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Choosing an attorney to represent you in your divorce, child custody or visitation, adoption, or support case is no small matter. Legal issues between family members naturally cause stress, frustration, and anxiety, and the attorney you choose will be your ally and your source of direction throughout a very difficult time in your life. I find it  rewarding to help my clients navigate the legal aspects of their family issues, so that they can worry less about negotiations or litigation, and instead focus their energies on keeping themselves and their families as happy, healthy, and whole as possible.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%


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  • Harris Wayne Leiner

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    Harris Leiner Divorce and separation Attorney
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    James Wilson Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

CowanGates PC

1930 Huguenot Rd
PO Box 35655
Richmond, VA, 23235

1930 Huguenot Road
Richmond, VA, 23235



VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (family law)Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Legal Elite (family law)Virginia Business Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Legal Elite (family law)Virginia Business Magazine2013
Young Lawyer of the YearRichmond Bar Association2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCowanGates2007 - Present
Judicial Clerk to Hon. Timothy MeredithCourt Of Special Appeals Of Maryland2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Professionals of RichmondN/A2013 - Present
Virginia Collaborative ProfessionalsN/A2013 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/A2013 - Present
Richmond Bar AssociationPresident2011 - Present
Metro Richmond Family Law Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationYoung Trial Lawyers Leadership Committee2010 - Present
Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar AssociationPresident (2015-2016)2007 - Present
Chesterfield County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of CourtN/A2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Thiel CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2003