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Catherine M. Reese

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Reese Law
3050 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 510
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-279-5140
Fax: 703-279-5141
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Catherine “Kate” Reese is a multi year DC and Virginia Super Lawyers honoree.  She is also included in Best Lawyers in America®, Washingtonian Magazine's "Best Lawyers" and Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Best Lawyers"  Ms. Reese, her associates Christine P. Hissong and Mario E. Williams, and support staff provide family law mediation, collaborative law, advocacy, and litigation services in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD.

As the past president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Judicial Nominations Committee member, past Bar Council, NBLSC Board Certified Family Trial Attorney, Lawyer Discipline Committee Member, prior Chair of the Rules Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Lawyers Discipline, and a member of the Fairfax Bar Association serving on the Circuit Court Committee, involved in family law sections and sub-committees, Ms. Reese has had the opportunity to develop relationships with many members of the bench and bar. These relationships allow her to better serve her clients by being able to evaluate her arguments and case presentation to best suit her audience. In doing so, she makes every effort to maximize the possibility for a winning outcome for her clients.

Ms. Reese's dedication to providing quality service to her clients is further demonstrated by her induction into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as an Academy fellow in the Virginia Chapter.  This prestigious honor reflects how AAML members are recognized as leading professionals in the family law field that promote integrity and competency, while protecting the welfare of clients and their families.

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About Catherine M. Reese

First Admitted: 1998, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Case Law and Legislative Updates", the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Family Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar, July 2003, Lecturer
  • "Case Law and Legislative Updates", Arlington Bar Association's 20th Annual Family Law Seminar, March 2003, Lecturer
  • "Recent Developments in Virginia Family Law", Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar in Richmond and Roanoke, August 2001-September 2002, Lecturer
  • "Family Law and Legislative Updates", Virginia State Attorney General's Office Statewide Attorney Training Seminar for the Division of Child Support Enforcement, 2000, Lecturer

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia Board of Directors (2000-2003)
  • Neutral Case Evaluator by appointment of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit (2008)
  • Pro Bono services through Legal Services of Northern Virginia and the Fairfax Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member: Prince William County Bar, 2007
  • Member: Maryland State Bar and Family Law Section (1999-Present)
  • Member: Montgomery County Bar (Dec 2010-present)
  • Member: Fairfax Bar Association and Family Law Section (1998-Present), Circuit Court Committee (2007-Present), and Domestic Relations Sub-Committee (2007-Present)
  • Member: Virginia Women Attorney's Association, State wide President, (June 2011-June 2012) President, Northern Virginia Chapter (2003-2004); Secretary, Northern Virginia Chapter (2002-2003); State President-Elect (July 2009-June 2010); State Treasurer (July 2008-June 2010); and Assistant State Treasurer (July 2006-June 2008)
  • Elected and unanimously approved by Council to the Fifth District Committee of the Virginia State Bar, 2016
  • Member: Virginia State Bar, Council for the 19th Judicial Circuit (July 2009-Present), and Family Law Section (1998-Present), Judicial Nominations Committee (July 2005-June 2008), and Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline (July 2009-June 2012)
  • Member: District of Columbia Bar and Family Law Section (1999-Present)

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Collaborative Law Professional, 2009
  • Certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a  Family Mediator for Juvenille and Domestic Relations District and Circuit Courts, 2010
  • Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Educational Background

  • MA in Counseling, Argosy University, 2019
  • JD, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, 1998
  • BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park , 1995

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Leader of the Year for the 2020 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, as voted by her peers statewide, 2020
  • Moderated a panel of Judges for the Gathering Your Tools: How to Build to Judgeship at the VWAA annual conference,featuring the following Judges: The Honorable Sarah Deneke; The Honorable Becky J. Moore; The Honorable Constance H. Frogale; Substitute Judge Mary C. Gibbs; and Retired Judge Karen A. Heneberg., 2014
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010


  • , Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, Best Lawyers in America , 2021
  • , Best Law Firms, US News and World Report , 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family Law from 2012 to 2020, Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Named as one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firms, US News and World Report, 2020
  • Selected as one of Washingtonian's Top Divorce Lawyers, Washingtonian's Top Divorce Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2020
  • Recognized as a certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) as a certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), 2016
  • Member of the AAML Collaborative Law Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
  • Nominated as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Virginia by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA), 2015
  • Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc., 2014
  • AV Preeminent and Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • Influential Women of Virginia Honoree by Virginia Lawyers Media, 2012
  • Most respected attorneys in Commonwealth, Legal Eagle, Virginia Living, 2012

Industry Groups

  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Law
  • Mediation

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Office Location for Catherine M. Reese

3050 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 510
Fairfax, VA 22030

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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