NATHAN J. OLSON
When you or someone you know needs assistance for family law matters, I can offer compassionate and skilled legal representation. I am committed to helping all of my clients understand the legal aspects of their specific situations to ensure the best resolution of each individual case.
My practice is devoted entirely to family law matters including: divorce, property division, support, custody and visitation matters, and protective order hearings and subsequent appeals. I have also expanded my practice to include drafting prenuptial agreements and handling uncontested adoption cases.
In the past year, I have also become certified in mediation by the Supreme Court of Virginia. My certifications include the Family Court and Circuit Court. In my role as mediator, I assist both parties in reaching an amicable resolution while avoiding litigation.
I strive to provide thoughtful, practical, and zealous representation, while remaining mindful of your costs. My objective is to offer you an honest and objective assessment of your case and to provide you information about the alternative ways that your case can be resolved without the expense or stress of a trial. However, I understand that not all cases can settle, and should your case go to trial, I am a determined litigator who will skillfully advocate your position in court.
Given our proximity to Washington, D.C., I have a particular interest in assisting government employees or their spouses in family law matters. I routinely represent employees of the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Service, and I have experience in handling the complex custody and support issues that are associated with these types of cases. I also have significant experience dividing government and military retirement plans and pensions.
I am a licensed Guardian ad Litem for children, and in that role, I advocate for children in certain family law matters. As a child of divorced parents, I understand the impact that separation and divorce can have on a family. This experience allows me to help identify and understand family law issues on a personal level, while my legal training allows me to advance your cause in the courtroom.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I authored 36 children’s books, which are now used in schools and school libraries. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and has given me the ability to explain complex issues in simple, straightforward terms.
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 became a partner at Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC in June 2015. I first joined the firm as an intern in September 2005 when I was still in law school, and became an associate attorney with the firm in October 2006. I am licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I represent clients in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington Counties, as well as Alexandria and Falls Church. Click here to access my AVVO profile, which includes client reviews.
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
- Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law (2006)
- The University of Tulsa, B.A. magna cum laude (1999)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Member (2020-Present)
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- Certified Mediator–Circuit Court (2020-Present)
- Certified Mediator–Family Court (2019-Present)
- Virginia State Bar
- Faculty, C.J. Carrico Professionalism Course (2017–Present)
- Bar Council (2015-2016; 2018 to Present)
- Standing Committee on Professionalism (2015-Present)
- Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference (2006-2017)
- President (July 2016-June 2017)
- Incoming President (July 2015-June 2015)
- Secretary (July 2013-June 2014)
- Board of Governors (July 2009-June 2017)
- Vagabond Family Law Society
- Member (2019-Present)
- Fairfax Bar Association
- Member (2006-Present)
- Adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School–Family Law (2016-Present)
- Adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law–Family Law Drafting and Practice (2013-2015)
- Martindale Hubbell: AV Preeminent Rating (2020)
- Washingtonian Magazine: Washingtonian Top Divorce Lawyer (2019)
- Arlington Magazine: 2019 Top Attorney List (Family Law)
- Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine: Rising Star (2015-2017)
- Virginia Bar Association: 2019 Legal Elite
- Co-authored Child Support for the “Emancipated” Special Needs Child in Exceptional Parents Magazine2013; republished in Family Law News
- Authored 36 children’s books (science, biography, and similar non-fiction topics)
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association CLE Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about Child Support and Spousal Support, September 10, 2013.
- Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Section: Presenter–Child Custody Relocation Cases (International Considerations and Use of Experts) (2020)
- Virginia CLE: Presenter–38th Annual Family Law Seminar (2019)
- J. Carrico Professionalism Course: Presenter (2020)
- Virginia State Bar Admission and Orientation Ceremony: Presenter (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
Sarah Avila, CFP®, CDFA®
Sarah works with individuals and families providing detailed financial plans and strategic investment strategies that help prepare clients to meet their short-term and long-term goals. Sarah also works with corporate clients to design and manage company retirement plans as well as develop and deliver employee financial education.
Sarah started her career as a mathematics teacher. Her knowledge and experience in education continue to play a key role in helping her clients navigate complex financial situations. She excels at assisting her clients in understanding their options and guiding them in the steps they can take to pursue their goals.
Sarah is an active member of the Financial Planning Association National Capital Area Chapter; an organization dedicated to high standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure.
Sarah’s professional credentials:
- Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner
- Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor®
- Masters in Education from George Mason University
- Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Penn State University
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