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Julia Jane Wills Ovando

Child custody Attorney at Arlington, VA

3.9   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Julia

Learn Julia’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Contested and uncontested paternity, custody, visitation and child support in both the Virginia juvenile and domestic relations and circuit courts.

    16 years

  2. Child abuse
    10%
    Civil abuse and neglect matters- Child Protective Services Investigations, child protective orders, removal and foster care cases, child dependency. Criminal child abuse and neglect- charged as misdemeanor or felony child abuse and endangerment.

    16 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Representing victims and the accused in family abuse, child abuse and intimate partner protective orders.

    16 years

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    Guardianship and conservatorship petitions Representing parents seeking guardianship of their children with special needs as they turn 18.

    11 years

  5. Immigration
    10%
    Special Immigrant Juvenile Matters- 1) predicate order in the local Virginia JDR court, 2) I-360 to USCIS, 3) I-485 Adjustment of status to Permanent Resident to USCIS

    11 years

  6. Juvenile law
    10%
    Juvenile delinquency- defense of juveniles charged with delinquencies. Represent youth charged with delinquencies at both the misdemeanor and felony levels, in the Virginia local juvenile and domestic relations courts and circuit courts.

    16 years

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    Marital Agreements- prenups and postnups- a financial plan for the client's marriage, death or divorce

    10 years

  8. Adoption
    5%
    First parent/ birth parent representation Step parent adoption Relative adoption Fostercare adoption

    16 years

  9. Uncontested divorce
    5%
    Representing clients as they negotiate and create a plan for custody, visitation, child and spousal support, division of assets and debts.

    11 years

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Location

Ovando Law, PLLC
2111 Wilson Blvd
8th Floor
Arlington, VA, 22201

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by CJC | May 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and Thorough
Ms. Ovando was both extremely knowledgeable and kind to us. She helped us navigate a difficult situation with our child in a thoughtful and thorough manner. We fully intend to use her again should be need her services, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others.
Posted by Don | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Julia was very good pleasant to talk to she walk me threw all paper work and made sure I new what I was signing on will power of attorney and medical power of attorney I’m 92 years old and she took the time with me she needed very nice lady thanks julia
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thoughtful and Caring
We worked with Julia in regards to an issue with CPS for a child who has special needs. Unlike other lawyers, Julia had a calm and measured approach. She was thoughtful in how we approached the overall communication and strategy for engaging with CPS and the associated school district. We very much appreciated her thoughts and guidance
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Posted by Phil | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best choice I made in 2016 and again in 2020 for Arlington County cases
In 2016, I found myself in need of a family law attorney. Someone who knew the Arlington County Juvenile Court system and would guide me through the process was key. Julia was always straight forward and KNOWS HER STUFF inside / out. Easily the best choice I made during the ordeal. In 2020, I found myself in need of family law a second time. Julia was the smart choice a 2nd time around. In fact, knowing she was on the case just made me feel more at ease. Getting representation from Julia was key to getting the best outcome each time.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY Recommended!
Julia's expertise, compassion and attention to detail provided me with the most confidence to take on my case. She was well-informed and truly cared about my situation. She realistically answered all my questions and provided me with all of my options. Of all the consultations I received, Julia's level of support and competence in her field won me over. Even months after my consultation, she remembered the details of my case and provided me with a game plan for how to move forward. Her shared knowledge and support truly kept me empowered while waiting on litigation. I highly recommend Julia for your legal needs!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended! Julia truly cares
Julia was so helpful in providing me with advise on handling a very strange custody situation that involves immigration. She answered all my questions, and asked a lot also which was awesome. Even thought she had to run back to court I never felt rushed by her. When I need to hire a lawyer I will definitely be hiring Julia.
Posted by Felix | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Justicia al instante
Nadie quería tomar mi caso pues yo exigía la custodia total de mi hijo de 5 años además de que me suspendieran los pagos de manutención de esposa ya que lo consideraba injusto, la señora Ovando no sólo saco de su tiempo para analizar mis pruebas para ambos casos también me lleno de confianza y fortaleza ya que mi matrimonio estaba irremediablemente destruido y a causa de todo esto me estaba afectando tanto en mi salud como sicológicamente. No solo me trajo la custodia total de mi hijo y hizo que cancelaran la petición de manutención de esposa en corto tiempo también me a ayudado en otros casos y gracias a Dios siempre e salido satisfecho con todos los resultados de sus servicios profesionales. Estoy tan seguro de lo que les estoy diciendo que se la e recomendado a todos los que me an preguntado cómo fue que obtuve la custodia de mi hijo. Ella es lo mejor que nos pudo haber pasado a mi y a mi hijo. Dios la bendiga señora Obando!
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Posted by V. B. M. | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would HIGHLY recommend Ms Ovando.
I have hired attorneys in the past but ms Ovando is by far the most compassionate and kind of all, and when I sow her by coincidence in the court house I immediately knew that she would be the one to handle my case. Ms. Ovando is very different - she is accessible, personable, dedicated and really looked after my interest! She is unlike any attorney I have ever met. She argued in favor of my children and I was awarded a favorable verdict. I'm very happy to have found her and I go to her on any legal issues I have. I would HIGHLY recommend Ms Ovando for child custody/child abuse cases if you are looking for an attorney! Thank you Julia!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No one is better
She is not just a regular lawyer, she got compassion and put 110 % in every individual case like my. She goes deep and recover all the info nesesary to use it and get a satisfaction customers.
Posted by Max | January 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Multi-generation custody case.
Ms. Ovando took on my wife's and my custody case without hesitation. This case involved FOUR family generations and numerous family members, all of Cambodian descent. To further complicate matters, three local jurisdictions were involved! In our first session, much to my amazement, Ms. Ovando was able to immediately memorize all of the family names and their standing in the community. She then helped us establish a lengthy timeline of events over the previous years. As we worked along, it became obvious that Ms. Ovando possessed a complete knowledge of the legal framework of child custody. Every question we asked was answered. In fact, we had to ask so few questions as she gave us virtually everything up front that we needed to know. Prior to each court hearing, Ms. Ovando prepped us thoroughly. She put us at ease as we were ready for any and all questions, which gave us great confidence. Notably, she had previously dealt with the Arlington County judges in our case. In the end, all worked out just as she said it would. Due to her efforts, my wife and I are extremely happy. I can say with absolute conviction in my heart that integrity, honesty, knowledge and kindness are amongst Ms. Ovando's greatest attributes. She is an outstanding member of the legal field.
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Posted by Julie | October 23, 2012
Great advice
Julia was very helpful and informative. She was able to answer all of my questions and gave me great advice. She responded within a couple of hours that I posted a question. I feel confident in her answers and she welcomed me to contact her again.
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No communication or progress
I felt compelled to write this to share my experience. Unfortunately, as soon as payment was made communication was essentially nonexistent. As of today, I still have not received a response or a simple apology. Our case is an uncontested child custody case and during the initial consultation, we were told this is a straightforward process. It has been over three months and there is little to no movement on the case and the lack of communication is appalling. The only “movement” in the case has been a rough draft that was sent to me that appears to be a template with a few fillable areas that have our personal information. I hired the attorney based on reviews and because I believed she was a respectable and empathetic person. Based on my research she also works for a local nonprofit and I found that honorable. She was kind, thorough (went over the allotted time), and knowledgeable during the initial consultation. I had no idea that hiring her would create more stress than relief in my life. I wish I had paid attention to the one-star reviews because they echo the lack of communication. Unfortunately, I put more weight on the glowing google reviews. I have constantly reached out to them with no response . I don’t doubt the attorney is busy, however, not communicating for a month at a time on more than one occasion is unacceptable. There were a minimum of eleven outreach attempts that I never received a response for. I communicated my concerns in writing several times and nothing improved. I have finally given up and I asked to terminate our agreement and requested a refund - even then I cannot get a response even thought I have This is only my personal experience and everyone may have a different situation. I would not recommend her. 12/22/23 – 1/22/24 no communication! 2/8/24 - 3/11/24 no communication!
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Posted by Cecilia | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Contact for 4 weeks!
I hired Julia after paying for a consultation in which she was an hour and half late to. I should’ve seen this as a read flag but I was in an emergency situation. After speaking with her she seemed knowledgeable and helpful and caring. After agreeing to hire her and paying the fee I didn’t hear from her I emailed and called and would get text replies that she would call me back and nothing. She never sent the order of substitution to my previous attorney causing me to pay my other attorney even more in fees. By the time she actually replied I was 3 weeks away from my court date and could not find another attorney willing to take on my case with the limited time and holiday.
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Posted by Cora | June 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stay Away
To say disappointed is an understatement. If you have had a consultation already, don't be fooled into thinking that this lady will do her best for you. Please do yourself a favor and find an attorney that will do the work that you hired them to do unless you have money to waste. Retained Ms. Ovando and she has not returned my calls or email. She took my money and ran .
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Response from Julia Ovando December 6, 2019
I'm sorry you had a bad experience and weren't able to reach me while I was out of the country. I hope the refund helped you find different counsel. I wish you the best.
Posted by Kellee | May 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disappearing Attorney???
In mid-April, we contacted Ms. Ovando in hopes of hiring her for a Family Law case. We scheduled a consultation for Friday AM at 9:00. Ms. Ovando did not appear until after 10:00. Still, her excuse was credible, and my husband continued on with the meeting. It ended with her telling him that she would send a retainer notice and contract in the coming days. Since that time, both of us have called three or four times, and my husband emailed her additional information. We have not heard anything from her -- that she wants the case or doesn't want the case. Even a courtesy call from her paralegal telling us that she isn't interested in our case would be helpful. What is one supposed to do?
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Response from Julia Ovando July 13, 2017
We're sorry you had a bad experience. I take your feedback seriously and hope you contact me directly at [email protected] if there's anything we can do to resolve your concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Ovando Law, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Principal
  • The Law Office of Julia J.W. Ovando
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Legal Intern
  • The Board of Immigration Appeals
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • The Datz Fountation
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Woodside High School
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Chair- Judicial Selection Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Member, Judicial Selection Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alexandria Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Best Practices Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Past Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Arlington & Alexandria Court Appointed Special Advocate Training
  • Permanency & The Law: The Child Protection System & The Courts
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (13)
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Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ms. Ovando. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with and against Julia for many, many years. She is always well prepared and is an excellent attorney. She is a worthy opponent, and someone that obtains great results for her clients. She fights for her clients until the very end. I highly recommend her services."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julia is very conscientious and works hard for her clients."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms Ovando is one of our most promising young attorneys. She knows the law thoroughly and is always calm and courteous to parties and counsel."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Ovando consistently provides information to questioners that is clear, concise and informative. From everything I have seen, her responses are of high quality and she treats everyone and every question with the same degree of respect."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ovando is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
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Arlington Child custody Lawyer Julia Jane Wills Ovando
Julia Jane Wills Ovando
Child custody Attorney
Arlington, VA
Licensed for 15 years