Hirsch, Brian M.

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Address: 12110 Sunset Hills Road #401, Reston, VA 20190
Lawyer Firm: Hirsch & Ehlenberger, P.C.
Phone: 703-239-4832
Fax: 703-481-6066
Website: https://www.novafamilylaw.com/

Areas of Practice Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements, Separation Agreements, Child Custody, Child & Spousal Support, Property Division, Alimony

Brian has been a divorce attorney litigating and settling cases in Northern Virginia since 1985, and is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court in Family Mediation. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", Washingtonian magazine’s Top Divorce Lawyers, Northern Virginia magazine’s Top Divorce Lawyers and Virginia Business magazine’s "Legal Elite". Brian was presented with a 2017 Leaders in the Law award by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly for his extensive statewide work and leadership in Virginia family law.

He is the editor of the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, the official publication of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. Brian is a past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2004. He is also a current member of the Virginia Bar Association Family Law Coalition, and serves on the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Disciplinary Committee. He is also a Commissioner in Chancery for Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Lectures Given:

The Gray Divorce: Divorcing Later in Life (2017)

Family Law Legislative and Case Law Update (October 2016, Fairfax Bar Association)

Difficult Clients and Counsel in High Conflict Cases: Being Ethical and Effective (Oct. 2015)

Navigating the High Conflict Divorce (October 2014)

Getting to Yes (June 2014)

Everything You Wanted to Know About Child Support (2013)

Divorce, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy (April 2011)

Examining the Trend Toward Shared Custody (April 2011)

Family Law at the Intersection of Divorce and Religion (2010)

Anatomy of a Spousal Support Hearing (2010)

Spousal Support Trial Strategies (2009)

Equitable Distribution in a Recession (2009)

Evidentiary Issues and Objections in Family Law Cases (2008)

23rd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, Moderator (2007)

The Evolving Role of Fault in Divorce (April 2006)

Legal Ethics: Dealing with Difficult Clients and Counsel (May 2005)

So You Thought You Could Avoid Family Law (November 2004)

Family Law Discovery (May 2004)

Managing Equitable Distribution Cases (July 2003)

Relocation Custody Cases (April 2002)

Division of Stock Options in Divorce (June 2001)

Rehabilitative Alimony (May 2000)

Articles & Publications:

Brian M. Hirsch and Danielle V. Poliner, Virginia Family Law Trial Handbook: Pleadings, Evidence and Strategies (2017)

Brian M. Hirsch, Unfaithfully Yours: Re-Examining Adultery as a Bar to Spousal Support, Virginia Lawyer, Volume 66, Number 1 (2017)

Brian M. Hirsch, Evaluative Mediation: Friend or Foe, Resolutions, Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court, Dept.of Judicial Services, Division of Dispute Resolution, Volume 25, Issue 5 (2016)

Brian M. Hirsch, Settlement Or Bust! Ethical Implications of Late Night Settlements, Family Law News, Volume 31, Number 4 (2011)

Brian M. Hirsch, Maximizing Your Chances of a Fee Award in a Family Law Case, Family Law News, Volume 30, Number 2 (2010)

Brian M. Hirsch, Assessing "Manifest Injustice" in Spousal Support Cases: Playing the Blame Game, Virginia Lawyer, Volume 55, Number 7 (2007)

Betty A. Thompson and Brian M. Hirsch, A New Tool for the Divorce Lawyer: Using the Attorney Lien to Get Paid, Family Law News, Volume 26, Number 3 (2006)

Brian M. Hirsch, You Bet Your Spouse’s Life: Examining Virginia’s Position on Life Insurance in Divorce, Virginia Lawyer, Volume 53, Number 7 (2005)

Brian M. Hirsch and William C. Wood, Monitoring Mediation: Identifying and Monitoring Uncertified Mediators in Virginia, Family Law News, Volume 23, Number 3 (2003)

Admitted: Virginia (1985 to present)


Pennsylvania State University, BA (Political Science), BA (Religious Studies) (magna cum laude) 1982

American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.,1985)

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