After several days of online reviews of local family practice law firms, I contacted Donna Dougherty's firm for an initial consultation. I met with Donna and subsequently with her associate, Ashleigh; both were personable, thoughtful, analytical, and very focused. They contemplated the complex information that I shared. Donna provided a sobering statement of my chances of obtaining an annulment for a fraudulent marriage in the conservative Commonwealth of Virginia. She knew that in the alternative, I would be granted a divorce. Because she was so candid and forthright, two characteristics that I deeply admire and respect, l retained Donna Dougherty's services.

For the next several months, Donna and Ashleigh worked tirelessly on my case. They asked questions, conducted research, requested documents and names of potential witnesses, strategized on the best defense, and drafted documents for my case. They maintained contact and regularly updated me on the progression of the case.

When Donna argued my case, she methodically laid out the complicated issues. She was masterful in asserting supporting evidence, affidavits, and case law. I was overjoyed when the judge granted the annulment!!

I'm appreciative of the exemplary services that I received from Donna Dougherty's firm.

- A very satisfied client :)

Donna is the first lawyer I have met who is tough, has a sense of humor and a huge heart. Donna helped me through a custody dispute over my 2 daughters. I have had the experience of having to use other family lawyers in the past and Donna is the first one I have felt truly represented myself and my children's best interests. She is an excellent listener and she truly heard and understood my position. I had a case that on the judicial scale is probably only a "3 out of 10" but it was the biggest thing I had ever done in fighting for my daughters and Donna understood and respected that. I needed to feel like my lawyer was invested in my case, and she was.

Her approach is professional yet approachable and she is willing to go to court when needed. This is something I have discovered that is not common in family lawyers and in my case, necessary. I have also realized that it made my position stronger to be prepared to go to court and Donna is excellent at that. She knows how to ask a question that will get to the bottom line. She is always quick to respond to phone calls and was conscious of our budget, but willing to spend time explaining things as needed. Donna was straightforward about what the process would entail and accurate about her cost estimate. Should it be necessary I would also gladly use her services again!

- K.B., parent of two young children

The most critical skill any advocate or counselor can have is the ability to listen, to understand, and to support the client. In a situation as full of emotion as a family separation or divorce, it is even more critical. Donna has this skill in abundance. Her active listening style and calm demeanor provide a comforting setting in which to make the critical decisions required in these situations. In my case, Donna established rapport, and impressed me with her skills and knowledge of the law. She allowed me to vent my frustrations without letting me ramble on - she kept me focused and on topic. She listened and supported my wishes, and brought me back on track when I was tempted to escalate in response to my ex-husband's actions. She had an uncanny ability to discern my ex's motivations and provided an extremely creative solution to our dispute. She protected my interests as if they were her own.

If you are angry and want to fight, Donna knows how to win. If you want to negotiate and settle, Donna will help you do that by keeping you on track and calming your anger. My spouse wanted to fight dirty, and Donna's knowledge of law and procedure prevented him from bullying me. Her assistance during this incredibly difficult time in my life was the sole reason I reached a successful settlement, finalized my divorce and am happily getting on with my life.

- M.A., recently divorced

Since first retaining Donna Dougherty as my legal counsel in 2007, I have followed her to three different law firms. She has always guided me with compassion and wisdom through very contentious post divorce proceedings; and she has had the added challenge of doing so long distance. I highly recommend her as an attorney.

- D.V., parent of two young adults

Donna represented me in a highly contested custody battle. Despite the many challenges presented to her and the difficult fact pattern, she represented my interests zealously. Throughout the litigation process, she was professional - always keeping me apprised of what was happening and my available options - and highly ethical. There were a lot of false allegations made throughout the proceeding by the opposing party yet Donna remained poised. Her cool head and ability to change direction mid-stream allowed her to always be prepared for the twists and turns the case threw her way. She fiercely protected my interests while keeping my expectations reasonable.

I highly recommend Donna to anyone seeking a family law attorney. Her guidance, compassion and legal expertise were exactly what I needed during the tumultuous proceeding and I am pleased she advocated for and not against me. I think Donna is a superb attorney!

-T.M., parent

I'm in the military, and had been battling with and dealing with what was considered in my eyes as what I would also assume in society's eyes, a "Nasty" divorce. I first reached out to Donna for help and guidance with the intent to move forward on the divorce. I then unattained Donna due to me and my wife were "being grown ups, and working things out". Donna highly recommended against it due to foreseeable issues later in the future.

I went against those recommendations and indeed, later down the road, I found myself right back where I was prior. It was then that I made the determination to never let myself down, or my counselor down again. One of the astonishing things about Donna and her team was that after I came back to her firm and reattained her, there was no "I told you so" or anything to that nature, it was a mere attitude of "Ok, where are we, and what do we need to do to move on"; it was almost like I never left.

In my experience with the whole divorce process, tempers flared between myself and my wife as do probably most divorcing couples, there were times where it was questionable on what exactly we were fighting over, and because of Donna, she was very quick in regards to bringing me back to reality, on the grounds of which I needed to be focusing on, which was maximizing time with my 8 year old boy.

As stated earlier, I am in the military and through the entire process, I was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas where most of my and Donna's relationship took place either over the phone or through e-mail. Donna was very flexible with my work schedule. It wasn't until the day before my divorce hearing, that I actually got to see first hand how passionate and determined the entire firm worked together to obtain the just-rights for my case. This was essential for how comfortable I felt in that court room. After the hearing was over, all members of Donna's team called Donna just to ask "How did we do? Is he ok? Is he happy?"

I would recommend Donna and her entire firm to anyone due to the care and passion that was displayed over the approximate 2 years that we had been working together. I would also recommend to listen to her, actually do what she tells you to do, and let her lead you. I vow that she will never let you down.

To Donna and her firm,

Thank you .... no seriously... Thank you.

-Satisfied client

Donna Dougherty was the perfect attorney for me. If I were looking for a medical doctor, I wouldn't want to be forced to choose between the reassuring friendly bedside manner of Marcus Welby versus the knowledgeable capability of Gregory House. I didn't want to have to make that kind of choice for legal representation either. In Donna, I found a wonderful combination of legal knowledge and ability with a warm heart and true concern for her clients.