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Samuel A. Leven Esq. - Oakton, VA

2915 Hunter Mill RoadSuite 18 Oakton, VA 22124

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Updated: 10/16/2020

Oakton Domestic Relations/Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Senior Associate Samuel A. Leven, Esq. has been working for The Baldwin Law Firm since December of 2010. A foreign service child, Sam spent his early childhood in Germany, Hungary and Sweden before settling down in Northern Virginia at the age of ten, where he has remained a resident ever since. Sam attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and then moved on to the University of Virginia for both college and law school. While at U.Va...

Senior Associate Samuel A. Leven, Esq. has been working for The Baldwin Law Firm since December of 2010. A foreign service child, Sam spent his early childhood in Germany, Hungary and Sweden before settling down in Northern Virginia at the age of ten, where he has remained a resident ever since. Sam attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and then moved on to the University of Virginia for both college and law school. While at U.Va., Sam was a trial “counsel” charged with defending fellow students facing expulsion because they were accused of violating the school’s Honor Code. In law school he participated in clinics which included representation of death row inmates during their post-conviction process and appellate litigation.

After graduating from law school, Sam served as a fellow with the Public Defender’s Office in Loudoun County where he represented indigent defendants facing jailable misdemeanor charges. After his fellowship, he joined The Baldwin Law Firm where he developed his own niche practice within the firm. In addition to handling family law cases (including adoption), Sam also handles landlord/tenant matters, appellate litigation, defamation, and debt collection matters (representing both creditors and debtors), and has accepted a number of pro bono appointments in civil matters through Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Thanks to his successful representation of numerous clients, Sam has received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award every year since 2013. Sam is admitted to appear in front of all state-level trial and appellate courts in Virginia and DC, as well as the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has also written extensively about the law, having had an article on mandatory imputation of income in support cases published in the June, 2017 edition of Virginia Lawyer Magazine (official publication of the Virginia State Bar), and having maintained a legal blog titled The Law is Your Friend.

In the broader legal community, Sam is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). Sam is very active with the FBA, serving on its Circuit Court Committee (including its Domestic Relations Sub-Committee), Lawyer Referral Service Committee, and Legislative Committee (for which he is currently serving as Vice-Chair). Sam helped prepare the 2015 version of the Fairfax County Pro Se Divorce Packet, was a contributor to the 2018 version of the Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual, and has been a presenter in several of the Domestic Relations Sub-Committee’s “brown bag lunch series” legal education presentations. Sam also serves as a motions conciliator with the FBA’s motions conciliation program – a free mediation program that seeks to resolve certain contested motions on the Fairfax Circuit Court’s Friday Motions Day docket.

In June of 2017, Sam was elected by the Virginia State Bar Council to serve a three year term as a member of the Fifth District Committee, Section III. District Committees serve as a core function of the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system, as District Committees (and their subcommittees) oversee investigations of complaints of misconduct against attorneys, adjudicate the claims, refer cases to the statewide Disciplinary Board where a sanction of suspension or disbarment might be warranted, and issue lesser sanctions. In this role, Sam will be helping to preserve the integrity of the legal profession in Virginia, and protect the public from unethical conduct by attorneys.

At home, Sam is a married father of two children and one dog whose passions include politics, the Washington Nationals, and goofing off with his kids. Sam is a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and is a clarinet player with the Main Street Community Band in the City of Fairfax Band Association.

About Samuel A. Leven Esq.

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Relations/Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Civil Litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Associate

Languages

  • English

Representative Clients

  • Represented father in appeal to Virginia Court of Appeals of Alexandria Circuit Court ruling that he could not modify his child support while one child was no longer a minor because he had agreed to support his children in their majority. Successfully obtained a Court of Appeals ruling in client’s favor and reversal of the trial court in a published opinion.
  • Represented plaintiff spouse in one of the earliest same-sex divorces in Fairfax County, taking case to a relatively easy conclusion despite judicial unfamiliarity with how to handle the process and state forms that had not been updated to reflect the new legalities of same-sex marriage.
  • Represented woman acting on behalf of her incapacitated mother in complex suit and counter-suit involving rental of her mother’s home to a tenant in Fairfax County General District Court. Case included claims by tenant of fraud and harassment and counter-claims by client of unpaid rent, late fees, attorneys’ fees and extensive property damage. Resulted in dismissal of tenant’s lawsuit by motion to strike, and judgment in client’s favor in her counter-suit.
  • Represented father in action filed against him by DCSE in 2012 in the Fauquier County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to charge arrears arising from child support dating to the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Successfully had most of case dismissed with a Plea in Bar utilizing newly developed case law, and had remainder of case dismissed on a motion to strike at trial.
  • Represented husband facing allegations of adultery and demands for lifetime spousal support after an 18 year marriage from a wife claiming disability in Prince William County Circuit Court. Successfully rebutted adultery allegations and utilized vocational expert to limit duration of spousal support award.

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Circuit Court Committee (Member)
  • Fifth District - Section III Committee, Virginia State Bar Disciplinary System (Member)
  • Family Law Section, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Fairfax Bar Association (Motion Conciliator)
  • Fairfax Bar Association (Board of Directors)
  • Fairfax Bar Association (Domestic Relations Sub-Committee)
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Legislative Committee, 2018 - 2020 (Chair)
  • Fairfax Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Service Committee)

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • University of Virginia

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Member
  • Main Street Community Band, Fairfax Band Association
  • Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Samuel A. Leven

Included on the 2024 Virginia list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Samuel A. Leven on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, 2013 - Present
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • Public Defender’s Office, Fellow

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Office Information

Address

2915 Hunter Mill RoadSuite 18 Oakton, VA 22124

Fax

  • 703-281-6385

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Publication

Articles

  • Mandatory Income Imputation - When ‘Discretion’ isn’t Discretionary, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, June, 2017

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