I graduated from law school and began working as an attorney with Cooper Ginsberg Gray in 2008. Since that time, my practice has focused exclusively on family law matters. This includes divorce; property division; custody, visitation, and support matters; post-divorce modification and enforcement matters; premarital agreements; protective orders; and uncontested adoptions. I am also trained in collaborative divorce, which allows me to represent my clients in the context of a professional team that is dedicated to reaching a resolution outside of court.
Although a challenging and often emotionally charged area of law, I find the practice of family law to be incredibly rewarding. I appreciate and take seriously my role in helping clients navigate through what is often one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. I am a parent and have a very large, diverse extended family, making it possible for me to empathize and relate to the challenges families face.
I take pride in establishing an open and trusting attorney-client relationship to ensure an honest and realistic dialogue about all issues. In particular, I take the time to provide each client with a clear explanation about the legal process and thoroughly discuss and evaluate all options available to ensure that my clients always feel fully informed and empowered to make important decisions.
My own experiences help me to be a dedicated and committed advocate for each of my clients. If possible, I strive to reach reasonable out of court settlements and avoid protracted, costly litigation. When settlement is impossible, I will rely on my considerable courtroom experience to zealously advocate for my clients’ interests in court. While I enjoy all aspects of my family law practice, I observe that the most rewarding legal work I do tends to relate to child custody and domestic violence matters.
Our entire firm has an unwavering commitment to service, ethics, professionalism and the integrity of this practice. I currently serve as an attorney member of a Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar and I have spoken on topics relating to professionalism and ethics. Outside of the office, I am an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, where I currently co-teach a Family Law course focused exclusively on Virginia law. I also enjoy serving the community by speaking to local support groups for individuals who are dealing with domestic relations issues, and volunteering for various pro bono projects, including the “Attorney of the Day” program to assist victims of domestic violence.
- Virginia State Bar
- 5th District Disciplinary Committee (2014 – present)
- District of Columbia Bar
- Family Law Section Member
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee Co-Chair (2018-present)
- Family Law Section Member
- Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
- Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference
- Virginia Collaborative Professionals
- International Collaborative Professionals
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®