With a distinctive background and a rare competitive fire, David Roop has for more than a decade been one of Virginia's top family law attorneys. According to his peers, Roop is both a sophisticated thinker and a scrappy lawyer, a unique and useful mix for his contentious profession. David has a deeply strategic orientation along with a cheerful yet hard-driving disposition. David is a Baltimore native and graduate of Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana (BA, cum laude, 1985) and the University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland (JD, with honors, 1991) and was a United States Peace Corp Volunteer in Zaire (now Congo), Africa from 1985 - 1987. David has served on the Virginia State Bar throughout his years in practice, as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Professionalism (2004-2006) and Secretary, Member and Chair of the 5th District, Subcommittee II of the Disciplinary Board of the Virginia State Bar (2010 - 2016). David is a licensed Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers of America since 2008; Superlawyers in Washington, DC and Virginia since 2006; The Washingtonian Magazine (featured in several articles) (2004 - 2014) and Northern Virginia Magazine (2009 - present). David is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- University of Notre Dame, graduated 1985
- Virginia, Virginia State Bar
- District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
- Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
- Certified Financial Planner - CFP
- Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia - Member
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
- Virginia State Bar - Member
- Virginia State Bar 5th District Disciplinary Committee - Former Chair
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Family Law
- Best Lawyers - Washingtonian Magazine
- Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report
- Best Family Law Attorneys - Northern Virginia Magazine
- Ten Leaders
Lawyer Practice Areas
Lawyer Case History
Hanano v. Alassar
That the spouse of a foreign national has a visa or immigration status inconsistent with permanent residency does not, in and of itself, establish that the spouse is not a domiciliary of Virginia (entitled to equitable distribution and divorce).
Hering v. Hering
Established that it is an unconstitutional violation of the Contracts Clause to apply subsequently-enacted legislation (e.g. cohabitation ends support) to terminate a prior spousal support or alimony award set forth in a bilateral agreement.