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Larry Henry Bowen

Family Attorney at Fairfax, VA

4.9   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1980
    Associate No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    The Bowen Law Firm, with its personable lawyers and helpful staff, are here to make the resolution of your family law case as dignified and painless as possible for you and your family. We are committed to achieving results.

  2. Child custody
    Custody cases can be emotionally draining on a family. The best case scenario is for a family to work out a visitation plan that ensures the best interests of the children are met.

  3. Child support
    Our promise is that your case will be handled respectfully and civilly, with a goal of settling your family matters as harmoniously as possible. However, if litigation becomes necessary to resolve family disputes.

  4. Divorce and separation
    Divorce is often a painful journey, especially in these difficult economic times. However, you do not have to make this journey alone. At The Bowen Law Firm, the attorneys are kind, compassionate and understanding with years of experience.

  5. Alimony
    Permanent support can be ordered in a variety of ways: the support can be paid in periodic payments for a defined duration, in periodic payments for an undefined duration, or in a lump sum award, or in any combination thereof.

Mr. Bowen has lived in Northern Virginia for the majority of his life. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. He served on active duty for four years as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp and is now a retired U.S. Army Reserve JAG Officer. Mr. Bowen has more than 30 years’ experience as a trial attorney primarily, and now exclusively, in the area of domestic relations law to include divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, military pension cases and the division of government and myriad other retirement plans. He is appointed by the Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court as a Neutral Case Evaluator and has been designated by the Court as a Judge Pro Tempore in certain divorce cases. He served three terms as an arbitrator on the 19th Judicial Circuit Committee on the Resolution of Fee Disputes for the Virginia State Bar. He is an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association and has been designated as a Circuit Court conciliator. Mr. Bowen is also involved as a member of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and Fairfax Bar Association. Mr. Bowen was recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as a Top Lawyer for 2011, and has received the honor of an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell by peer review. Mr. Bowen has been an active member of the Ex-Partners of Servicemen/Women for Equality (EX-POSE) for nearly 20 years. He has been a frequent speaker for EX-POSE and the Women’s Center on issues of military benefits, pension rights, the Survivor Benefit Plan, division of property, child custody, child support and the collection of child support. He has also lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association. Mr. Bowen is admitted to practice before: Supreme Court of the United States of America Supreme Court of Virginia Court of Appeals of Virginia Supreme Court of Texas United States Court of Military Review United States Court of Military Appeals United States District Court for the Western District of Texas United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

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The Bowen Law Firm
10521 Judicial Dr Ste 110
Fairfax, VA, 22030-5160


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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2019
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A Excellent Advocate
I went through a divorce that was very difficult and took an extreme amount of time to finalize. Mr. Bowen was there through it all. He gave sound advice, but more importantly he listened to my concerns and needs. He was quick to return calls and was happy to answer any of my question. He was knowledgeable about what needed to be done and how to go about doing it. I always felt Mr. Bowen was looking out for my best interest and went above and beyond his duty to represent me. When Mr. Bowen was going thought hard times in his personal life, he went out of his way and showed up in court when a court appointed commissioner was not available. Mr. Bowen is honest, professional, and trustworthy. I highly recommend him for your legal matters.
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Posted by BIll | June 28, 2019
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International Matters
We had a very difficult situation involving our son that was mired in dispute and getting worse. To complicate matters it involved two countries and the attendant jurisdictional problems. Larry provided great counsel and was able to help us get the matter resolved and finalized. His no nonsense advice and follow through were just what we needed to put this messy situation behind us. I would unhesitatingly recommend Larry to anyone going through a difficult legal family matter.
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Posted by Robin | June 3, 2019
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Great for Young Single Moms
He was great. I’m 28 and my custody battle got nasty. My ex tried to get a protective order and even involved CPS. Mr. Bowen made it very apparent that his reporting was done maliciously. He accompanied me to the hearings and was very personable yet aggressive. It seemed like he knew everyone in the courthouse from all the lawyers to judges to even the police officers we walked by! He got everything squared away very quickly and cleanly and he didn’t drain my retainer, I even got a nice chunk of change back. I would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Chelsea | February 1, 2018
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In and Out of Court in a Matter of Minutes
Divorce is sometimes awful and tricky, but Mr. Bowen was amazing at navigating me through this tough process. What I thought would be a simple divorce took a few crazy turns, and we ended up having to go to court. Mr. Bowen had all the paperwork ready to go and presented the case in less than 4 minutes. The judge even applauded Mr. Bowen for the most thorough and efficient divorce filing he'd ever seen in all his years, decades as a lawyer and now as a judge. While divorce itself stinks, having Mr. Bowen and his office on my side was a delight and constant comfort through it all. They were always very quick to get back to me, when I sent emails and voicemails with questions, and able to explain the game plan, so I had an idea of what to expect at each step in the process. Mr. Bowen was recommended to me by two friends who used his service in their divorces, and I too cannot recommend him highly enough. While I hope to never need a lawyer in the future, Mr. Bowen will be staying programmed into my speed dial just in case.
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Posted by Lydia | June 22, 2017
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Compassionate yet straight forward.
I was going through a same sex divorce and a friend recommended Larry Bowen to me. I called him panicked about the possibility of losing my daughter because I wasn't the biological mom. Mr. Bowen listened to my fears, gave me sound advice (for free) over the phone and said "don't worry, come to my office and we'll figure this out." I was in a same sex marriage and was frankly hesitant to go to Larry. To my surprise, Larry was well versed in the complexity of a same sex divorce. He gave me sound advice, he was honest, and frank. I can't thank him enough and I will recommend Larry any day of the week.
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Posted by Israel | June 3, 2017
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Hired regarding a child custody matter
Mr. Bowen was very knowledgeable, experienced, professional, sympathetic to the client, very involved and worked well with the client. He provided expert counsel and workable solutions/alternatives tailored to the client's needs. He provided the client with the summaries of his briefs to assure accuracy. In essence, he represented his client in the manner a seasoned attorney should. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Elena | March 3, 2017
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Mr. Bowen is an ideal lawyer for succeeding in very difficult cases
In my very challenging custody case, I needed a top lawyer. And, I am the kind of person who can only work with/for ethical professionals, who are also kind and humanitarian. Very hard to find such an ideal lawyer. However, from the first appointment, Mr. Bowen inspired me through his expertise, his very good advice, his integrity and workability. I trusted him and knew that my case will be in good hands with him. Indeed, Mr. Bowen was way more than a successful lawyer for me: he educated me about the law, the court experience, he counseled me all along during the most challenging year of my life, answered my questions, and made it as easy as possible for me. He inspired me confidence, security, and respect for all involved in the process. By the end of this battle, thanks to Mr. Bowen I am a stronger person and parent. Mr. Bowen has all the tools for success, and operates from a place of highest integrity. With respect and gratitude, I tried my best to do my part, and be as organized as possible. I would not have the courage to go to anyone else for help, having such a difficult case. I am forever grateful and highly recommend him to anyone going through a divorce and/or child custody battle.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2016
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Tough and experienced, his blend of compassion, tact, and professionalism proved crucial in a hard fought custody case
I had initiated a custody hearing initially without legal consult, only to find the responding party brought not just their own attorney, but a highly experienced, well paid attorney. I was in over my head, way over, and aware that finding the right attorney was critical to ensuring my interests would have any in final outcome. I made an extensive list of lawyers, compiled reviews from multiple sources, and trimmed my list down to a top handful for Custody/Visitation disputes in Fairfax. Larry had quickly become the front runner, but I remained skeptical until I spoke individually with each lawyer. Larry's approach was not just confident, but felt sincere and was refreshingly void of any sense of eagerness. He offered a consultation, and was clear that he would evaluate the merit of taking the case. This earnest, purposeful approach was not just striking, but came off as evidence of his experience in custody cases. In the end, there was no one left to compare him to. Leading up to the trial, his communication was distinctly concise and response, while remaining informative and effective. It was also nice to find he was careful in applying his time, always purposeful and effective. His work is that of a true professional. He was also clear on the input needed from me, and was responsive to various communications from the other party’s attorney. I felt aware of where we were, what had been done, and confident he was in control of my case. All this, however, paled to actual hearing where Larry’s preparation and experience proved decisive, both in bringing the outcome to a win, but even in the surprising aftermath when the opposing party took steps to prolong and complicate the final decision well past the hearing date. Larry had clearly taken steps to prepare for such retaliatory measures, and I was amazed to see how effectively he managed to dismantle what could have easily been utter chaos as additional lawyers and petitions were brought to sway the favor. They presented a maelstrom of legal obstacles while Larry simply took a separate path, free from these obstacles. It is impossible to express my gratitude for Larry Bowen and his team. I cannot recommend him enough to anyone in need of a proven, effective custody attorney. He is the simply the best, and for any future custody/visitation conflicts, I will be seeking his services again without hesitation.
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Posted by Rick | June 13, 2016
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Recommendation, Lawrence H. "Larry" Bowen, Esq.
Simply put – I highly recommend Mr. Lawrence H. (Larry) Bowen, Esq. and the Bowen Law Firm team to anyone seeking divorce, family law, child custody, and/or child support attorney representation! As a former Active Duty Soldier and now military retiree, I chose Larry based on his extensive knowledge of the military retirement system, and spousal support and property settlement case law. He also has a superb reputation for results within the Fairfax County judicial system. A close friend and former client recommended Larry in October 2005 to handle my impending divorce. Since then, Larry has successfully adjudicated for me an extremely difficult and complicated final divorce settlement in 2007, and an equally complex spousal support reduction/termination case in 2016. In each instance, I found Larry to be extremely personable yet candid, and clear and concise in his guidance and management of my expectations. He was prompt in answering my calls/emails and kept me informed on every step of the process – all at very reasonable costs. I was also very impressed with his courtroom litigation savvy, which served my interests well when my ex-spouse attempted to leverage the courts on two separate occasions. In each instance, the judges ruled in my favor thanks to Larry’s efforts. Larry has also surrounded himself with a superb team of professionals that exemplify his legal acumen and empathetic approach to client support. Specifically, Ms. Valerie Hughes, Esq. took it upon herself to research and develop a superbly written motion for reconsideration of a judgment on former spouse attorney fees levied against me during my 2016 spousal support reduction/termination hearing. Valerie’s herculean determination resulted in the Judge partially granting the motion for reconsideration and saving me over $6,000.00 in court costs! Again, I would highly recommend Mr. Bowen and the Bowen Law Firm team to anyone needing his area of legal expertise. I would definitely use his services again, if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2016
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Spousal Support Termination/Reduction Case
With 2 years remaining on my spousal support agreement I found myself as a defendant in a spousal support reduction/termination case. My ex husband claimed his health had deteriorated forcing him to retire sooner than the date he anticipated at the time the agreement was executed. Larry was extremely accessible and responsive. He kept me updated on his correspondence with the plaintiff's attorney. He explained the proposed settlement offer in detail to myself and on a 3 way call with my financial planner. We decided to go to court. Larry was by far the superior attorney, attentively listening and cross examining the plaintiff's witnesses. He was an impressive presence in the courtroom. Needless to say we won the case.
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Posted by Eric | May 18, 2015
Excellent Lawyer During a Difficult Time
I was referred to Mr. Bowen in the Spring of 2011 and he was my council during a divorce from a high conflict individual. From the first meeting he gave clear and concise guidance on the process, what I needed to do, and how to navigate the process successfully. He got me though the process quickly, effectively, and at a reasonable cost. Even in the best of circumstances divorces are difficult and Mr. Bowen worked to get this difficult legal process over with as soon as possible so I could get on with my life. I have not complaints and would recommend him to anyone who needs a family lawyer.
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Posted by Charlie | May 6, 2015
A well known lawyer is essential to success
Folks, I was referred to Larry from another very well known divorce lawyer. When I was looking for a divorce lawyer I was looking for a few key factors. The first being experience, the second being well known within family civil court and the third charging a fair rate and not charging for every email, copy, fax, etc. Larry met my needs in all regards. Larry has been upfront about potential outcomes and has always been available to answer questions. He's very prompt on emails as well. We had one very positive outcome which I give him credit for. I have already recommended Larry to a friend who is contemplating divorce and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Exactly who I needed….
Larry is the best. He is experienced, understanding, available (always quickly returned my calls) and was exactly who I needed for my divorce. I was so impressed with how smoothly the entire process went that I referred two of my friends to Larry and both were equally pleased with the services provided. Recently, I returned to Larry to prepare a prenuptial agreement. Thanks to his help, I now have the peace of mind to remarry without concerns of the potential consequences of a future divorce.
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Posted by Greg | April 26, 2015
Larry Bowen
Larry has been a tireless champion of my legal needs. He has consistently provided his sage advise, and most importantly, he wins in court. I would recommend, and have recommended him, throughout the life of my legal case.
Posted by Rose | April 25, 2015
A lawyer who actually cares!
Larry has represented other members of my family, and I recommended him to a close friend. He is the best. He always does everything in his power to keep costs low for you. He also takes the "counselor" part of "attorney and counselor at law" very seriously. Because I trust Larry, I always follow his advice, and I have never been sorry that I did. Larry represented me in my separation and divorce, and twice since then when my ex tried to sue me for allegedly breaking the divorce agreement. My ex tried to sue me for custody of our children, I walked away with only paying my attorney's fees (ex wanted me to pay for his as well). Larry did say that the Judge should have made my ex pay my fees, but I was just happy that my ex didn't get me on any technicalities. I would certainly recommend Larry to anyone (and have) and if / when my ex sues me next, I look forward to having Larry represent me again.
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Posted by Bridget | April 25, 2015
Excellent attorney
I went through a divorce from my spouse who was hell-bent on making me pay for leaving him. Larry was able to work through what seemed like impossible hurdles to finalize my divorce and get more time with my children. It took nearly two years, but Larry was so wonderful through the whole painful process and I even ended up getting more than I expected from my ex. Larry is patient, kind and just an incredibly easy person to work with. I definitely recommend him. The only reason the process of divorce took so long was due to my ex dragging things out, not Larry's fault at all. He stood by me and I trusted him through it all.
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Posted by Neil | April 24, 2015
This is the guy you want
I have worked with Larry a couple of times (the first time was to handle my divorce). And both times I was very satisfied with the results. He is friendly, he takes an interest in your life, and from time to time he offers emotional support and advice. (Anyone going through a divorce knows what I'm talking about.) Most importantly, he cuts through the BS--and will explain the difference between how the law works in theory and how things typically work in practice. He will suggest simple and practical shortcuts for getting what you want--even if it costs him legal fees. As for fees, yes (as other reviewers have mentioned) all lawyers are expensive, but Larry always gave me excellent value. In one complex pension-related process, I know for a fact that he got the job done for many thousands less than what other lawyers were requesting.
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Posted by Michele | April 24, 2015
Best kept secret in Fairfax
Larry came highly recommended to me by a co-worker. I was looking for someone who would help put my mind at ease and educate me with the intricacies of child custody and child support and all that entails. I moved into the area as a newlywed with two step sons, a spouse on a two year deployment, and no legal experience when it came to my rights and responsibilities as their legal guardian. Larry was very assuring and supportive. He answered all my questions with professionalism and respect. He was very prompt in answering my calls and sometimes it seemed like I was his only client because he was so well versed in the details of case. I would highly recommend Larry if you ever find yourself in need of legal guidance or representation. I am hoping that I will not need his services moving forward, fingers crossed, but if I do there will be no question as to who I will go to!
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Posted by Kelly | April 24, 2015
Mr. Bowen was my divorce / and child custody lawyer. Not only did I find him to be one of the best lawyers for my case, he was knowledgable, informative, and very respectful. I would highly recommend Mr. Bowen and would definitely use his services again, if needed.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2015
Divorce Recommendation
Larry provided practical guidance. There are many opportunities to get "bogged" down in messy family matters but in the end what's best for everyone is to resolve things quickly, fairly and with minimal expense. I appreciated his candor and knowledge and in the end he proved himself right on many fronts.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bowen Law Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • JAG
  • Us Army Reserves (Jag Corps)
  • 1984 - 1998
  • Senior Defense Counsel
  • Us Army, Europe
  • 1980 - 1984


  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD
  • 1980
  • University of Virginia
  • BA
  • 1977


  • Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 1987 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 1980 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • annual meeting
  • military divorce
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (46)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry's been an opposing counsel of mine on several cases, and is an excellent attorney. He is a strong and diligent advocate for his clients, but is also honest and reasonable to work with towards getting the case resolved."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Larry and I have been adversaries in court. I found Larry knowledgeable, responsive, professional and very skilled. He is a great advocate for his clients and I endorse him highly."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry Bowen is regarded as one of the best attorneys in his field. Through his expansive career of over 35 years he has received numerous accolades and awards for his work. His immeasurable knowledge of the law combined with his courtroom experience make him a very effective litigator. It is no wonder why he is so well-respected by judges and fellow lawyers in the community. Mr. Bowen has a very approachable personality that fosters great relationships and long-term bonds with his many satisfied clients. I have referred Larry individuals who need excellent representation because he can handle the toughest cases and provide his clients with the attention they deserve in order to produce favorable outcomes both in and out of the courtroom. I highly endorse Larry Bowen."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry is a one of the finest attorneys i know, or have had the pleasure to face in court. He is a great advocate for his clients and a skilled opponent in divorce matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Larry is an excellent attorney with a great deal of experience. I've had several cases with Larry, and I've always been impressed by the way he's conducted himself and represented his client."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I always look forward to working with Larry because we can still make deals on a hand shake. He's smart, funny, professional and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry and I have been opposing counsel on several cases over the years. He is very intelligent and experienced but also unfailingly sensible and pleasant to work with while, at the same time, advocating strenuously for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Larry for 30 years. I find him to be an excellent adversary."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has specialized knowledge about military benefits and he works well with fellow lawyers and clients."
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Fairfax Family Lawyer Larry Henry Bowen
Larry Henry Bowen
Family Attorney
Fairfax, VA