McCandlish Lillard is pleased to announce that on August 21, 2017 Virginia C. Haizlip joined the firm’s Family Law practice as a new principal. Virginia’s practice focuses on divorce and separation, child custody, alimony, child support, and domestic violence.

Virginia has been in the practice of law since 2005, after she graduated from The George Washington University School of Law, and has focused on family law since 2006. Virginia was drawn to the practice of family law because of its dynamic nature and the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients to solve their problems.

She enjoys working with clients from all walks of life. She has represented federal employees and their spouses, employees of international NGOs and their spouses, business owners, immigrants, and stay at home parents. In addition to working with clients as their attorney, Virginia also offers mediation services as part of her family law practice.

Virginia is pragmatic, solution-oriented, and loves to work with her clients to select a process and guide them to an outcome that works for them and their unique families. Virginia is experienced in complex divorce and custody cases and related family law matters. She works with clients across a variety of processes, ranging from litigation to Collaborative Divorce. She notes, “Having experience and knowledge about many different options allows me to help clients evaluate what approach is best for them.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Virginia to our firm,” said Douglas J. Sanderson, the firm’s sole family law practitioner prior to Virginia joining the firm. “We have been seeking the right person for quite some time to join us in starting to build a stronger, deeper family law practice, and Virginia will be that right person.”

Virginia also enjoys serving on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and volunteering with the Junior League of Northern Virginia. Virginia has been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for Virginia every year since 2010 and for the District of Columbia every year since 2013.