Abby McNelis

Attorney Abby McNelisAbby McNelis is an associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. Her practice covers every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Ms. McNelis works in the firm’s Fairfax office, and represents clients in Fairfax County and all across Northern Virginia.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Ms. McNelis graduated from The Pennsylvania State University before graduating from George Mason University School of Law. As a law student, Ms. McNelis won the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award.

After graduating from law school in 2018, Ms. McNelis completed a one-year judicial clerkship with the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Family law cases made up a majority of the court’s docket, and through her clerkship Ms. McNelis gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process in Fairfax County. Ms. McNelis then joined Livesay & Myers, P.C. in September 2019, to practice exclusively family law.

Ms. McNelis currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

Abby McNelis resides in Northern Virginia.

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Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2020

Honors and Awards

  • Trial Advocacy Award, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Top Contributor Award, Avvo, 2019

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 2018–Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member, 2019–Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Member, 2019–Present

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Professional Experience

  • Livesay & Myers, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2019–Present
  • The Honorable Michael F. Devine, Fairfax County Circuit Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 2018–2019


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2018. Honors and Activities: Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2018 Trial Advocacy Award; George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, Senior Notes Editor; Trial Advocacy Association, President; Moot Court Board, Member.
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2015. Activities: Student Philanthropy Association; Women’s Leadership Initiative.

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