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Erik Baines

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond, VA

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
7401 Beaufont Springs Drive, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23225
Phone: 804-796-1000
Fax: 804-796-1730
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Erik Baines is an associate with the Virginia law firm of Barnes & Diehl, P.C. The firm has three office locations across the Greater Richmond metro region, and Mr. Baines serves clients throughout the area who are going through divorce or have some other serious legal issues affecting their families.

In addition to family law, Mr. Baines has extensive experience with criminal defense as well as bankruptcy, taxation and estate planning, especially as they relate to divorce proceedings, and he has achieved notable success protecting the rights and best interests of those he serves while helping them resolve their conflicts and reach agreements that meet their specific needs and goals.

Mr. Baines graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2002, where he was the first standing graduate of the school's history program. He then served for several years as the Deputy Director of Development for the Fishburne Military School before deciding to enter law. He then enrolled at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2012 and graduated Order of the Coif.

While in law school, Mr. Baines achieved first place in the 2012 Walter Scott McNeill Legal Writing Competition. A Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Scholarship recipient, he also won CALI Awards for excellence in property, bankruptcy, secured transactions, remedies and tax policy.

Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Baines has published a number of articles related to family law, and he helped author and revise the criminal law and criminal procedure chapters for the 2016 edition of Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys. He also serves on the adjunct legal faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he regularly conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

About Erik Baines

First Admitted: 2012, Virginia

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Educational Background

  • Virginia Military Institute, 2002, Honors: First Standing Graduate in the History curriculum, Marshall Table (Omicron Delta Kappa)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Adjunct Faculty, 2012-Current
  • Fishburne Military School, Member, Board of Visitors
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association
  • Chesterfield Bar Association
  • Virginia Supreme Court, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2015


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2017
  • First standing graduate in the History curriculum, Randolph T. Townsend Award, Virginia Military Institute, 2002
  • Excellence in Property Law, CALI Award, 2010
  • Excellence in Secured Transactions, CALI Award, 2011
  • Excellence in Bankruptcy, CALI Award, 2011
  • Excellence in Tax Policy, CALI Award, 2012
  • Excellence in Remedies, CALI Award, 2012
  • Winner of the Walter Scott McNeill Legal Writing Competition., University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-Authored with Michael HuYoung, Esquire, Shareholder at Barnes & Diehl, P.C., the Updates and Revisions to the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Chapters in the Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook for Attorneys (2016 Edition)
  • Update on Family Law (Fall, 2016)
  • Update on Family Law (Spring, 2016)
  • Update on Family Law (Fall, 2015)
  • Update on Family Law (Spring, 2015)
  • Update on Family Law, Fall, 2014
  • Update on Family Law, Spring, 2014
  • Family Status and Today's Families, 47 Rich. L. Rev. 729 (January, 2013)
  • 21st Century Jury Issues, Contributor, 43rd Annual Criminal Law Seminar, 2013
  • Children's Testimony in Custody and Visitation Cases, Author, Virginia Family Law Quarterly, 2014
  • Update on Virginia Family Law, Part II, Writer, 33rd Annual Family Law Seminar, 2014
  • Update on Virginia Family Law, Part II, Writer, 34th Annual Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Update on Virginia Family Law, Part I, Writer, 31st Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2015
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Office Location for Erik Baines

7401 Beaufont Springs Drive
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23225

Phone: 804-796-1000

Fax: 804-796-1730

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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