Karen Keyes

2311 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia 22201
United States
Office Phone: 703-528-1991
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

My vision is to assist clients with reaching a quality settlement agreement which addresses the best interests of the children and the financial needs of the parties and focuses on the future instead of the past. This agreement can be achieved without court intervention. A goal is to minimize the emotional and financial cost to parties and their family members while preserving assets and/or restoring positive relations between parties and family members.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Virginia Licensed Attorney and Certified Mediator (Advanced Family Level) Supreme Court of Virginia ~District of Columbia Licensed Attorney ~ADDITIONAL TRAINING: ~Virginia Supreme Court Guardian Ad Litem Course, Fairfax, VA (1997); ~'Advanced Family Mediation Skills (Non-Divorce),' Community Mediation Center, Harrisonburg, VA (1996); ~'Divorce Mediation for Attorneys,' Arlington County Bar Association, Arlington, VA (1994); ~'Dealing with Issues of Spousal Abuse,' Academy of Family Mediators, Washington, DC (1993); ~'Domestic Conflict Containment Program', Behavioral Science Associates, Beaufort, SC (1986); ~'Divorce & Family Mediation,' Haynes Mediation Training, Washington, DC (1986); ~Numerous Continuing Legal Education and Alternative Dispute Resolution Courses

Professional Activities

~Selected by peers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America and US News and World Reports Best Law Firms, (2018); ~ Council Member and Past Chair, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, (2018); ~ Liaison, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, (2018); ~DCACP (D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals) in the areas of Collaborative Law/Family Law and Family Law Mediation; Executive Board Member (2013-2015); ~Past Co-Chair, CPNV (Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia); ~Substitute Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Commissioner in Chancery(1997 - 2005), Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Arlington, Virginia; ~Adjunct Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, George Mason University School of Law (1996 - 1997); ~Virginia State Bar: 4/91 to present; ~Virginia Bar Association: 11/00 to present; ~Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee, Council Chair 2004 -- 2005; ~Virginia Coalition on Family Law Legislation: 9/96 to 9/98; ~Arlington County Bar Association: Chair, Family Law Section, 1995-97; Fairfax Bar Association: Member, 1991 to present, Family Law Section, 1991 to present, previously served on the Public Service Committee and Public Relations Committee; ~Virginia Mediation Network: 1995 to present; ~Virginia Women Attorneys Association: Northern Virginia Chapter, Past- President, 1996-97, Northern Virginia Chapter Member, 1991 to present; ~Arlington Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors(1997-99)

Undergraduate Education

B.S., Psychology, College of Charleston, Magna Cum Laude, 1984

Professional Education

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, Member of Law Review, 1990
Certified Family Law Mediator (Advanced Level), Supreme Court of Virginia


I subscribe to the belief that family members can best be served if domestic relations issues can be resolved outside of litigation through a mutually agreeable settlement in an amicable and transparent process that empowers all parties involved.