Christie Ann Leary

Christie Ann Leary

Fairfax, Virginia
Christie Leary, a native of Northern Virginia, has litigated cases heard in the state courts of every jurisdiction in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and by Richmond Magazine as a Top Young Attorney in Virginia, Christie has tried bench and jury trials in criminal and civil matters ranging from traffic offenses to serious criminal offenses and cases involving complex personal injury issues and medical malpractice.

Along with her former partners Peter Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro at Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary, P.C., Christie was a member of the defense team appointed to represent John Allen Muhammad, the “Beltway Sniper.” Christie’s practice focuses on criminal and traffic law, personal injury, medical malpractice and civil litigation. An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Christie currently serves as a member of the FBA Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF). In recognition of her efforts with the bar, Christie received the 2010 and 2011 FBA President’s Award.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Traffic Violations
  • Sex Offenses
  • Juvenile Law
  • Auto Accidents
  • Drug Crimes/Violations

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D - 2000
    • Law Journal: Journal of International Legal Studies, Board of Editors
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
    • B.A - 1997


  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, George Mason University School of Law, 2008 - 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Fairfax Law Foundation Golden Gavel Award - Young Emerging Leader (2012)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine Top Criminal and Personal Injury Attorneys (2012)
  • Super Lawyers - Virginia Rising Star (2007 to present)
  • Super Lawyers - Washington D.C. Rising Star (2012 to present)
  • Fairfax Bar Association - President's Award (2010)
  • Fairfax Bar Association - President's Award (2011)
  • Richmond Magazine - Top Young Attorneys (2012)
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 under 40 (2012)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Board of Directors (2011 to present)
  • Fairfax Law Foundation, Board of Directors (2011 to present)
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia State Bar – Ethics – 5th District, Section III Subcommittee
  • George Mason American Inns of Court
  • George Mason University - Mentor Program
  • George Mason University School of Law Small Firm Advisory Board
  • George Mason University School of Law - Judge, Moot Court Competitions
  • National Youth Leadership Forum on Law - Legal Career Seminar Host

Past Employment Positions

  • Greenspun Shapiro, PC, Partner, 2001 - 2011


  • Pi Beta Phi