Joe Dipietro


Joe DiPietro is the Founder of DiPietro Law Group, PLLC. He is an experienced family law attorney and litigator with an extensive background handling complex cases involving divorce, custody, paternity, property division, child support, alimony, modification, contempt, pre-marital agreements, separation, property settlement agreements, and international parental abduction matters pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. His ability to approach serious legal and emotional problems his clients face in a level-headed, professional, and courteous manner has proven to provide positive excellent results for his clients.

Joe’s philosophy and mission is to make family transitions a time for personal growth and powerful positive change in his clients’ lives. He excels in obtaining favorable results for his clients during both settlement negotiations and litigation because of his deep understanding and first-hand experience in dealing with destructive consequences of family conflict, in addition to his technical expertise. Joe is a firm believer in settling cases through negotiation and mediation whenever possible. He is trained in mediation and collaborative law and believes that private, customized solutions to complicated problems help clients preserve relationships in the family, particularly with children, and assets for the future. His deep understanding and experience with the divorce litigation process allows him to provide his clients with the appropriate perspective to make cost/benefit assessments while evaluating settlement options. When settlement discussions fail, he is a highly capable litigator who is prepared to pursue aggressively the best possible outcome at trial.

Joe’s background includes complex equitable distribution work such as tracing of funds, division of assets, division of businesses and professional partnership interests, and issues related to executive compensation. His strong financial background allows him to converse easily with valuation experts and create compelling legal arguments involving complex financial concepts.

In addition to handling divorce and family law matters, Joe is experienced handling international matters pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. He has experience negotiating, litigating, and appealing these cases in federal courts. International parental abduction cases present unique and intense issues for parents to manage. Joe is an experienced, steady hand throughout the process.

Prior to entering private practice, Joe served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Michael J. Stamm in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland and worked at a law firm in Washington, DC.

Joe is active in the community and has served on the Board of Directors for the Alexandria Bar Association and the Latino Student Fund. He was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2019 where he explored various challenges facing the DC Metro area and how to use his Firm as a platform to help solve them.

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2013 to present
  • “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine, 2014
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under the Age of 40 in Virginia by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014, 2015
  • “10 Best” Attorneys for Virginia for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyer® Rising Stars list, 2015, 2016
  • Voted as Top Family Law Attorney as listed in Northern Virginia Magazine
  • DiPietro Law Group was listed as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for 2017 and 2018 by Inc. Magazine
  •  Rated 10/10 (Superb) by Avvo
  • Appeals from J&DR to Circuit Court: Can the Statutory Right to a De Novo Appeal be Waived?, Family Law Quarterly (Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section), Summer 2014, at 15.
  • Exclusive Use and Possession Pendente Lite: What Is the Standard, Family Law News (Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section), Fall 2013, at 6.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Faces Chapter 11, Bloomberg Law Reports (Bloomberg Finance L.P.), September 2010, Vol. 4, No. 37.
  • Empagran: First Step in Avoiding a U.S. Monopoly on Antitrust Enforcement, Business Law Brief (American University Washington College of Law), Spring 2005, at 38.
  • Managing Financial and Legal Risks in a Challenging Economic Climate, Small Business Development Center 2011 Seminar Series
  • Advanced Issues in Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions, Continuing Legal Education Presented by National Business Institute, 2011

Joe Dipietro

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  • Our mission is preserving relationships in the family, especially with children, and preserving your assets for the future.
  • We provide personalized representation so our clients feel like they are our clients.
  • We operate as a collective team and thrive on collaboration
  • We have been celebrated by the Inc 5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for 2 consecutive years.
  • We host seminars throughout the DC area on family law and estate planning to educate people on legal issues.


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