Martha JP McQuade

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Alexandria, VA

McQuade Byrum PLLC
 | 602 North Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-548-4200
Fax: 703-548-4647
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

For more than two decades, Martha JP McQuade has been guiding families through legal situations that include divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, high-asset divorce, and property division. As a managing partner at McQuade Byrum PLLC, she takes cases throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Ms. McQuade is known for her direct approach. Honesty with clients is a priority, as people who are well-informed are best equipped to make sound decisions about their future. Additionally, Ms. McQuade is accessible as an attorney because she makes herself available whenever possible to respond to concerns. She has represented people from all walks of life, including technicians, government employees, executives, business owners, teachers, lobbyists, military members, doctors, stay-at-home parents and fellow attorneys.

Using innovative thinking, Ms. McQuade has settled the majority of her cases without putting clients through litigation. She is a skilled negotiator who is also adept at drafting agreements that include cohabitation, prenuptial agreements and separation documents.

Well-respected in the legal community, Ms. McQuade has earned a number of accolades, including the following: holding an Avvo “Superb” rating; receiving the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; and being listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

In 1975, Ms. McQuade received an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She then earned a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.

Ms. McQuade is highly involved in groups such as the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Alexandria Bar Association. She has also lectured extensively for a number of these groups.

* 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
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Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Martha McQuade

Admitted: 1990, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.mcquadebyrum.com/attorneys/martha-mcquade/

Honors/Awards:

  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Presented the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference’s Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
  • Washingtonian Magazine's "Top Lawyers", District of Columbia
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Listed in SuperLawyers since 2008, named in "Best Lawyers in America" since 2009; Named in Washingtonian Magazine as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" in the field of family law from 2004 through 2016; Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation; Past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Lawyer Disciplinary Board; Past Chair of the Fourth District Disciplinary Committee; Past Chair, District of Columbia Bar Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures Committee; Past Member of the Board of the Women's Bar Association Foundation;  Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia "Star of the Bar" Honoree; Speaker on "Ethics for Domestic Relations Lawyers" at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Family Law Seminar; Recipient, Frederick B. Abramson Award Presented by the District of Columbia Bar Association for bar leadership; Recipient, Gerald B. Roemer Community Service Award Presented by Department of Justice Pride; Speaker on "Essential Negotiation Skills and Strategies" at the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession's National Summit for Women in Law Firms;  Chair and Moderator, Fairfax Bar Association Annual Bench- Bar CLE; Member, Supreme Court of Virginia Curriculum Committee for Judicial Education (Diversity Training); Past President, Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal System; Panelist with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on "The Enduring Contributions of Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett" at Washington College of Law Founder's Day Celebration; Past President, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Co-Chair, District of Columbia Bar Association Task Force on Sexual Orientation and the Legal Workplace; "Ten Outstanding Young Women of America."

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, President, 1995 - 1996
  • Maryland, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • Virginia, 1990
  • Maryland State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar, Chair, 2009 - 2011
  • District of Columbia Bar, Bar Rules/Regulations/Board Procedures Committee, 2003 - 2011
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member, Family Law Section
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Court Conciliator, 2001
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Chair and Moderator of Annual Bench-Bar CLE, 1998 and 1999
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2004
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1995 and 2005 - 2011
  • Virginia State Bar, Fourth Circuit Disciplinary Committee, 2002 - 2008
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Family Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar, 2nd Vice Chair, 2010 - 2011
  • Virginia State Bar, 1st Vice Chair, 2011 -2012
  • Virginia State Bar, Chair, 2012 - 2013
  • Virginia State Bar, State Disciplinary Board, 2008
  • Virginia State Bar, Chair, 2005 - 2006
  • Virginia State Bar, Bench-Bar Relations Committee, 1992 - 1995
  • Named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law in 2017, Ms. McQuade is a member of the faculty of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course, a member of the Boyd-Graves Conference, a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, and a former Chair of the VSB Lawyer Disciplinary Board. She is a recepient of the Clarence Dunnaville Award from the VSB Diversity Conference, the Frederick B. Abramson Award from the District of Columbia Bar and the Gerald B. Roemer Community Service Award from the Department of Justice. She has been named in SuperLawyers since 2008, in Best Lawyers in America since 2009, and in Washingtonian Magazine's Top Lawyers from 2004 through 2016. She has taught classes on negotiations for the American Bar Association, on same sex marriage rights for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, on custody and other family law issues for the the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, on ethics and family law issues for the Arlington Bar Association and on client development for the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.
  • Virginia State Bar, Member, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Women's Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2010
  • Women's Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors, 1994 - 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Lecturer on Ethics for the Northern Virginia Chapter, 2007 and 2011
  • District of Columbia Bar, Lecturer
  • Virginia Women's Attorneys Association, Lecturer
  • American Bar Association, Lecturer
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker on Ethics in Family Law, 2001
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker at Annual Custody Retreat, 2009

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975; JD from The National Law Center, George Washington University, in Washington, DC. in 1984.
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Office Location for Martha JP McQuade

602 North Columbus Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-548-4200

Fax: 703-548-4647

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