Christopher W. Schinstock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Alexandria, VA

Schinstock & Bartol, PLLC
 | 439 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 571-388-3825
Fax: 571-699-3072
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

A founding attorney at Schinstock & Bartol, PLLC, Christopher W. Schinstock provides diligent family law counsel. Proudly serving people living throughout northern Virginia, he offers representation to clients in a range of complex matters, including divorce, spousal support, high-asset property division, child custody and visitation, and child support.

In 1990, Mr. Schinstock graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in history and English. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1993.

Mr. Schinstock’s commitment to providing quality legal services and maintaining high ethical standards has helped gain him the respect of clients and peers alike. He has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Having more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Schinstock is comfortable and well-versed handling matters through mediation and negotiation, as well as at trial. Diligently preparing each client’s case, he tailors his approach based on his or her unique needs and legal objectives. Mr. Schinstock works closely with those he represents throughout each phase of the legal process, looking out for their best interests and aiding them to secure the best possible resolutions to their legal issues.

Staying active in the legal community, Mr. Schinstock is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the Alexandria Bar Association. Previously, he served on the board of governors for the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, on the faculty for the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism and on the faculty for the Law School Professionalism Program.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Appeals


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008

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About Christopher Schinstock

Admitted: 1993, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Ten Leaders for Prominent Matrimonial & Divorce Attorneys Under the Age of 45, Greater Washington District of Columbia Area, 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2010-Present
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Family Law, 2007-2008
  • Virginia Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2010-Present
  • Top Divorce and Family Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell, since 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Virginia, 1993
  • Alexandria Bar Association, Family Law Section, Prior Co-Chairman
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 2004
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Board of Governors, Member, 2006-2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1993
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Committee, Faculty, 2006-2009
  • Law School Professionalism Program, Faculty, 2009-2011

Educational Background:

  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., Major: History, Major: English, 1990
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Office Location for Christopher W. Schinstock

439 N. Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 571-388-3825

Fax: 571-699-3072

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Last Updated: 11/11/2019

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