Matthew Smith is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and one of the highest-rated family lawyers in Fairfax. Mr. Smith holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law every year since 2017, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. Mr. Smith is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Notre Dame. He resides with his wife and son in Tysons Corner.
Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Fairfax. 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 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. Mr. Tank resides with his wife and son in Northern Virginia.
Jamel Rowe is a senior associate in our Fairfax office, practicing exclusively family law. An attorney since 2013, Ms. Rowe has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Fairfax County, including high value equitable distribution cases and military divorce cases. She is also one of the leading adoption lawyers in Northern Virginia. Ms. Rowe 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 2020, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Rowe resides in Fairfax.
Maria Zamayar is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Zamayar graduated from Georgia State University before earning her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Zamayar currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Emily Neuhausen is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. An attorney since 2012, she has practiced exclusively family law her entire career. Ms. Neuhausen is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. She is also one of the most experienced adoption lawyers in our firm. Ms. Neuhausen is a Fairfax County native—born in Alexandria and raised in Clifton, Virginia. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Elizabeth Dwyer is a family law and divorce attorney in our Fairfax office. An attorney since 2011, Ms. Dwyer has extensive litigation experience in the courts of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Her practice covers every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, Ms. Dwyer graduated cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville before earning her law degree from Ave Maria School of Law. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Gabriela Sapia is a divorce and family law attorney in Fairfax. An attorney since 2011, she has practiced exclusively family law her entire career. Ms. Sapia worked at the same family law firm in Chicago, Illinois for over a decade before joining Livesay & Myers, P.C. in 2021. Her practice covers every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Ms. Sapia was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. She resides with her family in Alexandria.
These attorneys are supported in our Fairfax office by paralegals Brenda Membreno, Rossimar Membreno, Tatyana Spurgeon and Alexandra Chittum.
For answers to all your family law questions, see:
- Guide to Divorce in Virginia
- Guide to Custody and Visitation in Virginia
- Guide to Separation in Virginia
- Adoption Law in Virginia
- Premarital Agreements in Virginia
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Our Fairfax Office
Our attorneys represent clients from every town and community within Fairfax County, including Springfield, Annandale, Tysons Corner, McLean, Chantilly, Newington, Reston, Falls Church, Lorton, Centreville, the City of Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Burke, Vienna and Fairfax Station, as well as Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.
The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family lawyers in Fairfax:
I can’t begin to express what a wonderful experience I had working with Matthew Smith and his paralegal. They were professional, thorough, knowledgeable and most of all, kind and understanding during a difficult and painful process. Divorce is a scary time and there’s no greater comfort than feeling you have the best on your side—and hiring Matthew is hiring the best. He consistently worked to balance what was best for my case based on his extensive experience, knowledge and genuine interest in my well-being, as well as my personal values and needs. He cared about my case and I always felt like a priority. Matthew’s paralegal was an absolute joy—she took all of my calls as though I was speaking with a trusted advisor and friend. They worked diligently, efficiently and with genuine compassion to resolve my matter in a way that was better than I could have ever hoped for!
Andrew Tank is an outstanding attorney. His demeanor is calm, his intellect is razor sharp, and his grasp of not just legalities but human nature is amazing. He has compassion which cloaks a backbone of steel. He is understanding and generous and the best expert to have in a legal crisis or potential crisis. He promotes the return of sanity in an unsettled world and is simply the best attorney all around. Highly recommend him.
I cannot praise Livesay and Myers, P.C. enough. I engaged the firm to handle my separation and divorce. (This was after parting ways with another law firm because I did not feel satisfied with their service.) Jamel Rowe, Esq. and Brenda Moreno, Paralegal, both of whom I worked with for several months, are the consummate professionals. Drafts of documents and filings were flawless. Communication was always not only timely, but also very pleasant, even in tense situations with tight timeframes. I could tell that Ms. Rowe put a major effort into reviewing a mountain of case data because she had immediate recall of specific facts and their relevance. Most impressive was Ms. Rowe’s handling of the case during the trial: she had command of the facts and used them effectively; she presented a clear case, emphasizing precisely what I had suggested; and the judge openly praised her ‘accurate and appropriate’ use of the property distribution forms. My recommendation: definitely talk to them about your needs.
Emily Neuhausen assisted me in a complex custody litigation matter. Her work was not just accurate and high quality, but strategic and thoughtful. She assisted in not just legal areas but in family counseling and child development; an area which most attorneys overlook. I truly felt like Ms. Neuhausen cared about the outcome for my child and family making a painful process more tolerable. She has the aptitude of seasoned skill and experience with the perspective of a new parent. Would highly recommend.
I had an awesome team of Attorneys, Anneshia Miller-Grant, Maria Zamayar, Jamel Rowe, and paralegal Brenda Membreno to assist me with my child custody, visitation, and support case. They were extremely professional, personable, realistic and worked hard to receive a final result that I would not have been able to accomplish without them. They were persistent, efficient, and really adhered to my situation. Livesay & Myers is an awesome firm and will do what it takes to get the job done.
To handle my divorce I worked with Matthew Smith and his paralegal Ms. Wilkinson. Upon the first meeting with Mr. Smith, he was very attentive to what I was looking for, answered my questions and made me feel comfortable. He didn’t talk to me like a lawyer, but as a friend that wanted the best for me and my situation. I did inform him I looked up the law firm online and saw that I could get a divorce for a low rate and that was the direction I wanted to take. Most Law Firms are in the money making business, but Mr. Smith took the time and advised me of my options and helped me decide what was best for me. Ultimately, I was able to take the less expensive route. Before starting the divorce process, I had this idea it would be stressful and too much to handle by myself. I was definitely wrong with that assumption. Ms. Wilkinson kept me informed, answered my questions and got back with me within a reasonable amount of time. As much as we emailed back and forth you would have thought I was their only client. Mr. Smith and Ms. Wilkinson are a dynamic team that I would highly recommend to someone else.
Livesay & Myers represented me in my family matter and they were great. Communication was outstanding and listening to my needs and concerns was their priority. Highly recommend Andrew Tank who represented me during my matter.
It is difficult to explain how it feels having to go though the legal process to fight to see your kids. My husband and I were dealing with his high conflict ex who made every single day challenging and hard for us. You will never know how an attorney can impact your life. Every stressful step of the way Jamel Rowe led and guided us with our best interest at heart with such kindness and patience, never judging us. She maintained professionalism and though she did not judge anyone, you still knew for sure she was on our side. She was always available and that played such a huge part in making sure we went about everything the right way. Jamel went above and beyond what we ever expected the outcome would look like and we will be thanking her for a very long time. Our lives have changed drastically because of the successful outcome Jamel achieved for us. Jamel and her team will always be in our happy thoughts
CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. RESULTS IN ONE CASE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.