John K. Karanian

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond, VA

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
 | 7401 Beaufont Springs Drive, Boulders VI, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23225
Phone: 804-414-1613
Fax: 804-729-3405
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    John K. Karanian is a shareholder at Richmond, Virginia-based Barnes & Diehl, P.C. Focusing his practice on family law matters since becoming an attorney, he provides advice and counsel to people in the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area whose marriages are coming to an end and who are having to deal with such divorce-related issues as alimony, the division of marital assets and debts, and child custody and visitation. Other family law cases that Mr. Karanian has handled have included the preparation and review of prenuptial and post-marital agreements, adoptions, the modification to and enforcement of existing divorce orders, and the obtaining of protective orders for clients who have been the victims of domestic abuse. He also has a background in defending clients against misdemeanor and felony charges.

    Mr. Karanian majored in psychology at Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. He then enrolled at the University of Hartford and eventually earned his Doctor of Psychology in 1997. Mr. Karanian spent the following three years in the clinical psychology field, including a one-year stint with the Central Intelligence Agency. He then decided to pursue his legal education at the University of Richmond School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004.

    Admitted to practice in Virginia, Mr. Karanian has been with Barnes & Diehl, P.C., since graduation, and he became a shareholder in 2013. He has been asked to deliver presentations on various family law topics to groups of fellow professionals, with subjects, including child custody evaluations, sexual abuse in family law cases and selecting a qualified child custody expert. Mr. Karanian's professional affiliations include the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Family Law
    • 10%Criminal Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2014

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    About John Karanian

    Admitted: 2004, Virginia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected to Virginia Super Lawyer, by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2015-2017)
    • Voted a Rising Star Super Lawyer in Virginia, by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2007-2014)
    • All-American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy (1992) 

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    • Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Virginia (December 4, 1998 - June 30, 2012) 

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Virginia, 2004 
    • Chesterfield County Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
    • Metro Richmond Bar Association, Judiciary Committee (2009) 
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand?," John Karanian & Michael HuYoung, Esquire, Virginia Bar Association News Journal (Focus on Family Law), Volume 35, No. 4, Winter Issue (2009)
    • "Basic Forensic Training," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (October 6, 1997) 
    • "Challenging Expert Testimony About Child Sexual Abuse," John Karanian, Virginia State Bar, Family Law News, Volume 25, No. 4, Winter Issue (2005)
    • "Assessing Elopement Risk from a Forensic Hospital," Greg Wolber & John Karanian, Journal of Forensic Psychology (2002)
    • "The Relationship Between Depression and Self-Efficacy in a Sample of Sheltered Homeless Adults," John Karanian, Doctoral Dissertation (1997) 
    • "Mental Health Issues in Family Law," National Business Institute, Continuing Education Seminar (October 22, 2014)
    • "Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia," Richmond, Virginia (June 7, 2013)
    • "29th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar," Richmond, Virginia (April 26, 2013)
    • "30th Annual Family Law Seminar," Richmond, Virginia (October 27, 2011)
    • "Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations," Marc Ackerman, Ph.D., Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2006)
    • "Emerging Issues in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology," Charlottesville, Richmond, Virginia (May 27, 2010)
    • "38th Semi-Annual Fall Forensic Symposium: Assessing Criminal Behavior," The Importance of How the Crime was Committed, Charlottesville, Virginia (September 26, 2003)
    • "American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Family Law Associates," Advanced Program, Chicago, Illinois (June 24, 2010)
    • "Mental Health Issues in Family Law Cases," Richmond, Virginia (2007)
    • "Sexual Abuse in Family Law Cases," Virginia CLE (July 7, 2009)
    • "Digital Forensics: Surveillance and Ethics in Domestic Relations Cases," Williamsburg, Virginia (January 15, 2011)
    • "Conflicts of Interest," Richmond, Virginia (October 22, 2010)
    • "Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner," Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, VTLA's Annual Criminal Law Seminar(presentation by Michael HuYoung & outline by John Karanian)(October 28, 2004)
    • "Selecting a Qualified Expert," 8th Annual Advanced Guardian Ad Litem for Children Seminar: What GAL's Need to Know about Child Custody Evaluations (December 12, 2006)
    • "Clinical Work With Difficult Families," Washington, DC (October 16, 2000)
    • "Stalking," Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC (August 10, 2000)
    • "Capital Sentencing Evaluation Training," (June 11, 1999)
    • "The Clinical Assessment of Malingering," Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (June 9, 1999)
    • "Expert Testimony and Forensic Evaluation," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (April 30, 1999)
    • "The Multiphasic Sex Inventory and Assessment of Sex Offenders," Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia (April 29, 1999)
    • "Juvenile Evaluation Training Update," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (January 26, 1999)
    • Alternatives To Patient Consent," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (October 15, 1998)
    • "Sex Offenders: Pedophilia," Forensic Evaluation Seminar, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (August 21, 1998)
    • "The Legal Implications of Co-Morbidity: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (September 17, 1998)
    • "Assessment and Treatment Issues with Sexually Violent Predators," Charlottesville, Virginia (May 24, 2011)
    • "Emerging Policy and Research and the Sex Offender," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (May 8, 1998)
    • Assistant Clinical Professor, Medical College of Virginia, Department of Psychiatry, Richmond, VA (August 1998-January 2000)
    • "Insanity Acquittee Evaluation," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (February 12, 1998)
    • "Ethical Issues in Child Custody Matters," (October 26, 2011)
    • "Advanced Forensic Training," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (January 13, 1998-January 14, 1998)
    • "Frequent Childhood Moves - Poorer Quality of Life," Virginia Family Law News, Volume 31, No. 1, Spring Issue (2011)
    • "Risk Assessment," Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia (November 21, 1997)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • All-American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy, 1992

    Educational Background:

    • University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA, Psy.D. - 1997, Major: Clinical Psychology
    • Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, B.A., Major: Psychology 
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    7401 Beaufont Springs Drive
    Boulders VI, Suite 200
    Richmond, VA 23225

    Phone: 804-414-1613

    Fax: 804-729-3405

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