Divorce Support Circle Talks “Cognitive Reframing”

When a life change occurs, you have two choices in how to respond: you can either respond with despair that a change has come or you can embrace the change and new possibilities that the change presents.  Change is an inevitable life experience and progress is optional. In a recent Divorce Support Circle facilitated by Dr. Lean Nathan, clients identified some difficult changes that they were being faced with through the divorce process. Using a psychological technique called “cognitive reframing,” clients were encouraged to look at their situation through a different lens and find more positive alternatives. Clients then participated in a “Brighter Days Ahead” collage activity by listing all the mixed emotions that comes with change and somethings that they are looking forward to in the future. Clients reported increased motivation to tackle this challenging hurdle.  The divorce support circle is facilitated by Dr. Nathan every second Tuesday of the month.

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David Ginsberg Published in Virginia Family Law Quarterly

An article entitled “How Collaborative Divorce Can be Different,” co-authored by David Ginsberg and Karen Keyes, was published in the Fall 2017 edition of Virginia Family Law Quarterly.  Click here to read the article, and learn the benefits of a “collaborative team approach” to divorce cases.

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Chipping In Tournament Featured in Shelter House Newsletter

The 17th Chipping in to End Domestic Violence Golf Tournament was mentioned in the October 2017 Shelter House Changing Lives Newsletter. Also included in the newsletter is an interview with David Ginsberg, who serves on the Board of Shelter House, along with a number of articles related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month (this month!) and information related to upcoming events. Click here to read more!

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Rob Worster Received an “AV Preeminent” Rating

Rob Worster has received an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and has also received the Gold Client Champion award as well as the Client Distinction award. Less than one percent of attorneys have achieved this distinction. The AV Preeminent Attorney is the highest peer rating standard and “signifies that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank him [] at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.” For more information see www.martindale.com/ratings-and-reviews/consumers/.  Great job, Rob!

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Dan Gray Presents at Panv CLE

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Dan Gray presented the “new” VADER at the Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia (PANV) CLE organized by Joanne Randa, Karen Axell, and Suellen Honeychuck. “VADER” is an extensive compendium of worksheets used by family law attorneys in their day-to-day practice. Other speakers included the Honorable Stanley P. Klein (who presented tips for effective legal writing), Michael Maschke from Sensei Enterprises (who spoke about cybersecurity), and Danny Howell, Esquire from Minnesota Mutual (who discussed ethical issues). Bill Cooper of Cooper Process Service provided lunch from Honey Baked Ham. Thank you, PANV, for such an informative CLE!

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Dan Gray Selected as a Lawyer of the Year

CGG is proud to announce that Dan Gray has been selected by Best Lawyers as a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice of family law in Northern Virginia!  This annual honor is only bestowed on a single lawyer in each practice area within a designated metropolitan area.  Dan earned this outstanding recognition, which is entirely based on peer review, because of his talent, accomplishments and integrity in the area of family law.  He is one of only two family law attorneys in Virginia who received this accolade, the other being our friend and colleague, Terrence Batzli from Richmond, Virginia.  We could not be more proud of Dan (and Terry!) Also recognized in the 24th edition of Best Lawyers in America for their work in family law are partners, Heather Cooper and David Ginsberg.  Congratulations to all!

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Rob Worster Elected Secretary of the VA State Bar’s Fifth District Committee

Rob Worster has been elected Secretary of the Virginia State Bar's Fifth District Committee (Section II).  This Section is one of two committees assigned to Fairfax County and is comprised of seven local attorneys and three lay members.  Members of the Committee meet monthly throughout the year to review investigative reports and evaluate pending complaints about Virginia lawyers with an assigned bar counsel. Congratulations, Rob!

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Happy Birthday, Kristen!

Happy Birthday, Kristen Kugel!  Kristen was surprised with a birthday lunch hosted by her parents and grandparents who flew in from NY this morning! She was a little shocked! Enjoy your day, Kristen!

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CGG Goes to Demolition Derby!

On August 16th, several CGG employees (and a few family members too) took part in an annual tradition unlike any other: the Demolition Derby at the Prince William County Fair. A great time was had by all!

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