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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1986||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Partner||Delaney, McCarthy & Colton, P.C.||1993 - Present|
|Partner||Powell & Colton, PC||1990 - 1993|
|Associate||Redmon Law Offices||1986 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia||Member||2014 - Present|
|Virginia Collaborative Professionals||Member||2014 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2014 - Present|
|Alexandria Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1995 - Present|
|Fairfax County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1994 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||1993 - Present|
|Andreoni v. Andreoni||Trial court affirmed.|
|Funches v. Funches||Trial court's granting of demurrer affirmed on appeal.|
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|Northern Virginia Magazine||Top Divorce Lawyers||2012|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|University of Colorado - Boulder||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1982|
|Virginia Mediation Certification Training||Virginia Judicial System for Mediators||1997|
Posted by Julio
I began working with Donne in 2013, and he has been an amazing lawyer for my family. He is hard-working, smart, caring, and dedicated to his clients. Over the years, and through multiple custody cases, he has advocated for the interests of my family, both through attempts at negotiation, and when negotiation did not work, through adept litigating skills in the courtroom. Donne is well-known in the court system, and is able to adapt and mold his legal arguments to successfully win cases. In addition, he is also an honest and truthful man. He tells me what he honestly believes about the situation/case and what is realistic to expect as a result in the court system, and he doesn't shy away from saying that a particular road, which would give him hours of billable time, is not the best for our family. He goes above and beyond what we pay him for, and we believe that part of the reason we are in the happy place we are in our lives is because of his hard work, dedication and commitment to what he does. I would whole-heartedly recommend him and his services.
Posted by Melissa
Donne Colton was referred to me by a therapist who provides court testimony regarding the welfare of children in divorce cases. I sought the therapist's attorney recommendations because I wanted an attorney who had earned a stellar reputation for negotiating and writing divorce and custody agreements in the best interest of children, and I got that and much more when I hired Donne to represent me in my contested divorce in 2015-2016. My custody case was extremely complicated and contentious, and Donne did an outstanding job of navigating me through it.
I worked with him and with his excellent paralegal, Margie Madsen, for a solid year. When I was researching attorneys and collecting recommendations, a high-powered attorney connected to a family member of mine sent her an email saying that his divorce attorney "was the best thing about my divorce." I would wholeheartedly say this about Donne and Margie. The divorce was the most difficult, frightening, and stressful experience of my life, and I was continually grateful and glad to have Donne and Margie expertly guiding me through it.
Donne has a great deal of personal and professional integrity. He was everything I wanted in an attorney--he's knowledgeable, an excellent negotiator, very good with the myriad details that divorce entails, always accessible, a terrific writer (he wrote all of the agreements for my divorce), and he represented me very well, in court, in documents, in emails, and in phone calls with my ex-husband's attorney.
He's honest, ethical, easy to talk to, trustworthy, fair, and extremely hardworking. He worked through the night (and into the wee hours) when necessary when we got down to the wire negotiating my custody and property settlements with my ex-husband's attorney, and achieved excellent agreements that enabled my ex-husband and I to settle both matters out of court, without having to leave them up to a trial judge.
These same agreements have helped me navigate challenges I've had with my ex-husband in the many months since our divorce was finalized. The agreements provide a solid foundation for me to refer to, and excellent boundaries for us to live within.
I honestly can't think of any area in which Donne fell short of my needs or expectations. I feel very fortunate that he was able to take my case, as I could not imagine having had a better attorney to work with.
Posted by Teresa
Donne made several unpleasant situations for me as pleasant as they possibly could be! He aided in my divorce and then also assisted me with a pre-nup for my 2nd marriage. I enjoyed working with him and felt very comfortable sharing the delicate details of my case. I highly recommend Donne Colton!
David Kiyonaga, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Donne Colton is low-key and non-confrontational. He is able to diffuse raw emotions that a divorcing couple may carry into the process. As such, he is very adept at bringing the parties to agreement and avoid long-term bickering. He is an excellent attorney for domestic relations matters and I highly recommend him!
Michael Hadeed, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Donne Colton is an expert in the Domestic Relations/Contract practice area; very analytical; solution oriented; well prepared; hard working, and ability to communicate difficult concepts in an understandable manner. I highly recommend Donne. Mediation and Prenuptial agreements are among his specialties.
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