PARTNER, FAMILY LAW PRACTICE CHAIRlneff@thegellerlawgroup.com
Laurie Neff’s practice is focused on providing sound and balanced representation to clients navigating all aspects of family law: Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Custody, Spousal and Child Support, Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, and Bankruptcy.
Practicing law since 2001, 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.
Laurie firmly believes that court should be the last resort in family law matters and works tirelessly with clients and counsel to reach achieve the best possible outcome without having to resort to protracted litigation or having a judge determine what is best for a family.
Prior to joining the firm, Laurie was a clinical professor of law at the 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 service members and veterans in family law and civil litigation matters in the courts of Northern Virginia providing millions of dollars in pro bono legal assistance. 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 highly regarded 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 Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law Section), Fairfax County Bar Association, and the Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association (VAWA). She is a VAWA board member-at-large for and currently sits on the VAWA’s judicial selection committee, regularly evaluating judicial candidates for judicial appointments statewide. 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. She is working toward becoming a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator in family law matters.
From 2014-2016, Laurie served as a Board Member of the Virginia Board of Veteran Services, having been appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Laurie resides in Loudoun County, VA with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.
"Laurie Neff and her team were spot on with the entire process of my divorce. Even during COVID, they responded quickly with professionalism and impeccable knowledge and expertise. I felt extremely well taken care of and secure with their assistance. Hire this team!!"
"I met 4 different attorneys (at $150-$350 /consult) before I met Laurie. She was direct, honest, no BS, and able to read between the lines. In that initial consult I saw how rapidly she processed information, including elements of my situation that I didn't have the language to articulate. If I'd chosen someone with a lower hourly rate I would have missed her skill and perception. Making myself understood would ultimately have cost far more and would have made an already painful process even harder."
"Laurie Neff is the attorney you need if you want to get rid of a narcissistic spouse like the one I had. She was direct, professional and compassionate in one of the most difficult times of life. Fortunately, I was/am surrounded by strong, helpful, smart women, and Laurie and her team were at the top of the list keeping my interests at heart while ensuring the wolf was at bay. I cannot say enough about the entire Geller Law Group as every dealing I had with them was top notch. Look no further, and hire the best ..... this is it!"
"Laurie Forbes Neff was absolutely brilliant in how she handled my divorce. Rachel Rubenstein was fantastic in her support and preparation, as well as her clear and concise presentation to the court. I can not offer a stronger recommendation, they were simply fantastic!"
"The attorneys and staff at Geller are phenomenal! They were supportive and extremely knowledgeable. I immediately felt comforted in knowing that I was in excellent hands. I highly recommend the Geller Law firm, and I owe a special thanks to Chantelle DiLorenzo and Laurie Neff and their staff for helping me resolve some long outstanding issues. Laurie was especially helpful, and I will always be grateful for her support. Knowing she was in my corner gave me an extra level of comfort and peace that I desperately needed. I highly recommend the Geller Law firm!"
"I hired the Geller Law Group to help me navigate a difficult divorce. Laurie's understanding, patience and perseverance were invaluable in bringing a positive conclusion to a very distressing situation. I would recommend this group to anyone needing a fair and supportive advocate."
"Laurie Neff is the ABSOLUTELY best! She helped me navigate a very tumultuous divorce with many moving parts, timelines, and more. She proactively communicates, is an active listener and a trusted advisor. She is genuinely interested in the best outcome for her clients and is not driven by an hourly rate or breaking the bank."
"Laurie Neff was a wonderful lawyer, helping me get through a difficult time period in the best way possible, both with legal matters and as a great advisor!"
"I was referred to the Geller Law Group and after the initial consultation with Laurie Forbes Neff, I was confident that she would represent me well through my legal journey. Laurie is a professional who walked me through the process, consulted on the various paths forward and ultimately resolved my case with outcomes that were truly acceptable to me. I highly recommend Laurie and the Geller Law Group if you are looking for a legal team that cares about you!"
"Laurie's understanding and perseverance were invaluable in bringing a positive conclusion to my difficult divorce. I highly recommend this law group."
"Laurie Neff has done a great job working with me on my divorce. Her personal experience in the military helped her to understand the complex issues and emotions that add to the stress of divorce. She kept my best interests front and center without making it about sticking it to anyone. I especially appreciate her advice to not give in for less than I was due just to get to the end of a painful process. I highly recommend her services. Thanks Laurie!"
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