Daniel L. Gray
For over two decades, I have represented clients in Northern Virginia who need family law assistance. My goal is to provide vigorous, honest, and thorough representation.
I started this firm with my founding partners in November 2004, and have worked towards becoming the best family law partnership in Virginia. Since 2004 we have grown to a firm of nine attorneys from various backgrounds. We are a full-service team ready to handle virtually any Virginia family law issue.
I pride myself on being a client-first attorney. I am a good listener and communicator. I am easy to reach and I do not keep clients waiting. Your calls and e-mails are promptly returned. I do not get rattled and I do not get frustrated, no matter the facts of your case or who else is involved. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to finding the best solution for your case.
While family law issues can seem overwhelming, I take a common sense and practical approach to my cases. I can explain complex and emotional issues, and offer solutions in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way so you can make important decisions promptly and correctly.
I always try to resolve my cases through negotiation and compromise, but I also know that certain cases must be litigated. If your case has to go to a judge, I will present it with confidence and authority. I have litigated issues ranging from complex asset and debt distribution, to calculation of income for support cases, to matters involving closely held corporations and other business entities. I have also routinely drafted prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements for my clients.
I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and have been a Virginia resident my entire life. I clerked for a Fairfax Circuit County Court trial court judge after graduating from the George Mason School of Law. This experience has provided me a unique insight into how judges think. During my nearly 25-year career, I have routinely appeared in that court and those of the surrounding counties of Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, and Loudoun.
I have dedicated much of my professional life to improving the practice of family law. I currently serve as the Chairman of the Virginia Bar Association’s Family Law Coalition, a group of attorneys who propose, track, advocate, and advise on family law bills pending before the Virginia General Assembly each legislative session. I am a proud member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where I serve as President. I was appointed by Governor Northam to Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel in 2020. I am former Chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Family law Section Board of Governors, and I served as Chairman of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Family Law Section for many years before retiring from that role in 2015. I often lecture and teach other attorneys and paralegals on family law topics, ethics, and evidence.
I also believe service to my community is important. I am a current board member and past Board Chairman of Pathway Homes, Inc., a Fairfax non-profit that provides non time-limited housing and services to Virginians with mental illness.
If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with me, please call our office at (703) 934-1480 or complete our initial consultation form. I look forward to meeting with you.
- Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, Fairfax, Founding Partner (2004 – present)
- Shoun, Bach & Walinsky, PC, Fairfax, Associate Attorney, (2002 – 2004)
- Feldesman Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank, Washington, DC, Associate Attorney, (1997 – 2002)
- George Mason University School of Law (JD, 1996)
- University of Virginia (BA, 1993)
- Virginia (1996)
- Maryland (1998)
- District of Columbia (1998)
- Virginia State Bar
- Family Law Section Board of Governors (Chairman, 2016)
- Young Lawyers Conference (President, 2007)
- Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty
- Law School Professionalism Course Faculty
- Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Family Law Section (Chairman, 2006 – 2015)
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Virginia Chapter (President, 2020 – present)
- Virginia Family Law Coalition (Chairman, 2019 – present)
- Virginia Bar Association
- Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel (2020-present)
- Maryland Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Virginia CLE, 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner, April 2020.
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2020 VTLA Family Law Seminar, Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner, September 2020.
- DC Bar, Family Law Practice Around the Beltway, September 2019.
- Fairfax Bar Association, Negotiating Spousal Support and Other Current Tax Issues Related to Family Law Matters, May 2019.
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Prenuptial Agreements: The Do’s and Do Not’s Before I Do, March 2019.
- Virginia CLE, Annual Family Law Seminar, When and How to Use Forensic Psychological Evaluations: A Lawyer’s Perspective, October 2018.
- Fairfax County Bar Association, Annual Legislative Update, April 2017-2019.
- Virginia CLE, Premarital Agreements for the Trusts and Estates Practitioner, April 2018.
- Virginia CLE, 35th Annual Family Law Seminar, Legislative Update: 2016 General Assembly Session. October 2016.
- Virginia State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, Direct Examination of Witnesses, Richmond, April 2016.
- Fairfax Bar Association, Fault, Factors and Fees, Fairfax, March 2016.
- Virginia CLE 34thAnnual Family Law Seminar, Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law Cases: How to Use It, Fairfax, Richmond, Roanoke, October 2015.
- Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia, The New VADER: A User’s Guide, Fairfax, May 2015.
- Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Is Fault Dead? The Impact of Fault in Equitable Distribution and Spousal Support Cases, Fairfax, May 2015.
- VSB Law School Professionalism Course, Professionalism and Client Relations, University of Richmond (January 2015, 2016)
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Divorce Practice Seminar: The New VADER: A User’s Guide: Solving child support problems and complex equitable distribution cases with Virginia’s premier divorce software, January 2015.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Ethics in Family Law Around the Beltway, October 2013, December 2014.
- Virginia CLE: Negotiating, Drafting, Attacking and Defending Marital Agreements, October 2014.
- Fairfax County Bar Association, Judges are from Mars, and Family Law Attorneys are from Venus,October 2014.
- Montgomery County Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Jurisdictional Comparison of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, April 2014.
- Fairfax County Bar Association, Business Valuations, Fairfax, March 2014.
- Virginia CLE, Family Law Finances( 2010).
- Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia, Solving Difficult Domestic Relations Problems Using the VADER Software, 2010 – 2013.
- Good Samaritan Advocates, Family Law 101 Pro Bono Training, Fairfax, June 2013.
- Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Ethics and Professionalism, October 2013.
- Fairfax Bar Association, Young Lawyers Conference, Depositions, June 2013.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Family Law Around the Beltway: Jurisdictional Comparisons, District of Columbia, 2013 – 2015.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Premarital Agreements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, District of Columbia, 2013 – 2015.
- Potomac Legal Aid Society, Child Custody in Traditional and Non-Traditional Families, 2009.
- Pathway Homes, Fairfax, Chairman of the Board, 2013 – 2018.
- Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Citizen’s Advisory Council, President, 2011-2014.
- Annandale North Springfield Little League, AAA Commissioner, 2014
REPORTED CASES AND ARTICLES
- Bostic et. al v. Schaefer, 760 F.3d 352 (4th Cir. 2014) (on brief amicus curiae).
- Advising Clients Under the New Virginia Child Support Guidelines, Virginia Family Law Quarterly, Spring 2014
Bonnie Ashby Sewell,
CFP®, CEPA®, CDFA™, AIF®
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 @ org, September/October 2017.
- When Your Clients Divorce-What Matters Most in 2018, presented to over 2,000 CPAs by webinar @ 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”, @ 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