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Joanna Maria Foard

Divorce and separation Attorney at McLean, VA

5.0   192 reviews

also known as Joanna Maria Caccioppoil

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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 2 years
    Virginia - VA 3 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 10 years
    Florida - FL 11 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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Joanna M. Foard has dedicated her practice solely to the area of family law. Joanna is sensitive to the emotional and financial strains associated with legal issues, and prides herself on being compassionate and reliable in order to achieve the best result possible for her clients.

Joanna finds great satisfaction in her work, and is a dedicated family law practitioner. Joanna is highly experienced in all aspects of family law, either uncontested or contested, from case initiation, through the discovery process, and to trial.

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Location

General Counsel, P.C.
6849 Old Dominion Dr #220
McLean, VA, 22101

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Aaron | September 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A compassionate exceptional attorney, you want Joanna in your corner!
I had the privilege of working with Joanna Ford as my attorney and I cannot express enough how grateful I am for her exceptional services. From the very beginning, Joanna exhibited a level of professionalism and dedication that immediately put me at ease during what was an emotionally challenging time. Joanna’s knowledge of family law is truly remarkable. She was not only well-versed in the legal intricacies but also displayed a deep understanding of the human aspect involved. She listened attentively to my concerns, addressed my questions with patience, and provided clear explanations of the legal processes, ensuring I felt empowered and informed throughout the entire journey. What truly sets Joanna apart is her unwavering commitment to her clients. She consistently went above and beyond to ensure that my best interests were represented. Her attention to detail and thoroughness in preparing legal documents and strategies were commendable, and it instilled confidence in me that she was diligently working to achieve the best possible outcome for my case. I recommend Joanna Ford to anyone seeking a family law attorney. Her professionalism, legal acumen, dedication, and compassionate approach make her an exceptional advocate. My experience with Joanna exceeded my expectations, and I am profoundly grateful for her guidance and representation during this challenging time in my life. She is, without a doubt, an amazing family law attorney, and I cannot thank her enough for her outstanding service.
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Posted by Seneca | September 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
I had a consultation with Joanna for my divorce/custody case. It was an extremely complex situation with lots of nuisances underneath the surface. Joanna listened intently and took notes regarding my case. She was able to repeat the details back to me as if she had lived it herself. Joanna then discussed strategy and how to approach my highly complex case. She was empathetic and treated my daughter and I like family while simultaneously kicking butt from a legal aspect. She has gone above and beyond to ensure my daughter and I’s interest were met. Thanks to Joanna, we were able to mediate (which Joanna advocated for from the start) and come to an agreement, even dealing with difficult personalities and resistance from opposing counsel. Joanna still found time to gift my 5 month old with toys to play with during the long mediation session. She is smart, thinks quick on her feet, compassionate and kind! There’s no better choice than Joanna, you will never regret it!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Call Review
I had a consultation call with Joanna and she was warm, friendly, and patient while answering all of my questions. In the case that I would need her services, she would be my first choice to represent me.
Posted by Miranda | December 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don’t get anyone else other than Joanna Foard to fight for you!
Joanna came highly recommended from a women’s group on FB. She took me on very quickly after I requested her services and made it a point to see me face to face via video-chat from the beginning and lowered her minimum retainer fee for me. She was super accommodating and it felt like I had a close ally on my side the entire time as she combed through my proposed divorce settlement agreement and came up with proposals that would be in my best interest that even I had not thought of. She followed up each step of the way, even while she was on vacation and always made me feel like a person, a friend even. As kind as she was with me, she fearlessly fought for my rights. I never felt like I was just a client or a walking checkbook. She and her team were very patient when it took longer than expected for me to get my settlement payment in order to pay her in turn. I would hire her again in a heartbeat, she truly tried to make this whole process as painless as possible and we never had to go to court. I have already recommended her to others and even my ex said I had an excellent lawyer and that he would consider her services if he ever needed them.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
Unfortunately, I needed to find a divorce and family attorney. Fortunately, I found and hired Joanna. Besides the fact she demonstrated exceptional knowledge of Virginia law, she was understanding and compassionate throughout a difficult process. Ultimately, a very healthy and appropriate settlement was reached. Very highly recommend Joanna.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joanna’s genuine care is what I needed for such challenging time
Remarkable legal expertise and unwavering support made my divorce process surprisingly smooth with Joanna. From clear communication to meticulous paperwork, she exceeded my expectations. Her responsiveness and empathy turned a challenging time into a manageable journey. I appreciated her commitment to fairness and respectful resolution. If you're seeking a family lawyer, I highly recommend Joanna for her outstanding professionalism and genuine care.
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Posted by Ingrid | September 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Absolute Best Family Attorney!
Joanna was highly recommended to me by a friend to help navigate my divorce matter. From our first interaction I was convinced that Joanna was the absolute best to help me. Not only did she eloquently explained the process but she provided support in every step of the way. She handled the process with great care and sensitivity as she is mindful of the emotional impact of divorce proceedings. I appreciate her exceptional service and will not hesitate to recommend her to anyone I know that is in need of the services she offers.
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Posted by Greta | September 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very Responsive!
Joanna helped me with an uncontested divorce. She was quick to respond to my emails and provided easy to understand answers to my questions. When the judge needed extra wording added to the documents before signing, she did not charge me for the extra work. She made the process as easy as possible. Thank you Joanna!
Posted by Sal | August 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Attorney I Needed
It’s hard to imagine an attorney being more accessible, supportive, creative, and results focused, than Joanna. Phone calls and emails were returned within a day if not the hour. She was great at explaining the divorce process, laying out a roadmap, and keeping me focused on the realistic big picture. When presented with unusual issues, Joanna kept me involved and always came away with creative solutions. It was far from easy, but I felt supported by Joanna throughout the entire process and she got me through it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2023
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Joanna Foard Is Fire
Joanna is empathetic, intelligent, strong and full of fire. She will keep your flame fiercely flowing too. Highly recommend in any legal matter - you will want her on your team no matter the issue. Thank you, Joanna!
Posted by Scott | August 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Joanna did an exceptional job navigating me through a difficult and painstaking process resulting in a favorable mediation. She took all the time needed to understand my priorities and worked with me every step of the way to keep my informed, consulted and able to make very defined decisions that led to a great outcome. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable in the law and measured in her demeanor, able to adjust style immediately based on the situation and circumstance. An exceptional experience.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2023
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Highly Recommend
Joanna was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, and caring. She showed the utmost professionalism and an understanding of all the complexities involved in difficult divorce and custody issues. I would enthusiastically recommend Joanna.
Posted by Jamie | June 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joanna was on top of things the entire way.
I could not be any happier with a lawyer during my divorce. Ms. Foard was responsive to my emails, including opposing counsel’s - even proactively (and professionally) nudging them along whenever their inaction stalled proceedings. All the while keeping me informed as to what was going on and what came next. There are type A people who just have a knack for getting things done and she’s definitely one of them. And yet she’s also warm and friendly (often there’s a trade-off!) making the entire painful process of a divorce much more bearable. I would recommend Joanna Foard to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Stephen | May 29, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
I consulted with Ms. Foard regarding my ongoing custody case. She was very friendly, understanding and helpful and gave me the perspective I needed to assess the strength of my case. I would certainly go to her again in the future if I needed additional assistance.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Empathetic, Uniquely Competent, Highly Professional
Joanna was the first attorney (and I’ve interviewed many) who actually took the time to understand not only my circumstances but also my primary concerns and key goals as I think about facing this difficult time. From our short interaction I truly felt like she is on my side.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You Joanna -
I couldn’t have chosen a better attorney for my divorce. All around professional, patient, kind and easy to work with. One of the best; hands down.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Generous with her time.
I had a phone call with Ms. Foard and she took her time and answered all my questions. I feel like she asked good questions and gave me solid advice.
Posted by Amreen | May 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best
I am so thankful for Joanna. She did the most wonderful job with helping my Mom get a divorce. Divorce can be an emotional and stressful process but Joanna made it so easy. She is absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended!
Posted by Cara | April 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Joanna is an honest, dedicated, awesome lawyer!
Joanna is an extremely strategic, dedicated, driven, smart, and thoughtful lawyer! I came to her from another lawyer when my divorce was very stalled. She breathed new life into my case and she and I worked together to get my stalling ex husband to move forward and ultimately become divorced. She is always very responsive, and she's upbeat and kind! At multiple points in the process, we discussed strategies for moving forward, and she ALWAYS had my best interest in mind. I had one child, and Joanna was always helping me select the best path forward to get the custody I wanted. She was also always mindful of the expenses--always taking care to do the best thing for my case, but not waste money frivolously. A truly honest lawyer! I highly recommend her to anyone! In the end, I did get the custody I wanted, so thank you Joanna!
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Posted by Marilynn | April 12, 2023
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Amazing Divorce Attorney
Joanna took care of me down to the last detail. The other side made it so hard to get through not only the separation agreement but also the divorce, even though Joanna and I were trying to do everything amicably and not go through court or an arbitrator. Joanna was very detailed, laid out exactly how I could get through the process easily and without issues, to include child custody, and spousal support. From the consultation on, she was able to get me through everything clearly. She responded to me right away on every question, every concern. She gave me all of the options, and took care of everything so that I could be at ease through the entire process. I loved having Joanna as my attorney! I appreciated her candor, and her passion, as well as her kindness and soft demeanor. I highly recommend her, and have sent her contact info to a few friends already!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • General Counsel, P.C.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Weiss, Grunor and Barnett (f/k/a) Palmer, Weiss, Grunor & Barclay
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kramer Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Association Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Student - Internship
  • Hayden Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Legal Internship
  • Legal Aid of Southwest Oklahoma
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2013
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Catholic University of America
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • Lawton High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 2005
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • None

Associations

  • The Fund for Alexandria's Child
  • Advisory Council Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Middle District of Florida District Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Teen Alternatives
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Membership Committee Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Social Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, Membership Drive Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Key Initiative Group
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Seminole County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Neighborhood Watch Group of the Orlando Police Department
  • Block Captain
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Orange County Teen Court
  • Presiding Judge
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Orange County Teen Court Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Awesome Attorney - Family Law
  • Orlando Family Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Women of the Year
  • Orlando Magazine
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite Up & Comer
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Highest Pro Bono Service Award - 75+ Hours
  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
  • 2013
  • Highest Pro Bono Service Award - 125+ Hours
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2012
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Publications

  • None
  • None
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Justice Law Class at FAMU Law
  • Teen Court and Juvenile Justice
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (29)
Endorse Joanna
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joanna is an exceptional attorney who I very highly recommend. Having gone through a divorce myself a number of years ago, i have worked with a few divorce attorneys. There are many smart and capable attorneys. However, what makes one attorney better than others is not only having the intelligence and knowledge to help their clients, but actually caring about and striving to truly be their advocate."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely professional and an excellent advocate for her clients. Excellent knowledge of the law and communicates well. I recommend her without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joanna is a wonderful attorney who cares deeply for her clients. Her organization and dedication make her a great advocate for her clients. I'm happy to have been able to work with her on previous cases!"
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joanna is one of the most intelligent and dedicated attorneys in the Central Florida area. She is determined to make sure that each of her clients is protected and well served. It's not often that you find someone as dedicated to their clients as Joanna; for these reasons and many more, I endorse Joanna as an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joanna is a fantastic attorney with a great legal mind. Hire her for your family law needs with confidence."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I currently work with Joanna and since the first day I met her, she has a smile on her face and talks to everyone she meets as a person and not a number. She is a dedicated worker who will ask every question needed and learn the details of your case before making any decisions on your behalf. She truly cares for her clients as individuals."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Skill, compassion, and perserverence are the three words that first come to mind when I hear the name Joanna Caccioppoli. I wholeheartedly endorse Joanna for her hard work and dedication to the practice of family law. She is not only an outstanding advocate for her clients, but a proven resource for other attorneys. Her professionalism and civility make her a rarity in this line of work and I am proud to be able to call her my friend and colleague."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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