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Alexander H. Xanttopoulos is a principal attorney with Roop, Xanttopoulos, Babounakis. He joined the predecessor firm in Fall 2010, to focus primarily on family law. He works in cases involving divorce, child custody, support, visitation and equitable distribution. Prior to joining Roop Law, Alex worked for several years for Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis and Leary P.C. as an associate practicing in the areas of domestic relations, traffic, criminal defense and civil litigation. He also has experience in the areas of Administration, Estate Planning and Tax Law.

Alex received his bachelors degree from the College of Charleston and Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. While attending law school, Alex clerked for the Honorable Judge Spencer Eig of the 11th Circuit in Miami Dade County where he researched and drafted opinions for use in various criminal, civil and appellate decisions. During his second year, Alex was a member of the University of Miami Trial Advocacy Litigation Skills Team and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Alex also was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship and was an Equal Justice Continuing Merit Scholar. Alex acquired experience during law school in the fields of Administrative, Estate Planning and Tax Law. He worked as a tax consultant for Gables Estates Tax & Advisory Services in Miami, FL, and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Anne Yahner in the Office of Administrative Hearings in Washington, DC.

Alex understands that these can be some of the most difficult and stressful times in a person’s life and enjoys the rewarding experience in helping people work through these problems. Alex was born in San Francisco, California and resides in Northern Virginia.

Location

  • 1604 Spring Hill Road, Suite 460
    Vienna, VA 22182

Education

  • University of Miami , Juris Doctor, graduated 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2010

Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar - Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association - Member - Family Law Section
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers - Member
  • Fairfax Bar Young Lawyers Section - Member
  • Fairfax Circuit Court Committee Member - Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys - Member
  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Family Law

Peter v. Langley, Case No. 89241 - Counsel for Plaintiff

2014---Peter v. Langley, Loudoun County Cir. Ct., No. 89241Code of Virginia § 8.01-220, otherwise known as the Hart Balm Act, generally prohibits actions for a breach of a promise to marry. Some Virginia Circuit Courts have interpreted the statute to prohibit the return of property given on the condition of marriage. However, the majority view is that Hart Balm Acts merely prohibit actions for damages suffered from the loss of marriage, humiliation, and other direct consequences of the breach, but do not otherwise affect the rights and duties between the parties relative to gifts passing between them, which are governed by common-law principles. Here, the plaintiff gave the defendant an engagement ring in contemplation of and on the condition of marriage. The defendant subsequently terminated the engagement. Pursuant to the the majority view, the plaintiff has the right to recover the engagement ring.

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