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When you need an experienced and committed family law professional, you can turn to attorney Albert Bonin for professional, compassionate and effective counsel and representation. For almost three decades, Mr. Bonin has been practicing family law and handling difficult cases on behalf of all types of clients. No case is too complex for Mr. Bonin to take on, and he frequently takes cases involving property, custody, parenting time, support and matters across state and international borders.


When you choose to work with Mr. Bonin you are not just receiving the benefit of a highly skilled litigator, you are also enlisting the help of a problem solver who is well known for his ability to resolve conflicts. Mr. Bonin works through negotiation, mediation and the collaborative process to help clients achieve their goals for their family and their future.


For over two decades, Mr. Bonin has been included in the treatise, The Best Lawyers in America, and he is listed as one of the Metropolitan D.C.'s best family law attorneys every year in The Washington Post Magazine and in Super Lawyers. For years he has received the highest attorney "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a leading site rating legal professionals. He is also proud to serve as the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation. He is also listed as as one of the Top Lawyers in Northern Virginia Magazine for child custody matters.


Additionally, Mr. Bonin has been chosen as one of the Ten Leaders in Matrimonial and Divorce Law in Northern Virginia since 2007 and ShounBach has had more Ten Leader's than any law firm in the nation.



Part of what distinguishes Mr. Bonin and his firm above different law firms is that Mr. Bonin limits the number of cases he accepts. He understands that an attorney may have many clients, but a client only has one attorney. Therefore, he only takes on a few cases at a time in order to provide a level of service that exceeds the client's expectations.


Aside from the honors mentioned above, Mr. Bonin has held several positions in local, state and national organizations. He is a Past Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association Circuit Court Committee, Mr. Bonin received the "Chair Award" for outstanding service. His current appointments include: President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, lifetime member of the Colorado Bar Foundation, and a Past President of the Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals.


Mr. Bonin is also proud to be a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he served as a chapter President of this prestigious organization. Additionally, he is also a fellow of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Bonin, is licensed to practice in Virginia, Colorado and D.C. In Colorado he was the recipient of the Outstanding Professional of the Year Award on two occasions.

He served as the chair of the Colorado Supreme Court Ethics Committee in Colorado. He was listed by 5280 magazine as one of Denver's top lawyers. He was coauthor of the two-volume manual, Domestic Relations Forms and Practice, by Lexis Law Publications. Mr. Bonin has had the unique privilege of lecturing nationally and internationally on all aspects of family law.

Mr. Bonin is a member of the Virginia, Fairfax, Prince William, District of Columbia and Colorado Bar Associations, as well as the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia.

Organizations & Recognition


  • President Fairfax Law Foundation.

  • Past President, Virginia Collaborative Professionals.

  • Chair, Fairfax Circuit Court Committee 2011-2012; Recipient of Chair Award 2011.

  • Member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Former Chapter President.

  • Member International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Speaker at the 25 th Annual Conference, Harrogate, England, 2011.

  • Listed for over 20 years in "Best Lawyers in America."

  • Listed in "Northern Virginia Magazine," "Washington Post Magazine" and "Super Lawyers" as one of the DC Metro Areas top family lawyers.

  • Listed in "Ten Leaders in Matrimonial Law." ShounBach has more attorneys listed than any law firm in the nation.

  • Member, Northern Virginia Collaborative Professionals & International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

  • Former Board Member, Family Law Section, Virginia Bar Association.

  • Member Society of Fellows, Fairfax Law Foundation.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional of the Year Award, 1997 & 2001.

  • Formerly listed in "5280" Magazine as one of Denver's Top Lawyers.

  • Former Co-author, Colorado Domestic Law Practice two volume set; Lexis Law Publishing.

  • Former President, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association.

  • Former President, Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody.

  • Founder and Former Director, National Center for Legal Education.

  • Past Chair, Supreme Court Committee on Advocacy and Ethical Issues in Family Law.

  • Lifetime Member, Colorado Bar Foundation.

  • Previously served as a Mediator and Settlement Master.

  • Lecturer, Nationally and Internationally, on all aspects of family law.

  • Instrumental in drafting and passing legislation in Colorado that has become law on Issues such as Removal, Spousal Support, Elimination of the Term "Custody" and "Visitation" and Custody Evaluations.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Francis Malinowski

    I know Al to be an outstanding lawyer - one of the best in Virginia.


    Christopher Malinowski Child custody Attorney
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  • Susan Massie Hicks

    I endorse this lawyer. Al is highly regarded by his peers.


    Susan Hicks Family Attorney
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Contact info


4000 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA, 22033


VAAuthorized to practice law200403/31/2016
DCActive 200307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
President's AwardFairfax Bar Association2012
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
Washington, D.C. Area's Best LawyersWashington Post Magazine2007
Outstanding Professional of the Year AwardColorado Bar Association, Family Law Section2001
Outstanding Professional of the Year AwardColorado Bar Association, Family Law Section1997
ListedBest Lawyers in America1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerShounBach2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionExecutive CouncilN/A
Fairfax Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Prince William County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionPast PresidentN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPast PresidentN/A
Virginia Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsExecutive CommitteeN/A
Fairfax Bar Association, Circuit Court CommitteeVice ChairN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Lexis Law PublicationDomestic Relations Forms and PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
City University of New York, Queens CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975