Recognized since 2022
When Ari N. Sommer started practicing law, he didn’t necessarily have a clear picture of which areas he wanted to focus on. But he did have a crystal-clear view of what he wanted to accomplish as an attorney: to help people who needed help, guide people who needed guidance and solve problems for those facing life’s inevitable challenges.
This recognition that the law is about people – not statutes and cases and files and abstractions – defines Ari and his practice. Primarily representing clients with elder law, asset protection, and estate planning needs, he recognizes the profound impact that sound advice - delivered with clarity and compassion – can have on their lives.
Ari also understands that serving his clients begins with listening to them and treating them with respect and empathy. He wants each client to feel comfortable sharing their concerns, discussing their circumstances, and asking every question that comes to mind. By truly listening, Ari develops tailored solutions and approaches that are a direct reflection of each client’s unique needs and objectives.
Clients turn to Ari when they need assistance with elder law issues, including planning for long-term care or Medicaid pre-planning and crisis care. He complements his legal knowledge with his background in health and life insurance and annuities to help clients find optimal solutions to finance their long-term care needs. He is a published author on elder law issues and an active member of professional organizations focused on seniors' legal concerns, including serving on the board of directors of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ari also serves those who served our country, working to ensure that veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve.
A 2003 graduate of Pomona College, Ari earned his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2009. Before he established his practice here in the Shenandoah Valley in 2013, Ari’s professional and personal journey took him from law firms in Manhattan to medical and legal clinics in South Africa, where he used his talents to protect the rights of those seeking asylum and protection.
Licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia and New York, Ari relishes all that Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley have to offer and enjoys spending his time playing outdoors with his daughter, baking, bird watching, and finding little cafes and bakeries throughout Northern Virginia and D.C.
Contact & Links
- Lawyer Page: https://www.harrison-johnston.com
- 21 South Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601
- Boston College , JD, graduated 2009
- Pomona College, BA, graduated 2003
- Virginia, 2012
- West Virginia, 2020
- New York, 2010
- Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - Director
- Department of Veterans Affairs - Accredited Attorney
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - Member
- United Way of the Northern Shenandoah County - 2022 Annual Campaign Cabinet Member
- Winchester Public Schools Equity Advisory Committee - Member
- Eastern District of New York (Federal)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:
- Elder Law
"Ari Sommer came highly recommended by several friends and has been our legal counsel on eldercare issues for a few years now. Both exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled at providing clear explanations, Ari seems to have an instinctive understanding of our needs. He has provided excellent advice on a range of matters and been extremely flexible and easy to work with throughout the pandemic. Ari's guidance has given us confidence and peace of mind navigating difficult decisions."
- Frost McLaughlin, Winchester, VA
"I am technically not a client of Ari's although he has helped me out a number of times. We are colleagues and I can say that I unequivocally hold Ari in the highest of esteem among my colleagues in Elder Law and in the law generally. A kind, compassionate man, and a lawyer of the very high integrity plus the finest of skills. Ari consistently seeks the most constructive solutions to some very intractable problems. He uses every tool at his disposal, from the practical to the highly technical. Exceptionally well trained and very experienced in every aspect of Elder Law including ancillary areas that many others would unlikely be able to navigate. Ari is always seeking the best outcome whatever it is. I cannot say enough good things about Ari. Recommend him in every way imaginable."
- Doris Gelbman (Gelbman Law PLLC), Charlottesville, VA
"Ari’s compassion and expertise gave me, my parents, and my entire family peace of mind during a very difficult time in our family life. You helped us fulfill my parents' dying wishes. Beyond that you have committed to the training of healthcare students through your regular guest lectures at James Madison University. You are a true advocate for the elderly and their families."
- Carol Dudding (James Madison University ), Harrisonburg, VA
"Ari Sommer gets my highest recommendation as an attorney specializing in elder and family life law. He has been an important part of our family for many years. He has worked with my elderly parents and with me establishing clear and concise long term and short term strategies for handling our family's affairs. Ari is always current in his understanding of the new changes in laws that affect trusts, wills, long term care, social security and Medicare and estate planning. He is always able to take very complex law and make it understandable to those of us who are not lawyers and does so in an extremely responsive and warm and friendly way. He always is able to explain not only the laws, but how any changes in our family's life situations or changes in our strategies will be affected by those laws and offers options for us to help make decisions, that will have both short and long-term ramifications, most effectively and efficiently. If you are looking for an attorney to help with wills, trusts, estate planning, family life issues, etc., you cannot do any better than choosing Ari to help you and your family out."
- Ed Suhler, Charlottesville, VA
"Ari Sommer is a wonderful man along with being an amazing lawyer. Ari takes the time to understand the issue and takes the time to do the necessary research. Ari was highly recommended to me, and I would like to recommend Ari. I am so excited for him and to take this opportunity to take a moment to recognize and praise him. Ari, I wish you the best and thank you for all that you do!"
- Vickie Davis, Winchester, VA
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