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Dusty Sparrow Reed

Divorce and separation Attorney at Arlington, VA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Sparrow Reed pllc

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Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 13 years
    California - CA 13 years
    Indiana - IN 17 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive In Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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If you are looking for an attorney who will listen, who will provide sound advice, fierce advocacy and be available when you need counsel -- have confidence.  You have found your attorney.  

I have the wisdom and experience that you're looking for to ensure your interests are protected.  And the skills to get the job done.

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2111 Wilson Blvd
Suite 700
Arlington, VA, 22201
Dusty Sparrow Reed
15 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA, 20178
Dusty Sparrow Reed
3975 University Drive
Suite 360
Fairfax, VA, 22030
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Cala | April 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, hardworking , mind blowing professionalism
Dusty is heaven sent! When I came across her firm I was desperate. She won my child custody case against all types of unfortunate circumstances! I tried to get my son with no attorney initially , and I was faced with my son being taken from me. I went through two other attorneys that did not seem to care about my case . Once I appealed to Circuit Court I found Dusty. She came on the case and instantly changed every thing around! She truly cared about my needs, my concerns and my family. We even were faced with an unfavorably GAL and she still managed to win sole physical custody and get my son back home safely! Her drive, her determination, and her ability to turn a situation in my favor against all odds was truly remarkable and mind blowing. I truly appreciate , and will forever be grateful to Dusty and her hard dedication to my case. She was my shield and sword through this hard time in my life . If you need a lawyer that truly gets your needs met and handled with the upmost professionalism Dusty is the lawyer for you. I cannot thank her enough! *In tears as I’m writing this review* Thank you so much Dusty
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Posted by Loujay | August 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest lawyer
She is awesome during my first consultation with her and she was able to answer all my questions, and give me very smart, honest solutions to my case.
Posted by Ken | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highest Recommendation Possible - And I've Been Thru A Lot!
OVERALL: Ms. Sparrow Reed was the perfect counsel and advocate for me and my girls, and she earned my highest recommendation possible. SHORT BACKGROUND: I had a very difficult, years-long, complex legal battle focused on custody, visitation, and false accusations of violating the court order. The opposing party was extremely difficult and presented confusing, nonsensical, and flat-out purposefully bizarre and noncompliant issues throughout the entire experience. And opposing counsel not only enabled and encouraged that behavior, but also was independently non-responsive, difficult, and in many instances incredibly inappropriate toward me (showing total unprofessional personal animus, even in court). Ms. Sparrow Reed was able to come in to this chaotic situation toward the tail-end (my prior counsel contracted COVID), get up-to-speed quickly, and was able to manage a truly nightmarish scenario with grace, professionalism, courtesy, and top-notch legal experience and knowledge. Dusty knows what she's doing; she was able to navigate an unpredictable (at best) court system, a nasty opposing side, and me (while I was a nervous wreck), all while conducting herself in the utmost professional manner possible. RESULTS: In the end, results matter: Dusty obtained for me almost everything I was asking for AND she won me additional rights that we weren't expecting and in some cases didn't ask for. She got me closer to finalizing this never-ending case than anybody else ever has. LOCATION: As somebody who used two prior Loudoun County lawyers and who had consultations with multiple others, I would strongly encourage anybody in LoCo (or surrounding areas) who can't find what they're looking for (or might be finding way too many close connections between all the attorneys/offices in LoCo) to reach out to Dusty. She's a much better alternative. Trust me, I know from trying. COST: Dusty is more fair and reasonable in her pricing than almost any other attorney/office I consulted with. Additionally, she is very good at paying close attention to cost matters and focusing her efforts only where they are needed most. Nobody likes paying attorney's fees, especially when you are the one trying to end the madness. But Dusty is as fair and as reasonable as you're going to find anywhere in the DC region.
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Posted by Reyad Idheileh | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
I used Ms.Reed, services on a bogus P.O. That was granted to my ex-wife..I filed an appeal,and was looking for a lawyer to handle my appeal..I seen her photo online and my guy feeling told me to give her a call, turned out to be te best call I made so far..We had a full day of court..which was exhausting.Mrs.Reed came in focused, and about her business, she won the appeal case..(she was awesome) , now I am going to use her services for the other hearings I have coming up. Mrs.Reed send emails to my ex’s lawyer, without me having to tell or ask her anything ..which made me feel so relieved that she actually cares about me seeing my son..She is awesome..and she is with every dime..she brings home results..
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Posted by Adam | May 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, Supportive, Smart
Dusty is focused, efficient, and gives straight forward advice. She listens extremely well and asks the right questions. Definitely recommend.
Posted by Brandon | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winning in an unwinnable situation...
I recently went through a hellacious custody dispute in Loudoun County with my ex-wife that included false CPS allegations by my ex-wife and significant levels parental alienation, witness tampering / destruction of evidence, as well as an opposing counselor who repeatedly broke the law and would stop at nothing -- in an effort to protect his client (throughout discovery and during trial). The end result, Dusty was able to quadruple the amount of time I am able to spend with my children (as close to 50/50 as humanly possible given the distance we live apart), negotiate a fair child support order (reduced by nearly $900 per month), and was a remarkable source of stability during the darkest 11 months of my life. Dusty was the 3rd (and last) attorney that I worked with on my case that spanned nearly 16 months, having relieved both of the previous attorneys that were simply unwilling to fight for what is right - a father's equal right to shared parenting. She spent a tremendous amount of time before she ever took on my case understanding the history and dynamics of the situation which created immediate rapport and trust. Dusty's keen eye was able to spot and discredit so many of the dishonest / underhand tactics the opposing side was using. Don't work with Dusty if you are out to destroy an opponent and bend the rules in the process. Definitely work with Dusty if you want the highest level of ethical protection, character, and support. Word of caution - most judges will be able to tell the difference and will apply the fairest resolution with weight toward the party of character. The end result was the opposing side lost at every turn, a fair outcome was provided in the best interest of the children, and I am enjoying a tremendous amount of time with my children.
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Posted by Giuseppe | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is fantastic!!
I've been fighting custody ever since my child was born 14 years ago. I've tried many times to get shared physical custody of my child but being in Maryland and my child in Virginia the odds were always stacked against me. I recently moved to Virginia and was interviewing attorneys and Dusty was the one I selected. She is absolutely great!! She listened to all of my concerns and all the detail I provided her. She did due diligence on some of the facts that I gave her and built a very solid case. When the judge gave her decision and granted me 50/50 shared custody I was pinching myself as I couldn't believe it! I've spent years with high ranked attorney in Maryland and did not get anywhere near the results I got with Dusty. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Jolene | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Having the right attorney made a big difference
Dusty is smart and experienced, and that shows in her confidence. She helped me make decisions every step of the way. I didn't always listen to her because I was nervous but she never said, "I told you so." She was patient and kind and explained things until I understood. The day of mediation was intense but having a no-nonsense attorney representing me made it so much better than expected. She understands that divorces are emotional. She's empathetic but never emotional herself. She was very professional and upbeat with the opposing counsel and my ex.
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Posted by Lisa | August 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended – Principled, Trustworthy Representation
From a former client’s perspective, it is a genuine honor for me to endorse Dusty Sparrow Reed --- an adept and resourceful litigator, strategic negotiator, and dedicated child advocate. Navigating the court system is a potentially daunting task on most levels, but for a parent committed to protecting their child in an acrimonious custody case, the legal complexities and inherent risks are overwhelming, and without skilled representation, resulting judicial decisions can be devastating. Despite unscrupulous tactics employed by the opposition, Dusty maintained an exceptional degree of professionalism, and worked tirelessly on behalf of my child. If legal counsel is again required, my first call will be to Dusty.
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Posted by Jonathon | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I did not even have to go to court!
Dusty is my ex-wife. That is correct. I fully trusted my ex-wife to represent me and she executed perfectly in the case. Dusty assisted me in resolving an issue and I did not even have to appear in court once. She is a hard working Attorney who will go above and beyond to ensure that the needs of her clients are met. I highly recommend Dusty and would call on her again should I ever need an Attorney.
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Posted by Ryan | July 17, 2015
Reckless Driving
Dusty was great! She was very thorough with my case and very informative. I was very unaware of what to expect as this was my first offense and she was able to walk me through the entire process smoothly. I would recommend her to anyone, she is a phenomenal lawyer and really knows her stuff. Very passionate about her work!
Posted by John | July 15, 2015
Client Review of Dusty Lyn Sparrow
Dusty was responsive to all my legal inquiries and requests, responding back in a timely manner and was prepared for any developments surrounding my case. She was passionate and driven throughout all court proceedings and maintained professionalism at all times.
Posted by John | July 8, 2015
Red Cedar HOA - Thanks for your generous help!
Dusty volunteered her time to assist the Red Cedar Community on a matter related to the Loudoun County Public School system and its Board. She helped in the editing and construction of a letter we drafted for submission to members of the Board and advised us on procedures. She was responsive, interested, and very helpful Thank you for your help! John, Red Cedar Board of Directors
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • Sparrow Reed PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor - Criminal Justice
  • Westwood College
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Dusty Sparrow
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Abbott Harris & Perrelli
  • 2006 - 2009
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Business Administration
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Berton v. Commonwealth
  • Vacated one conviction, reversed and remanded remaining convictions


  • Virginia State Bar
  • 4-1 Discipline Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Legislative Committee Liaison
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Virginia State Bar
  • President's Lawyer Wellness Committee Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Judicial Selection Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Loudoun County School Board
  • Candidate
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Loudoun County Advisory Commission on Youth
  • District Commissioner
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • CLE - Virginia Appellate Updates
  • 2017
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • CLE - Virginia Appellate Updates
  • 2014
  • Second Chance Monthly Diversion Program (ongoing)
  • Effect of Juvenile Criminal Charges
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Dusty
Appeals Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Dusty litigate cases in the Circuit Court and in the Court of Appeals. She is always brilliant, well-spoken, and well-prepared. She also generously contributes her time to serving her community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I began working with Dusty when I was a law student, and continued to do so after earning my degree. I have met no other lawyer with the precision and organization that she has, and few who represent their clients so zealously. I barely feel qualified to give an endorsement to someone I admire so much!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dusty Sparrow is a consummate professional. She handles all range of cases, from the simplest to the most complex with the same level of dedication and skill."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dusty is an amazing attorney who is beyond dedicated to her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dusty is a hard-working, smart, well-respected, and loyal advocate for her clients. She takes every client's case seriously and will work tirelessly to ensure the best outcome. Although Dusty specializes in juvenile and family law, she has experience in a wide variety of cases and is well suited to handle any type of matter."
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Every time we appeared in court together I learned something new about the law. Dusty is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and expert attorney."
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Arlington Divorce and separation Lawyer Dusty Sparrow Reed
Dusty Sparrow Reed
Divorce and separation Attorney
Arlington, VA
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available