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Robert J. Surovell

Member/President

Rob Surovell focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, family law, and personal injury. Mr. Surovell’s forty-nine years of practicing law began in 1969. He is a founding Member of the Firm. Rob believes his law license privileges him to help people with their most intimate conflicts and concerns, and he takes his responsibilities very seriously.

Mr. Surovell graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of the Arts and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was appointed to the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission from 1972 to 1975 and was Chairman in 1975. Rob was appointed and has the remained the Secretary of the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority since 1975.

Rob is licensed in all of the state and Federal courts in Virginia. He has obtained five reversals in the Supreme Court of Virginia and Court of Appeals, and he has successfully defended trial court victories in the appellate courts. In family law matters, Mr. Surovell encourages his clients to put the interest of their children first. He has handled divorce cases involving no assets and divorces involving estates up to $40,000,000, but he believes that all clients are entitled to the same dignity and courtesy regardless of wealth or status. Some of his significant injury victories include a $3,600,000 jury verdict for a fireman injured in an ambulance accident and settlements for injury victims ranging from $495,000 to $3,400,000.

Mr. Surovell has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards for decades. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top domestic relations attorneys in Northern Virginia in the Washingtonian Magazine, and has been recognized for over twenty five years in The Best Lawyers in America book in both Family Law and Personal Injury.

Rob Surovell is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, Virginia. In his spare time, Rob enjoys traveling, reading, and staying in touch with his family and friends. He has visited all fifty states and four continents.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals
  • Brain Injuries
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Civil Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Division of Retirement Benefits
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets
  • Family Law
  • Government Employee Divorce
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Personal Injury
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Protective Orders
  • Same Sex Family Law
  • Slip & Fall
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Vehicles Accidents
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. – 1969
  • Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
    • B.A.: Political Science – 1966
Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Fairfax County Legal Aid Society – Former President
  • Virginia State Bar Family Law Section – Former Board Member
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • Virginia State Bar speaker on numerous topics beginning in 1978
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association speaker on Family Law topics
  • Fairfax and Arlington County Bar Association speaker of numerous topics
Reported Decisions and Notable Results
  • Ahn v. Ahn, Chancery No. 187351, 2006 Va. Cir. LEXIS 116 (Va. Cir. Ct. May 11, 2006).
  • Blanco v. Blanco, Chancery No. 156481, 1999 Va. Cir. LEXIS 573 (Va. Cir. Ct. Sept. 3, 1999).
  • Brody v. Brody, 432 S.E.2d 20 (Va. Ct. App. 1993).
  • Cranwell v. Cranwell, 717 S.E.2d 797 (Va. Ct. App. 2011).
  • Doyle v. Commonwealth, 187 S.E.2d 201 (Va. 1972).
  • Dziarnowski v. Dziarnowski, 418 S.E.2d 724 (Va. Ct. App. 1992).
  • Gilbert v. Commonwealth, 198 S.E.2d 633 (Va. 1973).
  • Jirinec v. Jirinec, Record No. 1220-15-4, 2016 Va. App. LEXIS 86 (Va. Ct. App. Mar. 22, 2016).
  • Johnson v. Johnson, Record No. 0037-06-4, 2006 Va. App. LEXIS 442 (Va. Ct. App. Oct. 3, 2006).
  • Kammerdeiner v. Kammerdeiner, 75 Va. Cir. 21 (Va. Cir. Ct. Feb. 1, 2008).
  • McBride v. McBride, Record No. 3258-03-4, 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 640 (Va. Ct. App. Dec. 28, 2004).
  • Wenzel v. Brokken, Chancery No. 153999, 2001 Va. Cir. LEXIS 77 (Va. Cir. Ct. Mar. 5, 2001).
  • Zitelli v. Zitelli, Record No. 0122-94-4, 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 61 (Va. Ct. App. Jan. 24, 1995).
Community Involvement
  • Former Chairman Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission
  • Secretary Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority
  • Little League baseball coach
  • Youth Basketball coach
  • Vice Chairman Fairfax County Democratic Committee
  • President of Tauxemont Community Association
Accomplishments/Honors
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and Personal Injury
  • Top Lawyers
  • Top Domestic Relations Attorney in Washingtonian Magazine