Karen A. Leiser
- Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, 1996
- Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the Ohio University, 1992
- Minor in Psychology
- summa cum laude
Karen started her legal career as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) from 1997 to 2002, where she worked in the areas of housing and family law. She served as the Managing Attorney for the Fairfax branch of Legal Services from October 2000 through July 2002. She joined her husband’s law firm in 2002, as his Managing Attorney, where she has continued her practice in the areas of family law, landlord and tenant, and branched out into handling cases in other areas, including criminal and traffic defense and personal injury. Ms. Leiser has successfully argued cases before juries and on appeal to the Virginia Court of Appeals and has also presented cases before the Virginia Supreme Court. In one case, after the trial court refused to award her client any retirement benefits, Karen was able to convince the Virginia Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court’s ruling, and thereby obtained a significant portion of the husband’s retirement benefits for his wife of 27 years, after the husband stopped working early due to a disability. For the full court opinion, follow this link.
Karen was the co-chair of the Fairfax Bar Association’s (FBA) Law Practice Management Section (2006-2008). She also served as the co-chair of the FBA’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Committee for two years, 2003-2005, and was a member of that committee since 1999. Karen also served on the Fairfax Bar’s Pro Bono Committee, as an alternate to the Judicial Screening Committee, and is a member of the Family Law Section. Karen previously served on the General District Court Committee and on the Board of the Young Lawyers Section.
Throughout her career, Ms. Leiser has spoken on the topics of housing and family law for numerous trainings for Legal Services of Northern Virginia and for the Fairfax Bar Association. She has lectured on issues of jurisdiction, venue, service, and notice requirements in divorce cases for the past several years for the Fairfax Bar’s annual Uncontested Divorce seminar.
Ms. Leiser was awarded the Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award in 2005 by Legal Services of Northern Virginia and by various local bar associations. Her activities include regularly serving on the LSNV Pro Bono Hotline and handling other referrals as needed. Karen also serves as a motions Conciliator on behalf of the bar, conducts court tours for 8th grade students, and she has served on the court appointed panel for defense of civil commitments for people with mental illness.
Areas of Concentration:
- Civil Commitment
- Family Law
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Personal Injury