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Stanton E Phillips

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Adoption is love. Adoption is about fulfilling your dream of raising a family. Adoption is about finding an appropriate home for a child.

Adoption is also a legal matter. While there may be an adoption agency involved in the placement, supervision or investigation, it is ultimately a decision for a court. For most of us, it is the most important legal proceeding we will be involved in our lifetimes. You want to minimize potential risks because what you really want is a family.

Stanton Phillips offers experience, knowledge and practical advice. He listens to your needs, advises you of your options and works with you to best achieve your goals. His legal practice is limited to building families through adoption and assisted reproductive technologies including surrogacy, gestational carriers and embryo adoptions.

Experience in adoptions for Stanton Phillips began in 1982 as a young litigator when an older attorney brought him into litigate a contested adoption. Now he has completed over 3,000 successful adoptions, helping families one at a time. These adoptions have come from just about every state and more than 65 countries.

Knowledge is built upon experience. Stanton Phillips has helped his clients through just about every imaginable situation and lots of situations that would be hard to imagine. He frequently teaches courses on adoption law as well as attends those presentations by his colleagues so he can follow the continuing changing landscape.

Stanton Phillips knows the adoption statutes because he has worked with the Virginia Legislature in drafting the laws. This included being the primary drafter of the major procedural rewrite in 2006 and participating in drafting the previous major rewrite in 1995. Additionally, Stanton Phillips drafted in 1999 the education statute with regards to foster children and children placed for adoption.

In the District of Columbia, Stanton Phillips was the first Chair of the D.C. Superior Court Adoption Committee consisting of Judges and lawyers that drafted the first comprehensive set of Adoption Rules. Under two D.C. mayors, he was the appointee as the attorney member of the Committee that regulates adoption agencies.

While adoption is a legal process, the route to a successful adoption involves many practical matters. Proper services need to be made available for a birth mother in order that she may adequately weigh her options. An adequate and positive support group should surround the birth mother to reassure her of her plan. We want to ensure that the birth mother is properly treated and that she has made an educated and meaningful decision that is best for both her and the baby.

Stanton Phillips has been recognized for his professional achievements in adoption as recipient of the 2006 Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. He has served as Chair of the Advisory Counsel for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and has organized a number of adoption programs in the U.S. Capitol. Four of his clients children have had their adoption finalized in the White House before the President and First Lady.

Stanton Phillips has co-authored or contributed to twenty books on adoption law including Adoption law in Virginia, District of Columbia Practice Manual, Adoption Law and Practice, Family Law and Practice and Legal Aspects of International Adoption.

Stanton Phillips understands your needs and believes in personal attention and a good bedside manner. He believes in handling cases quickly and timely. He knows you want to be able to go home as soon as possible with your new baby. His approach is to handle your work at the earliest opportune time so that when an emergency arises or a baby is born, he can handle the urgent matter without disrupting the routine matters. Stanton Phillips has the understanding and experience to handle your adoption while minimizing potential risks. Let Stanton Phillips help make your adoption successful and a wonderful experience.


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  1. Adoption: 100%
    33 years, 2.6 thousand cases


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  • David Alfred Carroll

    Stanton is a very knowledgeable attorney with keen insight in the matters of adoption. I highly endorse Stanton.


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1921 Gallows Road
Suite 110
Vienna, VA, 22182


DCActive 198105/25/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law198009/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Recognition of 20 Years of ServiceAmerican Academy of Adoption Attorneys2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Recognition of ServiceCongressional Coalition on Adoption Institute2008
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Invaluable Service AwardLDS Family Services2006
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Angel in AdoptionU.S. Congress2006
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adoption AttorneyGoldenberg & Phillips, PC2003 - Present
Adoption AttorneyAdoption Legal Services - Stanton Phillips1980 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
FACES of Virginia FamiliesBoard of Trustees and Treasurer2013 - Present
American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology AttorneysFellow2010 - Present
Congressional Coalition on Adoption InstituteChair-Advisory Council2006 - 2008
DC Superior Court - Adoption Rules CommitteeChair/ Second Chair1992 - 1997
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1990 - Present
NCCUSL - Uniform Adoption ActParticipant1990 - 1994
DC Committee on Placement of Children in Family HomesAttorney Representative1987 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
CHOLLETTE v. KEELINGAdoption successful and appeal denied based on putative father's failure to establish paternity.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteAdoption Law: Start to Finish2015
Virginia Family Law QuarterlyThe Status of International Adoption2015
National Business InstituteAdoption Law: Start to Finish2013
National Business InstituteAdoption Law: Start to Finish2011
Family Law News (VIrginia State Bar Family Law Section)Subsidies for Adoption2010
Family Law News (VIrginia State Bar Family Law Section)Tax Benefits for Adoption for the 2009 Tax Year2009
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenStanding at the Forefront: Effective Advocacy2009
National Business InstituteAdoption Law: Start to Finish2008
National Business InstituteLegal Aspects of International Adoption2008
Family Law News (VIrginia State Bar Family Law Section)The New 2007 Adoption Laws2007
Family Law News (VIrginia State Bar Family Law Section)Highlights of 2006 Virginia Adoption Legislation2006
National Business InstituteGuiding Clients Thru The Virginia Process2005
Arlington County Bar AssociationAdoption Law in Virginia 20052005
LorimanLaw for Social Workers2003
National Business InstituteAdoption Law in Virginia2003
District of Columbia Bar AssociationDistrict of Columbia Practice Manual2001
Virginia Department of Social ServicesAdoption in Virginia2000
District of Columbia Bar AssociationAdoption Law and Practice Manual1999
George Mason University Law SchoolAttorney's Manual1999
District of Columbia Bar AssociationAdoption Law and Practice Manual1998
George Mason University Law SchoolVirginia Adoption Manual1998
National Business InstituteThe Guardian ad litem in Virginia1997
George Mason University Law SchoolVirginia Adoption Law and Procedure1997
District of Columbia Bar AssociationAdoption Law and Practice Manual1997
District of Columbia Bar AssociationAdoption Law and Practice Manual1996
National Business InstituteAdoption Law in Virginia1996
The Legal Adoption GuideForeward1996
Family Law and PracticeAdoption Law, Procedure and Practice1995
Adoption Law and PracticeAdoption Procedures - Update1995
Adoption Law and PracticeAttorney's Role in Private Agency Adoption - Update1995
Adoption Law and PracticeAdoption Procedures - Update1994
Adoption Law and PracticeAttorney's Role in Private Agency Adoption - Update1994
Adoption Law and PracticeAdoption Procedures - Update1993
Adoption Law and PracticeAttorney's Role in Private Agency Adoption - Update1993
Adoption Law and PracticeAdoption Procedures - Update1992
Adoption Law and PracticeAttorney's Role in Private Agency Adoption - Update1992
The Adoption Law JournalRefusal to Identify Birthfathers1991
The Adoption Law JournalRecent Adoption Cases1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
American UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976