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Vanessa Rochelle Dozier

Family Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   61 reviews

also known as Vanessa Rochelle McKinley

  • Licensed for 7 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

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
    40%
    Slip and Falls, Negligence, Automobile Accidents, Assault, Battery, Wrongful Death

  3. Criminal defense
    10%
    Assault and Battery, Theft, Robbery

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Location

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  61 customer reviews
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Posted by Amanda | April 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody Attorney
Even tho my case was not an easy one to take on given the circumstances, she focused on the CAN and supported me every step. Very glad I hired Vanessa and she was there to fight with me for my children. HIGHLY recommended.
Posted by Dominic | January 25, 2024
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The best lawyer
Vanessa is by far THE lawyer to retain with regards to a dissolution of a marriage. Attentive, on task, protective, and aggressive when need be, there is no better lawyer. My experience has been beyond 10 out of 10 or 5 stars. She saved my house and kept my support extremely low. I could never thank her enough or recommend her any higher.
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Posted by Taheera | November 6, 2023
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Top Lawyer
My custody case was notably intricate, with various factors at play. It was evident that both my 10-year-old child and I required a dedicated advocate. Vanessa Esquire excelled in handling my family law case, consistently delivering exceptional performances in court. Regardless of the opposing counsel's credentials, they couldn't match the effectiveness of my legal representation. I'm thankful for the favorable outcome achieved.
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Posted by EJ | August 1, 2023
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Completely satisfied
Mrs Dozier handled my high conflict custody case with poise. We dealt with the other party and his family filing multiple baseless protective orders and pointless motions in an effort to increase my bill. Mrs. Dozier only filed what was necessary. She reassured me when the other party made claims that I thought would hurt my case. She heard me and fought for me and in the end, I got more than what I asked for. I could not be more pleased.
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Posted by Nakiea | March 8, 2023
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My lawyer was the best!!
My lawyer was great. She answered my questions and she worked with me. She showed me that she had my best interest at heart.
Posted by Marcus | February 22, 2023
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Review
Mrs Dozier is an awesome lawyer, she helped me with my sensitive custody situation. She was accurate, patient and listened to details. My family and I appreciate her hard work and dedication, I'd recommend her to anyone in need .
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2023
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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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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
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| 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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 Selena | August 9, 2021
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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 Kelly | April 27, 2021
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| 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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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 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

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

Honors and 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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