Laila Raheen is a lead senior associate in our Manassas office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Ms. Raheen has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense, aggressive advocate for her clients. She graduated with honors from the University of Toronto before graduating cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. Ms. Raheen was included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2018. Ms. Raheen resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Amanda Kimble is a lead senior associate in our Manassas office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Ms. Kimble is well known in the legal community for her commanding presence in the courtroom. She earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2007, after graduating magna cum laude from George Mason University in 2004. Ms. Kimble was included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2021. She also holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.
Cara Wallace is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Manassas. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Ms. Wallace earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Wallace currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Bethzabet Chavez is a family law attorney in Manassas. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Chavez earned her B.A. from the University of Houston. She then served for 10 years as a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, before earning her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. Ms. Chavez currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Joe Menze is a divorce and family lawyer in Manassas. An attorney since 2015, Mr. Menze has practiced exclusively family law since 2016. He is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Mr. Menze has successfully litigated a number of high conflict divorce matters. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mr. Menze earned his law degree from William & Mary Law School after graduating from Indiana University – Fort Wayne. Mr. Menze currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
These attorneys are supported in our Manassas office by paralegals Michelle Evans, Taryn Arp and Evelyn Ezeta.
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The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family law attorneys in Manassas:
Please do not hesitate to use Laila Raheen and her team at Livesay & Myers, P.C. in Manassas. I needed to act quickly to financially separate and to move toward divorce; they understood that and moved at the pace that I needed. The process was with complete ease despite the shear stress that was going on between my former spouse and I. Education and options were provided with each step to help me make decisions that were wise and respectful of the children and this fostered sound collaboration with my former spouse. They instilled confidence at every turn in my process of separation, property rights, and final divorce decree. I felt like my hand was held for an entire year. Communication was easy and always responsive. Setting up a trust to fund the divorce was easy and was on par with what I could afford. Having a prior divorce process experience—there is absolutely no comparison. Do not hesitate to use this firm. You are wasting your time calling around to others.
I need a sixth star here. I was honestly thinking long before writing this review how, out of all the professionals I have worked with in my fifty-seven years… all the doctors, lawyers, accountants… my experience with Amanda Kimble was probably the most positive I have ever had. I found her when my spouse, who is himself an attorney, went out and hired not one but two sets of lawyers. I realized I needed representation. Amanda Kimble was MY advocate. All through the process she was on MY side. That feeling is amazing. All the stuff you have to go through in divorcing she explained clearly and patiently (and never condescendingly). My spouse and I are LGBTQ which brought up a whole set of legal issues. She was 100% confident and knowledgeable, and never wavered. She let me have my time in the process while gently keeping things moving along. Her ‘desk side’ manner whenever we met set the perfect tone of lightness and heaviness. It made what could have been a much worse process actually not so bad. From the start to the finish, I felt taken care of, and I am so grateful Amanda represented me. In the end, my spouse, apparently socked with huge bills from his own attorney, asked us to file the papers and finish up. The way Amanda did it (actually showing up in court) was so professional and competent that I think I may have gone up a little in my ex’s estimation for having hired a better attorney than his! Six stars for sure.
Ms. Cara Wallace, Ms. Membreno and Ms. Arp were amazing to work with throughout the entire process of my divorce! They were very responsive, always returning my emails in a timely manner, and answered all questions about any legal matter I had so well that a regular guy, like myself, could understand! And you always felt like they cared about helping you and defending you. I know they had several clients they were working with, but I always felt like I had their full attention. I hope that I never have to get divorced again but I would call these fine folks back up in a heartbeat if I ever make that mistake again! They say divorce is expensive cause it’s worth it, they have good rates and it’s so worth it, so you shouldn’t pass up working with Cara, Rossimar, and Taryn!
I recently had to have a Child Support matter addressed that was contentious with the opposing side. I was fortunate to have had Ms. Laila Raheen and Ms. Gigi Stanley on my side. Even though my job is out of the country, they were both so effective at communicating with me that the distance never seemed to be an issue. Gigi and Laila put a human and compassionate side to a very emotionally charged situation and they made me believe that I was their only case. I never felt like a number. I highly recommend them to anyone that may not be local but needing legal support in the NOVA area. My situation ultimately required a court appearance, and Ms. Raheen’s demeanor and presence in front of the judge and opposing counsel was nothing short of spectacular. She was calm, not a show off, but a pure professional. An accurate description would be ‘kitten with claws,’ but done in such a way that at no point did it have a negative effect on the judge, but visibly flustered the opposing side which resulted in a positive outcome. If you hire Ms. Raheen and Gigi, you can do it with confidence.
I came across L&M when I googled best family law firm in Northern Virginia. I had a consultation with Amanda Kimble in May of 2020 when I was in the initial stages of a divorce with a minor child. Ms. Kimble explained the process in Virginia regarding time frame and required action. Fast forward several months when I was ready to move forward. Ms. Kimble and her paralegal, Evelyn Ezeta, helped me complete an agreement prior to filing that defined the custody, visitation, and child support costs. I always felt reassured by their exemplary level of professionalism and responsiveness. When there was a mishap with the opposing counsel who filed the paperwork with a local Post Office without addressee or postage, Ms. Kimble helped coordinate prompt pick up of the remaining copy needed for court. Ms. Ezeta kept me abreast of any changes or modifications needed during the process. This was not at all an easy journey but I knew I had the best attorney in my corner. Further, the agreement was drafted with long term changes in mind as my child grows up. I really felt that my best interest and that of my child was kept in mind. I hope not to need their services in the future but am prepared to contact them should the need arise. I would highly recommend Ms. Kimble and Ms. Ezeta to anyone needed legal expertise in family law.
I used Livesay & Myers when I needed a divorce lawyer. I was looking for an aggressive lawyer who would help me get out of a long time marriage with a fair divorce deal. Laila Raheen was that lawyer. Laila listened to my concerns, was patient with me when things needed to be explained multiple times and guided me through Virginia state laws. Laila and her paralegal Taryn Arp helped me navigate through a very stressful time and always made me feel protected. I always received information and responses quickly with problems handled immediately. My team worked hard for my future. I highly recommend using Laila Raheen and Taryn Arp, if you are looking for a supportive, professional lawyer.
I have long been skeptical of lawyers, however, Amanda Kimble was an exceptional attorney who worked hard on my case, and helped set me more at ease with the process. She took the time to fully answer all of my questions, disarm my nerves, and presented both points and counterpoints to each scenario we faced. At no time did I feel as if I were just another client, just another case. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not trust easily, however, I came to trust Amanda to represent my interests and give me the unvarnished truth about everything. I also do not like to leave reviews, but I felt that Amanda deserved recognition for the outstanding job she did in representing me and my interests. I hope never to have to do this again, but if I do, I’m calling Amanda.
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