneys represent clients from every part of Loudoun County, including Leesburg, Ashburn, Brambleton, Sterling, South Riding, Potomac Falls, Purcellville, Round Hill, Middleburg, Waterford, Lovettsville and Aldie, and all of Northern Virginia.

Our office is located at 19775 Belmont Executive Plaza #300 in Ashburn:

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The following is a sampling of client reviews for the family lawyers in our Leesburg-Ashburn office:


Ariel Baniowski and her paralegal, Tatyana Spurgeon were phenomenal. Ariel Baniowski expertly prepared and litigated my case. You could talk to 1,000 attorneys and you’d be lucky to find 3 or 4 that possess the kind of passion, zeal, work ethic, and competence that Ariel has. She works like a machine. She values time and your dollar. She argues with the perfect balance of logic, passion, and confidence. She is incredibly intelligent. If you’re lucky enough to work with her, feel confident that you have one of the best in the business. Most importantly to me, I always had the feeling that Ariel and Tatyana were as invested in my case as I was. I didn’t feel that they were merely representing me. I truly felt that we were all in it together, standing shoulder to shoulder as part of the same fight. They were more than a legal team. They were a support system. Finally, Ariel never told me what I wanted to hear just because I wanted to hear it. She always told me exactly what she thought was right. She’s not in it to be a people pleaser. She’s in it to win your case. I can’t thank Ariel, Tatyana, and Livesay and Myers enough for what they’ve accomplished for me and I highly recommend their services if you are going through a difficult time like I was.

– Andrew


Two years ago, I went to Livesay and Myers and met Amanda Stone Swart. Without getting into all the details, Amanda assisted me with some very complex custody, visitation, and divorce matters. In my many years of experience with the legal system, I have never met a more competent, compassionate, procedurally correct lawyer. The issues that I needed litigated would have been put at risk if it wasn’t for Amanda’s experience and knowledge as an attorney. Amanda, Ms. Humiston, and their firm assisted me with the custody of my children, my divorce, and navigated some complex laws that were relevant to litigating my case. The result, sole legal and physical custody of my children. I don’t state this to brag, I state this because when the matter at stake involves children and significant property, retaining an attorney that follows procedural law is critical. Amanda understood the discretion of many matters and she proved to be an instrumental asset in my case. If you’re looking for representation to litigate family law matters, I highly recommend Amanda Stone Swart, you will not be disappointed. Amanda’s effort, competence and knowledge as a family law attorney, her sensitivity and discretion, her ability to explain and communicate the truth and reality of the law to her client was essential to my sanity through this process. Additionally, my case required additional resources to navigate some complex issues regarding the opposing party and Livesay and Myers was equipped to support these needs. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of my case as she always put my children first in this matter. Amanda Stone-Swart is a capable, skilled expert in family law.

– Howard W.


Honest review. I stumbled across this law firm from google searching ‘divorce lawyers that specialize with fathers.’ I sent them an email out of desperation on a Friday night and got a call back the very next Saturday at 1:30PM. I explained my current situation over the phone and they brought me in for a consultation. This is where I sat and met with Jonathan McHugh, my divorce attorney. One thing to consider when picking out an attorney is that you are not shopping for a therapist. You are shopping for an attorney. That is exactly what Jon is. What made me respect him is the fact that he made that very clear to me and advised me with the most honest and up to date laws. His paralegal Tatyana was exceptional in communicating with me and sending me over documents as needed.

At 10:30PM on a Thursday night I found myself in a nasty uneasy situation while locked in my room with my child. Out of desperation I emailed Jonathan and asked him ‘What do I do?’ I don’t know many lawyers but the fact that he was able to respond to my email with advice on how to properly handle that situation at 10:30PM on a Thursday night says a lot about how he treats his clients.

He will give you the best legal counsel possible, and when it comes time to fight it out in court, you will feel as confident as I did when he told me ‘If their attorney chooses to go to court, we will come out on top. I’m not worried about him.’ The other party decided to sign the agreement that we had sent over to them. Which brings up another point. When coming to a separation/settlement agreement with your spouse, he will make points and ideas that are fair and honest for both parties.

There are no cutting corners. He will give you the best legal advice possible so that if in the event you do go to court, you walk in there with confidence and the judge will see that you are doing right on your part such as paying child support before it is even court ordered, being civil with your spouse, and respectful when it comes to communication. In the world we live in, people are very quick to rush to google to find information on law and are quick to ask their friends. Stop wasting your time and have a chat with these people. You’ll learn A LOT!


– Roslyn

Ariel Baniowski has done an outstanding job in representing me with professional legal guidance, support and strategy during my custody and child support hearings, concerning my infant daughter. While I originally sought an attorney that was similar to a Jack McCoy-style “Bull in the china shop,” Ariel proved to be different, but much preferred, to what I thought I wanted. She possessed the ability to not only listen to what I wanted, but integrate my desires into a coherent and sound legal strategy that provided me a with better result than first anticipated. She was both candid and forthright throughout the process, which allowed me to anticipate and understand the legal process and what was in store for me. I highly recommend Ariel, because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child, she can stand her ground against opposing counsel. Livesay and Myers is a warm and inviting firm where you can feel that the entire staff from the receptionist to the paralegal is committed to helping you through your ordeal.

– J. Alves


Livesay and Myers P.C. have been great as a whole but I would like to especially thank Amanda Stone Swart and Danielle Humiston for all their hard work and dedication to me and my case. During my year and a half long child custody case I found myself calling in to speak to Amanda and just hearing her would calm my nerves. Dani was always quick to respond to any question or concern I had. Most importantly their hard work showed off in the courtroom and I won my case. Also Tracy in the front office was always upbeat and pleasant to see. Thanks again Livesay & Myers. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone.

– William H.


I received such excellent service at Livesay and Myers, specifically Jonathan McHugh, Esq. and his paralegal Tatyana Spurgeon in the Ashburn office, I felt compelled to share my experience in the hopes it will help other military spouses seeking a divorce attorney.

As a soon-to-be divorced 20/20/20 military spouse, I wasn’t sure where to turn, as I had read stories about former spouses missing out on entitlements. You put a lot of faith in the attorney composing your Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA). I interviewed two other attorneys before meeting with Jonathan and knew immediately that he was very knowledgeable about addressing my military-related concerns and looking out for ‘me.’

Jonathan addressed the division of military retirement, ‘former’ spouse Supplemental Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage, continued enrollment in TRICARE, and the associated contingencies. Although my former spouse was ‘mostly’ cooperative throughout the process, even he commented, ‘Wow, that’s pretty thorough!’ after reading Jonathan’s draft of the MSA. And, because the initial draft was so well done (citing relevant case law to back up items in the MSA), we didn’t have to go back-and-forth ironing out specifics—which ultimately saved me a significant amount of money.

I cannot thank Jonathan enough for his patience and professionalism during a most difficult time.

– Marie S.


You cannot do better than Ariel Baniowski. Understand that you are going through the most emotional time in your life. Hire her, trust her, and then allow her to do her job. She will not over-promise, will keep you grounded, and will deliver. She has experience with the system and knowledge of the law, but, above all, she has the knowledge of human behavior to give you the edge you probably desperately seek. I regret a lot of things connected to my divorce. Hiring her is the only thing I don’t regret.

– Michael


Livesay & Myers, without question, is an outstanding law firm. From consult to case finish, I couldn’t have had better representation than Amanda Stone Swart and Ms. Humiston (Dani). They were amazing to work with.​ ​They set the bar for professionalism in every aspect. Courteous and quick to respond, my questions were answered with clarity. Amanda kept my best interest in mind every step of the way. Although divorce is never easy, Amanda made the challenging process a positive success. I can’t thank Amanda & the team at L&M enough!! I would highly recommend Amanda Stone Swart for anyone who wants an attorney who is the BEST in her profession!! I will remain with Livesay & Myers for my future needs. 5+ Stars

– Lynn T.


Jonathan McHugh and the entire team at Livesay & Myers were wonderful to work with. They are professional, diligent, and provide excellent customer service. Communication was always timely, clear, and concise. The team went above and beyond to be very transparent about all of the steps in the process and wrapped my entire case up seamlessly. I would highly recommend utilizing the services of Livesay & Myers.

– Sarah R.

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