Debra Powers

Top rated Family Law attorney in Fairfax, Virginia

Taylor Huguley Powers PLLC
Debra Powers
Taylor Huguley Powers PLLC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1995

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008

Taylor Huguley Powers PLLC

9990 Fairfax Blvd
Suite 430
Fairfax, VA 22030 Visit website


Debra has been devoted to representing clients in matters of family law throughout northern Virginia for two decades. She focuses on negotiating and drafting agreements and she regularly appears in court for motions and trials involving all aspects of divorce and post-divorce litigation in Fairfax Circuit Court and the surrounding jurisdictions. She compassionately helps families navigate difficult issues such as child support, child custody, divorce, property division, premarital agreements, and spousal support.

Debra knows all too well the emotions involved when a family is embroiled in a legal dispute. She provides her clients not only legal advice, but also guidance and support so they do not feel lost or overwhelmed by the process itself. She communicates and discusses options with her clients through every step so together they can determine the best way forward in their unique case. This is crucial in empowering clients to make well-informed decisions about their future.

Debra has received a number of accolades from the legal community for her client-focused nature, professionalism with her colleagues, advocacy skills, and knowledge of the law.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

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

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1995, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Tier 1 firm, Washington, DC for Family Law, 2021, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms"
  • Super Lawyers, Virginia Rising Stars, 2008
  • Super Lawyers, Virginia, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers, Washington DC, Family Law
  • Legal Elite Family Law/Domestic Relations Attorney, 2014, 2020  , Virginia Business Magazine
  • Fairfax Bar Association President's Award, 2003 and 2009
  • Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Lawyers, Family-Focused Law, 2011-2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Past Chair, Family Law Section, 2008 - 2010 Board of Governors, 2008 - 2018
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Fairfax Law Foundation, Firm Fellow
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association Past President, Northern Virginia Chapter, 2007
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, Board of Governors Family Law Section, Board of Governors Disciplinary Committee, 2006 - 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Rule 6.1 Society of Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • Fairfax Bar Association Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, 2019
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Attorney of the Day Program
Educational Background:
  • University of Richmond, B.A., magna cum laude
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Panelists, Author, Keeping the Pipeline Flowing: Minority Attorneys Advancing Personal Success, Positively Impacting the Practice of Law, and Improving the Administration of Justice, The Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, First Annual Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession, 2018
  • Why does diversity matter?  Is what we are doing working? What can we do differently that has impact?, Author, Keeping the Pipeline Flowing and Employment Best Practices, The Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, Second Annual Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession, 2019
  • Speaker, Author, Pretrial Matters, VTLA Advanced Family Law Retreat - Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2017
  • Speaker, Author, Tax Consequences After the Divorce, Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets, National Business Institute, 2016
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal for the Family Law Attorney, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2017
  • Speaker, Author, Effective Use of Illustrative Aides & Exhibits at Trial and How to Admit in Family Law Cases, The New Rules of Evidence in the New Digital Age, VTLA Annual Tort Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, Author, The ABCs of the PKPA, UCCJEA, Hague, and PKPA - The Alphabet of Custody Jurisdiction, FBA, 2014
  • Speaker, Author, Ethics, Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2014

Office location for Debra Powers

9990 Fairfax Blvd
Suite 430
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-718-5383


8 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2008

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