Christie A. Leary

MANAGING PARTNER
Location:
Fairfax, Virginia
Phone:
703-359-7111
Fax:
703-543-5478
Email:
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. Along with her former partners Peter Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro at Greenspun Shapiro, PC (formerly Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary, P.C.), Christie was a member of the criminal 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. 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.

Ms. Leary graduated with a degree in History and Government from the College of William and Mary.  In college, Christie was a member of William and Mary's NCAA Division I Field Hockey team and member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law (GMUSL) where she subsequently served as an adjunct professor for GMUSL's legal writing program.  During law school, Ms. Leary served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of International Law

An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Ms. Leary currently serves as the President Elect of the FBA and Former President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, (FLF) and is a Past President of the FBA Young Lawyers Section. Ms. Leary previously served as Chair of the Virginia State Bar's 5th District Disciplinary Committee. 

Named by Super Lawyers as Top 50 Virginia Woman Attorney in 2016 and 2017, a Super Lawyer in Virginia and the District of Columbia since 2015 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2007 to 2015, by Richmond Magazine as a Top Young Virginia Attorney and the Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers since 2011, Ms. Leary received the 2010 and 2011 FBA President's Award and 2012 FLF Fellows Program Golden Gavel Emerging Young Leader award.  

Christie resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and son.  A member of the Parent Teacher Association and school volunteer at her son's school, Ms. Leary has also served as a coach and team manager for various youth sports to include soccer, basketball and hockey.

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Education

  • 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, Virginia
    • B.A - 1997
    • Major: History/Government

Classes/Seminars

  • 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)
  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Peer Review Rating
  • Super Lawyers - Virginia (2015 to Present)
  • Super Lawyers - District of Columbia (2015 to Present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2016-Present)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Board of Directors (2011 to present); President Elect (2017-2018)
  • Fairfax Law Foundation, Board of Directors (2011 to present); Past President (2014-2015)
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Publications Committee, Amicus Curiae Committee, Young Trial Lawyers Committee (2005-2008)
  • 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
  • Fairfax Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section, Past President (2009-2010)

Past Employment Positions

  • Greenspun Shapiro, PC, Partner, 2001 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fairfax Law Foundation

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Pi Beta Phi