Dennis M. Hottell

Top rated family law attorney in Falls Church, Virginia

Maddox & Gerock, P.C.
Dennis M. Hottell
Maddox & Gerock, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1977

Education: Gonzaga University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Maddox & Gerock, P.C.

8111 Gatehouse Rd
Suite 410
Falls Church, VA 22042 Visit website


Attorney Dennis M. Hottell serves as senior counsel with Maddox & Gerock, P.C., law firm in Falls Church, Virginia. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than 43 years of legal experience, Mr. Hottell focuses his practice solely on family law, and he provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas of the Washington, D.C., who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child and spousal support
  • Asset division
  • Agreements
  • International family law
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Divorce mediation
  • Appeals
  • Post-divorce modifications and enforcements
  • Domestic violence and protective orders

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Hottell has gained a reputation for his compassion and resolve at helping his clients make the best-informed decisions on the matters that affect their cases. Well-versed in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques, he has assisted hundreds of clients with resolving their conflicts and reaching favorable agreements without the need for expensive, stressful and time-consuming court battles. However, he is also a seasoned trial lawyer who will not hesitate to take his clients' matter to court when necessary.

Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, Mr. Hottell maintains an unwavering focus on his clients' needs and on ensuring he has done all he can to help them achieve the positive results they expect and deserve efficiently and cost-effectively. Honored for his professionalism and service, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America**. Also, Northern Virginia Magazine has voted him among the Top Divorce Lawyers in his region.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Hottell is the past president and certified fellow of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he has served two terms as a governor-appointed member of Virginia's Child Support Guidelines Review Panel.

In addition, he has served on the Virginia Disciplinary Board, and he is a fellow with the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is also an active member of the Virginia Family Law Coalition, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Arlington County and Fairfax Bar Associations, as well as the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. A 1972 graduate of Gonzaga University, Mr. Hottell returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1976.

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Practice areas

Family law, Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Juvenile law, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Father's rights

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 1977, Virginia

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Past President, Virginia Chapter of the AAML
  • Virginia State Bar (VSB)
  • Virginia Disciplinary Board, Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia
  • Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Super Lawyer, Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine
  • AV-rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubble
  • "Northern Virginia's Top Divorce Lawyers"
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
  • President-Elect, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (VA Chapter)
  • Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia's Child Support Guideline Review Panel
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • "Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year," Fairfax Bar Association's
Educational Background:
  • Gonzaga University, B.A. in Accounting, 1972
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lectured at numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs throughout Virginia on various family law and legal ethics topics

Office location for Dennis M. Hottell

8111 Gatehouse Rd
Suite 410
Falls Church, VA 22042

Phone: 571-308-2225


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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