Northern Virginia Family Law
and Estate Planning Attorney Christopher Mays
For most of his younger years, Northern Virginia family law and estate planning attorney Chris Mays never considered a career in the law. In college he studied biology and spent several years working in military healthcare and research, with plans to attend graduate school. While serving on active duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, one of his superiors suggested that Chris’ talent for navigating the rules and regulations of Army life might serve him well as an attorney. Intrigued, Chris traded in his microscope for a legal pad and hasn’t looked back since.
Chris graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2004 and immediately went into practice helping families navigate the legal system in Northern Virginia. Chris has received various awards for his work as an attorney, including recognition by Super Lawyers, recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by Northern Virginia Magazine, and earning Avvo’s highest rating for attorneys. He has lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and local bar associations in Northern Virginia. He has also written for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and co-authored written materials for Virginia CLE (Continuing Legal Education).
Chris assists his clients with a range of family legal issues in addition to working with local agencies like the Department of Social Services and Adult Protective Services, he helps at-risk clients and families with issues like guardianship, conservatorship, and managing benefits like Social Security and Medicaid. Chris also serves as a fiduciary for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help manage benefits for disabled veterans. He has qualified as a guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults with the Virginia Supreme Court. He has also served as a guardian ad litem for minor children and represented parents in abuse and neglect proceedings.
By helping families work through the complexities of the law as it relates to important matters such as divorce, child custody, aging and estate planning, Chris feels he has found the perfect niche that allows him to bring all of his talents and experience to bear in helping others.
When he isn’t working, Chris spends time with his wife, Karen, and his children, Emily and Stephen. He can typically be found driving to and from volleyball, lacrosse and choir practice. Determined to put his years of high school Spanish to good use, he has been trying to convince the family to learn enough basic phrases for a vacation to Spain. However, he has only met with limited success so far.