Laurie Forbes Neff
Laurie has practiced law in Virginia since 2001. Her practice is primarily focused on providing sound and balanced representation to clients navigating all aspects of family law: Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Custody, Spousal and Child Support, Adoption, and Assisted Reproduction.
Laurie is an experienced and confident attorney who represents clients throughout Northern Virginia with the primary goal of achieving fair, amicable settlements in contested family law matters, and the best possible outcome, whether negotiated or through the judicial process in administrative and other civil proceedings.
In 2018, Laurie was the Loudoun Time’s Runner-Up for “Best Attorney.”
Prior to joining the firm, Laurie was a clinical professor of law at George Mason University School of Law (k/n/a Antonio Scalia Law School) in Arlington, Virginia where she directed the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“MVETS”). A former United States Marine, Laurie’s practice during her time at MVETS was heavily focused on representing our nation’s servicemembers and veterans in family law and civil litigation matters in the courts of Northern Virginia. As such, Laurie has significant experience with issues unique to military members, veterans and their dependents, including the intricacies of military divorces and issues involving division of military retirement, the Survivor Benefit Plan, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Laurie worked for a major international firm, a well- respected firm in Virginia Beach, and served as a law clerk for the Fourth Judicial Circuit upon her cum laude graduation from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.
Laurie is a member of the American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law Section), Fairfax County Bar Association, and the Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association. She is a board member at-large for and currently sits on the VAWA’s judicial selection committee, regularly evaluating judicial candidates for open judicial appointments in various Northern Virginia courts. Additionally, Laurie regularly serves as a Motions Conciliator in family law matters within the Fairfax County Circuit courts, assisting other attorneys and pro se parties in resolving pending motions by helping them to develop realistic and satisfactory ways of resolving the dispute without further intervention by the court.
From 2014-2016, Laurie served as a Board Member of the Virginia Board of Veteran Services, having been appointed by former Governor, Terry McAuliffe.
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law
B.S., Towson State University
Military / Veterans