Kristen L. Kugel
Regardless of the issues, I make sure that my clients know all of the options available to them and that they understand how the legal system works to resolve those issues. I take pride in helping my clients think through their options and consider how their decisions will impact them and their families both now and in the future.
Although I believe it is generally in a client’s best interest to resolve issues outside of court where they have more control over the outcome, I realize that some cases must be litigated. I frequently appear before judges in counties throughout Northern Virginia in hearings and at trial, and that experience gives me the confidence and expertise I need to press my clients’ cases in court when that is necessary. My background in oral advocacy programs and my time spent working for two different judges in two different trial courts also provides me with a unique understanding of judges’ perspective from the bench.
I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, but have called Northern Virginia my home since 2009. I believe it is important to give back to my community, and I contribute my time to programs that helped shape me as an attorney. For the past seven years, I have coached trial advocacy teams at my alma mater, George Mason University School of Law. This involves teaching law school students the fundamental skills of trial advocacy. I have traveled all over the country with my teams that historically perform very well. I feel very passionately about continuing to provide law students with real world experience while also continuing to hone my own trial skills.
If you would like to speak with me, please call our office at (703) 934-1480 or complete our quick contact form located here. I look forward to meeting you.
- Associate, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, Fairfax (2012 – present)
- Legal Intern, The Honorable Judith N. Macaluso, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (2011)
- Legal Intern, The Honorable Jonathan C. Thacher (Ret.), Fairfax County Circuit Court (2010)
- George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
- Chief Justice, Moot Court Board
- Moot Court Board Nationals Team
- Recipient of the Curran and Whittington Scholarship in Trial Advocacy
- State University of New York at Geneseo (B.A. Political Science, 2009)
- Magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Virginia State Bar
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Virginia Business Legal Elite – Young Lawyer 2019
- Arlington Magazine Top Attorney 2019
- Bostic v. Schaefer, 760 F.3d 352 (4th Cir. 2014) (on brief amicus curiae).
- Coach, Trial Advocacy Association, Extramural Teams, George Mason University School of Law (2012-Present).
Bonnie Ashby Sewell
Bonnie was raised in a single family home in the wealthy hamlet of Clarendon Hills, IL, 15 miles west of Chicago. A small town of 7500, it was common in the 1960’s to refer to such homes as ‘broken’. While the family was often broke, her loving home was never broken. She endeavored to understand money: how it works, how it can work for you, and most importantly, how to use it for good, whether for your personal family goals or something even larger.
Bonnie has been working with families as a Certified Financial Planner for families since 1992. Previous to that she owned a tax practice. She also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, designation and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation, CDFA™. She served on the following boards: National Board for the Financial Planning Association (FPA), South Region Board for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), Foundation for Financial Planning board. She is past President on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.
- Interviewed by CNBC’s Sharon Epperson, October 2010
- Speaker at Investment News Retirement Income Summit “The Golden Fears”, NYC, March 2009
- Served as Georgia’s Secretary of State Cathy Cox’s Retirement Planning Speaker in her Investment Education Series, “Money Counts” with letters of commendation, 2004-2006
- Columnist for the industry’s Journal of Financial Planning through 2011
- Author, “Love-Jacked! Divorce Your Spouse, Not Your Dollars”, 2012, updated 2017
- Interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio, December 19 2013
- Interviewed on Wharton Business Radio, May 15, 2014
- Panelist at the 2nd Annual Invest in Women Conference, Dallas, May 2016, and 3rd Annual in May 2017
- Presenter at the National Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts, Chicago, May 2016
- Presented to Fairfax, VA Bar Association (Family Law Section), July 2016
- Presented to National Conference (NAPFA), October 2016
- Speaker, “Math Modeling Matters in Divorce”, Shareholders Service Group Annual Conference, San Diego, April 2017
- Speaker, “Math Modeling Matters in Divorce”, AICPA PFS Conference, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, June 2017
- Speaker, “Math Modeling Matters in Divorce”, University of Santa Cruz, August 2017
- “Math Modeling Matters in Divorce” for 2 webinars @ cpaacademy.org, September/October 2017.
- When Your Clients Divorce-What Matters Most in 2018, presented to over 2,000 CPAs by webinar @ cpaacademy.org, January 2018-October 2018
- Speaker, “Top 5 Financial Disruptions and Solutions for Women”, Ellevate Network @ Freddie Mac, February 2018
- Speaker, “Financial Planning During Divorce: Help Your Clients Get Back to the Future, Aurora Training, January 2019
- Speaker, “Helping Divorced Clients Get Back to the Future”, @ cpaacademy.org, January 2019
- Speaker, “Divorcing You When They Divorce Their Spouse?”, Fi360 Conference, Nashville, April 2019
- Invited guest, Executive Leaders Radio with Herb Cohen, April 2019
- Invited host, Executive Leaders Radio with Herb Cohen, May 2019
- Speaker, “Tiburon CEO Summit XXXVI, Panel Discussion, New York City, April 2020
Expert testimony relating to divorce:
I prepare expert testimony for private arbitration and court cases relating to divorce.
I also work in mediation and private negotiations. This can include lifestyle analysis, net worth projections, income on assets, working capital, tax impact, income & spending, financial impact of a particular scenario.
Certified Financial Planner™, CFP®
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, CDFA™
Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, AIF®
Leah L. Nathan, Ph.D.
Cooper Ginsberg Gray understands that divorce is a life-changing event for you and your family. It is important to know that you are not alone in this process. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary guidance, both legally and emotionally, during this difficult time. Our attorneys will provide you with the legal guidance and we are pleased to have Leah Nathan, Ph.D. on staff as a Psychologist/Divorce Coach to assist with the emotional guidance.
During the divorce process you will be making major decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. Dr. Nathan focuses on the following skill sets when consulting with clients: informed decision-making strategies, resolving conflict constructively, developing resilience, managing emotions, creating a workable action plan towards achieving your goals, and envisioning the future to move forward and adapt to your new life. She understands that people going through divorce tend to lose confidence, become overwhelmed, experience indecisiveness, and feel immobilized. While you are on this emotional roller coaster, you may lose sight of your overall goals. Dr. Nathan can help you prioritize your goals and establish ways of accomplishing them. She is also here to help facilitate ways you can positively and effectively communicate with your spouse during the divorce process and beyond.
Divorce can be especially difficult if you have children. Children are often caught in the middle and are confused, sad, and scared. Children may experience a plethora of thoughts and emotions including fear, anger, worry, shame, hope for reconciliation, self-blame, embarrassment, and abandonment. Having worked with children for more than eight years, as well as being a mother of two, Dr. Nathan understands the verbal and non-verbal cues as well as the grief process that you and your children may experience as you navigate together through this complicated life event. Dr. Nathan strives to equip you with ways of providing a nurturing, secure, and safe environment for your children before, during, and after divorce. She may also be able to provide you valuable information on how to communicate with your children during the divorce process. Her most rewarding and gratifying encounters are reflected in helping families and seeing them through this difficult time in their lives.
Dr. Nathan practices mindfulness relaxation techniques and firmly believes that skills such as visualization and deep breathing coupled with a well thought out plan of action can ease the burden to you and your family of getting through this emotional process. By providing both legal and emotional guidance, Cooper Ginsberg Gray hopes that you find yourself becoming more empowered and motivated to handle the post-divorce chapters of your life. Empowering you with resources to enable you to have the strength to pursue a new direction is our ultimate priority.
Whether you are an existing client, or a new client, we believe that Dr. Nathan can be an asset to you. Should you like to find out more about how Dr. Nathan can assist you, please call our office at (703) 934-1480.
- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Forensic Specialization
- Nova Southeastern University
- APA Accredited Program
- Intensive Trauma Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Advanced Conflict Management Skills
- Walker, L. with Nathan, A.L., Lyda, A., Duros, R., & Tome, A. (2009). Battered Women Attachment Style and Interpersonal Functioning. Battered Women Syndrome, Third Edition, Book Chapter 9
- Walker, L. with Tang J. & Nathan, A.L. (2009). Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use. Battered Women Syndrome, Third Edition, Book Chapter 10
- Walker, L. with Needle, R., Gill, K., Duros, R. L. & Nathan, A.L. (2009). Body Image and Somatic Complaints in a Battered Women Sample. Battered Women Syndrome, Third Edition, Book Chapter 7
- Walker, L. with Needle R., Duros R., & Nathan, A.L., (2009). Sexuality Issues in the Battered Woman Syndrome. Battered Women Syndrome,Third Edition, Book Chapter 8