Jay B. Myerson

Founding Attorney

When I founded our firm in 1986, it was my goal to create a litigation practice that provides personalized service to individuals, families and small businesses in distress. For nearly three decades, I have remained true to this goal.  I have developed a culture of genuine concern and commitment to our clients, the legal community of Northern Virginia and the greater Northern Virginia community.

From July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, I served as President of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). During this time, I initiated a task force that successfully funded badly needed judgeship positions. I also completed the formation of a mentorship program for new attorneys. I currently serve as chair of the FBA Judicial Funding Task Force, as well as the FBA representative to the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council.

I was selected as one of 30 attorneys named as “Leaders in the Law-Class of 2013” by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly for outstanding contributions to the justice system in Virginia. I have also been named as one of 38 attorneys inducted into the Virginia Law Fellows, Class of 2014. This is an honor “conferred on Virginia lawyers of integrity and character who are outstanding in their profession and in their communities.” The Fellows represent the top 1 percent of lawyers and retired judges in the Commonwealth.

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Elanna Weinstein

Senior Associate

I am a native of the DC metropolitan area and joined The Myerson Law Group, P.C. in 2008. I graduated from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and passed the Virginia Bar in 2008 as well. I have been involved in all aspects of the firm’s practice areas including family law, criminal defense, and a wide range of civil matters throughout Northern Virginia. I truly enjoy helping individuals with their toughest legal problems and I work tirelessly to get them the best resolution possible.

I am an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association.  I am the Chair of the Legislative Committee which “monitors, reviews, suggests, and promotes legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.” I also currently serve on the Circuit Court Committee and its Domestic Relations Subcommittee. In that capacity, I assisted with revisions to the Fairfax County Circuit Court Manual and currently organize and lead continuing legal education events for attorneys. I served on the Board of the Young Lawyers Section 2010-2014.  I am also a member of The George Mason Inn of Court, a prestigious organization dedicated to the promotion of the highest standards of “professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills” for all legal professionals.

I actively support charity and volunteerism within the legal community. I served on the Board for the Run for Justice 5K for several years.  This event is held each year by the Fairfax Law Foundation.  It supports the Foundation’s charitable mission to provide pro bono legal services to those in need and to educate the community about the law.

I reside in Northern Virginia with my husband, 2 children and our rescue dog, Snoopy.

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Meena H. Rajan

Associate

I graduated cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in 2011, and joined The Myerson Law Group, P.C. in 2012. While in law school, I was a law clerk at Legal Services of Northern Virginia, George Mason University’s Office of University Counsel, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, AARP Foundation -Litigation and Strayer University’s Office of General Counsel. I was also an associate editor of George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal.

Prior to attending law school, I worked in the Human Resources field, including five years in the Human Resources and Payroll department at George Mason University.

I am admitted to the Virginia Bar and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Malika Elkettani

Associate

I grew up in Rochester, New York and moved to Northern Virginia in 2011 to attend George Mason University School of Law.  I graduated cum laude and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2014. While attending law school, I was a Writing Fellow in the Legal Research, Writing and Analysis program. I was also a member of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Association.  In 2015, I joined The Myerson Law Group, P.C., where I enjoy helping clients navigate their way through variety of family law and civil matters.

During law school, I was a volunteer with the Virginia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Society and interned at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Each of those experiences helped me gain valuable experience that I use in my work today.

David A. Hirsch

Of Counsel

Although attorneys are often involved in adversarial processes, I believe it is important to treat all participants with dignity and with respect.  Hallmarks of my practice include careful attention to my clients’ needs and goals, working collaboratively with my clients towards resolving their legal issues, and striving to be thoroughly informed and prepared on my clients’ behalf.

I have a broad range of experience in the areas of commercial and business representation, including contract review, drafting and negotiation. I am a litigator with extensive experience in criminal and traffic defense, student discipline hearings, and administrative law. I have also represented clients in civil matters such as construction and renovation disputes.

I am an advocate for resolving disputes using processes which are alternatives to litigation. For twenty-five years, I have served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA). I currently serve on the AAA Commercial and Consumer panels.  I have also represented businesses and individuals in arbitration and in mediation.  I serve in the Fairfax County Court System as a Motions Conciliator and a Neutral Case Evaluator.  My article, “Arbitration of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Claims“, was published in the December 2015 edition of the Virginia Lawyer magazine.

My criminal law background also includes serving over two years as a Magistrate for Virginia’s 17th Judicial District and serving eleven years as a legal instructor on the faculty of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.  I continue to return to the Academy to teach legal update classes to veteran officers as well as to assist with the Academy’s moot court training program for rookie officers.

Community service has also been a hallmark of my career.  Through my work in professional associations, I often speak in schools and community functions.  I am passionate about promoting the arts.  I was a volunteer usher at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  I currently volunteer at the Friday Night Live Herndon summer concert series through my involvement with the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Kimberly LaFave

Paralegal/Mediator

I began working in the legal field in 2010. I bring my breadth of education, training and life experience to my work as a paralegal, and as a family law mediator. Over the past 25 years, I have worked in the fields of accounting and property management as well as being the proprietor of an equestrian camp for girls. My private investigation training and administrative experience also serve me well as a paralegal. An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Paralegal Section, currently serving as Continuing Paralegal Education Coordinator. I also serve as the Administrator of the FBA Attorney Mentorship Program.

As a family law paralegal, I assist each of the attorneys at the firm, as needed, on our domestic relations cases.  I work with clients to help them navigate through the processes involved in their cases.  I assist clients to collect information and documentation relevant to their cases. I draft correspondence, proposals, agreements, pleadings and discovery requests and responses. In the event of litigation, I work closely with client and the attorneys to prepare the case for trial, including interviewing potential witnesses, managing evidence and often providing emotional support to the client.

My passion is conflict resolution. In 1995, I became a facilitator for the George Mason Affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute, where I conducted university, community and government sector workshops on such issues as welcoming diversity, parent-teen communication and workplace conflict resolution. I have continued that work, taking graduate level classes in conflict resolution.  I also completed the Virginia Family Mediator Professional Certification program through Northern Virginia Mediation Services.  I participate regularly in continuing legal education classes, primarily in the area of family law.

Whether assisting a client as a paralegal, or working with couples as a mediator to facilitate their settlement negotiations, I strive to empower people to have a voice and support them in making well-reasoned decisions in the midst of a stressful and difficult time in their lives.

I live on an equestrian farm in Loudoun County with my husband and a menagerie of animals, including my dogs, Mitzy and Charlie, who often join Ruby at the office.

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