NORTHERN VIRGINIA'S AWARD WINNING PROVEN FAMILY AND DIVORCE LAWYER PRACTICE
Roop Xanttopoulos Babounakis PLLC is an award-winning family and divorce law practice, located in the heart of Tysons Corner, Virginia, that takes a client-centered approach in resolving legal issues effectively and efficiently, while preserving what is good in family relationships. Our firm cares about our clients and their families and employs our specialized skills and resources to serve them. We recognize that divorce and other family law matters can be a traumatic event for our clients and that each family presents unique set of facts to consider. Therefore, we do not treat our clients as just another legal case. Instead, we strive to provide them specialized legal services with dignity, care and respect. The firm is engaged in litigation, mediation and collaborative divorce. The Northern Virginia family law attorneys at ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS invite you to learn more about our services and to see how can assist you with you family law issue. We offer comprehensive services that can be tailored to your specific situation, including divorce, child custody and visitation, division of assets and debts, spousal support, military divorce and more.
1604 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 460
Vienna VA 22182
Alex joined ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC in the Fall 2010, to focus primarily on family law. He has experience in all areas of family law including cases involving divorce, child custody, support, visitation and equitable distribution. Prior to joining ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS, Alex worked for several years at Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis and Leary P.C. as an associate and law clerk practicing in the areas of domestic relations, traffic, criminal defense and civil litigation. Alex received his bachelors degree from the College of Charleston and Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. While attending law school, Alex clerked for the Honorable Judge Spencer Eig of the 11th Circuit in Miami Dade County. There he researched and drafted opinions for use in various criminal, civil and appellate decisions. During his second year, Alex was a member of the University of Miami Trial Advocacy Litigation Skills Team and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Alex also was awarded the Dean's Fellowship and was an Equal Justice Continuing Merit Scholar. Alex H. Xanttopoulos acquired experience during law school in the fields of Administrative, Estate Planning and Tax Law. He worked as a tax consultant for Gables Estates Tax & Advisory Services in Miami, FL, and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Anne Yahner in the Office of Administrative Hearings in Washington, DC. Alex understands that these can be some of the most difficult and stressful times in a person's life and enjoys the rewarding experience in helping people work through these problems. Alex H. Xanttopoulos was born in San Francisco, California and is a native of Northern Virginia.
David is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1985) and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1991). He is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Roop's practice has focused in the area of domestic relations and family law since 1996. He has tried countless equitable distribution, support and custody cases. From 1991 to 1996, he was a trial lawyer in Maryland, DC and Virginia in the areas of contract, tort, and malpractice defense. Before law school, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kongolo, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). He has been happily married since 1992 to Anna-Marie Christello-Roop, a graduate of Yale Law School who now helps him run ROOPXANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC. They have two children.
For more than 10 years, Mr. Roop has carried an AV-Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. In 2004-05, Mr. Roop served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Professionalism of the Virginia State Bar. For three years thereafter, he was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as a Faculty member at professionalism courses conducted throughout the state. He currently serves on a Virginia State Bar disciplinary committee for evaluating lawyer misconduct. He has twice appeared on the cover of Virginia Lawyers Weekly for groundbreaking work in the areas of spousal support and domicile. He has been recognized as one of the preeminent divorce lawyers in Virginia and/or Washington DC by the following organizations or periodicals:
Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report
Northern Virginia Magazine
In February 2009, David E. Roop Jr. created ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC, having spent thirteen years at Condo Roop Kelly & Byrnes and its predecessor(s). He understands the emotional and financial toll of divorce. Mr. Roop brings to the practice of family law, a sense of fairness, substantial trial ability, mathematical aptitude, courtroom ability, experience with children, and a commitment to resolve matters in the best interests of the family.
Prior to attending law school, Jennifer practiced as a clinical social worker with a focus in family counseling and crisis management. As a law student, Mrs. Babounakis served as both Chief Aide to Professor Nadine Strossen, the then President of the American Civil Liberties Union, and as an Associate Editor to the New York Law School Law Review. After law school, Mrs. Babounakis practiced law for five years at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton, LLP in Washington D.C. Her practice there focused on investigations, public interest and commercial litigation, and immigration law, including an asylum appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In December 2009, Mrs. Babounakis joined ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC to blend her expertise in family counseling, corporate law, and litigation. Mrs. Babounakis prefers to reach favorable outcomes for her clients out of court. She has the skills, however, to litigate if trial is necessary to ensure her client's interests are best served. Mrs. Babounakis finds her corporate law experience invaluable when assessing complex equitable distribution issues, such as property valuation and division.
Jennifer draws on her family counseling experience to help her clients manage the emotional experiences that are often present in family law cases. She also benefits from a strong understanding of the mental health and substance abuse issues that plague many families going through divorce. As a mother of two young children, Mrs. Babounakis has command of the parenting issues that are important in most child custody matters.
Mrs. Babounakis is a native of Northern Virginia. Her husband is a lawyer with Arnold & Porter, LLP. They have two daughters and live in Northern Virginia.
Kabara is a family law practitioner in Northern Virginia. She has been working as an associate attorney at Roop Xanttopoulos Babounakis, PLLC, since November 2012.
Kabara received her Bachelors degree from the University of Chicago and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She obtained the Georgetown Law Pro Bono certificate upon graduation for completing over 350 hours of volunteer legal services. In addition, she focused her coursework and experience on family law, which included interning with Judge Laura A. Cordero in DC Superior Court, volunteering at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and clerking at a Northern Virginia family law firm.
Since graduating law school, Kabara has worked on simple to complex cases including issues of custody, spousal support, child support, and equitable distribution. She is well versed in every aspect of family law including seeking a custody or psychological evaluation of a parent, proving the earning potential of a party (imputation of income), the value of an intangible asset (including a business), and tracing separate/marital property for division.
Where other attorneys may be playing checkers, Kabara plays chess. She works with clients to guide them through a global strategy benefiting her client's primary goal. Sometimes, that means taking an aggressive or litigious approach; sometimes, that means holding off on court and making a well-timed settlement proposal. There is no uniform or one-size-fits-all approach. The most aggressive option is not always the best sometimes it is. Kabara has the experience and concern for her clients to help them navigate their options, as well as propose and follow-through with the option that fits the overall strategy the best.
When not in the office, Kabara enjoys running (more of a quick-walk), reading, camping, and all things nerdy.
Komal joined ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS PLLC in the Fall 2016. Since 2012, Komal has focused her experience in all areas of family law, including cases involving divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, domestic violence and equitable distribution.
Komal received her Bachelors of Science, summa cum laude, in Psychology at George Mason University in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from George Mason School of Law in 2014. While in law school, Komal was a member of the Civil Rights Law Journal, George Mason Inns of Court and Virginia Bar Associate Pro Bono Society. In addition, Komal completed two externship programs with retired Fairfax County Judges Klein and Judge Alden. As part of the program, she interned at the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney's Office and Whitestone Young PC, where she focused in both criminal law, domestic violence cases and other family law litigation.
Komal uses her strong oral advocacy skills and understanding of family law to best advocate for her clients in the courtroom. She also finds it rewarding to work on solutions with her clients to settle their contentious and high conflict litigation. Komal was raised and currently resides in Northern Virginia.
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