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Joanna M. Foard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in McLean, VA

General Counsel, P.C.
6849 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 571-932-9021
Fax: 703-774-3965
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2021
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

An attorney with General Counsel, P.C., Joanna M. Foard focuses her practice on matters of family law, including divorce and custody issues. Her clients come from the northern Virginia area, including Loudoun County, Arlington County and Fairfax County. With an Avvo “Superb” rating and Clients’ Choice Award, she has been named one of the Women of the Year by Orlando Magazine, and a Legal Elite Up and Comer and a Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine.

Ms. Foard attended The Catholic University of America, where she earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and prelaw. At Florida Coastal School of Law, she graduated with her Juris Doctor and then earned her master’s of law in international and comparative law from Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

Admitted to practice in the state of Virginia, Ms. Foard is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Seminole County Bar Association, and an associate with the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court. She is also actively involved with the Family Law Executive Committee of the Orange County Bar Association, where she is a board member.

Passionate about giving back to her community through charitable work, she is the former president, board member and volunteer presiding judge of the Orange County Teen Court Advisory Board. Ms. Foard has also held leadership positions in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida’s Key Initiative Group and the Neighborhood Watch Group of the Orlando Police Department.

Client Testimonials:

Posted by Andrew

December 18, 2020

I hired Joanna Foard as my lawyer. Joanna was superb in handling my case as a family attorney. She wasted no time in working on my case. She has superior and extensive knowledge in this area. She is extremely aggressive in getting you positive results. She handled my case with great interest. She is prompt in returning calls and always takes time to listen to your concerns. I highly recommend her. She was awesome!

Posted by Leandra

December 9, 2020

I can’t begin to tell you where I should start when talking about Joanna. She comes across very sweet and innocent, but once you get to know her she is like lion ready to pounce. I hired Joanna to take over when our previous attorney switched the type of law she was practicing. She picked up in the middle and carried it all the way through. She really makes you feel like you are a friend and not just a client. I would give her 10 stars if I could. Joanna is amazing.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation & Collaborative Law


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022

About Joanna M. Foard

First Admitted: 2012, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2013 - 2020
  • Member, Seminole County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2017 - 2020
  • Board Member, Orange County Teen Court, 2016 - 2020
  • Associate, Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court, 2016 - 2020
  • Volunteer Presiding Judge, Orange County Teen Court, 2016 - 2020
  • Vice President, Orange County Teen Court Advisory Board, 2019-2020
  • Board Member, Orange County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee, 2018 – 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Key Initiative Group, 2018 - 2020
  • Block Captain, Neighborhood Watch Group of the Orlando Police Department, 2017 - 2020


  • , 2020 Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine
  • , 2018 Legal Elite Up and Comer by Florida Trend Magazine
  • , Orlando Magazine - Women of the Year 2020
  • , 2020 Rising Star from Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Over 100 5-star reviews, Avvo
  • , 10.0 rating, Avvo
  • , Client’s Choice Award recipient 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

Educational Background

  • Columbus School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law, 2013
  • Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Pre-law


  • “One of the most caring, thoughtful, and energetic attorneys. Truly a pleasure to work with. A great advocate for her clients. ”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Joanna M. Foard

6849 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101

Phone: 571-932-9021

Fax: 703-774-3965

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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