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Carrie Margaret Patterson

Family Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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I started practicing family law immediately after graduating from law school in 2007 and have focused my practice exclusively in the area since.  I strive to represent clients with both professionalism and compassion and lean on my undergraduate degree in psychology to help navigate the various interpersonal difficulties clients in difficult emotional situations experience.  I am a trained Collaborative lawyer and encourage clients to consider alternative methods of resolving their disputes whenever possible.  

I practice in all jurisdictions in Northern Virginia representing clients in Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William County.  


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Patterson Bookwalter PLLC
3251 Old Lee Highway
Suite 512
Fairfax, VA, 22030


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Posted by Greg | October 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doing it for the right reasons
I came to Ms. Patterson about four years ago after being referred to her by a partner in her firm. From the very beginning, she demonstrated a strong work ethic and a commitment to what I wanted out of my divorce and subsequent custody case. She worked tirelessly and diligently to find solutions for me, and dedicated herself to finding the best possible outcome for my case. Through the entire process, Ms. Patterson helped me focus on my son's wellbeing first and foremost, and worked to come to the best resolutions possible, despite whatever issues we were dealing with. I could not possibly imagine a better attorney for me or for anyone that truly wants the best for their family.
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Posted by Robin | October 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Spectacular guidance and results!
During the most stressful period of my life, going through a sudden divorce, Ms. Patterson and her firm managed my case with the utmost skill, professionalism and sensitivity. They respected my feelings and concerns, and their superior abilities gave me strength and confidence. The successful outcome was due in full to their amazing diligence and skills, and I highly recommend Ms. Patterson to everyone!
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Posted by RACHEL | April 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Superior Family Divorce, Separation and Child Custody Lawyer
Carrie has represented me for Divorce, Custody and Child Support Issues. She has plowed through the difficult situations and assisted me and my family throughout the difficult process of lifestyle blows with my relentless ex.. Her expertise is absolutely superior and she has in court experience which is invaluable and comforting. She is a go getter and has helped me get the most out of a seemingly impossible situation for me and my family. She has also intervened in my husband's situation with marrying 2 visitation Schedules for 4 kids. I brought complications and she remedied it with a smooth transition and a ballet of legal advice, experience, explanations as well as assisted through each kids counseling plans to help them cope, communicate and get back on track despite our difficulties. My life would not be as endurable and refreshing with out her. My husband and I are eternally grateful for her representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Managed end-to-end divorce case
I contacted Ms. Patterson for a divorce case. She handled my divorce from end-to-end by gathering facts, working with opposing counsel, negotiating the financial settlement, and securing the final divorce.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Patterson Bookwalter PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • ShounBach
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Junior Partner
  • Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Levi, PC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Levi, PC
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Associate
  • The Camaur Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2009
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP)
  • Chair
  • 2021 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals
  • Chair Elect
  • 2020 - 2021
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia - New Member Forum
  • Co-chair
  • 2016 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Recognized for Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Virginia (Client Satisfaction)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse Carrie
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carrie has a well-deserved reputation of providing outstanding legal guidance for her clients. She provides effective legal advice with compassion, and I could not more highly recommend her as an attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carrie Patterson is an outstanding attorney who is well respected in the family law community. Her experience and skill in family law allow her to be an aggressive advocate while balancing reason and insight in attaining solid outcomes in her clients' cases. I would highly recommend Carrie to anyone needing assistance in a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carrie and I have worked together in the field of family law for years. She is smart, detail oriented and a positive advocate. She represents her clients well in court and is creative in designing out of court settlements. I enjoy working with her very much."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working on several matters with Ms. Patterson. She is professional, thorough and very knowledgeable. I give her my highest endorsement. I look forward to having future cases with Ms. Patterson on the other side."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carrie is a very good lawyer. She knows the law, takes reasonable positions and is great to work with. She always protects her clients interests in a professional and diligent manner."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carrie is a highly-skilled litigator and a champion advocate for her clients. She is detail-oriented and manages her cases with her clients' goals in mind. She is easy to work with and a true asset to the family law community. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carrie is diligent, knowledgeable, and caring. She works hard to achieve the best possible results for her client and is well-known and respected in the legal community."
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Fairfax Family Lawyer Carrie Margaret Patterson
Carrie Margaret Patterson
Family Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 16 years