Carolyn M. Grimes


703-836-9030    Email
Office: 500 Montgomery St., Suite 575, Alexandria, VA 22314

Carolyn Grimes is a partner in the firm, practicing in all areas of family law including divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, retirement issues, and prenuptial agreements, among other areas. She practices in all of the Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts in Northern Virginia and has argued before the Court of Appeals. She has lectured on family law topics ranging from custody to retirement issues, including military, federal, civilian and Foreign Service retirement issues, for various organizations in the Commonwealth. In addition to traditional litigation, Ms. Grimes practices law in the collaborative law model. She is also a mediator herself.

Named a Top Attorney in 2015 from Washingtonian Magazine, Ms. Grimes actively serves the community as well. She was the 2009 and 2006 President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV), has served on its Board for many years and has performed many hours of pro bono work for the organization. She is a Past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, for which she has co-chaired the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and chaired the “Beat the Odds” Program, a scholarship program for youths who have overcome adversity. She also participated in the American Bar Association program offering legal assistance to victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. She is currently serving her second term on Bar Council for the Virginia State Bar and has been a panel chair for the Virginia State Bar Fee Dispute Program as well.

Collaborative law is a process of alternative dispute resolution designed to keep the parties out of court. Counsel who have been trained in the collaborative law process and other professionals, such as financial professionals and custody experts, engage in a series of meetings with the clients designed to develop creative solutions to the issues in a divorce and agree on peaceful, practical solutions. Ms. Grimes has been trained in the collaborative model since 2006 and practices in this model as well as more traditional settlement or litigation models. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Ms. Grimes is also a mediator and can act as the neutral mediator for both parties. Mediation is also an alternative dispute resolution process designed to have parties agree outside of court proceedings. If you are interested in using Ms. Grimes as a mediator, please contact our office. One party may initiate the contact to set up the appointment but as a mediator, she needs to meet with both parties together for the mediation process.

SEMINARS – Presenter

  • “QDROs and Complex Retirement Issues”, NBI, April 2017
  • 2015 Updates to Family Law, Virginia MCLE, June 2015
  • “Retirement Issues and QDROs”, Loudoun County Bar Association,2015
  • “Retirement Issues in Divorce”, 2013
  • “Non-traditional Family Structures/Paternity Disputes”, NBI, 2011
  • “Retirement and Pension Issues”, NBI, 2007
  • “QDROs-Taking a Closer Look”, NBI, 2004
  • “Premarital Agreements and Divorce Procedures”, NBI, 2002
  • “Child Custody”, NBI, 2002
  • “Custody Modifications” NBI, 2000



  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Client Champion Silver Award by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016-17 Top Rated Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine, Washington Post Magazine
  • 2017 Best Women Lawyers in Virginia by Virginia Living magazine
  • 2015 Top Attorney Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2016 Top Rated Family Law Lawyer
  • 2014-18 Best Lawyers in America, U.S News & World Report
  • 2014-17 Rating of 10.0
  • 2011 Virginia’s Leaders in the Law for 2011
  • 2007-17 Super Lawyers for Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
  • 2017 Super Lawyers Top 100 in Virginia and Top 50 Women in Virginia
  • 2008, 2013-14 Virginia’s Legal Elite
  • 2011, 2015, 2017 Top Lawyer by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2006 Local Bar Leader of the Year, Conference of Local Bar Associations, VSB
  • 2001 Northern Virginia Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award, LSNV
  • 2011-17 Virginia State Bar Council, Elected


Divorce and Separation
Child Custody
Family Law
Child Support
Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Military Divorce Foreign Service Divorce


75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Virginia, 1991
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1993


George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1991
Georgetown University School of Law, Graduate Law
Certificate in Employee Benefits Law - 2000
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1985


Alexandria Bar Foundation Beat the Odds, Chair, 2007 - 2008, member 2007-present
Board Member, Past President, Treasurer of Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV)
2016 6.1 Society- Green Award for pro bono work/contribution, LSNV
2017 6.1 Society Silver Award for pro bono work/contribution, LSNV


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