James D. Livesay

Attorney James LivesayJames Livesay is a founding partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C. He leads the firm’s team of family law attorneys across offices in Fairfax, Arlington, Leesburg, Manassas and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, Mr. Livesay served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1998 to 2001. He entered civilian practice as a family law attorney in 2001, and joined with partner Kevin Myers to found Livesay & Myers, P.C. in 2003.

Drawing on his experience as a Navy JAG officer, Mr. Livesay established the military divorce section of the firm in 2003 and has guided it since that time. His article, “Treatment of Disability Pay in Military Divorce,” has been published on a number of online divorce websites, including Divorce Headquarters and WomansDivorce.com.

Mr. Livesay was named a Virginia Super Lawyer in 2014–2019 and a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in 2018–2019. He was also named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Lawyers listing for 2018. Mr. Livesay currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Mr. Livesay resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers, Northern Virginia Magazine, 2018
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2014–2019
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018–2019
  • Virginia Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Washington D.C. Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), 2001
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2000
  • Award for Trial Advocacy, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Military Affairs and Justice, 1998

Professional Experience

  • Livesay & Myers, P.C., Partner, 2003–Present
  • Osborne|Craig, P.L.C., Manassas, Virginia, Associate Attorney, 2001–2003
  • Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia, Assistant Force Judge Advocate, 2000–2001
  • Navy Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, Defense Counsel, 1999–2000


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1998 (Member, Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1995 (Recipient, Virginia Tech Joseph Bernd Award, Best Paper in Political Science, 1995)

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Military Officers Association of America, 2003–Present
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association, 2003–Present
  • Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section), 1998–Present

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