Alexander T. Lewis
I dedicate my practice to assisting individuals and families during some of the most difficult times in their lives. My practice focuses on all matters of family law, including separation and divorce, custody and visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony), division of marital property/equitable distribution, protective orders, and appeals. While I believe that most family law cases can and should settle, I have extensive litigation experience and am prepared to zealously advocate for my clients.
I began my legal career serving as the law clerk to the Honorable Lorraine Nordlund in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Prior to joining Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC, I worked at a boutique firm in Northern Virginia where I maintained an extensive and highly active caseload representing clients in family law matters and other complex litigation. My experience litigating multifaceted cases, coupled with my unique experience as a Circuit Court law clerk, enables me to be a devoted advocate for my clients.
When I am not practicing law, I dedicate time to volunteering with The Luv u Project, Inc., of which I am a co-founder and Director. The mission of The Luv u Project is to turn an unacceptable tragedy into a quantifiable agenda and responsible actions that advance the understanding of, and treatments for, mental health issues.
I work with The Luv u Project on several initiatives, including its partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in establishing an advisory board of experts focused on workplace mental health and prevention. I also work on The Luv u Project’s initiative with the National Press Foundation for its annual Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting, which has become the preeminent journalism award for excellence in mental health reporting. Most significantly, I dedicate a significant amount of time with The Luv u Project’s young professionals’ organization, uLead, which brings together young professionals with the purpose of understanding, educating, and addressing the stigma associated with mental health issues. You can find out more about The Luv u Project and uLead at www.theluvuproject.org.
- Associate, Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC (2020-present)
- Associate, Duff & Kronfeld, P.C. (2015-2019)
- Associate, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (2014-2015)
- Judicial Law Clerk, Fairfax County Circuit Court (2013-2014)
- Virginia, 2013
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
- D, cum laude– 2013
- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
- A, cum laude– 2010
- Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2018-2021
- Legal Writing Fellow, 2012-13
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Virginia State Bar
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Section
- The George Mason American Inn of Court
- Arlington County Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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