Arlene T. Starace

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Reston, VA

Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Levi, P.C.
 | 12359 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 230
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-683-9000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

With over 30 years of experience, Arlene T. Starace is well known as one of Virginia's premier attorneys in family law. She handles a wide variety of issues, including divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, premarital and postnuptial agreements and the equitable distribution of property. Ms. Starace is particularly noted for excellence in mediation and collaborative law. As a principal with
Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Levi, P.C., she accepts cases in numerous counties surrounding Fairfax County, including Loudoun County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and the City of Alexandria.

In addition to practicing only the highest of ethics, Ms. Starace is committed to providing compassion and attention to detail for each client during a difficult time in their lives. As a result, she has been recognized by her peers and numerous organizations. She has the highest rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Virginia. The Best Lawyers in America** has also recognized her for her achievements. She was selected by Washingtonian Magazine, Virginia Business Magazine and Northern Virginia magazine as a best lawyer in family law. Her practice includes collaborative divorce and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts at Stonehill College in 1969, Ms. Starace earned her Juris Doctor from George Mason University in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in Virginia and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Ms. Starace has written numerous articles on family law topics for the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She served on the board of directors for the family law section of the Fairfax Bar Association and chaired the family law section for the VTLA. She is an active member of both groups and the Virginia State Bar.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Arlene Starace

Admitted: 1984, Virginia

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Honors and Awards:

  • 5Listed as Top 50 Women Attorneys in Virginia, 2009-2015
  • Listed in Washingtonian Magazine's Best Divorce Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell "AV" rating
  • Listed Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Elected Bar Council, 2002 - 2008
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Virginia State Bar, Elected Bar Council, 2002
  • Member, Virginia State Bar, Elected Bar Council, 1993 - 1999
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers, VBA-VTLA Family Law Coalition
  • Chair, Virginia Trial Lawyers, Family Law Section, 1996
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, Commissioner in Chancery and Neutral Case Evaluator, Fairfax Circuit Court
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fairfax Bar Association, 1990 - 1996
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia, 1984

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Former Custody Evaluator, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
  • Former Social Worker, Fairfax County
  • Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities, 1993 - 1995

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Recent Developments In Equitable Distribution", 1988 Fairfax Bar
  • "Administrative Appeals of D.S.S. Findings of Abuse", Fairfax Bar, 1988
  • "Child Custody: Use of the U.C.C.J.A. and P.K.P.A", 1989, Fairfax Bar
  • "The Child As Witness in Custody Cases: After Haase,"1996 VTLA
  • "When Can You Retire After Stubblebine?" 1997, VTLA
  • "Ethical Issues Regarding Witnesses, Clients, and Pre-Trial Preparation" 1998, VTLA

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University Law School, 1984
  • Stonehill College, B.A., 1969
Office Location for Arlene T. Starace

12359 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 230
Reston, VA 20191

Phone: 703-683-9000


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Last Updated: 9/6/2017

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