Ms. Powell has been practicing solely in the area of family law for twenty years. By limiting her practice exclusively to family law, she has become well versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of domestic relations litigation. She has litigated or settled cases involving complex issues of equitable distribution including tracing of separate property interests, valuation of businesses, retirement issues and significant financial investments and portfolios.
Ms. Powell has represented clients in alimony and child support cases on all income levels. She has had substantial courtroom experience in successfully defending against, and advocating for, imputation of income to a party for support purposes and deviations from child support guidelines for such factors as a child's special needs or private school costs. She also has litigated or settled child custody cases, involving diverse issues such as the admissibility of expert testimony of custody evaluators, substance abuse issues, domestic violence and relocation of a parent.
Ms. Powell was recognized for her experience and trial skills in the Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 as one of the top family law practitioners in the Metropolitan D.C. area. She recognizes the emotional and financial benefits to her clients of resolving cases, if possible, without the necessity of going to court. Her primary goal is to settle cases through the negotiation process, which can include mediation, whenever possible. However, she is confident in her trial skills if her cases end up in court. Through the course of her representation, Ms. Powell's clients can be assured that she will be a strong, knowledgeable and well-prepared advocate for their interests.
Ms. Powell is in Best Lawyers since 2013 and in SuperLawyers for 2013 and 2014. She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Powell is also President of the Board of Dirctors for the Falls-Church McLean Children's Center.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1994||09/15/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|University of Alabama School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Virginia||Latin American Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|University of Virginia||Spanish Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|