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Christopher Todd Mays

Estate planning Attorney at Alexandria, VA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2004
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Law Office of Christopher Mays, PLC
5680 King Centre Drive
Suite 600
Alexandria, VA, 22315


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Mohammed | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Let me start out by saying that divorce is not an easy thing to go through and finding the person to represent you can be even more frustrating. You will find a lot of lawyers that claim to be the top lawyer or most qualified lawyer but in my experience most are here to milk you dry. Emotions are high between you and your segnificant other and throughout the process you will come to realize the person you spent your life with is out to harm you financially and emotionally. I made the mistake of going with one of those pricy lawyers with all the accolades to come to realize that he did not have the best interest for me and ended up billing me over $20000 in 6 months for just a custody battle. I came to my senses and changed lawyers to Mr. Mays and within a couple months both him and the other lawyer came to a compromise that was in the best interest of both parties. Chris Mays is a great guy with a lot of knowledge in his field but will not string you along for the money ride that most lawyers tend to do. He keeps the end goal in sight because he understands that the most important thing is compromise and quick resolve. Do not make the mistake that I made because of emotions because in the end the law is the law and it is pretty cut and dry. Thank you Mr. Mays for your genuine help and you are truly a great lawyer.
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Response from Christopher Mays November 30, 2016
Thank you very much for the kind words! It was a pleasure working with you and I'm glad we were able to come to a resolution that works for you and your family. Best of luck in the future!
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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Family advice session
Great advisor and very professional, thanks a lot.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great job with estate planning documents
Chris helped me put together my estate plan and I was please with how easy the process was.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2014
An excellent and compassionate attorney
Chris works very hard to ensure that his client receive the best representation possible. He communicates well with the client and cares about what happens in the case. He is an excellent attorney.
Posted by Paul | December 30, 2014
Definitely recommend
I retained Chris to handle my divorce and later for preparation of my estate planning documents. Service was exceptional. I would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Wonderful family law attorney
I was very fortunate to find Chris and be able to have him work with me on my modification of child support case. Having been through the legal process before and worked with other attorneys, I know how important it is to find an attorney that is a good fit. Lucky for me, Chris was a great fit. He always kept me very informed and I always knew exactly what the next steps were in my case. My case involved several unusual issues, yet he knew exactly the right way to approach my case and was very direct in how we needed to handle things. I highly recommend him. Having to go to court to handle personal legal matters is stressful enough. Having an attorney that you trust and feel comfortable with helped me because it was one less thing to worry about.
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Posted by Flora | December 16, 2014
Great lawyer
Chris is great! He was always available to help me deal with new things that came up in my case. He had a very strategic approach to the case that made me feel better about how it would turn out. For anyone who might ever need help with a lawyer, I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
Very pleased
Chris represented me in my divorce. Initially my case seemed as if it was going to turn into a major battle. Chris was able to calmly walk me through things and help me reach a settlement with my ex and her attorney. He was very careful to explain the procedures involved and he was always able to suggest a correct course of action. I was very happy with his work in my case and found his fees to be reasonable and fair.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2013
Knowledgeable and straightforward
Chris represented me in a divorce where my ex was disputing visitation. He has a very good grasp of the court process and I felt like his suggestions and advice were helpful.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Susan Hicks Group
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Hottell Malinowski Group
  • 2004 - 2008


  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995


  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorney for Virginia
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2011
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  • Virginia CLE 31st Annual Family Law Seminar
  • A Few Good Lawyers (co-author of written materials)
  • 2012
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal
  • A Brief Primer on Drug Testing for Family Law Practitioners
  • 2007
  • Virginia State Bar Annual Divorce Practice Seminar
  • Third Party Custody and Relocation Issues in Virginia (co-author of written materials)
  • 2006
  • Virginia State Bar Annual Divorce Practice Seminar
  • Attacking the Witness in Custody Evaluations (co-author of written materials)
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workplace Options
  • Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents
  • 2015
  • Alexandria Bar Association Annual CLE Marathon
  • Ethics "Hot Topics" in Family Law
  • 2015
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Paralegal Seminar
  • Evidentiary Issues in Family Law
  • 2009
  • Paralegal Litigation CLE
  • Special Issues in Family Law Cases
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
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Elder law Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure to work with Christopher on several senior citizen guardianship matters. He is professional and courteous and represents his clients' best interests. He is a strong advocate, but also compassionate and caring, which is essential in our line of work (elder law)."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a solid professional and an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Mays was the opposing counsel on a case I had. He did an excellent job of advocating for his client while at the same time seeking resolutions that would prevent his client from wasting unnecessary time and money in court. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer"
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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