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10201 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 520
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Cooper Ginsberg Gray

Daniel L. Gray      EMAIL ME HERE

Fairfax Family Law Attorney

For nearly two decades, I have represented clients in Northern Virginia who need family law assistance.  My goal has always been to provide vigorous, honest, and thorough representation.  Each day, I am honored to work with my clients as I strive toward that goal.

My two founding partners and I started this firm in November 2004 with the goal of becoming the best family law partnership in Virginia.  Since that time we have grown to a firm of nine attorneys from various backgrounds.  We are a full-service team ready to handle virtually any Virginia family law issue.    

I pride myself on being a client-first attorney.  I am a good listener and communicator.  I am easy to reach and I do not keep clients waiting.  Your calls and e-mails are promptly returned.  I do not get rattled and I do not get frustrated, no matter the facts of your case or who else is involved.  I enjoy what I do and I look forward to finding the best solution for your case.

While family law issues can seem overwhelming, I take a common sense and practical approach to my cases.  I am able to take complex and emotional issues and offer solutions in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way so you can make important decisions promptly and correctly.  

I always try to resolve my cases through negotiation and compromise, but I also know that certain cases must be litigated.  If your case has to go to a judge, I will present it with confidence and authority.  I have litigated issues ranging from complex asset and debt distribution, to calculation of income for support cases, to matters involving closely held corporations and other business entities.  I have also routinely drafted prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements for my clients. 

I was born and raised here in Northern Virginia, and have been a Virginia resident my entire life.  I clerked for a Fairfax Circuit County Court trial court judge after graduating from the George Mason School of Law.  This experience has provided me a unique insight into how judges think.  During my nearly 20-year career, I have routinely appeared in that court and those of the surrounding counties of Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, and Loudoun.

I have dedicated much of my professional life to improving the practice of family law, and I am a proud member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where I serve as Secretary and Treasurer.  I am incoming Chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section Board of Governors, and I served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Family Law Section for many years before retiring from that role in 2015.  I often lecture and teach other family law attorneys and paralegals on family law topics, ethics, and evidence.  

I also realize the importance of community activism.  I try to give back to my community as often as I can, and I am currently the Chairman of the Board of Pathway Homes, Inc., a Fairfax non-profit that provides non-time limited housing and services for Virginians with mental illness.

If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with me, please call our office at (703) 934-1480 or complete our initial consultation form.  I look forward to meeting with you.

Professional Experience

  • Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, Fairfax, Founding Partner (2004 – present)
  • Shoun, Bach & Walinsky, PC, Fairfax, Associate Attorney, (20002002)
  • Feldesman Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank, Washington, DC, Associate Attorney, (19972000)
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court, Fairfax, Law Clerk (19961997)

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law (JD, 1996)
  • University of Virginia (BA, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia (1996)
  • Maryland (1998)
  • District of Columbia (1998)

Legal Organizations

  • Virginia State Bar
    • Family Law Section Board of Governors (Chairman, 2016)
    • Young Lawyers Conference (President, 2007)
    • Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty
    • Law School Professionalism Course Faculty
    • Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee
  • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Family Law Section (Chairman, 20062015)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Virginia Chapter (Secretary/Treasurer 2015present)
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition (VSB Representative)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

Speaking Engagements 

  • Virginia State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, Direct Examination of Witnesses, Richmond, April 2016.
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Fault, Factors and Fees, Fairfax, March 2016.
  • Virginia CLE 34th Annual Family Law Seminar, Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law Cases: How to Use It, Fairfax, Richmond, Roanoke, October 2015.
  • Paralegal Association  of Northern Virginia, The New VADER: A User’s Guide, Fairfax, May 2015.
  • Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Is Fault Dead?  The Impact of Fault in Equitable Distribution and Spousal Support Cases, Fairfax, May 2015.
  • VSB Law School Professionalism Course, Professionalism and Client Relations, University of Richmond (January 2015, 2016) 
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Divorce Practice Seminar: The New VADER: A User’s Guide: Solving child support problems and complex equitable distribution cases with Virginia’s premier divorce software, January 2015.
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Ethics in Family Law Around the Beltway, October 2013, December 2014.
  • Virginia CLE: Negotiating, Drafting, Attacking and Defending Marital Agreements, October 2014.
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Judges are from Mars, and Family Law Attorneys are from Venus, October 2014.
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Jurisdictional Comparison of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, April 2014.
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Business Valuations, Fairfax, March 2014.
  • Virginia CLE, Family Law Finances ( 2010).
  • Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia, Solving Difficult Domestic Relations Problems Using the VADER Software, 20102013.
  • Good Samaritan Advocates, Family Law 101 Pro Bono Training, Fairfax, June 2013.
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Ethics and Professionalism, October 2013.
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Young Lawyers Conference, Depositions, June 2013.
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Family Law Around the Beltway: Jurisdictional Comparisons, District of Columbia, 20132015.
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Premarital Agreements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, District of Columbia, 20132015.
  • Potomac Legal Aid Society, Child Custody in Traditional and Non-Traditional Families, 2009.

Community Organizations

  • Pathway Homes, Fairfax, Chairman of the Board, 2013present
  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Citizen’s Advisory Council, President, 2011-2014
  • Annandale North Springfield Little League, AAA Commissioner, 2014

Reported Cases and Articles

  • Bostic et. al v. Schaefer, 760 F.3d 352 (4th Cir. 2014) (on brief amicus curiae).
  • Advising Clients Under the New Virginia Child Support Guidelines, Virginia Family Law Quarterly, Spring 2014

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