Ariel Baniowski is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Leesburg. An attorney since 2012, Ms. Baniowski has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. She is known as one of our firm’s most skilled trial attorneys. Ms. Baniowski was included in the 2021–2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Baniowski resides with her husband and two children in Loudoun County.
Amanda Stone Swart
Amanda Stone Swart is a custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Stone Swart handles every type of family law matter, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. She is known as one of the more aggressive family lawyers in Leesburg. Ms. Stone Swart 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 2019–2020, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Stone Swart resides with her husband and two daughters in Ashburn.
Melannie Dino is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. An attorney since 2001, Ms. Dino is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, with a special focus on contested divorce, custody and support cases. She holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named one of the Ten Leaders Under Age 45 in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in 2014. Ms. Dino also holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Williams is a family law and divorce attorney in Leesburg. An attorney since 2007, Ms. Williams is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia. Ms. Williams earned her law degree from Regent University Law School in 2007, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. She resides in Loudoun County.
These attorneys are supported in our Leesburg office by paralegals Gigi Stanley, Danielle Humiston and Sara Weber.
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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.
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.
After receiving a letter from an attorney stating separation and divorce proceedings were forthcoming I clearly felt in need of legal representation. I went online calling Livesay Myers. This was a random choice as I acted impulsively, having no experience with and sought no referrals as to securing an attorney to stand with me. As it turned out I could not have made a better choice had I spent days researching numerous firms. Melannie Dino took me through the entire procedure with great professionalism, knowledge and compassion. I was especially appreciative with her prompt responses to my questions/concerns (there were many) which served to keep me grounded and moving forward to a successive conclusion. I am truly grateful to Melannie [and to her staff]. Many thanks to all.
I would highly recommend attorney Jennifer Williams and paralegal Gigi Stanley! Jennifer guided me through the separation process and is articulate, thorough, and compassionate. Everyone I interacted with at this firm is highly capable, quick to respond, and meticulous. Going through a divorce is highly stressful but Jennifer and her team put my mind at ease and worked hard to get me the best case scenario in this process.
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 similar to a 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, because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child, 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.
Livesay and Myers P.C. have been great as a whole but I would like to especially thank Amanda Stone Swart and Danielle Humiston for all their hard work and dedication to me and my case. During my year and a half long child custody case I found myself calling in to speak to Amanda and just hearing her would calm my nerves. Dani was always quick to respond to any question or concern I had. Most importantly their hard work showed off in the courtroom and I won my case. Also Tracy in the front office was always upbeat and pleasant to see. Thanks again Livesay & Myers. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone.
I would highly recommend Livesay and Myers for your legal needs. I would ask to deal with Melannie Dino. She’s tenacious and will make sure you get what you are entitled to. She handled my divorce and made it easier knowing I was being well taken care of. Questions were answered quickly and were explained with an answer that I could understand. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
An excellent law firm to work with. Everyone I dealt with – from beginning to end was very professional and respectful. My counsel, Jennifer Williams was professional, attentive, precise and prompt. I highly recommend this law firm! Thanks Jennifer!
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.
Livesay & Myers, without question, is an outstanding law firm. From consult to case finish, I couldn’t have had better representation than Amanda Stone Swart and Ms. Humiston (Dani). They were amazing to work with. They set the bar for professionalism in every aspect. Courteous and quick to respond, my questions were answered with clarity. Amanda kept my best interest in mind every step of the way. Although divorce is never easy, Amanda made the challenging process a positive success. I can’t thank Amanda & the team at L&M enough!! I would highly recommend Amanda Stone Swart for anyone who wants an attorney who is the BEST in her profession!! I will remain with Livesay & Myers for my future needs. 5+ Stars
Kudos to Melannie Dino for being the steady hand on the wheel through all of the unexpected twists and turns of my case. She caught critical details and closed loopholes that I would have regretted for years down the road. While I’d never wish it on anyone to go through a divorce process, I would gladly recommend Melannie to help you get across the finish line with your sanity and welfare intact!
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.