Leesburg Family & Divorce Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Leesburg, 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. The attorneys in our Leesburg office practice in these courts every day—they know the local judges and the local system.
Our award-winning attorneys practice exclusively family law, handling divorce, separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, adoption, and every other type of family law case in Virginia.
Our family lawyers in Leesburg are:
Ariel Baniowski is a lead senior associate in our Leesburg office. Known as one of the more aggressive custody and divorce lawyers in Loudoun County, she has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including high asset divorce cases. Ms. Baniowski was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2015–2018, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo. She graduated from George Mason University before graduating summa cum laude from George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Baniowski resides in Loudoun with her husband and daughter.
Amanda Stone Swart is a custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. She represents clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases across Loudoun County and surrounding areas. One of the firm’s most skilled trial attorneys, in 2010 Ms. Swart received the prestigious Trial Advocate of the Year award from the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Originally from Iowa, Ms. Swart graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University before graduating from George Mason University School of Law. She resides with her husband and two daughters in Ashburn.
Jonathan McHugh is a family lawyer in Leesburg. He has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including a large number of complex divorce cases. Mr. McHugh has particular expertise with cases involving military or federal retirement and benefits. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University before graduating from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Mr. McHugh was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2017–2018. He resides with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.
Melannie Dino is a family law and divorce attorney in Leesburg. An attorney since 2001, Ms. Dino has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including contested divorce, custody, visitation, support, and high value equitable distribution cases. Named one of the Ten Leaders Under Age 45 in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in 2014, she is one of the most-respected family law attorneys not only in Loudoun County but in Northern Virginia. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Dino now resides in Ashburn with her husband and two children.
Anne Prentice is one of our most experienced family lawyers in Leesburg. An attorney since 2003, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including adoption, separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Ms. Prentice is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Shenandoah University. She is also a graduate of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia, the country’s premier trial advocacy program for lawyers. Ms. Prentice resides with her two children in Northern Virginia.
These attorneys are supported in our Leesburg office by paralegals Tatyana Spurgeon, Gigi Stanley and Donna Fernandez.
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Our Leesburg Office
Our office is located at 113 E Market St #110 in Leesburg, just one block from the Loudoun County Courthouse:
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.
The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family lawyers in Leesburg:
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★ Amanda Stone Swart and her team were amazing. If you have never needed a lawyer before and unsure of what questions to ask, Amanda is your lawyer. I had never needed a lawyer before, and she was able to explain to me what the process was, what my options were and how my decisions affected the options provided to me. I was nervous, but she ensured me that everything would be okay and that she would guide me through the process step by step. Tatyana Spurgeon, Amanda’s paralegal was also amazing. If Amanda was at court and unable to respond to my email, Tatyana was on it, I always received a return email within the hour, most times sooner. Jessica White the accountant kept up with my trust fund, and again if I had any questions at all, she would respond almost immediately. If you are fearful of hiring a law firm, this firm has top notch professionals. They aren’t in it just for the money, they care about your justice and your rights! Thank you Amanda and team for being such AMAZING people and for the support you provided to me. I almost forgot they had other cases to attend too, that’s how attentive they are. Amanda and Tatyana make you feel like your the only case they’re working on.” – J.F.
“★★★★★ Jonathan McHugh and Tatyana Spurgeon made a phenomenal team during an emotionally draining legal action. Their combined approach ensured that I was completely confident in their professional skills, while they also conveyed compassion and empathy during the situation to its conclusion. They were forthright, direct, communicative, and honest throughout the entire process. Any and all questions that I had were responded to in a VERY timely manner, and both seemed to go well beyond the routine working hours to address my questions. I feel very fortunate to have been referred to L&M, and to have been served by this wonderful team, and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation.” – Bill
“★★★★★ Anne Prentice and her staff were just great. I contacted their office in late Dec. 2016 in need of a quick uncontested divorce. I had been married for over 30 years and had just never bothered to close the loop legally. Anne and her staff were quick to advise, assist, and pretty much hold my hand through what was a tough, letting go process for me. Every email and or phone call I made regarding information on the next steps etc, were answered quickly. Actually they always beat me to the punch, by informing before I could think to ask. I am happy I chose Anne Prentice to represent me, and hope others chose her to represent them. I found her firm to be professional and trustworthy. My divorce wasn’t painless as it’s truly hard to let go of a person who has been your friend for so long, however it’s best done with a team of professionals who understand and have your back. Thanks guys:)” – Roxanne
“★★★★★ 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 a similar to 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 (as I call her), because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child(ren), 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.” – Roslyn
“★★★★★ Just wanted to thank Ms. Amanda Stone Swart and her paralegal, Ms. Tatyana Spurgeon. Going thru a divorce is never an ideal situation but my experience working with them was painless and stress free. They were always very responsive and explained everything so that I could easily understand. If you are in search for a family law lawyer, I would highly recommend Ms. Stone Swart and her team.” – Angela M.
“★★★★★ 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.” – Michael D.
“★★★★★ The service I had received from Livesay & Myers was beyond any expectations. Ms. Anne Prentice and Ms. Tatyana Spurgeon didn’t just do a good job, they did an outstanding job taking care of my case. They were knowledgeable, professional, understanding, and most importantly passionate about everything they did. I would highly recommend their legal services.” – Victoria E.
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★★ Amanda [Stone Swart] was fantastic! She was the BEST attorney I have ever met and did an outstanding job on my divorce. She displayed a high level of expertise, responsiveness, and professionalism. Thanks to Amanda I won everything I wanted in court.” – James
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.