John K. Cottrell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Alexandria, VA

Cottrell, Fletcher & Cottrell, PC
 | 5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22303-1870
Phone: 703-822-4170
Fax: 703-836-9086
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

For 13 years, John K. Cottrell has represented Virginians in family law matters as part of Cottrell Fletcher & Cottrell. Over the past decade, he has been assistant and lead counsel on many issues related to family law, including appeals, contested adoption, settlement agreements, mediation, support modification, pre- and post-marital agreements, child support, spousal support, custody, divorce and equitable distribution of assets.

Mr. Cottrell is a member of the family law section of both the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he has earned the highest peer rating possible, AV Preeminent,* from Martindale-Hubbell. While he is regularly successful at negotiating settlements, he is also prepared to argue before local courts in Fauquier, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington and Fairfax counties, as well as Alexandria City.

He attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002. In 2005, Mr. Cottrell graduated with his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and has extensive experience dealing with and defusing the highly emotional situations that are common in family law.

The people of Virginia trust Mr. Cottrell, as he has argued before Virginia’s Court of Appeals and written many briefs for Virginia’s appellate courts. His goal is to conclude a family law case as quickly as possible without compromising the best interests, wants and needs of his clients. Whether it be through mediation or trial, he is prepared to go the distance to protect the rights of the individuals he works for.

* 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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%)

Appellate (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015

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About John Cottrell

Admitted: 2005, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Rising Star
  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Member


  • de Haan v. de Haan, 54 Va. App. 428, 680 S.E.2d 297 (2009)
  • Keeling v. Keeling, 47 Va. App. 484, 624 S.E.2d 687 (2006) (on brief)
  • Dailey v. Dailey, 59 Va. App. 734, 722 S.E.2d 321 (2012)
  • Rahnema v. Rahnema, 47 Va. App. 645; 626 S.E.2d 448 (2006) (on brief)
  • Stroud v. Stroud, 49 Va. App. 359, 641 S.E.2d 142 (2007) (on brief)

Educational Background:

  • St. John’s College (Annapolis), B.A. in the liberal arts, 2002
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Office Location for John K. Cottrell

5845 Richmond Highway
Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22303-1870

Phone: 703-822-4170

Fax: 703-836-9086

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Last Updated: 7/24/2019

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