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Vanessa Rochelle Dozier

Family Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   55 reviews

also known as Vanessa Rochelle McKinley


Licensed for 6 years

Virtual consultation available

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Protective Orders

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    Slip and Falls, Negligence, Automobile Accidents, Assault, Battery, Wrongful Death

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    Assault and Battery, Theft, Robbery

ACCOMPLISHED, PROACTIVE, AND VISIONARY PROFESSIONAL FOCUSED ON DELIVERING HIGH-QUALITY RESULTS. EXPERIENCED IN FAMILY AND DOMESTIC DISPUTES. CALL TODAY!
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 6 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Vanessa

Ornsby Dozier, LLP
1250 Connecticut Ave NW
STE 700
Washington, DC, 20036

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Vanessa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Wayne | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
Vanessa was awesome, I have had several lawyers over my life time and she was knowledgeable, flexible and available which isn’t the norm when dealing with a lawyer.
Posted by A. Thomas | March 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work, strong lawyer!
Vanessa Dozier has been amazing! Very detailed, professional, patient, and understanding from the day of the initial consult to the closing of her winning our case! Her prices are fair and reasonable and she provided comfort throughout the entire process. This was our first time hiring an attorney and she has been there when we’ve needed her at all times! I strongly recommend her for your family court cases, you won’t be disappointed!
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Posted by Selena | August 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Surprisingly amazing and caring!
Vanessa gave me excellent advice!! She was caring and very professional. I will definitely be going back if I need a lawyer again.
Posted by Shanté | August 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Patient, Attentive, Knowledgeable
Due to my issue(s) not being in her fields of law, I have only had the opportunity for consultation thus far. However, I can not say enough about having the pleasure of speaking with and gaining guidance from Mrs. Vanessa Dozier! Mrs. Dozier has always been very forthcoming, insightful, informative, and very enjoyable during our conversations. She even gave me the information of some of her colleagues to assist me with my exact needs. If I do ever fall into the need for Mrs. Dozier’s areas of expertise I will definitely be reaching out immediately to work with her!
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Posted by Jameka Stuckey | March 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Results Driven, & A True Advocate for Justice
Ms. Dozier represented me in a very high conflict divorce that also included domestic violence. I retained her services for THREE different cases involving my divorce and she delivered amazing results throughout each case. She became more than just my attorney, she became an advocate for me to ensure that justice was served. Ms. Dozier spared no expense at representing me and my children's best interest during the divorce and made she made it her business to ensure that during this time, I also stayed focused on what needed to be done. She provided more than just legal services, she provided me with resources I could use to help me process what I was going through, guidance on how to start putting the pieces of my life back together, and encouragement to see it all through. I am forever grateful for her and words simply can not express how exceptional she is. She is very thorough in the courtroom and always stuck to the FACTS of the case. Her knowledge and research skills in obtaining and acquiring information is done with precision and she uses the information to get the best results. As my attorney, she also held me accountable for what I needed to do in order to get the results we were seeking and to control my emotional thinking. Her approach in court is strategic and she uses logic, reasoning, and facts to prove her case. Again, she represented me in THREE cases during this high conflict divorce. And we came out on top in all three cases. She has encouraged me through not just her words, but her actions to see the best in myself and to take my power back after years of abuse. If you are looking for an attorney that truly puts the best interests of their clients FIRST, Ms. Dozier is the one to choose. I am forever grateful for what she has done for me and my children and I am forever grateful for her and her services. I will also use her services for any legal issues I may have. Ms. Dozier is everything described in her bio...ACCOMPLISHED, PROACTIVE, AND VISIONARY PROFESSIONAL FOCUSED ON DELIVERING HIGH-QUALITY RESULTS!
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
When I first consulted with Vanessa, I told her I needed an attorney who would put their hair up, roll their sleeves, and not be intimidated to go against the powerful as I was seeking a divorce from my spouse who was 20+ years military and a federal law enforcement officer. She did just that! My spouse's attorney was a prominent politician in our county and Vanessa never backed down from their antics. She guided me in the divorce process, but I was always in the driver's seat of the decisions I made. Vanessa supported my decisions after presenting me with all my options. I would definitely recommend her as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Zoila Vidal | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Spc Vidal
She helped me understand the procedure. I felt like I had an extra pair of gloves on me.
Posted by Brittany | August 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
Attorney Dozier, Is one of a kind and very knowledgeable in all areas of family law. She is honest, and strives to acquire the best outcome. I most definitely recommend Attorney Dozier, because she gets the job done.
Posted by Anita | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce case
Vanessa helped with my divorce case .She is an exceptional and smart lawyer. She did a great job and I was granted Most of what I requested of the court. I walked away happy. I would hire her again.
Posted by Denson | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Settlement
Ms. Dozier was very professional and timely when I needed to speak with her about my case as well as made sure that I was informed throughout the whole process. She gave good recommendations in reference to my divorce settlement as well as custody issues. I would definitely use Ms. Dozier again if I have any legal issues arise.
Posted by Billy | February 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Godsend
I'm grateful to God for allowing Vanessa to cross my path. She worked hard and had my back. Enough said.
Posted by Michele | February 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Vanessa Dozier took over my Divorce case and not only did not skip a beat; she was clear and direct with getting it to a conclusion. When opposing counsel no longer represented their client; she facilitated the remaining tasks with my ex. She was compassionate and did these things without running up unnecessary legal costs for me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and patient
She is the most caring and patient person. She listens to what your needs are, she is very trustworthy and understanding.
Posted by Natalie | December 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT LAWYER - Absolute Divorce
Before I found Attorney Vanessa I was worried about custody of my child and my property. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. For almost a year Attorney Vanessa has been consistent, prompt, very very professional and affordable. I’ve only seen lawyers like her in the movies. She will work hard and will definitely protect your interest. I would recommend Attorney Vanessa to everyone!!! This is the best Christmas ever.
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Posted by Jamaal | October 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top tier council
Ms. Dozier represented me in my case and was nothing short of exceptional. She is highly knowledgeable and presented me with all options. There’s no one I would rather have in my corner.
Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Uniquely Efficient and Effective
Ms Dozier is a no-nonsense attorney that knows how to get the job done. Her client is her number one goal, and she sticks with you through the entire process. She is courteous, low-drama, and keen on a successful outcome. I would ask Ms. Dozier to represent me again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Kelly | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody
I would highly recommend Mrs. Dozier. I was looking for a lawyer so that I could file for custody so I used the app Thumbs Up and Mrs. Dozier reached out to me right away. She was professional and compassionate. She answered every and all of my questions and gave me excellent advice through my case. She made me feel comfortable and confident. Again, I would highly recommend!!
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Posted by Kate | April 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, Smart, and Caring
I was on the verge of complete despair. My situation with my family and money seemed hopeless. After Vanessa’s advice I was able to fix my finances and have a mostly stress free divorce! I can’t thank her enough!
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best attorney I could ever hope for
I first contacted Vanessa in mid 2020 when she told me her schedule was tight and she referred me elsewhere. I decided to continue to consult with her and her advice got me the best situation I could think of while saving me potentially thousands. She saved my family! The world needs more lawyers like her.
Posted by Sara | March 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, effective, and very helpful
Vanessa helped me work through whether I should file bankruptcy. She was straight-forward and I completely trust that she had my best interest in mind while counseling me. I have a family law matter issue happening right now, too. She helped me spot the potential issues and reassured me that everything would be ok. I highly recommend her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Vanessa R. McKinley, LLC
  • 2017 - Present

Education

  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Howard University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • National Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Chairwoman of Hospitality and Event Planning Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • 2021 Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Best for 2021
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Black Lawyers Association
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (19)
Endorse Vanessa
Child custody Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Dozier is a zealous advocate for her clients. I witnessed this firsthand as opposing counsel. She was diligent, professional, and well prepared for court, Her legal pleadings showed attention to detail, and a very strategic approach towards promoting her client's position. I would highly endorse this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a go-to lawyer to anyone who needs legal advice. She truly cares about every one of her clients, and will stick with them during their time of need. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my experience with Vanessa, she has been a knowledgable, professional, and overall great attorney!"
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a zealous advocate for her clients and works hard on their behalf. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa Dozier is a brilliant attorney. She is a skilled and fierce advocate for her clients. I am proud to have her as a colleague."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A strong advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Friend
"Ms. McKinnley exemplifies professionalism at all times, and she is a great advocate for her clients!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. McKinley shows great care in managing the affairs of her clients. She is both skilled and knowledgeable in the area of bankruptcy law."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the time that I have known Vanessa, she has demonstrated the utmost in professionalism and dedication to her work. She cares about the work that she does and achieving what is best for those that she is trying to help."
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