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Lawrence H. Bowen Lawrence H. Bowen

Mr. Bowen has lived in Northern Virginia for the majority of his life. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. He served on active duty for four years as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generalís Corp and is now a retired U.S. Army Reserve JAG Officer.

Mr. Bowen has more than 30 yearsí experience as a trial attorney primarily, and now exclusively, in the area of domestic relations law to include divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, military pension cases and the division of government and myriad other retirement plans.

He is appointed by the Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court as a Neutral Case Evaluator and has been designated by the Court as a Judge Pro Tempore in certain divorce cases. He served three terms as an arbitrator on the 19th Judicial Circuit Committee on the Resolution of Fee Disputes for the Virginia State Bar. He is an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association and has been designated as a Circuit Court conciliator. Mr. Bowen is also involved as a member of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and Fairfax Bar Association. Mr. Bowen was recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as a Top Lawyer for 2011, and has received the honor of an AVģ rating by Martindale-Hubbell by peer review.

Mr. Bowen has been an active member of the Ex-Partners of Servicemen/Women for Equality (EX-POSE) for nearly 20 years. He has been a frequent speaker for EX-POSE and the Womenís Center on issues of military benefits, pension rights, the Survivor Benefit Plan, division of property, child custody, child support and the collection of child support. He has also lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association.

Mr. Bowen is admitted to practice before:

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States Court of Military Review
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia



Valerie Hughes Valerie Hughes

Valerie Hughes graduated from George Mason University in 1984 with a B.A. in History and English. For the next 16 years she worked as a paralegal in Fairfax County, primarily in the domestic relations field, with two years in defense contracting. In 2004 she graduated from George Mason University School of Law and passed the Virginia State Bar that same year. In law school, Ms. Hughes was awarded top paper for her domestic relations class, which was taught by the Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. It was the highest grade ever handed out in that class during Judge Dennis Smithís tenure as a professor. She was also awarded top paper in Pre-Trial practice.

At graduation, Ms. Hughes won the Virginia State Bar Domestic Relations Award for excellence in family law as a law student. In 2004, she became an administrator of the George Mason University School of Law Domestic Relations Clinic, and was hired thereafter as an adjunct professor at the law school to co-administer the Clinic with Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Stanley P. Klein. She maintained that position from 2004 to 2006 and again in 2009 to the present. In June of 2004, she was a co-recipient of the Fairfax County Bar Association Presidentís Award, along with Judge Klein and Richard Byrd, for her work in the Domestic Relations Legal Clinic and received the Presidentís Award again in 2010 for her work with the Judicial Screening Committee. Ms. Hughes was just honored with The Golden Gavel Award by the Fairfax Law Foundation for her outstanding community service in the legal field to Fairfax County and the Bar. She is also a Fairfax Law Foundation Fellow.

Ms. Hughes was the first student member of the Fairfax County Circuit Court Committee and the Domestic Relations Sub-Committee. She recently retired as Chair of the Circuit Court Committee, after serving a two year term. Ms. Hughes was also one of the editors of the 2007 Circuit Court Manual. She was appointed by the Circuit Court in 2007 to be a Neutral Case Evaluator in Fairfax County and has had numerous appointments as a Commissioner of Sale by the Circuit Court. Ms. Hughes served on the Judicial Screening Committee for vacancies on the Fairfax Circuit Court Bench and General District Court Bench. She served a three year term on the GMUSL Alumni Board of Governors. In 2011 Ms. Hughes was elected to the Fairfax County Bar Associationís Board of Directors. She has been recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and has received the honor of an AVģ rating by Martindale-Hubbell by peer review.

Ms. Hughes has taught a CLE on the Brandenburg/Source of Funds Rule and has had numerous articles published in the Fairfax Bar Association Journal.

Ms. Hughes lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where she practices solely domestic relations and related appellate work with The Bowen Law Firm. Ms. Hughes practices in all the local jurisdictions and has appeared successfully at the Virginia Court of Appeals. She is married and the mother of two adult children.

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