Carolyn Grimes

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 575
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States
Office Phone: 703-836-9030
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP



My approach to family law issues is as a problem solver. The collaborative process is based on creative, safe, problem solving and is an excellent way to resolve issues in all settings, including family law issues.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law
License(s): Virgina State Bar, 1991

Professional Activities

President, Alexandria Bar Association 2004-2005 (President Elect, Treasurer in prior years) ~Chair, Beat The Odds Scholarship Program for the Alexandria Bar Assn 2004-current; ~President, Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 2003-current; ~Virginia State Bar Committee on Fee Dispute Resolution, Alexandria Panel Chair, 2004-current; ~Virginia Bar Association Community Service Executive Committee, 2003-07; ~ 2006 Virginia State Bar Local Bar Leader of the Year; ~ 2001 LSNV Pro Bono Attorney Award; ~Named to Super Lawyers annually 2007-2016; ~2008, 2013 named on of Virginia's Legal Elite; 2015 Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer 2014-15 Best Lawyer. US News & World Report ~ ~Numerous CLE lectures on family law topics, especially retirement benefits issues; ~2011 Virginia Leaders in the Law honoree

Undergraduate Education

Johns Hopkins University, B.A. International Relations, National Merit Scholar, Hopkins Scholar

Professional Education

George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 1991

Georgetown University School of Law, Graduate Law Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, 2000


I have been involved with Collaborative Law for many years and quite frankly, it is a welcome change from litigating cases, which is an inefficient way of problem solving. Although I still litigate, I do strongly encourage clients to consider the collaborative process as a way to resolve their issues.