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. From our office just two blocks from the Loudoun County Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, 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 are:
Ariel Baniowski is the lead senior associate in our Leesburg office. Known as one of the more aggressive custody and divorce lawyers in Leesburg, she has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. Ms. Baniowski was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2015–2019. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Baniowski graduated from George Mason University before graduating summa cum laude from George Mason University School of Law. She resides in Loudoun County with her husband and daughter.
Amanda Stone Swart is a custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. She represents clients in divorce, separation, custody, visitation 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 complex and high-dollar divorce cases. Mr. McHugh has particular expertise with cases involving military or federal retirement 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 Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2017–2019. He resides with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.
Christopher Doyle is a family law and divorce attorney in Leesburg, practicing exclusively family law. Raised in New Jersey, he graduated cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009. Mr. Doyle then worked for years in the field of education before enrolling at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he developed a passion for family law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Doyle completed a one-year judicial circuit court clerkship, where he gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process in family law cases. He currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
These attorneys are supported in our Leesburg office by paralegals Gigi Stanley, Janice Atwell and Danielle Humiston.
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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
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★★ Ms. Amanda Stone Swart, Esq. of Livesay & Myers recently represented me in a complicated divorce action in Loudoun County involving abandonment. This was made more complex with my husband’s relocation outside of the US. Ms. Swart designed a strategy to accomplish a property settlement and divorce in a timely and cost effective manner. She and her paralegal Donna Fernandez kept in contact so I was never left wondering the status of my case or what the next action would be to achieve an equitable resolution. Amanda Stone Swart and her legal team were a bright light in an otherwise uncomfortable situation that had to be dealt with. I can’t thank them enough for their knowledge, professionalism, understanding and support. I highly recommend Amanda for anyone needing a family law attorney in Loudoun County, VA.” – Lindsay 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.
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★★ 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.
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.