Reviews

ReviewsThe following is a sampling of client reviews for the attorneys at Livesay & Myers:

FAMILY LAW

“★★★★★ I can’t begin to express what a wonderful experience I had working with Matthew Smith and his paralegal, Caitlin Wilkinson. 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. Caitlin Wilkinson 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!” – G.B.

“★★★★★ 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

“★★★★★ Anneshia Miller Grant was very professional in her demeanor. She was very knowledgeable with the presentation of my case. I was impressed Anneshia’s achievements which I found on the law firm’s website when searching for lawyers. When I met with her, I had a feeling of confidence from her and reassurance by her. As a dedicated father I found it a struggle with my ex-wife allowing me to see my son and daughter. Ms. Grant was strong and calm and she guided me through a very difficult chapter of life. It felt like Ms. Grant was personally invested in my case. She was always prompt in responding to whatever curve ball was thrown in my case. Ms. Grant and she was able to answer all of my questions and she was very confident about my case. A father who was deployed during the custody battle, Ms Grant provided outstanding feedback and will to work around the hour difference. Ms Grant kept me informed throughout the whole process. Ms Grant is amazing attorney and I am very satisfied with her work. (Outstanding)” – Jerry

“★★★★★ I did not have an ordinary case. It involved adoption, death, termination of parental rights, just to name a few. From the very beginning, I was told the truth. Options, strategies and ideas were always provided. The communication was wonderful, the attention was wonderful, the guidance was wonderful. I was updated on any developments immediately and any plans of what to do next. The work given to my case and the time given to my case were wonderful. [Laila] Raheen is amazing, I would recommend her to anyone who needs assistance.” – Anonymous Client

“★★★★ 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.

“★★★★★ I was very pleased with my attorney [Caitlyn] Stubbs and the way my case was handled in a timely matter and most importantly I was granted primary custody of my son, I really couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. They are very professional and I would recommend them to anyone that wants the best representation.” – Ryan K.

“★★★★★ 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

“★★★★★ [Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal] 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

“★★★★★ I wanted to express my gratitude to Ben [Carafiol] and your team efforts and dedication to my case. Your professionalism and attention to detail made the process of my divorce less stressful. Even when I wanted to give up you and your team helped guide me and keep me on point. Your vast knowledge of divorce and military law/retirement helped me immensely. I personally recommend Ben Carafiol for anyone who needs a caring attorney. It was truly a pleasure working with you.” – Crystal W.

“★★★★★ I scouted Ariel [Baniowski] several months before choosing her. I liked the idea of a young and motivated young lady who looked the part and could handle my chaotic divorce. She paired up with Isabella Baldanza who is a paralegal and a great teammate to Ariel. For over a year, they worked tirelessly for me and ALWAYS told me the truth, even if I didn’t want to hear it. Ariel doesn’t give you false hope and she doesn’t let you make mistakes as a client. I was very emotional at times, rightly so, but she always managed to keep me focused and she always had a solid response to what I needed. She is a bright and motivated attorney and I am so glad I chose her. She fought for me and stays professional at all times. I would NEVER want to be her opponent.” – A. Allen

“★★★★★ Carolyn [Eaton] helped me navigate a very contentious separation agreement, and come to a solution with my daughter’s best interests at heart, which was my primary goal. After reaching the agreement, Carolyn and her paralegal, Bethny, were able to very quickly file my no-contest divorce case, so we could move on with our lives. She’s a wonderful attorney who truly cares about her clients’ needs and well-being!” – Anne

“★★★★★ I have had quite a few experiences with family law attorneys and I have to say without a doubt that Livesay & Myers were easily the best. Laila Raheen and her assistant were competent, thorough and informative. Questions were answered without delay and tough legal jargon was quickly explained before I could even pick up the phone to ask. My case was settled out of court and within a timely manner. Highly recommended.” – TeAndre T.

“★★★★★ My experience with this firm involving a custody matter has been 1st Class. My attorney, Brianna Salerno, listened to my family matter and took the time to completely understand my situation. Ms. Salerno guided me towards thoughtful, caring, and logical solutions there were aligned with my intent and within the best interests of my family. I recommend Livesay & Myers to anyone in the Maryland/Virginia corridor that wants effective work without breaking the bank. I accomplished what I had to set out to do quickly and at fair billing. Kudos!” – Mike H.

“★★★★★ Amanda [Stone Swart] was a world of help during the dissolution of my marriage. She was very compassionate and caring. I was able to rely on her to have accurate information and quick responses to my questions. She was highly knowledgeable of what I needed to think about in regards to my future financially and the future of my children. Her advice helped establish a custody arrangement that was agreeable to both parties. Amanda was so supportive of me during the most difficult time of my life. Her dependability made me comfortable with the decisions I was making. There is no question that she had my best intentions in mind. I highly recommend her services.” – Carrie

“★★★★★ Very knowledgeable and very caring. [Caitlyn] Stubbs was very kind, gentle and professional while helping me with my case. She explained things to me the way I could understand them instead of talking over my head during such a difficult process. Her paralegal, Ms. Lloyd was equally as kind and knowledgeable and made a difficult situation seem almost effortless.” – Kelly B.

“★★★★★ I highly recommend the law firm of Livesay & Myers, P.C. Ben Carafiol and his paralegal, Ashley Constant were extremely helpful, followed up at every juncture, and were prepared for every meeting. They were able to put me at ease during some stressful situations, with very favorable results. Everyone I met with at the firm was friendly, helpful, and reliable. – Janet H.


IMMIGRATION LAW
“★★★★★ My case was in very bad situation and needed an attorneys help. I was called along with my wife for the second interview in Aug for my 10 year green card because the immigration lawyer was not satisfied with the first interview. So I hired Livesay and Myers for my case, Karen [Williams] represented us and she helped us preparing for the interview. She understood our whole case and prepared us to see the case from the immigration office point of view and prepared us for the interview. The interview went ok but the immigration officer was not satisfied with the answer so he sent a letter in Oct for intends to deny petition and we had 30 days to respond to the letter. I was so worried, but Karen responded to the letter and cleared some misunderstandings and I received my 10 year green card in mail on Dec 31. Happy Ending :).” – Anonymous

“★★★★★ Karen [Williams] and her team were very efficient during the long process to adjust status. I appreciated the professionality, attention to detail, and thoughtful preparation for the Green Card interview.” – James

“★★★★★ Karen [Williams] represented my wife and myself in our I-485 application process which was the final stage of our green card process. Before we met Karen, we were nervous about the complexity of immigration process. During the first meeting, we found Karen very honest and highly knowledgeable about the process. After the meeting, we were definitely relaxed. She was passionate about completing our case assuring us all the way that things was going to be fine. Anytime I emailed Karen about a concern I had she has always been there very polite assuring me that our case will be approved. Finally our case was just approved and my wife and I became permanent residents. Thank you Karen and the team!!” – Anonymous

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
“★★★★★ I was represented by Atty. Ben Griffits for a case in Manassas. In my initial interview, I was very pleased with his responses to my questions and concerns. He seemed to be very knowledgeable about the County Court system, various ‘personalities’ of the judges and prosecutors, and the process we would need to go through for my case. I was also very satisfied with his negotiations on my behalf, and with the outcome of the case. Ben’s encouragement and understanding throughout the process were much appreciated and I would definitely consult with him—or any of the Attorneys at the firm, on any other legal matter that I would have.” – Tom B.

“★★★★★ [Ben] Griffitts and his team were extremely helpful. I have never been in a position like this and quite frankly did not know what to do. I was new to the area and had no idea about the lawyers in the area. When I called and talked to Hannah she confidently assured me Mr. Griffitts was the Attorney for me! She was spot on. He listens and goes over all options and possibilities. He gives his honest opinion and works the case from beginning to end, never cutting corners. When I called the office most of the time I was put right through to Hannah who addressed all my concerns in a timely manner. I felt they really took my case personally. If I ever need a lawyer in the future and he will take my case, it will be Mr. Griffitts and his team.” – Karen B.

“★★★★★ Fernando [Villarroel] went above and beyond as did Hannah. I had a very difficult situation/case in which other known lawyers refused to take. Fernando was honest with me from the very beginning and he nor Hannah ever gave me false hope. They did give me their undivided attention and time all the way up to the morning of my court appearance. I was so afraid as I was at risk of losing my career, retirement plan, and health insurance. Hannah always responded immediately to all my calls and emails. Fernando also gave his time to talk with me over the phone as I live 1 hour and 15 minutes away from where I received the speeding ticket. They even told me I didn’t have to appear as they were representing me! I chose to appear and I am glad not only because of the outcome but because I was able to meet Fernando who inspired me with his story as to why he is a defense lawyer. If you want someone who will truly fight for you then this is who you should call and hire! I asked for his business cards as we parted so that I may help any friends, family, co-workers, and employees by referring them to this Law firm!” – Karen G.

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.
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Our Locations
Fairfax Office
3975 University Drive #325
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-865-4746
Manassas Office
9408 Grant Avenue #402
Manassas, VA 20110
571-208-1267
Leesburg Office
113 E Market St #110
Leesburg, VA 20176
571-291-3190
Fredericksburg Office
303 Charlotte Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-370-4140