Jennifer Weiss began her career in family law in the early ’90s by heading an Americorps project focused on domestic violence. Not only did she seek and obtain protective orders for victims of domestic abuse, she also spoke about the legal remedies for victims and consequences for abusers at shelters in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Weiss expanded her legal work with Americorps to include seeking divorces, child custody and visitation parameters, and monetary support for those who could not otherwise afford to hire an attorney.
Ms. Weiss carried her family law practice to Prince William County Virginia in 1998, where she joined a well-established family law attorney to form an effective legal team. Although she successfully litigated many complex divorce cases and child custody disputes, Ms. Weiss was extremely effective in achieving settlements for her clients that left them in a far better place than litigation. To do this, Ms. Weiss guided her clients and also effectively persuaded her opponents of the benefits of settlement. Her commitment toward her clients’ best interests both in the courtroom and in settlement conferences were instrumental in the achievement of her Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
When she joined Farrell and Croft in 2013, Ms. Weiss was thrilled to continue the use of a team approach to assist clients. Now, she focuses her work on avoiding litigation — trying to find a mutually beneficial and agreeable division of assets and debts, and helping clients to achieve parameters of custody and visitation that will work for their new family situation. Of course, settlement is not always possible, and that’s where the team approach becomes an instrumental tool for the client. In litigation, Ms. Weiss uses her persuasive legal reasoning and sound judgment to develop the pleadings, motions, and argument necessary for the firm’s clients to achieve results in the courtroom.
While working in Prince William County, Ms. Weiss has not forgotten her roots. She has volunteered with Turning Points to assist victims of domestic violence to achieve protective orders; she has acted as a guardian ad litem for children in contested custody cases; and she has volunteered for various other pro bono legal services and projects. In her spare time, she also volunteers with a local labrador retriever rescue group.