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Brianna Denise Salerno

Family Attorney at Arlington, VA

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 12 years
    Virginia - VA 13 years
    Maryland - MD 13 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brianna

Learn Brianna’s areas of practice.

Brianna Salerno is a lead senior associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. Ms. Salerno works in the firm’s office in Arlington, and represents clients in Arlington, Alexandria and all across Northern Virginia.

An attorney since 2010, Ms. Salerno has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Northern Virginia, including divorce, custody, support and high value equitable distribution cases. She also is one of the firm’s leading authorities on the division of federal or military retirement benefits in divorce.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Salerno graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University before graduating in the top third of her class at George Mason University School of Law.

Ms. Salerno was included in the 2022 and 2024 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2019. Ms. Salerno currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Brianna Salerno resides in Alexandria.

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Location

Livesay & Myers, P.C.
1515 N Courthouse Rd #710
Arlington, VA, 22201

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Reviews

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Posted by Paul | February 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely outstanding for my divorce case
You didn't want to be here, reading divorce lawyer reviews. You're stressed and hurt. You know that picking the right lawyer could be the difference between getting on with your life sooner or dealing with years of expense and frustration. Lucky for you, you found Livesay & Myers. Brianna Salerno and Dollie Tran were for me the flawlessly competent and sympathetic legal team I needed. I recommend them and the folks at Livesay & Myers in the highest possible terms. They helped me get through my unwelcome divorce in less time and for less money that I imagined possible. Definitely talk to several firms (I did), but in the end I am confident that if you select Livesay & Myers you will have made the right choice.
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Posted by Beverly | November 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney
Ms. Salerno was able to guide me and my case through the intricate and specific case law for Commonwealth of Virginia family law. Ms. Salerno was always able to answer my questions (how and why) with specificity to ensure I understood the exact reason for all decisions made in my case. That alone makes Ms. Salerno and her team "the bomb diggity" but her kindness and willingness to understand the emotional peaks and valleys of a case surely has placed her in the realm of spectacular family law attorneys. Knowing the law without a kind "desk side" manner is of no use to any client in her field of law. From the onset of my case through the trial, Ms. Salerno and her team were willing to research any and all portions of law relating to my case and precisely execute the strategy she developed. I am now and will always give Ms. Salerno and her team a "full-throated" positive review for their consummate professionalism, graciousness and comprehensive expertise in family law. I will enthusiastically recommend Ms. Salerno to anyone who asks for or needs a family law attorney.
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Posted by Sarah | June 3, 2020
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Highly recommended
I am so grateful for Brianna Salerno’s dedication, knowledge, and professionalism. She is truly the best. I appreciate Brianna for the amazing job she did regarding my case, and helped me through resolving my legal problems. She held my hand through a very difficult time In my life. She was available whenever I needed her and gave me the best solutions as expected. She made things easier for me to comprehend and most importantly, she stood by my side not just as my lawyer, but as a friend all thorough both my divorce and my child custody case
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Posted by Erwin | March 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Good Conselor
Although, getting a divorce is never easy, she was able to walk me through on what to expect and explain everything that I need to know and anticipate through this whole process. Overall, my experience with Brianna Salerno was positive.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
I received great legal assistance with attorney Brianna Salerno and her team (Nicole O'Neal and Caitlin Wilkinson). I highly recommend Livesay & Myers. Very knowledgeable and client focused! N.
Posted by William | January 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond!
Brianna Salerno took care of my very messy divorce follow-up for almost two years; i.e., Items that were not addressed during our divorce. It was a lot of work and dealing with a spouse with mental health issues, Brianna was able to not only able to keep everything professional with my ex-spouse but demonstrated the ability to keep her calm and work through each and every item. Although my ex-spouse was sending emails at all hours of the day and night, spreading lies and innuendos and anger, Brianna stayed calm and professional and was able to calm the waters to a solution that worked in the end for both parties. I was in great hands! Brianna went above and beyond her normal duties to ensure I was as stress free as possible when at times I thought this battle was never going to end. She had the ability to anticipate my ex-spouse's next move and counter offer that was fair, honest and acceptable to both parties. I could not have been in better hands. I recommend Brianna for advancement and/or "partnership" of your firm and will be requesting her assistance if needed in the future. I have already made those I know aware of your company. Thank You Brianna and Thank you Livesay and Myers!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2020
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Clear, Concise & Efficient
I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Salerno to effect an uncontested divorce. Her expert consultation allowed my spouse and I to resolve an amicable property settlement on our own, then Ms. Salerno and her associate Julie Colon produced the legal documents and guided everything through the courts. Both were always kind, considerate, and professional, as was everyone in the Livesay & Myers Fairfax office. While my case was basic, I will not hesitate to utilize Livesay & Myers, and Ms. Salerno, should a future family law matter arise.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2019
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Review
Brianna is a professional and caring attorney. My divorce wasn't very conventional since both parties could not be present at the same time and place and there were unusual circumstances but she managed the difficulties well. She is very sharp and quickly understands what you need even if you have limited legal knowledge. She is very good at communicating the details of the process and very quick with email responses. I'm glad I had her to represent me during the divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2019
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Review
Brianna was very easy to work with and had my best interest. She also responded very quickly to my email !
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Services
Ms. Salerno is a professional and knowledgeable attorney. My initial consultation with her made the process clear. She provided guidance and support throughout. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking divorce services.
Posted by Nicole | August 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I am so glad that I was represented by Brianna!
Brianna represented me in my divorce proceedings. If there were one hundred stars to give, I would them all to her! When I first came to Livesay & Myers, I was still very scared of what was ahead for me regarding my divorce. I knew that I would become a single mom of two young girls, and I was scared. Brianna was excellent! She calmed my fears, explained the process, and explained my options. She educated me on the entire divorce process. This helped me to think more about my future. Having Brianna as my lawyer helped me to feel secure in my decision, and also helped me to come up with a plan. As with anything, there are always a few bumps encountered. I encountered those with some of the things that my ex-husband was requesting. Brianna was an absolute steady hand, she calmed me down and guided me through that process. My ex-husband and I were able to agree on our final terms, and stay out of court. I totally credit Brianna's legal knowledge and warm and caring attitude with making that happen. As my divorce case ended, I was so happy to have met her, and worked with her, just sad for the circumstances. I very highly recommend Brianna Salerno and the law offices of Livesay & Myers!
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2018
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Good lawyer!
She represented me for uncontested divorce case. Though the case would not be lucrative, I felt that they were happy to represent me. I just wanted someone who would proceed the case appropriately, would not delay the process and would not try to do unnecessary work. I think she exceeded my expectation. Her assistant, Julie, was also professional and very polite.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2024 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2019 - 2024
  • Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Associate
  • The Carlberg Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Michael P. Whalen, Criminal Coordinating Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Custody Battle After Relocation of Husband to Stafford County
  • Prevented Father From Obtaining Primary Physical Custody
  • Divorce for Husband Whose Wife Had Left the Country
  • Husband Granted a Divorce Based on the Ground of Desertion
  • Custody Battle After Mother Attempted to Relocate With Child
  • Mother Retained Primary Custody and Allowed to Relocate With Child
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Associations

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association (Beat the Odds Committee)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys, Virginia
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • George Washington University
  • 2006
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (30)
Endorse Brianna
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Ms. Salerno and recommend her for anyone seeking a knowledgeable and hardworking family lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Salerno is a hard-working, dedicated, and experienced family law attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a talented attorney with solid experience who fights hard for her clients. I would recommend Brianna Salerno to anyone looking for a outstanding family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Salerno is a talented and hard-working lawyer. She takes her duty to her clients very seriously and is always looking after their best interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Salerno is a knowledgeable, diligent, and dedicated family law attorney. She seeks the best results for her clients by keeping their needs at the forefront of her practice."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Ms. Salerno. She is an exceptional family law attorney and has years of experience in the areas of divorce and custody. Ms. Salerno is a wonderful advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Salerno is quite knowledgeable and compassionate in handling family law issues. At a stressful time she is strong advocate for her clients. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"It's my pleasure to endorse Ms. Salerno. She is an experienced, compassionate advocate who is dedicated to her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Ms. Salerno. She is intelligent, experienced in family law, and a passionate advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. Salerno receives my highest endorsement. She is very hard-working, has a broad base of knowledge, and is passionate about her clients and their desired outcomes. I highly recommend Ms. Salerno."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brianna Salerno is a skilled attorney who zealously represents her clients. She is extremely knowledgeable in the area of family law. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Brianna Salerno is a skilled and dedicated family law attorney. I highly recommend Brianna to anyone facing a divorce or custody battle in Fairfax County or Northern Virginia."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"An outstanding family law attorney, Ms. Salerno receives my highest possible endorsement."
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