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10201 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 520
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Cooper Ginsberg Gray

Heather A. Cooper      EMAIL ME HERE

Fairfax Divorce Attorney

I am one of the three founding partners of Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, and helped open this firm in November 2004.  Our founding principles are focused on providing compassionate and competent legal representation, advancing the legal profession, and giving back to the Northern Virginia community.

Throughout my 20+-year career, my practice has been devoted to helping my clients navigate through family law matters.  I have been privileged to represent mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, as well as extended family members in certain custody cases.   I strive to connect with my clients on a personal level and provide them a calming and comfortable presence when handling their cases.    

My main goal as a family law attorney is to assist my clients in reaching a negotiated settlement of all issues.  If that option is not possible, my extensive trial experience enables me to effectively and efficiently present any family law issue to a court for determination.

My courtroom experience includes litigating issues ranging from child custody, to distribution of property (including retirement assets, stock options and real estate), to issues pertaining to alimony and child support.  I have also represented clients in protective order hearings, third-party depositions, and those seeking prenuptial agreements. 

I have developed a particular interest in custody relocation cases, and I have represented parties on both sides of this difficult issue.  My experience in this area allows me to understand the complexities of these cases and to provide you thoughtful and practical advice.  Furthermore, having come from a family dedicated to military service, I have an intense interest in all aspects of military divorce, including jurisdictional issues and those related to the division of military retired pay.

In addition to my trial experience, I have written briefs and presented arguments in Virginia’s appellate court system in such areas as validity of prenuptial agreements, spousal support modification, equitable distribution, and the effect of Social Security Disability payments on child support obligations.

Outside of the courtroom, I give back to the legal community by conducting Continuing Legal Education seminars for other attorneys and paralegals.  I speak on topics including basic divorce law for paralegals, premarital agreements, division of military retirement benefits upon divorce, litigation of custody issues, custody evaluations and enforcement of Marital Agreements.

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:  

  • Partner, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC (2004 – present)
  • Associate Attorney, Shoun, Bach, Walinsky & Curran (1997-2004)
  • Associate Attorney, Law Office of Marcia M. Maddox (1995 – 1997)

 EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor Degree, George Mason University School of Law, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, George Mason University, 1990

MEMBERSHIPS/SERVICE:

  • Virginia State Bar
    • 5th District Committee (Section II) (2004 – 2010)
    • Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Faculty Member (2014 – present)
  • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Law Related Education Committee (former Vice Chair)
  • Fairfax Law Foundation
    • Board Member (2015 – present)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Resources Child Support Guideline Review Panel
    •  Member (2012 – 2014)

RECOGNITION:

  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2016
  • Recognized multiple times in Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine as one of the DC Metro Area’s top family law attorneys

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Dividing Retirement Assets Upon Divorce: Alleviating the Anxiety (February 2016)
  • Virginia CLE, Dividing Retirement Assets Upon Divorce:  Alleviating the Anxiety (September 2015)
  • National Business Institute, Child Custody Evaluations:  First Steps and Major Concepts (October 2013)
  • National Business Institute, Advanced Issues in Divorce:  Troubleshooting Marriage Dissolution Issues (June 2013)
  • National Business Institute, Handing Divorce Cases from Start to Finish:  Completing the Divorce (April 2012)
  • Virginia CLE, Navigating the Perils of Dividing Retirement Assets Upon Divorce:  Military Retirement (April 2010)
  • Half Moon, LLC, Virginia Family Law Practice for Paralegals:  Assisting with Child Custody Issues (March 2007)

REPORTED CASES:

  • Jones v. Jones, 49 Va. App 31 (2006)
  • McIntyre v. McIntyre, 25 Va. App. 612 (1997)

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