Katharine Maddox

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Partner (Principal) since 2014
Location:
Falls Church, Virginia
Phone:
703-883-8035
Fax:
703-356-6120
Email:

Katharine has always had a passion for the field of family law and for assisting families compassionately through difficult times.  As a child of divorced parents herself, Katharine has a unique perspective on the impact of divorce on children. 

Katharine has experience in all areas of family law, both domestic and international, including preparation of settlement agreements and litigation concerning the following issues: 

  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Division of marital property including division of complex business interests and assets
  • Custody and visitation
  • Relocation of children as it relates to custody and visitation
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Protective orders

Memberships:

Katharine is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).   The IAFL is "a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries." (http://www.iafl.com/). In addition, Katharine is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Fellows of the AAML are "recognized by the bench and bar as a leading practitioner in the area of matrimonial law." (http://www.aaml.org/).

Recognitions:

Katharine has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2013, and prior to that she was selected as a "Rising Star" in the Super Lawyers publication.  In addition, Katharine has three-times been selected as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine. 

She has also been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the field of family law by Virginia Business Magazine and she has received the top rating possible, "Superb, 10 out of 10" from the AVVO ratings website. 

Katharine has been featured in the following publications:

Lectures and Publications:
Katharine has lectured on family law issues to the IAFL as well as to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.

Katharine was first published in 2004 when she authored an article for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association titled "Relocation in Custody Cases:  A History and the Present State of the Law." 

More recently, Katharine and her law partner Julie Gerock have co-authored the Virginia chapter of the European Lawyer Reference Series, Family Law:  Jurisdictional Comparisons.  According to the book description, "The reader-friendly Q&A gives a high level overview of key issues including jurisdiction and conflict of law; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; divorce, nullity, and judicial separation; children; surrogacy and adoption; marriage; and controversial areas and reform....Written by leading lawyers in their countries...contributors are ideally placed to provide practical, straightforward commentary on the inner workings of their respective legal systems."

Katharine's background:

Katharine's interest in international family law issues was bolstered by the fact that she previously lived in Rome, Italy for 16 months. 

Katharine received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her J.D. (with Honors) from The George Washington University, where she served as the Chairperson of the Law School Academic Integrity Committee. 

Katharine grew up locally, the daughter of a family law attorney (mother) and a real estate developer and agent (father).  Katharine is married to Eduardo Manus, who is himself a real estate agent licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. with Keller Williams Realty (http://www.dcmetroareahomes.com/ and www.facebook.com/dcmetroareahomes).

Katharine enjoys travel, reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family including her extended family in Argentina.  Katharine occasionally brings her friendly rescue dog, Bodhi, into work with her.

    

Areas of Practice

  • International Family Law
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Student Chair of Academic Integrity Committee
    • Honors: Moot Court Board membership
    • Honors: Law Association of Women: Student Bar Association Representative and Co-Events Director
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - May, 1996
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Northern Virginia Magazine article titled Making the Case for Custody
  • USA Today Father’s Day edition article titled More dads demand equal custody rights
  • National Law Journal article titled Divorce Lawyers Without Boarders
  • Relocation in Custody Cases: A History and the Present State of the Law, Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-Author, Virginia chapter of the European Lawyer Reference Series, Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons
  • Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons , (First Edition 2011; Second Edition 2012; Third Edition 2015). • Co-author of the Virginia chapter in the European Lawyer Reference Series: Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons.
  • Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2004, authored “Relocation in Custody Cases: A History and the Present State of the Law,” Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Blackwells, Provided an analysis of Virginia law to David Hodson who authored “Spare the Child and Hit the Pocket: Towards Jurisprudence on Domestic Abuse as a Quantum Factor in Financial Outcomes on Relationship Breakdown.” , Mr. Hodson’s article was presented at the 4th World Congress on Family Law, South Africa, March 2005 and selected for publication in a periodical produced by Blackwells (special edition for World Congress Papers).

Classes/Seminars

  • Family Law Issues, IAFL, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2008 - 2009
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyers Magazine (Virginia), 2013 - 2017
  • “Top Lawyer” in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • “Superb, 10 out of 10” from the AVVO ratings website
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center: Maddox & Gerock named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine: 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011 selected by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top domestic relations lawyers in the area. In 2011, Featured in a profile titled Making the Case for Custody: http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/education/education-features/2011/12/28/family-and-all-it-entails-frozen-embryos-and-furry-friends/
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyers Magazine (Washington DC), 2014 - 2015
  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine (Virginia), 2010 - 2012
  • Virginia Business Magazine: Included in Virginia Business Magazine’s Family Law / Domestic Relations “Legal Elite” list: http://www.virginiabusiness.com/reports/article/family-domestic-relations-list-2013/
  • USA Today: Quoted in USA Today in a Father’s Day edition: More dads demand equal custody rights: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/14/fathers-day-divorce-custody-partner-husbands-wives/10225085/
  • National Law Journal: Quoted in National Law Journal article titled Divorce Lawyers Without Boarders. http://www.ideallegalgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/130123-National-Law-Journal.pdf
  • AVVO (www.avvo.com): “Superb” 10 out of 10 rating in 2015
  • Judicial Council of Virginia’s Solutions Conference: Selected as one of two “young lawyer” representatives within the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association to collaborate with leading Virginia judges, attorneys and community leaders to improve the Virginia justice system.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Member of the Board of Governors, 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Member of the Nominating Committee , 2016 - Present
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), 2015, chaired a Hague Symposium (full day of education) in connection with the IAML – USA Annual Conference held in Quebec City, Canada (speakers included Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law; as well as a member of the US State Department, Office of Children’s Issues).
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), 2014, co-chaired a Hague Symposium (half-day of education) in connection with the IAML – USA Annual Conference held in New York City (speakers included Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law; as well as Ambassador Susan Jacobs of the US State Department, Office of Children’s Issues).
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), 2011, organized and oversaw one day of continuing legal education for the IAML – USA Annual Conference held in Miami Beach. During this conference, I also moderated a panel discussion regarding The Hague Convention.
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), 2010, organized and oversaw two days of continuing legal education for the IAML – USA Chapter Annual Conference held in Puerto Rico. During the conference, I served as a panel member discussing enforcement of visitation orders throughout various countries.
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, presented at CLEs in Virginia Beach, Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia for the VTLA on evidentiary issues with respect to family law cases. Topics included evidentiary issues related to custody, property, and business valuations.
  • Fairfax Bar Association, April 2013, presented at a CLE at the Fairfax County Circuit Court together with other members of the Domestic Relations Subcommittee on evidentiary issues in domestic relations cases. Prepared all written materials for the custody and business valuation sections.
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, June 2015, taught a CLE titled Jurisdiction, Venue, Service, and Notice in Virginia Divorce Cases.
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association , Family Law Section Member (2001 – present); Circuit Court Committee Member (2009 - 2015); Circuit Court Committee, Domestic Relations Sub-Committee Member (2009 - 2015); Board Member, Professionalism Committee (2004 – 2005); Board Member, Young Lawyers Division (2002 – 2005), 2001 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association , Membership Committee Board Member (2006; 2013 - present); Board of Governors (2006); Vice-Chair, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee (2006); Publications Committee Board Member (2006); Secretary, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee (2005); Treasurer, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee (2004); Board Member, Young Lawyers Leadership Committee (2002-2003), 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association , 2001 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Association, 2001 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Betty A. Thompson and Marcia M. Maddox, Summer Intern
  • The Maddox Law Firm, P.C., Vienna, Virginia, USA, Associate Attorney , October 1, 2001 - March 1, 2009
  • The Maddox Law Firm, P.C., Vienna, Virginia, USA, Partner, March 1, 2009 - 2014
  • Covington & Burling, Washington, DC, USA, Paralegal: • Assisted in litigation of successful appeals for two death row inmates (Florida and Alabama)., June 1, 1996 - July 1, 1998
  • Law Office of Betty A. Thompson, Arlington, VA, General Assistant: (misc. summers and winter breaks throughout high school)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, • Taught a CLE titled Jurisdiction, Venue, Service, and Notice in Virginia Divorce Cases.