Carly M. Anderson
My interest in a legal career began with my internship with Cooper Ginsberg Gray when I was home from James Madison University for summer and winter breaks. After college, I enrolled in law school at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law where I had a focus in criminal law and enjoyed participating in moot court competitions. My internship with a Georgia county District Attorney’s office gave me the opportunity to be in court often and litigate my first jury trial.
My professional legal career began through a fellowship at Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where I was fortunate to represent veterans in a variety of matters, including housing, consumer and family law issues. As a spouse of an Army veteran, I understand the unique challenges military members face, especially those involving family. I was inclined to pursue family law because I wanted to support my clients with their most personal matters during a difficult and emotional time in their lives. Before returning to Cooper Ginsberg Gray as an associate attorney, I served LSNV as a Family Law Staff Attorney, representing victims of domestic violence in matters of divorce, custody, visitation, child and spousal support and family abuse protective orders.
I believe a good family law attorney is compassionate, a good listener, and someone who can present creative solutions. In my practice, I strive to encompass all of these values. I aim to provide practical and thorough advice to help our clients feel comfortable and well-informed about their options. In my experience, I find family legal decisions are best made by the parties involved because they are more likely to follow through with those decisions. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, I will be a strong advocate for my clients in court.
- Associate, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC (2017-present)
- Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2016-2017)
- Veterans Legal Fellow, Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2015-2016)
- Intern, Houston County District Attorney’s Office, Macon, Georgia (2012-2015)
- Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (J.D., 2015)
- James Madison University (B.A., 2010)
- Virginia State Bar
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Fairfax Young Lawyers Section (Board Member)
RECOGNITION, ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
- SuperLawyers 2020 Virginia Rising Star
- Bronze Member of the Rule 6.1 Society for Pro Bono Hours, LSNV 2019
- 2016 Legal Aid Society New Attorney with a Fast Start Award
- 2016 Legal Aid Society Greatest Achievement in Family Law Award
- Moot Court Tryout Editor, Mercer Advocacy Council 2014-2015
- ABA National Moot Court Competition 2015
- Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition 2014
- President elect for the Fairfax Young Lawyers Board (2020-2021)
- 2020 Legal Elite – Younger Lawyer by Virginia Business Magazine
- 2020 Fairfax JDR Judicial Screening Committee
Sarah Avila, CFP®, CDFA®
Sarah Avila is a financial advisor at VLP Financial Advisors in Vienna, VA.
She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), as well as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA). Sarah offers wealth management, personal financial planning, and divorce financial planning.
Sarah is a member of her local Financial Planning Association (FPA). She is also a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™ (IDFA) and is trained in the Collaborative Divorce process as a financial neutral.
As a CDFA®, Sarah helps clients understand the financial impact of divorce by empowering clients with necessary knowledge for negotiating fair settlements. Some common financial topics Sarah can help clients consider both during and after the divorce process include the following:
- Identifying the long-term outlook of dividing property
- Helping a client determine if he or she can afford to retain the marital home, and if not, determining alternative solutions.
- Helping clients assess current and future budgeting needs
- Analyzing the tax effects of different situations
- Establishing reasonable assumptions for projecting rates of return and inflation with regard to longer-term planning
- Calculating the present value of a future pension
- Analyzing clients’ insurance needs
- Providing information on Social Security income benefits as they pertain to divorce.
- And much more.
Sarah is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She also has a Master of Education from George Mason University. Prior to joining VLP Financial Advisors, Sarah worked at Lincoln Financial Group as a retirement consultant, providing education and assistance to teachers in local school districts with their retirement plans.
Sarah spent time earlier in her career as a mathematics teacher and enjoys taking an educational, and compassionate approach to her current role giving financial advice.
Sarah offers complimentary consultations to prospective clients and welcomes your inquiry!
Leah L. Nathan,
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