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Mr. Roop is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1985) and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1991). He is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Roop’s practice has focused in the area of domestic relations and family law since 1996. He has tried countless equitable distribution, support and custody cases. From 1991 to 1996, he was a trial lawyer in Maryland, DC and Virginia in the areas of contract, tort, and malpractice defense. Before law school, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kongolo, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). He has been happily married since 1992 to Anna-Marie Christello-Roop, a graduate of Yale Law School who now helps him run ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC. They have two children.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Roop has carried an AV-Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. In 2004-05, Mr. Roop served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Professionalism of the Virginia State Bar. For three years thereafter, he was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as a Faculty member at professionalism courses conducted through out the state. He currently serves on a Virginia State Bar disciplinary committee for evaluating lawyer misconduct. He has twice appeared on the cover of Virginia Lawyers Weekly for ground breaking work in the areas of spousal support and domicile. He has been recognized as one of the preeminent divorce lawyers in Virginia and/or Washington DC by the following organizations or periodicals:

Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report
Northern Virginia Magazine
Ten Leaders

In February 2009, Mr. Roop created ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC, having spent thirteen years at Condo Roop Kelly & Byrnes and its predecessor(s). He understands the emotional and financial toll of divorce. Mr. Roop brings to the practice of family law, a sense of fairness, substantial trial ability, mathematical aptitude, courtroom ability, experience with children, and a commitment to resolve matters in the best interests of the family.


Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    20 years



Hourly ($210-575/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Roop Xanttopoulos Babounakis PLLC

1604 Spring Hill Rd.
Suite 460
Tysons, VA, 22182


VAAuthorized to practice law199303/31/2016
DCActive 199307/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2016
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2015
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2014
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2013
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2012
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2011
Best Law Firm in the United StatesUS News & World Report2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder,/Managing Principal/MediatorRoop Xanttopoulos Babounakis PLLC2016 - Present
Principal/MediatorThe Roop Law Firm, PLLC2009 - Present
PrincipalCondo Roop Kelly & Byrnes, P.C.1996 - 2009
AttorneyEccleston & Wolfe1992 - 1996
AttorneyAnderson, Coe & King, LLP1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fifth District, Subcomittee II of the Disciplinary Board of the Virginia State BarSecretary and Member2010 - Present
Fairfax County Bar AssociationNeutral Case Evaluatior2005 - Present
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
District of Columbia Bar FacultyMemberN/A
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMemberN/A
Professional Mediation Forum of Northern VirginiaFounderN/A
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Standing Committee on ProfessionalismChair2004 - 2006
Virginia State BarMember, Professional Course2004 - 2007
Professionalism Course of Virginia State BarFaculty2004 - 2007
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hering v. HeringN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Society of CPAsThe Difficult Marriage' of Business Valuation and Virginia Family Law2011
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationComplicated Tracing Issues: Four Case Studies2006
National Business InstituteChild Custody and Visitation in Virginia2003
Alexandria Bar AssociationImmigration, Residency and Divorce: Do You Really Live Here?2002
Fairfield County Bar AssociationLegal Malpractice1998
Maryland Journal of Contemporary Legal IssuesSymbolic Analysis Under the Establishment Clause1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Notre DameProgram of Liberal Studies (Great Books)BA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law SeminarCustody and Relocation2003