• Christie A. Leary

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    Christie A. Leary

    Providing excellent and informed representation to her clients is the hallmark of Christie Leary’s career.  For nearly 20 years, 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.

    Christie graduated with a degree in History and Government from the College of William and Mary. In college, she was a member of William and Mary’s NCAA Division I Field Hockey team and member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Christie received her law 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, Christie served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of International Law and published an article regarding a study of extradition policies amongst various countries.

    An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Ms. Leary is a Past President of the FBA, Former President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, (FLF) and a Past President of the FBA Young Lawyers Section. For her efforts with the bar, Ms. Leary received the 2010 and 2011 FBA President’s Award and 2012 FLF Golden Gavel as a Emerging Young Leader award.  Ms. Leary previously served as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s 5th District Disciplinary Committee.

    In 2019, Ms. Leary was named a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.  In addition, Virginia Business recognized her as a member of the Legal Elite.  Named by Super Lawyers as Top 50 Virginia Woman Attorney since 2016, Christie has also been selected as a Super Lawyer in Virginia and the District of Columbia since 2015 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2007 to 2015.

    As an attorney, Christie endeavors to help her clients to successfully navigate a path through even the most difficult circumstances and challenges.  Christie believes in the value of hard work, a commitment to integrity and ethics, and a willingness to always go the extra mile for an individual in need.  Throughout her career, Christie Leary has dedicated her practice to finding humanity in every person and the importance of zealously representing a client’s interests even in the most difficult of circumstances.

    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


    • George Mason University School of Law – Arlington, Virginia
      • Juris Doctor – 2000
      • Dean’s Scholar
      • Fellow – Legal Research and Writing
      • Production Editor – Board of Editors – Journal of International Legal Studies
      • Author, Note, The Political Offense Exception, the Irish Republican Army, and the Supplementary Treaty – Opening Pandora’s Box: In Re Requested Extradition of Artt, Brennan, and Kirby, 5 J. Int’l Legal Studies, 1999-2000.
    • College of William & Mary – Williamsburg, Virginia
      • Bachelor of Arts – 1997
      • Major: History/Government
      • Pi Beta Phi Sorority
      • Member, NCAA Division I Women’s Field Hockey Team


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

    Honors and Awards

    • Martindale-Hubbell – AV© Preeminent Peer Review Rating
    • Leader in the Law named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2020)
    • Top Woman Leader in the Law named by The American Lawyer Magazine (2020)
    • Super Lawyers
        • Virginia (2015 to Present)
        • District of Columbia (2015 to Present)
      • Top 50 Women Attorneys, Virginia (2016-Present)
      • Rising Star
        • Virginia (2007-2015)
        • District of Columbia (2007-2015)
    • AVVO, Superb Rating – Perfect 10.0
    • Legal Services of Northern Virginia – Rule 6.1 Club for Pro Bono Legal Service (2018)
    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2016-Present)
    • Fairfax Law Foundation Golden Gavel Award – Young Emerging Leader (2012)
    • Northern Virginia Magazine Top Criminal and Personal Injury Attorneys (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 (2008-2010) (2011 – Present)
        • President (2018 – 2019)
      • Young Lawyer’s Section, Board of Directors
        • Board of Directors (2003-2004; 2006-2010)
        • President (2008-2009)
    • Fairfax Law Foundation
      • Board of Directors (2010-Present)
        • President (2016 – 2017)
      • Heroes v. Villains Run for Justice 5k
        • Race Director/Committee Chair(2010-2013)
        • Member, Race Committee (2013-Present)
    • Virginia State Bar – 5th District Disciplinary Committee (2011 – 2017)
        • Chair (2014-2015)
    • George Mason University American Inns of Court (2005 – 2011)
    • American Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Virginia Women Attorney’s Association – Northern Virginia Chapter
    • 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 (2008 – 2016)