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Ariel Lauren Baniowski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Ashburn, VA

4.6   11 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

Virtual consultation available

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AWARD-WINNING FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN LEESBURG, VIRGINIA. GET THE HELP YOU NEED!

Ariel Baniowski is a Junior Partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Ms. Baniowski works in the firm’s Ashburn office, and represents clients in Ashburn, Leesburg, Loudoun County, and all across Northern Virginia.

Ms. Baniowski is known as one of the more aggressive attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including custody, support, separation and high asset divorce cases.

Ms. Baniowski's work ethic and drive are unmatched. To say that she is a hard worker is an understatement. Ms. Baniowski worked as a family law paralegal at a law firm in Fairfax for five years while she went through college and then law school. She also worked as a research assistant to a family law professor while completing her third year of law school and continuing to work in a law firm.

Ms. Baniowski's proactive litigation style, work ethic and extensive knowledge of family law combine to serve her clients extremely well. 

Ms. Baniowski was included in the 2021–2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. Ms. Baniowski currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Ariel Baniowski resides with her husband and two children in Loudoun County.

Awards

Top Contributor 2016,2015,2014
Top Contributor
2016 2015 2014

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Licensed for 10 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Ariel

Livesay & Myers, P.C.
19775 Belmont Executive Plaza #300
Ashburn, VA, 20147

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney for Family Law
Ms. Baniowski is a phenomenal Family Law attorney who helped me resolve many complicated issues concerning my divorce. My ex-wife hired a high-priced, name-recognizable, attorney. Even though I considered doing the same, I ultimately chose Ms. Baniowski because she was more affordable. Her hourly rate is insanely low for her knowledge, dedication and work ethic, and her care/empathy for her clients. I have to admit, I kept a close eye on my case in the early stages because of the contrasting experience between Ms. Baniowski and my ex-wife's attorney. But, she was absolutely up for the task and didn't back down -- she was a bulldog when I needed her to be a bulldog, she was a diplomat when I needed an accord, she was an ear when I needed to vent, and she was blunt when giving me the realities of my case. Ms. Baniowski won't sugar-coat things for you and I appreciated that quality in her. Her job is to educate and advise you -- I knew at the end of the day, she's working for me and is on my side, even if she was giving me not-so-great news. Keep in mind, as with any attorney, (and I can't emphasize this enough) you need to advocate for yourself, educate yourself, and be a part of the process. Yes, you will incur more costs for that frequent two-way communication with an attorney, but you'll have a better outcome (and save money) in the long run. That means dig around, keep meticulous records, research Virginia's divorce laws yourself, and know your case better than anyone else. Get involved. Arm yourself with knowledge. Ms. Baniowski will tell you the things that apply to your case. There were times that she told me certain aspects were not relevant, but there were also a few things I discovered and passed on to her that benefitted my case greatly. You need to anticipate your ex's next move and prepare for it in advance; Ms. Baniowski's role in that regard is limited. Again, be an active participant in your Family Law team. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge her amazing paralegals. Ms. Baniowski switched paralegals three times during the span of my case. Neither Ms. Baniowski nor any of her paralegals (Isabella Baldanza, Anastasia Richter, and Bethny Scheuerman) missed a beat. The transitions were seamless, and it was as if her paralegals had been working my case the whole time. In fact, the whole Livesay & Myers team is incredibly responsive. Ms. Baniowski is awesome and I'd definitely recommend her to anyone who has a Family Law situation that needs resolution. I can attest: the hourly rate has ZERO correlation to results; i.e. a higher-priced attorney isn't necessarily a better attorney. In fact, I believe whole-heartedly that the divorce agreement I struck with my ex-wife heavily favors me. Moreover, my ex-wife's attorney's aggressiveness and propensity for risk-taking ultimately cost her (easily) $10,000 as a result of his missteps. More expensive doesn't buy you better. Now, stop reading this review and contact her! * Disclaimer: I have no personal connection to disclose regarding my relationship with Ms. Baniowski or any of her paralegals other than I retained her for (and she represented me in) my divorce.
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Posted by Roslyn | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Ariel Baniowski has done an outstanding job in representing me with professional legal guidance, support and strategy during my custody and child support hearings, concerning my infant daughter. While I originally sought an attorney that was a similar to Jack McCoy – style “Bull in the china shop”, Ariel proved to be different, but much preferred, to what I thought I wanted. She possessed the ability to not only listen to what I wanted, but integrate my desires into a coherent and sound legal strategy that provided me a with better result than first anticipated. She was both candid and forthright throughout the process, which allowed me to anticipate and understand the legal process and what was in store for me. I highly recommend Ariel (as I call her), because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child(ren), she can stand her ground against opposing counsel. Livesay and Myers is a warm and inviting firm where you can feel that the entire staff from the receptionist to the paralegal is committed to helping you through your ordeal.
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Posted by Vin | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!!!
Honest, organized, caring, advocate, dedicated, and trustworthy. These are just a few of the words I would use to describe Ariel Baniowski. I hired her and the firm of Livsey and Myers to defend me against a ”rule to show cause” and what turned out to be a move for full custody of my children . My divorce was finalized in 2014 and I had been living with a 50/50 custody arrangement. The ex remarried and decided to try and overturn the original mediation agreement. They alleged breaches of the agreement and used that to justify a change in custody. This initiated a year long battle of litigation and utter chaos. Ariel was a rock for me and my family. When I was emotional and wanted to lash out, she would be the first to question if my decision and steady my hand. She was really great at taking me from the emotional roller coaster to a rational zone. Dhe would be direct with my possibilities when the path (or upcoming rulings) was uncertain -that was my favorite part about her style. The biggest thing I have learned from all of this, is that there is no certainty in this process. Even with and iron glad meditation agreement, everything can be litigated. Having a lawyer that reminds you of that, and shows you what we are doing to prove our point was more helpful to me than one that told me we were gonna win. There will be many wins and losses until the final verdict is in, and its important to stay focused and that is what Ariel did. She is an amazing lawyer and in the end I won on all accounts thanks to her hard work and dedication! The firm of Livsey and Myers was also really amazing. The larger firm kept the costs down and always kept me well informed of how my money was being spent.
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Posted by April | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The Best Attorney
I scouted Ariel several months before choosing her. I liked the idea of a young and motivated young lady who looked the part and could handle my chaotic divorce. She paired up with Isabella Baldanza who is a paralegal and a great team mate to Ariel. For over a year, they worked tirelessly for me and ALWAYS told me the truth, even if I didn't want o hear it. Ariel doesn't give you false hope and she doesn't let you make mistakes as a client. I was very emotional at times, rightly so, but she always managed to keep me focused and she always had a solid response to what I needed. She is a bright and motivated attorney and I am so glad I chose her. She fought for me and stays professional at all times. I would NEVER want to be her opponent.
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Posted by Kellie | April 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer!
Shes quick, smart, and knows what she is doing. She aggressive and that is exactly what I needed for my child support case. I did months of research and consultations, I am so glad I picked her. I just knew!
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You cannot do better than Ms. Baniowski
Understand that you are going through the most emotional time in your life. Hire her, trust her, and then allow her to do her job. She will not over-promise, will keep you grounded, and will deliver. She has experience with the system and knowledge of the law, but, above all, she has the knowledge of human behavior to give you the edge you probably desperately seek. I regret a lot of things connected to my divorce. Hiring her is the only thing I don't regret.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
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A Wartime Attorney
Atty. Baniowski defended my constitutional and parental rights against a biased judge and vicious false accusations of an ex-husband who was attempting to take custody of the children. It took guts to do what she did. She was well prepared, had professional dress and pleasant demeanor to all, gave good sound logical arguments, and had good knowledge of how the local Prince William legal process works. I am thankful each day that she represents me. She is honest and her rates are very reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience with Child Support Case
Ariel and her staff were very quick in responding in a timely matter to my calls and questions. I had research many attorneys prior to contacting Livesay & Myers, P.C. and very happy that I chose Ariel. She was trustworthy and took a personal interest in my case. She is very straight forward and I would recommend this attorney to anyone who desires a honest ,professional and competent attorney. .
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Posted by Ronnie | July 21, 2014
A Great Lawyer
Ariel is very professional who is blessed with character and integrity that could fill a whole room. She handle my situation with class and a smile. My divorce flowed smoothly without any hassles and stress. She and Ms Tatyana Spurgeon kept me in the loop every step of the way. I would recommend them any day of the week. Thanks.
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Posted by Alfred McCraw | July 11, 2014
Ariel Baniowski
Very friendly and professional. The complications that arose throughout this case were handled expertly and I was kept informed every step of the way. I will recommend Ariel and the whole Livesay & Myers firm. Also a big thank you to Tatyana Spurgeon for all your help.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Weak/inexperienced/poor mitigator
Ariel is very inexperienced, gets easily intimidated and will not have your best interests at heart. Her inexperienced was proven as she badly advised me and spent mort of my time and money arguing with her instead of working on my actual case. It was so bad that I had to fire her and her firm gave me some credit back for her poor performance. She is also very rude and disrespectful towards me and refuse to perform my cases most difficult tasks. All she cared about was to have it easy and take your money. Please take my advise, stay away from her and her firm, Livesay and Myers.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Junior Partner
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2022 - Present
  • Lead Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kinsey, Lynch & Filipour, Attorneys at Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk/Paralegal
  • Kinsey, Lynch & Filipour, Attorneys at Law
  • 2007 - 2012
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Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • George Mason University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Prince William Divorce and Custody Case
  • Custody and Relocation Determination in Favor of Father
  • Prince William Custody Case
  • Custody and Relocation Determination in Favor of Mother
  • Prince William Custody Case
  • Custody Determination in Favor of Mother

Associations

  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 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
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 In Virginia
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40 Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (16)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ariel is an excellent attorney and mentor. She's smart, works hard for her clients, and is a skilled litigator."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ariel is a tenacious attorney. She is smart and knowledgable in the area of family law. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Ms. Baniowski. She is a knowledgeable family law attorney, especially in the areas of divorce and custody. Ms. Baniowski is a dedicated attorney who will fight to obtain the best possible results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ariel is a great champion for her clients and always treats them with the appropriate professional courtesy. She is a tireless advocate and an attorney I would fully recommend in the area of family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Banlowski is an effective and passionate advocate for her clients."
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."
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Ms. Banlowski to anyone who is seeking legal representation on a family law matter in the Manassas area."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Family Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ariel is a very skilled and dedicated advocate."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I'm happy to endorse Ms. Baniowski in the area of Family Law. She is sharp, witty, and a strong advocate for her clients. We've conferred on a few matters involving the intersection of Family and Immigration Law, and Ariel knows how to ask the right questions to get the best results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Ariel for any matters regarding custody, divorce, separation, or child custody. She is a zealous advocate for her client's best interests. Her work ethic and extensive knowledge of family law have led to her excellent reputation in the area."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I give Ariel my highest professional endorsement in the area of family law to include divorce, separation, child custody and visitation. Ariel is passionate and appropriately aggressive in striving to meet the goals of her clients. She is well spoken and a strong advocate in court. I would certainly recommend her as legal counsel in any domestic matter."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ariel is a tireless advocate for her clients, aggressively pursuing every type of family law case on their behalf."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is very thoughtful and provides fine legal advice. You won't go wrong using her talents on your dispute."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Baniowski receives my highest endorsement. She is a dedicated and detail-oriented attorney who fights for her clients. I recommend her for anyone seeking counsel in divorce and/or custody matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ariel is a dedicated and talented attorney who does a great job representing her clients' interests. If you need a divorce or family law attorney in Prince William County or Northern Virginia in general, I highly recommend Ariel."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ariel Baniowski is a compassionate but aggressive attorney who diligently represents her clients and their interests. I endorse Ms. Baniowski and would recommend her to anyone going through a family law issue."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ariel is a dedicated attorney who has a passion for the practice of family law. She has a solid background in family law and is well-respected by other attorneys. I would not hesitate to recommend Ariel to anyone who has a family law issue, be it custody, support or contested divorce."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Ms. Baniowski. She is an intelligent, diligent and motivated attorney, and she is very knowledgeable in the full spectrum of family law topics."
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Ashburn Divorce and separation Lawyer Ariel Lauren Baniowski
Ariel Lauren Baniowski
Divorce and separation Attorney
Ashburn, VA
Licensed for 10 years
Virtual consultation available