Abbe L. Reis has focused her entire legal career on the area of family law. She has been involved in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and visitation issues, relocation, equitable distribution of property, child and spousal support, prenuptial agreements, post separation agreements, and domestic violence matters. Ms. Reis' approach is to confront the challenges her clients face with compassion and honesty, always trying to minimize both the financial and emotional costs her clients are facing.
Ms. Reis practices in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and the Circuit Courts of Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Falls Church City and Alexandria City.
Ms. Reis is an active member of the Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section); the Fairfax Bar Association (Family Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Committee, Circuit Court Committee and Domestic Relations Subcommitee, Pro Bono Subcommittee); and the Virginia Women's Attorney Association. She does pro bono work for the NorthernVirginiaProBonoLawCenter, focusing on family law issues.
Ms. Reis earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law, where she was an active member of the George Mason American Inn of Court. During her final year of law school, Ms. Reis practiced in family law under the Virginia Supreme Court’s third year practice rule. Upon graduation, Ms. Reis was the recipient of the Family Law Book Award, conferred by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Chapter of the AmericanAcademy of Matrimonial Lawyers to the graduating student showing the most promise in family law. Prior to opening The Law Office of Abbe L. Reis, Ms. Reis was an associate attorney at The Havrilak Law Firm and Reese Law Office, and was a law clerk for the family law firms of Craig and Hirsch (currently Hirsch & Elhenberger), William B. Reichhardt and Associates, and Colten, Cummins, Watson and Vincent.
Ms. Reis is fluent in Spanish and has lived and/or worked in Spain, Mexico and throughout Central America.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||2008||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawer in Washington DC - 2019||Best Lawyers||2019|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2019|
|The Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2018|
|Top Lawyers in Virginia||Top Lawyers||2018|
|Family Law Book Award||Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||2008|
|Owner/Attorney||The Law Office of Abbe L. Reis, PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||The Havrilak Law Firm, P.C.||2011 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||The Reese Law Office||2009 - 2011|
|Attorney||Abbe L. Reis||2008 - 2009|
|Law clerk||William B. Reichhardt and Associates||2007 - 2007|
|Director Finance, H.R. & Legal , Mexico & Central America||Conservation International||1988 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Fairfax Bar Association Domestic Relations Subcommittee||Co-chair||2015 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association Pro Bono Subcommittee||Member||2013 - Present|
|Virginia Women Attorneys Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association, Ciircuit Court Committee||Member||2009 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association Juvenile Court Committee||Member||2009 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association Domestic Relations Subcommittee||Member||2009 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Circuit Court Practice Manual 9th Edition||Domestic Relations Litigation||2018|
|Domestic Relations Subcommittee CLE on Evidence||Domestic Relations Subcommittee CLE on Evidence||2018|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Best Practices for a Pendente Lite Hearing||2015|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Pro Se Divorce Brochure||2015|
|Fairfax Bar Association CLE||Recent "Hot" Cases - Judges are from Mars and Family Law Attorneys are from Venus||2014|
|George Mason University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Connecticut College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual||Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual - Family Law Section||2018|
|Domestic Relations Sub-Committee Brown Bag Lunch Series||Best Practices for Scheduling Orders, Calendar Control, Continuances, and Witness Subpoenas||2015|
|Domestic Relations Sub-committee Brown Bag Lunch Series||Best Practices for a Pendente Lite Hearing||2015|
|Evidence for Family Law Attorneys CLE||Evidence and Guardian Ad Litem Issues Involving Children||2013|
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