Harris W. Leiner

Top rated family law attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
Harris W. Leiner
Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family law, General litigation, Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 2001

Education: University of Richmond School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230 Visit website


Focusing his practice primarily on family law matters, Harris W. Leiner is an attorney at Barnes & Diehl, P.C. From the firm's office in Richmond, Virginia, he assists clients throughout the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area who are contemplating or going through a divorce. The types of issues that Mr. Leiner provides advice and counsel on have included child custody and visitation, alimony, child support, and the division of complex marital assets and debts. In the latter regard, he often prepares and reviews qualified domestic relations orders that are required for the division of certain types of retirement plans.

Mr. Leiner also has experience in obtaining modifications to or the enforcement of existing divorce orders, paternity issues and the seeking of protective orders on behalf of clients who have been the victims of domestic violence. He has also prepared and reviewed prenuptial and post-marital agreements.

In addition to family law, Mr. Leiner has a background in estate planning and criminal defense. His colleagues have taken note of his successful track record and high degree of ethics, and they have awarded him a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Leiner has been named to Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" list for several consecutive years. He is frequently asked to give presentations on topics related to his practice areas before groups of fellow professionals. Some of the subjects that he has covered include equitable distribution, spousal support order modifications and the valuation of business interests for property division purposes.

Mr. Leiner is a 1998 Bachelor of Arts recipient from the University of Florida. His legal education came at the University of Richmond School of Law, from where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001. Mr. Leiner is admitted to practice in Virginia.

Practice areas

Family law, General litigation, Criminal defense

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property

  • 80% Family law
  • 10% General litigation
  • 10% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 2001, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://barnesfamilylaw.com/harris-w-leiner/

  • One of the "Top 50” Attorneys in Richmond, Super Lawyers
  • One of the "Top 100" Attorneys in Virginia, Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers, Richmond Magazine Law & Politics, Virginia, 2007-2012
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2010-2015
  • Super Lawyer, Richmond Magazine Law & Politics, 2012-2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, 2004-Present
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Chairman, Planning Committee, Annual Bench-Bar Conference, 2007
  • Moderator, Justifications for Spousal Support Modification, Richmond Bar Association
  • Speaker, Essentials for Criminal Defense, Family Law and Personal Injury Paralegals, VTLA
  • Speaker, Virginia Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon, LLC
  • Speaker, Bridging the Gap; Family Law Section, Virginia CLE
  • Moderator, Addressing Allegations of Abuse in Family Law Cases, Richmond Bar Association
  • Speaker, Valuation of Business Interests in Domestic Relations Cases
  • Speaker, Nuts and Bolts of Equitable Distribution and Grounds for Divorce
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Jewish Family Services, Special Events Committee, Member, 2005-2007
  • St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Fund Raiser, 2011
  • St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Event Organizer
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Volunteer
  • Make a Wish, Event Organizer
  • LINC, Event Organizer
  • Newman v. Newman, 42 Va. App. 557, 2004
  • Congdon v. Congdon, (Co-authored Brief in Opposition to Virginia Supreme Court), 40 Va. App 255, 2003
  • Blackson v. Blackson, 40 Va. App. 507, 2003
  • Utch v. Utch, 266 Va 124, 2003
Educational Background:
  • Cambridge University, Cambridge, Study Abroad Program, 1999
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.A., May 1998

Office location for Harris W. Leiner

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-796-1000

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