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 complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases. 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 President of the FBA and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF). Christie currently serves as the Chair of the FLF Run for Justice 5k race committee. In recognition of her efforts with the bar, Christie received the 2010 and 2011 FBA President's Award.

Christie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government from the College of William and Mary; and received her Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. While in law school, Christie was a member of the board of editors for the Journal of International Legal Studies and authored "The Political Offense Exception", which was published in Volume 5 of the journal. While in law school, Christie taught legal research, writing, and analysis to first-year law students. Christie previously served as an adjunct professor for the law school's appellate writing class.


  • College of William and Mary, Bachelor of Arts (1997)
    • Member, NCAA Division I Field Hockey Team
    • Member, Pi Beta Phi Sorority
  • George Mason University School of Law, Juris Doctor (2000)
    • Dean's Scholar; First Year Legal Research and Writing Program
    • Board of Editors, Journal of International Legal Studies
    • Author, The Political Offense Exception, Vol. 5 (2000)


  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


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


  • Martindale­Hubbell AV© Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Super Lawyers
    • Virginia (2015 - Present)
    • Washington DC (2015 - Present)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    • Virginia (2007 - 2015)
    • Washington DC (2009 - 2015)
  • Richmond Magazine, Virginia's Top Young Attorneys (2011)
  • AVVO, Superb Rating. Perfect 10.0
  • 2010 Fairfax Bar Association President's Award
  • 2011 Fairfax Bar Association President's Award
  • Fairfax Law Foundation Society of Fellows Golden Gavel Award - Young Emerging Leader (2012)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Criminal and Personal Injury Attorneys (2012 - Present)
  • Top 40 Under 40 - The National Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2016 - Present)


  • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2008-2010, 2011 to present)
      • President - Elect (2017-2018)
    • Young Lawyer's Section
      • President (2008-2009)
      • Board of Directors (2003-2004; 2006-2010)
  • Fairfax Law Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2010-Present)
      • President (2015-2016)
    • Chair, 5k Race Committee (2009-Present)
  • Virginia State Bar - Ethics - 5th District, Section III Subcommittee (2011 to present)
  • George Mason University American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia Women Attorney's Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Publications Committee (2007-2008)
    • Amicus Curiae Committee (2007-2008)
    • Young Trial Lawyers Committee (2005-2008)
  • Color of Justice Program Planning Committee (2008, 2009)
  • George Mason University School of Law
    • Small Firm Advisory Board of Directors
    • American Bar Association Attorney/Mentor Shadowing Program
    • Judge, Moot Court Board Second and First Year Mock Trial Competitions
  • National Youth Leadership Forum on Law - Legal Career Seminar Host