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David R. Clarke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Blankingship & Keith, PC
4020 University Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-688-9895
Fax: 703-691-3913
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

David R. Clarke is the principal attorney of Blankingship & Keith, PC, situated in Fairfax, Virginia. A large portion of his practice focuses on representing a broad range of northern Virginia clients, from individuals to owners of small businesses, CEOs and other professionals, in all family law matters that involve:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Division of complex marital assets
  • Spousal support
  • Child custody and child support issues
  • Prenuptial agreements

In addition to being highly regarded in the Fairfax County courthouse for his knowledge of divorce proceedings, Mr. Clarke is professional and trustworthy. With his unique approach to handling the emotional elements of a divorce, he treats his clients with respect and compassion. Using a balanced and practical approach, he seeks to settle cases out of court whenever possible and litigates aggressively in court when necessary.

With a bachelor’s degree from the Hampden-Sydney College, Mr. Clarke graduated from the George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School with his Juris Doctor in 1979. Authorized to practice law in courts across Virginia, he holds memberships and leadership positions in several organizations, including the Fairfax Bar Association and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as one of the board of directors of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

Mr. Clarke has been rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed as one of the Top Divorce Lawyers by the Washingtonian magazine, as a Legal Elite by the Virginia Business magazine and as one of the Top Attorneys in family law by the Arlington Magazine. He has also been recognized by the U.S. News –  Best Lawyers in America. He has lectured at various seminars and conferences on family law topics. To give back to the community, he served as the chairperson of Vienna Youth Inc. – a youth sports organization that offers sports programs to children aged between five and 18 years.

*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
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

About David R. Clarke

First Admitted: 1979, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV
  • Selected as "Virginia Super Lawyer" since 2007
  • Family Law & Family Law Mediation, 2010-2022, U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America®
  • Top Attorneys, Family Law, 2019, Arlington Magazine
  • Legal Elite, 2003-2021, Virginia Business Magazine
  • Top Divorce Lawyer, 2021, Washingtonian Magazine
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015-2016, Fellow

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Vienna Youth Inc., Chairman, 1998-2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer for Women's Center:  "Virginia Divorce Law"
  • Author: "Rules to Show Cause: The Sometimes Friend of the Family Law Practitioner"
  • Author of Outline: "Understanding Virginia Equitable Disitribution Law"
  • Lecturer for Half Moon Seminars: "Your Rights Under Equitable Distribution"

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Virginia State Bar, Board of Governors, Family Law Section, Member, 2009-2012
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Fairfax County Circuit Court Neutral Case Evaluator, 2002-Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar, 5th District Disciplinary Committee, Member, 1993-1999

Educational Background

  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College , 1974
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Office Location for David R. Clarke

4020 University Drive
Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-688-9895

Fax: 703-691-3913

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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