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Katharine Maddox

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Falls Church, VA

Maddox & Gerock, P.C.
8111 Gatehouse Rd, Suite 410
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-883-8035
Fax: 703-356-6120
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Katharine has extensive experience in all areas of family law from handling complex custody matters to unique property divisions as well as support matters.  Katharine is passionate about her career - she does not create family law disputes, but she enjoys being part of the solution and advocating on behalf of her clients. Ideally family matters are resolved outside of litigation where both parties agree to a solution; unfortunately, settlement is not always possible.  Katharine is a strong advocate both in negotiating settlements as well as litigating before judges when the parties are not able to agree upon settlement terms.  Katharine is a litigator, a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator, and she also practices Collaborative Law.

Katharine is a Fellow of the distinguished American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), where she serves as a Vice President of the US Chapter of the IAFL.  Katharine is also a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL), which according to the ACFTL is a “group consisting of the top 100 family law trial lawyers in the country.  Fellowship is extended by invitation only to those who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose careers exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiately. Fellowship is limited to those who are regarded as the best in their state.”

Katharine has lectured on family law issues both domestically as well as internationally.  Katharine has also published several articles related to Virginia family law matters and co-authored the Virginia chapter of an international treatise on family law.  Katharine has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine and as a "Top Lawyer" by Northern Virginia Magazine.  She has also been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the field of family law by Virginia Business Magazine and she has received the top rating possible, "Superb, 10 out of 10" from the AVVO ratings website.   

Raised in Virginia, Katharine attended the University of Virginia and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She then pursued her legal studies at The George Washington University Law School and received her Juris Doctor with honors.  While there, Ms. Maddox was the chair of the school's Committee on Academic Integrity.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

About Katharine Maddox

First Admitted: 2001, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.maddoxandgerock.com/Attorney-Profiles/Katharine-...

Honors/Awards

  • Katharine is included as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law.  https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/katharine-maddox/255184, Best Lawyers in America, BestLawyers.com
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyers Magazine (Virginia), 2013 - present
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center: Maddox & Gerock named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine (Virginia), 2010 - 2012
  • Student Chair, Academic Integrity Committee, The George Washington University Law School
  • “Top Lawyer” in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Northern Virginia Magazine: 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011 selected by Northern Virginia 
  • Law Association of Women: Student Bar Association Representative and Co-Events Director, The George Washington University Law School
  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2008 - 2009
  • “Superb, 10 out of 10” from the AVVO ratings website
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyers Magazine (Washington DC), 2014 - 2015
  • Moot Court Board membership, The George Washington University Law School

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The American College of Family Trial Lawyers ("ACFTL").   The ACFTL "is a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. The American College was formed in 1993 to bring together some of the best trial lawyers in America practicing sophisticated and complex family law and matrimonial matters both domestically and abroad ranging from dissolution of marriage (divorce), paternity, palimony, child abduction and domestic torts. Diplomates, all members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, are chosen based upon their recognized litigation skills and courtroom abilities.  The American College has achieved national recognition through its diplomates handling well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues of local and national importance. Diplomates are also involved in the uppermost level of continuing education through the presentation of CLE programs, acting as guest speakers, participating in hands-on interactive sessions, as well as participating in the free-flow exchange of ideas and innovative concepts amongst its members." https://acftl.com/organization/
  • America Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML):  According to www.aaml.org, membership in the AAML means the following: The attorney has demonstrated an active interest and competency in matrimonial law as evidenced by the fulfillment of criteria and standards as established by the AAML™ Board of Examiners and Board of Governors. The attorney is recognized by the bench and bar as a leading practitioner in the area of matrimonial law. The attorney has substantial experience and is able to handle complex matters relating to custody and support of children, property division and alimony or spousal support. The attorney has demonstrated substantial involvement in the matrimonial field and has endeavored to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law.    
  • US Chapter of International Academy of Family Lawyers, Vice President
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association, Circuit Court Committee, Domestic Relations Sub-Committee, Member, 2009 - 2015
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Membership Committee, Board Member, 2006
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee, Vice-Chair 2006
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee, Treasurer, 2004
  • Virginia State Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • US State Department, Office of Children’s Issues, Member
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association , Circuit Court Committee, Member, 2009 - 2015
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Board Member, 2002 – 2005
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Board of Governors, 2006
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee, Secretary, 2005
  • American Bar Association , 2001 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Nominating Committee, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association , Family Law Section, Member, 2001 – present
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, Board Member, 2004 – 2005
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Membership Committee, Board Member, 2013 - present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Publications Committee, Board Member, 2006
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee, Board Member, 2002-2003
  • Virginia, 2001
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Board of Governors, Member, 2010 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center

Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Psychology, May, 1996, 2006
  • George Washington University, J.D., 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Best practices for attorneys in a post-covid virtual world., Best Practices for Lawyers in a Virtual World, American Bar Association , 2021
  • International family law treatise; Virginia chapter., Family Law in U.S.: Virginia Overview, Thompson Reuters, 2020
  • Procedural requirements and legal considerations related to relocation of children outside the Commonwealth of Virginia in family law matters., Relocation in Accordance with Virginia Law, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association , 2019
  • Analysis of considerations with respect to the role of an attorney in parent-child alienation cases, Understanding and Litigating Parent-Child Alientation Cases, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers newsletter, January 2018, 2018
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), Hague Symposium (full day of education), Chair, 2015
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law, Secretary General
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), Hague Symposium (full day of education), Chair, 2014
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), The Hague Convention, Moderator, 2011
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), Panel Member, 2010
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Presenter, 2012
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Presenter, April 2013
  • Northern Virginia Magazine article titled Making the Case for Custody
  • USA Today Father’s Day edition article titled More dads demand equal custody rights
  • National Law Journal article titled Divorce Lawyers Without Boarders
  • Relocation in Custody Cases: A History and the Present State of the Law, Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-Author, Virginia chapter of the European Lawyer Reference Series, Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons
  • Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons , (First Edition 2011; Second Edition 2012; Third Edition 2015)
  • Co-author, Virginia chapter in the European Lawyer Reference Series: Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons
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Office Location for Katharine Maddox

8111 Gatehouse Rd
Suite 410
Falls Church, VA 22042

Phone: 703-883-8035

Fax: 703-356-6120

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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