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Jonathan Patrick McHugh

Family Attorney at Manassas, VA

4.7   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
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About Jonathan

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Jonathan McHugh is a lead senior associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. He is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including custody, support, separation and high asset divorce cases. Mr. McHugh works in the firm’s offices in Manassas and Arlington, and represents clients all across Northern Virginia.

As one of the leading military divorce lawyers in the firm, Mr. McHugh is intimately familiar with issues of military retirement, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, the Survivor Benefit Plan, disability pay, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Mr. McHugh is also experienced in the division of federal retirement benefits, including the FERS Basic Benefit Plan and TSP.

Mr. McHugh was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Northern Virginia in 2005 after graduating cum laude from Wake Forest University a year earlier. He then worked for 3 ½ years as a consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. In that capacity Mr. McHugh served exclusively clients in the federal government, including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.

Mr. McHugh moved on from his consulting work to attend Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 2011, Mr. McHugh entered private practice as a family law attorney at a law firm in Vienna, Virginia. He then joined Livesay & Myers, P.C. as a family law associate in 2014.

Mr. McHugh was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Family Law. Prior to that, Mr. McHugh was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Family Law. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017. Mr. McHugh currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Jonathan McHugh resides with his wife and two daughters in Northern Virginia.

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Location

Livesay & Myers, P.C.
9408 Grant Avenue Suite 402
Manassas, VA, 20110
Livesay & Myers, P.C.
1515 N Courthouse Rd #710
Arlington, VA, 22201
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Reviews

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Posted by Lisa | September 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Lisa
I knew I had selected the right attorney by the end of our initial consultation. I hired him to represent me as I navigated a divorce after a 38-year marriage. Although we used mediation & did not have to go to court, Jonathan was there every step of the way to be sure I was treated fairly. His response time in every situation, whether I called or emailed, was immediate. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a good attorney. The staff is amazing as well. I actually felt cared about. Superior!! Lisa
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Posted by Ron | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Experience.
I selected Jon McHugh of the Livesay & Myers Leesburg office to help me through a recent divorce. I unfortunately have experience with other divorce attorneys and because of previous issues, I interviewed a few others before I finally picked Jon. I was immediately impressed with his candor and demeanor. He didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, like many have. He also didn't look at his watch before he said hello or goodbye like I've experienced in the past. He listened to my story and gave me his thoughts about a path forward. I was sold on him after the first five minutes. Working with Jon and his support staff was my favorite of all time attorney interactions. Jon and Margaret Stanley were extremely responsive to any of my questions or requests and I never got the feeling that they were looking for things to charge me for like I've experienced in the past. The bottom line is that the final settlement came out much better than we discussed in the beginning. I chalk that up to Jon knowing what he is doing and the strategy he laid out working better than expected. Exceeding expectations is how you get satisfied customers and I certainly am one. As a side note, this cost me less in legal fees than I expected and much less than I've previously experienced. I would highly recommend the Livesay & Myers law firm and Jonathan McHugh in specific.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Great Counsel to Have in Your Corner
My wife told me she wanted a fair separation and amicable divorce, but then insisted she wanted sole custody. I knew immediately I needed representation to help fight for my rights as a father. With Jonathan's counsel, I was able to negotiate fair separation terms. He guided me every step of the way in drafting the separation agreement and preparing me for the journey ahead. I found Jonathan online while searching for and reading a ton of law firm blogs and articles on separation, custody, visitation, child support, and more. I am very thankful for Jonathan's assistance and advice and highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Client
I was in a very difficult situation and required a separation agreement drafted very quickly and divorce filed before the end of 2018. Jonathan provided solid legal advice while working and communicating with the opposing counsel to complete the separation agreement on time. He and Tatyana provided excellent customer service and they worked extremely fast to meet my needs. They’re available around the clock to answer any questions and manage the workload to meet your expectations. I had a wonderful experience with them. I couldn’t be any happier with the outcome.
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Posted by Joe | December 20, 2017
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Let reason prevail
Jonathon was the right guy to guide me through one of the most difficult challeges in life - divorce. He has a talent for giving sage advice and keeping all parties focused on an equitable end game and minimizing drama. He and his assistant Tatyana were responsive, understanding and very professional. Thank you both for your counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2017
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Best Divorce lawyer
I would like to recommend Jonathan for anyone's divorce/family practice needs. He is prompt in replying back and is very patient in answering all the questions and realistic timelines. He has enough experience and knows how to respond to each situation in a systematic and tactful way. He and his team (Tatyana) helped to file my divorce same day after all the required documents were submitted, even though they had lot other cases. And they gave me priority and went over and beyond as I wanted to put my house in the market in August (as soon as possible after divorce). And to my surprise, I got the divorce within 10 days of filing.. Jonathan and his team were very professional all throughout my 1 year of divorce process and I would recommend them to anyone in a heart beat
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Posted by Bill | August 19, 2014
Outstanding representation and counsel
John McHugh and Tatyana Spurgeon made a phenomenal team during an emotionally draining legal action. Their combined approach ensured that I was completely confident in their professional skills, while they also conveyed compassion and empathy during the situation to its conclusion. They were forthright, direct, communicative, and honest throughout the entire process. Any and all questions that I had were responded to in a VERY timely manner, and both seemed to go well beyond the routine working hours to address my questions. I feel very fortunate to have been referred to L&M, and to have been served by this wonderful team, and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation.
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Posted by David | June 2, 2014
Don't hesitate. If you need him, Jon is a go-to attorney.
Jon was a professional from the beginning. He replaced another departing attorney, and picked up my file on the run. He advocated and was persistent in dealing with the DCSE bureaucracy. He kept me well informed, and was responsive to email- sometimes within seconds. I'd recommend Jon, and will use him again if the situation arises.
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Posted by Cecilia | November 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledge but poor communication/availability
I hired Johnathan for a semi complicated custody case. After being hired I found out that my ex had already filed and we had a court date already set. I sent this information to Johnathan he informed me that he had prior arrangements and couldn’t make it but would have someone step in on his place. Emily was wonderful and professional and also knowledgeable. My issue is more with billing and communication on what I would be billed. I turned out that due to Johnathans personal conflict with my initial court date I would not be paying 350 for any communication with Johnathan and an additional 250 for Emily. Had I known this would be the car I would had asked to be transferred over to Emily only as she was able to show up for my case and while my case was semi complicated it an experienced lawyer should’ve been wholly able to navigate it better than myself. Additionally, dusting a family emergency I called his office on a Thursday at 2:40 and was informed that he was not at his desk but would call me back. Due to urgency I then sent an email of which did not get responded to until Monday. He then informed me that his lack of response was because I did not include his assistant or the other attorney that I didn’t even know had been added to my case. Having never hired an attorney before better communication was expected in terms of who I would get billed for. The handout while full of information on how much certain tiers of employees would cost is helpful but really of no use when no one communicates and says this attorney will also be added to your case at your expense because on personal conflicts. I discontinued his services after he could not be reached and I informed him of my issues, feelings, and how I felt about his services and he responded with he “respectfully disagreed” I would recommend Emily as I actually did get to met with her in person and speak with her. I know billing and lack of communication was not her fault.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Senior Associate Attorney
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fite, O’Brien & Anderson, LTD.
  • 2012 - 2014
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Wake Forest University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Re-Location
  • In Favor of Client
  • Prince William Divorce
  • Settlement

Associations

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Wake Forest University
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Happy Hour Q&A With Attorneys Shirin Afsous & Jonathan McHugh
  • Family Law
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (55)
Endorse Jonathan
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jonathan is an effective advocate and a true professional. We were able to quickly resolve both cases we had against each other. I endorse him highly for both his skill and professionalism."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Mr. McHugh. He is an exceptional family law attorney who will fight to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Mr. McHugh is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer and I recommend his services to anyone seeking counsel for family law matters in the Northern Virginia area."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers who donate time on sites like this have a passion for the law and a compassion for the people they serve. Kudos. We'd refer a case without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh is a wonderful advocate for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and does an excellent job of ensuring his clients are well protected. He is also a compassionate advocate for his clients and puts their interests first."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Mr. McHugh. He is focused, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best result for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney McHugh is extremely knowledgeable on all areas of family law, including the most recent developments in the field. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh is a knowledgeable, dedicated and caring attorney who provides effective representation to his clients. It is with pleasure that I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Jonathan. He is a strong advocate for his clients and skilled in the art of negotiation. He knows when to push for his client's interests and when settlement is appropriate."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Mr. McHugh. He is a skilled, focused and diligent family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh is a dedicated and diligent advocate. He works hard for each and every one of his clients, seeking the best result based on their individual needs, whether that be accomplished at the bargaining table or in the courtroom. I highly recommend Mr. McHugh as an attorney in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I'm happy to endorse Mr. McHugh in the area of Family Law. Mr. McHugh is a personable and competent attorney who works hard for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jon is an outstanding advocate for his clients. His work ethic and passion for his job are tremendous assets in any case. I highly endorse Jon for your family law needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I give Mr. McHugh my highest endorsement. He has a confident conversational style. He connects well with clients and alleviates their concerns. He is thorough and comfortable in a courtroom. I recommend Mr. McHugh for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jon McHugh is a hard-working and thoughtful family law attorney. His clients consistently report their satisfaction with his diligence and care in his representation. He has been able to establish a positive reputation amongst his colleagues in the bar in a relatively short amount of time."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fair, dedicated, and aggressive when necessary. Well versed in family law, 100% committed to his clients and cases, and possesses an unmatched work ethic. I give Mr. McHugh my highest endorsement."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jon is a dedicated attorney well-versed in all areas of family law. Jon works hard to get his clients the best possible results, I would highly recommend Jon for anyone facing any kind of family law matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh is an dedicated and talented advocate. Mr. McHugh has years of experience navigating difficult cases and his commitment to his clients is beyond reproach. I highly recommend him for any family law matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mr. McHugh is a detail orientated attorney who works exceedingly hard in obtaining the best results possible for individuals needing assistance and representation on divorce and custody matters. Despite the difficulty of navigating these types of cases which are emotionally charged at times, Jon is conscientious of the goals of his clients and provides knowledgeable and thoughtful advice. This attorney certainly receives my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jon McHugh is a skilled and dedicated Virginia divorce attorney. Knowledgable in all areas of family law, he has particular expertise in cases involving military or federal retirement and benefits. I highly recommend Jon to anyone facing a divorce case in Prince William County or Northern Virginia."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"An outstanding divorce attorney, Mr. McHugh receives my highest possible endorsement."
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Manassas Family Lawyer Jonathan Patrick McHugh
Jonathan Patrick McHugh
Family Attorney
Manassas, VA
Licensed for 12 years