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John K. Karanian - Richmond, VA

7401 Beaufont Springs DriveSuite 200 Richmond, VA 23225

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Updated: 11/30/2023

Richmond Family Law Matters Lawyer


John K. Karanian is Executive Vice President and Shareholder at Barnes & Diehl, PC who has focused his practice on family law matters since 2004. He is a former practicing forensic and clinical psychologist with the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Karanian has been voted a Virginia Super Lawyers© Virginia Rising Star 8 years in a row from 2015-2022.

About John K. Karanian

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Executive Vice President/Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Family Law Matters


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2004
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Virginia (December 4, 1998 - June 30, 2012)
  • Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Metro Richmond Bar Association, Judiciary Committee (2009)
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • “Come Play the Family Feud”, 5th Annual Beach Bar Conference, Moderator, 2016.
  • “Mental Health Issues in Family Law”, National Business Institute, Continuing Education Seminar, October, 22, 2014.
  • “Sexual Abuse in Family Law Cases”, Virginia CLE, July 28, 2009.
  • “Selecting a Qualified Expert”, 8th Annual Advanced Guardian Ad Litem for Children Seminar: What GAL’s Need to Know about Child Custody Evaluations, December 12, 2006 (with Arnold Stolberg Ph.D.).
  • “Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner” Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, VTLA’s Annual Criminal Law Seminar, October 28, 2004 (presentation by Michael HuYoung & outline by John Karanian).
  • “Stalking”, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC (08/10/00).
  • “The Clinical Assessment of Malingering,” Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (06/09/99).
  • “The Multiphasic Sex Inventory and Assessment of Sex Offenders” Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia (04/29/99).
  • “Sex Offender: Pedophilia,” Forensic Evaluation Seminar, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (08/21/98).

Past Positions

  • Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, Clinical Psychologist (2000-2001)
  • Riverside Regional Jail/Liberty Forensic Unit, Hopewell, Virginia, Forensic Psychologist (1999-2000)
  • Central State Hospital, Maximum Security Forensic Unit, Petersburg, Virginia, Forensic Evaluation Team & Psychologist Senior (1997-1999)
  • United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, North Carolina, Psychology Intern (1996-1997)


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 2004
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA, 1997
    Major: Clinical Psychology
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
    Major: Psychology


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Published Works

  • "Frequent Childhood Moves - Poorer Quality of Life," Virginia Family Law News, Volume 31, No. 1, Spring Issue (2011)
  • "Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand?," John Karanian & Michael HuYoung, Esquire, Virginia Bar Association News Journal (Focus on Family Law), Volume 35, No. 4, Winter Issue (2009)
  • "Challenging Expert Testimony About Child Sexual Abuse," John Karanian, Virginia State Bar, Family Law News, Volume 25, No. 4, Winter Issue (2005)
  • "Assessing Elopement Risk from a Forensic Hospital," Greg Wolber & John Karanian, Journal of Forensic Psychology (2002)
  • "The Relationship Between Depression and Self-Efficacy in a Sample of Sheltered Homeless Adults," John Karanian, Doctoral Dissertation (1997)

Office Information


7401 Beaufont Springs DriveSuite 200 Richmond, VA 23225


  • 804-796-1730


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Included on the 2024 Virginia list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Virginia Super Lawyers list

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  • Selected to Virginia Super Lawyer, by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2015-2022)
  • Voted a Rising Star Super Lawyer in Virginia, by Richmond Magazine Law & Politics, 2007 - 2013
  • All-American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy (1992)
  • The Best Lawyers in America Family Law (2019-current)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago, IL)

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