5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22303

703-836-2770    |     703-836-9086



About Us

We are a long-established firm, founded in 1962. Since 1977, when James Ray Cottrell joined the firm it has grown to become a premier collaboration of skilled and experienced family law attorneys and staff. We are client centered and take pride in assisting our clients and their family achieve the best possible outcome during one of the most turbulent times in their lives. It is important during this time to have an attorney with the experience and reputation working for you and your family’s best interest while maintaining your respect and dignity.

Our firm now has four attorneys rated and listed in Best Lawyers in America. Joining James Ray Cottrell is David H. Fletcher, Christopher W. Schinstock and Kyle F. Bartol. "Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a singular honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers." For more information on this prestigious listing and recognition, see: http://www.bestlawyers.com/aboutus/default.aspx

Our firm now has five attorneys who have been rated by their peers “AV”, the highest possible designation of competence and ethical practice given by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest attorney voting agency in the United States. As a result, the Firm has also been designated as a “Pre-eminent Law Firm” by Martindale-Hubbell due to this extraordinary ranking of all its name attorneys.

Our firm has also been selected for inclusion in 2011-2016 U.S. News—Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in the top tier for the metropolitan area (DC-VA-MD). The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process by U.S. News in conjunction with Best Lawyers analyzing an unprecedented amount of data.

Our attorneys and staff members are among the most well-schooled and experienced in the family law field. Our team approach makes certain that our many years of combined experience integrates seamlessly with the innovation and creativity of our lawyers and staff to solve your unique domestic problems.

The attorneys of our law firm routinely appear in the Commonwealth of Virginia before the trial courts for the City of Alexandria, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford, as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

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