Elizabeth L. Gray

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

McCandlish Lillard
 | 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 571-260-0988
Fax: 703-352-4300
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

With a focus on legal issues of elder law, special needs, trust, estate and fiduciary litigation, wills, trusts, and estates, Elizabeth L. Gray is a principal attorney at McCandlish Lillard. Ms. Gray represents clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She has an Avvo “Superb” rating and was named Lawyer of the Year in elder law by Best Lawyers; for her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Admitted to practice in Virginia, Ms. Gray is qualified under the law reader program. As a law reader in Virginia, she worked as a student apprentice and met the guidelines set by the Virginia Supreme Court and passed the Virginia Bar Examination after her studies. She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and is on the board of directors for Brain Injury Services.

Ms. Gray was invited to become a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was co-chair of several sections within the Fairfax County Bar Association. She also received the Outstanding Member award and is the past president for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Virginia chapter.

Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. Gray as one of northern Virginia’s top elder law attorneys for the last nine years, and for her actions helping victims of the 9/11 attacks, she was given the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, Ms. Gray was included in the Influential Women of Virginia.

* 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

Elder Law (40%)
Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)

Elder Law (40%)

Estate Planning & Probate (40%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Elizabeth Gray

Admitted: 1996, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://mccandlishlawyers.com/attorney/elizabeth-l-gray/


  • Recipient of the “Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award” from the American Bar Association for helping victims of the September 11 attacks 
  • Recognized by her legal peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Elder Law for Metropolitan DC in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Lawyers – 2015” guide
  • SuperLawyer in Elder Law for Virginia and Washington, D.C. each year since 2009
  • Named Top Lawyer in Northern Virginia Magazine since 2011, Top Lawyer, Northern Virginia Magazine, 2011
  • Named Elder Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 by Best Lawyers®
  • “Superb” rating on AVVO
  • AV® Preeminent™ ranking by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011 recipient of the “Outstanding Member” award of the Virginia chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Named a Top Lawyer since 2009, Top Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, 2009
  • Influential Women of Virginia, Class of 2012 , Influential Women of Virginia, 2012
  • Named in Best Lawyers Report since 2012, Best Lawyers, U.S. World & News Report, 2012
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Special Needs Alliance
  • Member, NAELA’s invitation-only Council of Advanced Practitioners
  • Past-President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Virginia
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • President, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2010-2011
  • Former Co-Chairperson, Fairfax County Bar Association, Elder Law and Law Practice Management Sections, 2006
  • Co-Chairperson, Fairfax County Bar Association's Wills, Trusts & Estates Section, 2008
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, 1996

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, Brain Injury Services, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Estate Planning for the Disabled” at Trusts 101 seminar (September 26, 2018)
  • America is RAPIDLY Aging (March 2017)
  • Nuts & Bolts of Income Tax for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families (The Arc, March 2017)
  • Caregiver Bootcamp (April 2018)
  • Elizabeth Gray was interviewed for the Washingtonian article “The Earlier You Do Your Financial Planning, The Greater Your Chances of A Worry-Free Retirement” (April 2018)

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Political Science, 1986

Industry Groups

  • Special Needs Planning
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Office Location for Elizabeth L. Gray

11350 Random Hills Road
Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 571-260-0988

Fax: 703-352-4300

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Last Updated: 2/27/2019

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