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Leesburg Family & Divorce Lawyer

Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC is proud to be a successful, full service law firm with a strong focus on family law, divorce and mental health law. We provide legal services to Virginia families, individuals and businesses, helping them get the best result possible through experience, aggressiveness and compassion.  Our Leesburg family & divorce lawyers have a strong focus in family law, but also represent clients in areas such as civil litigation, criminal defense, DUI/DWI, traffic offenses, lemon law and election law.

Our firm also maintains a special practice in the areas of mental health law, special education law and family law and criminal cases involving mental health issues, with our boutique practice The Mental Health Law Group. We are experienced in an array of practice areas. Please contact our Leesburg & Loudoun County lawyers today regarding any of the following:

Family Law and Divorce

We devote the majority of our firm’s practice to family law and divorce, and have attorneys who focus exclusively in these areas. Our firm believes that while it is always preferable to resolve family matters outside the courtroom, lawyers must always be prepared to aggressively fight family matters in court if a client’s particular case requires litigation.

What makes our firm an excellent choice to handle your family law matters is the experience our lawyers have in areas not always available in other firms. Our firm has a former Substitute Judge handling family law matters, as well as lawyers with experience in areas that sometimes greatly affect a family law case such as mental illness, complex business or financial matters, substance abuse issues, domestic violence, children with special needs and child abuse.

Our firm offers legal services all over Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley in all areas of family law, divorce, mediation, legal separation, child support, spousal support, child custody, visitation, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, abuse and neglect cases and appeals.

Mental Illness Law

Families are often severely impacted by the mental illness of one of their own or someone they care about. That’s why our firm has developed a practice dedicated to representing adults and children in cases that involve mental illness. Our lawyers assist both mentally ill individuals and the people who care about them in their legal needs. We also represent mental health professionals and mental health practices in both litigation and in transactional matters. Mental illness permeates nearly every area of the law, including education law, criminal law, family law, commitment of mentally ill individuals, guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults and much more. In family law and civil cases, our attorneys represent individuals who are suffering from a mental illness, individuals who are seeking to help the mentally ill and individuals dealing with an opposing party who is mentally ill. In the area of criminal law, our attorneys represent individuals who suffer from a mental illness and have been charged with commission of a crime. Our firm also provides guidance to families dealing with mental health crises and can assist individuals in developing strategies for obtaining treatment for the mentally ill.

Our firm offers legal services all over Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley in all areas of mental health law, including civil commitment of mentally ill individual, proceedings to compel medical treatment, guardianships and conservatorships, divorce, child custody and all other family law matters involving mental illness, education law matters involving children with developmental disabilities or other mental health issues (both litigation and administrative matters), contesting wills and other estate documents where the mental condition of an individual is at issue, disability and employment cases involving mentally ill individuals, criminal cases involving mental illness issues. We also represent mental health professionals and their practices in litigation and transactional matters.

Special Education, Disciplinary and General Education Law

The education of your child is a critical concern for your family. If you are concerned that your child’s school is not providing an appropriate educational experience, has been denied services or you are in a dispute as a parent or an employee with a local school district, Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC can help. The area of education law includes such case as disputes under federal and state law to ensure children receive free and appropriate public education, school discipline matters, school boundary cases and disputes with local school boards. Our firm advocates on behalf of children and their parents to obtain the services and support that public school districts are legally required to provide, defends children accused of disciplinary infractions and fights on behalf of parents in boundary disputes and other disagreements with local school boards. We also represent teachers and school district employees in employment and other disputes with their employers.

Our lawyers advocate for children and their parents all over Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley at evaluations, IEP and other meetings, due process hearings, hearings before school boards, court litigation, and more. We will also help you understand various options, including mediation and complaint resolution with the State Department of Education, the United States Office of Civil Rights, the Division of Education, and other local, state and federal agencies.

Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation

There are times when criminal charges may be brought against a member of your family or someone you care about. At Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC we dedicate a considerable amount of time to criminal defense, criminal law, DUI/DWI and traffic cases. Our attorneys handle these matters in several different counties in Virginia including Loudoun County, Frederick County, Clarke County and Fairfax County and have extensive experience in negotiating plea agreements and litigating criminal and traffic cases.

Someone in your family or your family business may need to hire a lawyer to assist in a civil lawsuit. Our firm maintains a sophisticated civil litigation practice, and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases across Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Not only does our firm represent large companies in civil cases, but the firm also handles civil cases for small business and individuals. Our law firm’s attorneys have experience in most aspects of civil litigation, including construction cases, defamation and malicious prosecution cases, collections, contract disputes, business litigation, consumer and lemon law cases, and many other civil matters.


Families and small businesses often go through difficult financial times which is why we have developed a practice to help in the area of bankruptcy. Our attorneys handle Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings for individuals and businesses throughout Northern Virginia. If you, your family or your business are struggling with debt we are here to help.

Contact our Leesburg & Loudoun County Family Lawyers Today

Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC was founded to be an aggressive yet compassionate team of highly responsive and competent lawyers to help individuals and businesses in litigation get the best result possible in the most difficult of times. Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC provides legal services in Leesburg, Sterling, Ashburn and across Loudoun County, Winchester, Frederick County, Berryville, Clarke County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington, Alexandria, Front Royal, Warren County and all over Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.  The Mental Health Law Group provides legal services across the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Contact us at 703-777-1795 and let our experienced Leesburg family & divorce lawyers assist you.

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Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC maintains an office in Loudoun County in the Town of Leesburg. We welcome inquiries from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

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