Richard L. Downey

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Law Office of Richard L. Downey
 | 4126 Leonard Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-273-8800
Fax: 703-273-8844
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

From the Law Office of Richard L. Downey in Fairfax, the firm’s founder Mr. Downey puts decades of legal experience to use as he represents people in northern Virginia, including those in Alexandria. He handles a variety of cases in the areas of business law, corporate law, estate planning and divorce.

Prior to launching his legal career, Mr. Downey received a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College. He then earned a Juris Doctor from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1977.

Today, Mr. Downey continues his education, learning about new strategies, tools and other resources through participation in legal organizations such as the National Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association. A retired brigadier general in the Virginia National Guard, he brings an untiring work ethic and integrity to each case he handles.

Thanks to his experience, knowledge and litigation skills, Mr. Downey is known for helping clients successfully navigate the legal system. For his accomplishments, he has been listed in the Best Attorneys of America; he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; and he has an Avvo “Excellent” rating. Additionally, Mr. Downey has been selected for the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Nation’s Top One Percent; the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys has honored him as a Top 10 Attorney; and Richmond Magazine named him as one of the Top Attorneys in Virginia.

Moreover, the National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified Mr. Downey as a civil trial advocate. Whether representing a family in crisis or helping a small business develop a strategic plan, he strives to resolve cases quickly and achieve his client’s goals.


*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
  • 60%Family Law
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Estate Planning, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Business Organizations


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Richard Downey

Admitted: 1978, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Attorneys Of America (RUE Ratings)
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2006-Present
  • Brigadier General, Virginia National Guard (Ret.)
  • Super Lawyer for Virginia, 2009-Present
  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Top Attorneys in Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Washington Magazine
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Super Lawyer for Virginia and Washington D.C., 2011-Present
  • Top Attorneys in Virginia , Richmond Magazine
  • Selected as a Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPI)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Christian Legal Society, Member
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia, 1978
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Educational Background:

  • Graduate United States Air Force Air War College, 1997
  • Graduate United States Army Command and Staff College, 1990
  • Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, B.A., 1970

Industry Groups

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board Of Trial Advocacy
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Office Location for Richard L. Downey

4126 Leonard Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-273-8800

Fax: 703-273-8844

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Last Updated: 1/9/2020

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