Thomas M. Velarde
If an agreement cannot be reached, Mr. Velarde will work tirelessly to
achieve the best decision for his clients in the courtroom. Mr. Velarde
began his career at Legal Services of Northern Virginia and represented
hundreds of clients in contested family law issues of divorce, property
distribution, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, international
child abduction, child abuse and family abuse protective orders.Mr. Velarde
understands that family law matters are sensitive and challenging. Mr.
Velarde believes that most family law decisions are best resolved by the
people that have to live with them and will work to tailor a settlement
to your individual needs.
In 2015 Mr. Velarde was awarded the Service Provider of Excellence award
from the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Community for his trial work
with children subjected to domestic violence. Mr. Velarde enjoys the courtroom
and has been asked by his peers to teach CLEs on the Rules of Evidence,
Protective Orders, and issues related to the testimony of children in court.
Mr. Velarde grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology and received his Bachelor of Arts
in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr.
Velarde then received his juris doctorate from George Mason University
School of Law and completed a specialization track in litigation.
In addition to his membership in the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax
Bar Association, Mr. Velarde serves as the Co-Chair of the Juvenile and
Domestic Relations District Court of Fairfax County Committee.