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Michael Cleveland Daugherty

Divorce and separation Attorney at Manassas, VA

4.9   68 reviews

also known as Mike Daugherty

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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         My goal for each and every client is to deliver high quality legal representation by providing excellent customer service alongside practical, honest, straight-forward legal advice. My best skill is providing clear, strategic driven legal advice in an often emotion dominated legal process. I am high energy, solution-oriented, and goal driven – I strive to ensure my clients understand the legal process including understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their case so the best possible decision can be made.

         No matter the client or the case, I firmly believe the following: An attorney should be brutally honest with their client which includes unequivocally advising the client of the negative aspects of their case and the risks associated. An attorney should respond to client correspondence immediately, not days or weeks later, and treat the client like a valued customer. An attorney should put a strong emphasis on alternatives to litigation as litigation should always be the last resort, especially in family law related matters.

        Please contact me if you have a legal issue and need a resolution. My primary area of practice is family law which includes – divorce, custody, visitation, support, settlement agreements, pre–nuptial / post–nuptial agreements, protective orders, step-parent adoptions, and other matters related to domestic disputes. Further, I continue to keep my criminal defense skills sharp and represent clients charged with criminal offenses on an as needed basis.


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Daugherty Luckey, PLLC
9315 Center St Ste 203
Manassas, VA, 20110


4.9 / 5.0
  68 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Josh | July 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Will use Michael for all future legal matters!
Michael not only provided extremely beneficial legal advice, but he also treated my problem from both a legal and human point of view. I am very thankful I went to him for my legal issue and will use him again whenever I need legal assistance.
Posted by J | April 26, 2022
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Experienced family law attorney
Mike is an experienced attorney with significant court experience. He has handled my family law matters for a few years. He really looks in the best interest of the client, never pushy to either settle or go to trial. He keeps it real by managing expectations. In court, Mike really delivers a straight forward and relatable opening statement that is well thought out. He puts time and effort into the strategy of the presentation of the evidence. If I had to point out one intangible, it’s his ability to think quickly on his feet. He can digest the evidence and quickly identify and challenge issues, in the form of objections and cross examinations. During closing, he takes all of the information and really brings home the main points. As a bonus, he doesn’t nickel and dime you like other law firms in the area.
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Posted by Karla | April 15, 2024
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Extremely Efficient
We used Mike for our estate planning. He wrote a will, Durable Power of Attorney, and an Advance Medical Directive for my husband and I and our adult children, who are away in college. He completed the documents in record time, answered all of my questions, and gave me peace of mind. We will definitely use Mike again for any future needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2024
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Most caring
Mike served as my divorce attorney and I cannot be more grateful for his empathy, compassion and care. He was able to prepare my case for trial and was ready from day 1 to follow through with the daunting process and make it easy. He is urgent with answering any questions and he puts a lot of thought in the case, capturing important details and executing a thorough strategy. Mike is an attorney you can count on.
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Posted by Keith | February 21, 2024
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From consultation to litigation and settlement, Mike is an excellent attorney.
I contacted Michael Daugherty after feeling uncertain about my previous attorney, who suggested that I succumb to the opposing parties’ demand for a change in custody of my three children, when their initial cause for complaint had no basis in law. During the time I retained Mr. Daugherty’s counsel (13-months; 2 hearings, a deposition, preparation for a two-day custody trial, and many proposed settlement exchanges between parties), he never delayed in responding to emails and/or calls. In addition to his punctuality, Mr. Daugherty knows the law and paid attention to every detail surrounding my case, including mistakes made by the opposing party/counsel, who the judges were, how they could view and or rule on the case, and what to look for in the compilation of evidence to support my defense. His effective litigation skills were apparent and backed by law to support my interests and protect my rights. On the first day of the trial, the judge postponed immediately after Mr. Daugherty’s opening statement (which included a pretrial motion to exclude the opposing parties witness list because they did not follow legal protocols in revealing what they would testify to in the discovery). Eventually, the opposing party agreed to a fair and equitable settlement, the trial was dismissed, and I saved a lot of time and money. Mr. Daugherty is an excellent attorney with a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in his legal field(s). He was honest, direct, and effective in all areas surrounding my case and I am so appreciative to have had his level of commitment and professional representation. I highly recommend his services and wouldn’t hesitate to have him represent me again if needed.
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Posted by Viviana | February 11, 2024
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A Cut Above The Rest !!!
I had the honor of Mike representing me for my child custody/visitation case and if I had to do it all over again I’d still choose Mike! Before I hired Mike, I was fearful of how things would go but he reassured me every step of the way. He was the light in the darkest time of my life! He’s extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and it shows in the quality of his work. Not only that, he’s a genuine person and stands on morals ! It’s amazing to see what he does in the courtroom! He is a no nonsense kind of guy and executes a clean delivery EVERY TIME! He’s changed our lives for the better and that’s what matters to me the most. If you ever are in the position to be able to retain Mike , please do it ! The only question you’ll ask yourself is “why didn’t I do it sooner ?”
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Posted by Jason | October 21, 2023
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Mike gets it done!
Mike really delivered and won my case 100%. He is a master strategist and I will be trusting him for any future legal matters!
Posted by Andy | August 6, 2023
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Perfect trail attorney
Mike is the best. We had a case that involved allegations that did not hold and he knew exactly how to attack the case and being justice to the rightful party.
Posted by Matt | August 1, 2023
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Top notch!
Mike and his staff were very responsive, patient, and proactive communicators during a trying period in my life. I highly recommend Mike to anyone on a wide variety of topics!
Posted by Tom Lindou | March 3, 2023
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Simply Amazing!
I had a very difficult case that was quite complicated with many factors involved. It also didn’t help that I was an out of state father. Michael Daugherty took the time to listen to everything I wanted to share. In case preparation, he quickly identified the facts of the case that would be most effective to present in court. He offered his ideas and listened to my ideas of how I wanted to present the case. I never felt rushed and was very satisfied in the way we worked together to prepare for court. Mr. Daugherty discussed my case with other attorneys in his firm seeking their individual expertise to maximize our preparation for court. In court, Michael Daugherty remained focused on presenting all of the important facts of the case. He was familiar with all of the judges and knew what each of them would find most relevant. One of the difficulties I have found with the Virginia courts is simply trying to get the judges to care about each case. Mr. Daugherty presented evidence in a manner that not only captured and retained the judge’s attention, but encouraged them to care about the case and ask their own questions. His dedication to my family’s best interest is the only way that we were able to secure justice for my son. It is impossible to convey in a short review how thankful I am to Michael Daugherty and the Daugherty Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2023
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Highly recommend
Mike was exceptional throughout the separation and divorce settlement. Quick responses, answered the phone and kept me well informed the entire time.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2022
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Divorce case
Michael was very helpful with my divorce case. He is very knowledgeable and professional. Michael was expedient with responding to my inquiries. I always knew where we were in the process. I truly appreciate him walking me through the process.
Posted by Tom | April 29, 2022
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One word. Exceptional
This is the second custody hearing mike has representing me in. With his guidance during the Initial separation. And the amazing job he does in the court room I still have my joint custody of my daughter. Despite unfair and biased judges. (I am a father and we all know how hard court is on us). YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! Amazing lawyer and amazing job.
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Posted by Dan | April 29, 2022
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Professional, responsive, caring
Mike Daugherty helped me prepare a property, custody, and support settlement agreement. As my lawyer, he listened to my needs and answered my questions clearly and reasonably. He provided expert advice that eased my anxiety during a stressful situation. He was very prompt with his responses and they were professionally written with the sole purpose of my goal to reach a fair agreement, not starting a horrible battle. The process of hiring him was hassle free and without error. I highly recommend Mike and his supporting team and I am grateful for the services they provided me.
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Posted by Viden | April 15, 2022
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
The best thing I could have ever done was hire Mr.Mc Daugherty for my case. He was courteous, professional and more than I could have ever imagined especially dealing with Virginia court system. If you need an attorney seriously consider him you won’t regret it. he is very confident and handsome.
Posted by Brandon | March 28, 2022
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Attentive and Professional Lawyer
Mike was one of the most professional lawyers in the Prince William County Courthouse. Mike knew the judges and how to present a very solid case for my Child Custody Hearing. My Son's mother left in the middle of the pregnancy and prevented giving me an opportunity to be a part of his life. This was while COVID was occurring so the courthouse had serious delay for my trial. Mike provided solid advice for me throughout the time so I can ensure when my trial occurred I would get what I wanted. I was given everything I had asked for. Also, as a client Mike was not an unreasonable person when it came to speaking to him and his time. He did not pinch pennies and watch the clock. I would refer him to anyone that is looking to build a strong case!
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Posted by Steve | March 20, 2022
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Michael went above, beyond, and did an outstanding job on the legal documents I needed. He had the documents done in an efficient and timely manner for my review and approval. I highly recommend him for any legal matters you may have.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2022
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Mike and Team
Mike and his team made a daunting, overwhelming divorce process move smoothly and effectively. They were readily available when questions arose and their response time was almost instantaneously. Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. Thank you!
Posted by Tia | February 3, 2022
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Extremely knowledge and caring
I have a lot to say however to keep it short and concise, Mike is your guy when you have a case, Made my exhausting case so simple and effortless. He is genuine, kind and extremely knowledged.
Posted by Kevin | January 31, 2022
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Great Family Law Attorney!
If you need a family law attorney, I highly recommend Michael Daugherty. Michael is a no-nonsense, knowledgeable, aggressive attorney and knows what he is doing professionally. Michael shows great care about your individual situation and rights. I can’t say enough about him that would convey how really good he is as an attorney. He is a lawyers’ lawyer, and he needs to teach other attorneys in my opinion. I will always be grateful for his help in bringing my divorce to a speedy conclusion. I could go on; I think you get the point. THANKS MICHAEL!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Litigator
  • Daugherty Luckey, PLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Daugherty Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2023
  • General Counsel Intern
  • PBS Distribution
  • 2010 - 2010


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2025
  • University of Virginia
  • Trial Advocacy College
  • 2012
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Supervised Visitation Granted
  • Supervised Visitation Granted
  • Relocation of Father with Child - Granted
  • Father maintained custody and was able to move to Florida.
  • DUI Dismissed
  • Motion to Strike Granted – Case dismissed
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  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Platinum
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Platinum Client Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Client Champion Gold 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (17)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Smart and tenacious advocate for his clients. My go to guy in Prince William County"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent attorney for a divorce or child custody matter. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a great and sharp lawyer. I have had the opportunity to see him at trial and he is always well prepared and very knowledgeable about the law and procedures. I have refer clients to him in the past and they have always been satisfied with his services. I definitely recommend Mike as a lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent attorney. He is an articulate speaker and a masterful advocate for his clients. Michael has taught me how to be a better attorney. I recommend The Daugherty Law Firm, and Michael Daugherty specifically, to anyone seeking an attorney in and around Manassas, VA."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is an excellent lawyer. He makes things look effortless in the courtroom, whether in laying out his client's best case or poking holes in the opposing party's testimony."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure that I endorse Mike Daugherty. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike at the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law. There, while discussing the many legal situations and issues that were presented to us during that training, it was clear that Mike possessed a great deal of intelligence, talent and tenacity that I did not see from others. I've also had the opportunity to discuss a litany of legal concepts and issues with Mike over the years, novel and/or highly complex. Mike has always approached problems with a great deal of creativity and pragmatism, never losing sight of what is in a client's best interests. In court, his delivery and arguments are clear, concise, and I feel resonate exceptionally well with judges. All in all, a top tier attorney and I highly recommend Mike Daugherty."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Michael is dedicated to his clients and is an effective litigator who come prepared and ready to represent his clients to the fullest extent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Daugherty's legal advice is always on point. He provides thorough analysis which demonstrates his understanding and expertise in the field. He is an asset to this website and the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a great attorney for both criminal and divorce cases. High recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Other
"I have not had a case with Mr. Daugherty, but in my interactions with him he has demonstrated strong knowledge of Virginia domestic relations law."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Daugherty is a bright, articulate advocate who I endorse thoroughly."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an excellent trial attorney and maintains excellent communication with his clients. His quick thinking in the court room leads to victories in even the closest of cases. He is also constantly praised and thanked by his clients for his open communication and availability. I would recommend Michael's services to anyone looking for an attorney in a family matter."
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Manassas Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Cleveland Daugherty
Michael Cleveland Daugherty
Divorce and separation Attorney
Manassas, VA
Licensed for 12 years
Virtual consultation available