Valerie E. Hughes

Valerie E. Hughes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

The Bowen Law Firm, P.C.
 | 10521 Judicial Drive, Suite 110
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-273-0711
Fax: 703-273-0716
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Ms. Hughes has always had a passion for family law. Ms. Hughes received the State Bar Domestic Relations Award in 2004 and was an adjunct professor at George Mason Law School from 2004 to 2016. She is the recipient of two Fairfax Bar President's Awards and the Fairfax Law Foundation Golden Gavel Award. Ms. Hughes has been appointed by the Fairfax Circuit Court as an NCE and a Commissioner of Sale as well as a Commissioner in Chancery. She has successfully argued before the Court of Appeals, including the recent published opinion which was a case of first impression and made case law. She served for six years on the Fairfax Association Bar Board. Ms. Hughes is committed to a compassionate approach to family law with a goal to help clients preserve their dignity during divorce and to protect the interests of children.  Ms. Hughes has also been selcted as a top lawyer in Best Lawyers, Northern Virginia Magazine, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and Legal Leaders.

About Valerie Hughes

Admitted: 2004, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected for "Best Lawyers" 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Selected for Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyer 2017, 2018; Legal Leaders-2018
  • Awarded to a top law student in Domestic Relations.  I received the highest grade ever awarded since 2002 in that particular class., Virginia State Bar Domestic Relations Award, 2004
  • Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell AV ® Preeminent rating, 2013
  • Two Fairfax Bar Association President's Awards: one in 2004 for aiding in the creation and management of the GMUSL Domestic Relations Legal Clinic, and one in 2010 for service on two Judicial Screening Committees for the Fairfax Bar
  • 2012 Fairfax Law Foundation Golden Gavel Award for service and contributions to the Northern Virginia Community

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Secretary, George Mason School of Law Alumni Association Board of Governors.  Served 2009-2012
  • General Counsel - Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors- 2014-2015; Secretary - Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directions -2015-2016
  • Director, Fairfax County Bar Association Board of Directors, elected 2011
  • Appointed Neutral Case Evaluator and Commissioner of Sale by the Fairfax County Circuit Court; Appointed Commissioner in Chancery - 2016
  • Chair of the Circuit Court Committee for Fairfax County 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law from 2004 to 2016.
  • Individual Benefactor, Society of Fellows, Fairfax Law Foundation


  • Wilson v. Slivka, Record No. 2870-06-4, Court of Appeals (unpublished) Porter v. Porter, Record No. 1872-17-4, Court of Appeals (Published), 2018
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Office Location for Valerie E. Hughes

10521 Judicial Drive
Suite 110
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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