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James D. Livesay Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   5 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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

James Livesay is a founding partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C. He leads the firm’s team of family law attorneys across offices in Fairfax, Arlington, Leesburg, Manassas and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1995 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, Mr. Livesay served three years in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He entered civilian practice as a family law attorney in 2001, and joined with partner Kevin Myers to found Livesay & Myers, P.C. in 2003.

Drawing on his experience as a Navy JAG officer, Mr. Livesay established the military divorce section of the firm in 2003 and has guided it since that time. His article, “Treatment of Disability Pay in Military Divorce,” has been published on a number of online divorce websites, including Divorce Headquarters and .

Mr. Livesay has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2014. He was also named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Lawyers listing for 2018. Mr. Livesay currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Mr. Livesay resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

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Licensed for 24 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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Livesay & Myers, P.C.
3975 University Drive #325
Fairfax, VA, 22030

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Posted by Vicki | February 12, 2011
The BEST Military Divorce Attorney Around!!!
The best decision I ever made! Jim Livesay is the BEST military divorce attorney in the area. His knowledge and expertise on crucial issues in a military divorce surpasses all others. His foresight in preparing my divorce documents protected me when DFAS requested a Clarifying Order from the courts regarding my portion of the military retirement in which I was awarded in my Divorce Decree. Unaware that my ex-husband could claim disability once he retires and this would lower the amount I would receive from the retirement pay, he included language that guards against such action occurring. My former spouse and I are friends and he informed me the other day he will be filing for Disability soon and wanted me to be aware of it. I will take my documentation back to Jim Livesay to make sure DFAS is handling my portion of retired pay according to my Divorce Decree. I appreciate Jim protecting my interests and this allows me to continue receiving the same portion even after my former spouse files disability. I began my proceedings with a military attorney. I'm grateful I took those documents to Mr. Livesay prior to filing for my divorce. Without his expertise, the outcome of my divorce settlement would have been disastrous. His knowledge and expertise came HIGHLY recommended by his colleagues and now his client. Whether you are the former spouse or military member...call Jim Livesay first. You want him on your side!!! He knows the law!!
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Posted by Dale | October 19, 2010
Dr. Dale
Quiet frankly, the only attorney I'll ever contact in a time of need!!! Considering the fact that an attorney's advice is usually due to an unavoidable and unpleasant experience..... Mr. Livesay not only attained the results I desired, but did so in a professional and discrete manner. Pleasant experience with the only attorney you'll ever need!
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Posted by Robert | September 11, 2013
Kindness in a hard time.
I grew up with the childish belief that marriage was permanent. Until I was faced with the cold reality, my own divorce. Mr. Livesay and his team treated me like a brother during this time. They listened to me, they were sympathetic to the pain I was going through. The divorce wasn't an easy one but they helped me and I am grateful.
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Posted by Becky | February 15, 2011
Excellent Attorney
I had an excellent experience at Livesay & Myers. My attorney, James Livesay, was extremely knowledgeable, assertive, and gave me personal attention. The staff was very responsive and helpful, and made a difficult situation a lot easier for me. I highly recommend James Livesay and/or Livesay & Myers to anyone who is looking for a good representation!
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Posted by Terrance | February 15, 2011
Divorce
Mr. Livesay did an excellent job representing me in my divorce proceediings and his paralegal, Becky, was outstanding!

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Osborne|Craig, P.L.C.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Assistant Force Judge Advocate
  • Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Defense Counsel
  • Navy Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Stafford Divorce
  • Settlement

Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Award for Trial Advocacy
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Livesay is highly knowledgeable in the area or military divorce and pays great attention on detail; I highly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is exactly the kind of lawyer that I respect. He is always willing to share his input on important legal issues and he often gives me a new way to think about issues I face in my area of expertise. I respect the practice he has built and the time he invests in improving the level of practice of others in the community."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney, who provides excellent legal service and successful representation. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Livesay is a well respected attorney and is very knowledgeable in his field."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly respected family lawyer in the legal community. If I required co-counsel in Northern Virginia, I would not hesitate to bring Mr. Livesay into the case."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Livesay is the type of family law attorney that you want to have representing you when you need legal representation. Let's be honest, nobody WANTS to go to the dentist...or to a lawyer's office. You go when you need help. When you need help with any issue involving Family Law, you need a lawyer that is knowledgeable, experienced, and interested in making sure that you get every benefit you are entitled to. You will be well represented if you call James."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I have a client who needs has a legal matter in Northern Virginia I know that James Livesay and his team can are the place to send them."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Similar to a criminal defense attorney, nobody wants to call a divorce lawyer. Unfortunately, the situation arises. And when it does, you want to know you're in steady hands. Someone who will be compassionate and sensitive to the traumatic life event but can also set aside the personal and get in a courtroom and fight to protect your rights. The attorney to call in Northern Virginia is James Livesay, Jr. His military background coupled with his education and experience have provided him with the perfect combination of skill, patience and zealous advocacy that make him the great divorce lawyer he is today. I would recommend him to my own family if they were considering a divorce and lived in Northern Virginia. And there is no higher praise I can give to an attorney than to trust him with my own family. I consider it an honor to endorse Mr. Livesay."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Livesay is a top-notch divorce attorney, and is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Livesay is a well known Virginia attorney that handles Divorce and Family Law matters. He provides zealous and expert representation for his clients; for anyone in Virginia that is encountering divorce and family law issues, I would gladly recommend James."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Livesay is a well-respected, experienced divorce attorney, and I would recommend him without reservation. Mr. Livesay has great skill and enviable experience that he uses for the maximum benefit of his clients. He is confident, knowledgeable and helps clients navigate the legal system in an efficient and helpful way. He is very good at what he does! Without question, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Livesay is a well-respected Divorce / Separation attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer who truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. Mr. Livesay is a terrific lawyer. I endorse Mr. Livesay to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Livesay is a top notch attorney - diligent, thorough, and attentive to details. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
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