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Patrick Lawton Maurer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Spousal support Equitable Distribution Uncontested Divorce Child Support Child Custody

  2. Family
    Domestic Violence Child Abuse Child Support Child Custody Premarital Agreements

  3. Child custody

  4. Child support

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Entertainment
    Contracts Negotiations Copyrights

AV-Rated (Preeminent)in Family Law, Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Entertainment Law by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.


My practice focuses on representing clients in divorce, property settlement agreements, custody matters, pre-marital agreements and other domestic cases, as well as corporate clients in a variety of civil matters.  Further, I offers services to those in the music industry and other artistic endeavors.  Having been an active and working musician since the 1990's, I understand the particular needs of artists and music industry members.


I earned my J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a certificate in Criminal law.  I earned my B.S. in Public Administration from George Mason University.  While at Mason I was asked to participate as a foreign exchange student with Oxford University in Oxford, England.  I finished my undergraduate studies at New College at Oxord with a concentration in History and Law.   


I was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2005 and am the CLE chair of Domestic Relations Counsel for the Virginia Bar Association, a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. I am also also a barrister with the l’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court.  I was accepted as Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2017.  


I began my legal career as an  Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville,Virginia and eventually served as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia before going into private practice.   



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Garriott | Maurer PLLC
5041 Corporate Woods Drive
Ste G180
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Bunny | June 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best divorce lawyer ever
He went above and beyond for my daughter always prompt caring and smart if i was ever to get a divorce i would choose him ( but i cant been married for 40 years)my daughter chose him and he totally went out his way at court for her. I cant tell u how honest and smart he is just a gift i guess Impressive thanku patrick
Posted by S. S. | February 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Representation.
Patrick came highly recommended and I was not let down. He handled the very messy details of my divorce stipulation with expert finesse and an in-depth understanding of the challenges I was facing. He approached the entire situation with logic and reason and ensured I understood the best options after all avenues of approach were considered. He is down-to-earth and exhibits detailed understanding for each unique situation. I cannot say enough great things about Patrick, and I highly recommend him to anyone facing any legal actions.
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Posted by Terri | January 31, 2021
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Best Choice
I have retained Mr. Maurer on two separate occasions. Both situations he was extremely professional, kept me informed of the process and made a strategy to represent me and win. He is thorough with the facts and comes well prepared to court. He is definitely the attorney you want to represent you when the outcome matters!
Posted by Susan | February 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable and Dedicated Professional Staff
Mr. Mauer provided outstanding support over the last three years during my custody, expenses and visitation trial. Extremely knowledgeable with regards to Divorce in Virginia - responsive, timely and effective. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the trial. He works at Pender and Coward as part of a team of three with Richard Garriott and Naveed Kalantar - they were recommended from my previous attorney who became a judge - I cannot thank them enough and would recommend them to anyone who had a contentious or concerned about their divorce or has an issue with custody.
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Posted by Michael | February 21, 2019
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Prompt and Professional
To just say Patrick knows what he's doing would be an understatement. He is well versed, acquainted and connected within the Hampton Roads justice system and family law. I can honestly say that without his expertise my life would be drastically worse than my current status. Over the past three and half years Patrick has represented me through, as he put it "a monster of a case" between me and my ex wife where I was being falsely accused and then arrested constantly. Though weathering the storm was hard and along with my career and family taking massive hits at times I never had doubts he was my guy to get me through it all and so far...I've had every charge and false accusation dismissed and my career is getting back on track. If you've ever been on the other side of the court from him then you probably don't like him, but if you're looking for lawyer who knows his stuff and has sound judgment, advice and most of all poise, then this is your guy. He's always returned my calls and texts promptly and never left me hanging. It's said you get what you pay for in an attorney and while fees are not cheap...having Pat there was definitely worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Real Attorney, With Real Values
Patrick knows the Law and how to utilize it to best benefit his clients. He is up front, doesn’t pull punches, and is brutally honest because us as clients need to hear the ugly truth. He is aggressively strategic to uphold the position of his clients within the law. If you want an attorney that will go the distance with you, through the ups and downs, even when the cards are stacked against you - He is your man! I don’t know where to begin... I was involved in a contested divorce, married to a vindictive spouse addicted to shopping and alcohol, and questionable if the last child was mine. Being a service member in Hampton Roads, I was already behind any power curve. My Ex created a plethora of false allegations (a shotgun effect) hoping one would stick, in an effort to extort me into an unreasonable alimony settlement and alienate me from the children. My divorce took six years, as my Ex’s attorney(s) would recuse themselves as they found out about the falsehoods of the allegations - still Patrick stood by me through the toughest days of my life. Eventually she was found guilty to falsifying allegations and the Courts entered an Order of Injunctive Relief against her. Patrick is going to be brutally honest with you, “He is not going to tell you what you want to hear” while holding the opposing counsel accountable for their client. He will tell you the truth and fight for your best interest!
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Posted by Jack | February 7, 2019
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Great, Caring, Family Law Attorney
I consulted with Patrick before hiring him to represent me as my Divorce Attorney. During the consult it was clear to me Patrick was not only well versed and a knowledgeable Attorney, but he was caring about my personal health and well being and that of my children as well. I immediately hired him and he gently walked me through some of the toughest days of my life. Patrick stood strong in court and was a terrific and firm negotiator during all proceedings. I would highly recommend anyone to consult with Patrick before talking with anyone else. He will walk along side of you and stand tall for you even on the days you feel like you can't by yourself.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Pender & Coward
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Clarke, Dolph, Rapaport, Hull, Brunick, & Garriott
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Assitant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Danville Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • Seton Youth Shelters
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Board of Governors Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • CLE Chair of Domestic Relations Cousnel
  • 2013 - Present
  • I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV-Rated (Preeminent)
  • Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2013
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  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Family Ties
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Meeting
  • Parental Support in Virginia
  • 2015
  • Winter Meeting
  • Same Sex Marriage in Virginia
  • 2014
  • Summer Meeting
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Child custody Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Patrick was a breeze to work with and should be anybody's first step when looking for a tenacious family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Mr. Maurer during our time together at the Commonwealth Attorney's office. During that time, I observed his great work ethic and command of the courtroom. I've since seen Mr. Maurer take those skills and use them to become a family law attorney with one of the best repurations in this area. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Pat Maurer for several years. He excels in the courtroom and his case preparation is unparalleled. I have complete confidence in his abilities and without hesitation endorse him on all family law matters."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Patrick Maurer, especially in the area of family law. He is an excellent courtroom advocate, and is well-respected by both the bench and practicing lawyers. I have complete confidence in his work, and will not hesitate to refer any family law matter to him."
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