Experience - HMG attorneys offer more than 60 years of legal and litigation experience and understand the intricacies of Virginia family law and divorce cases. HMG is intimately familiar with Virginia courts and the laws governing your concerns.
Dennis Hottell, Firm Founder, has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys (AAML) for more than 22 years. The AAML is an exclusive organization of divorce and matrimonial attorneys with approximately 1,600 members from across the United States, only about 50 of whom practice in Virginia. Admission into the AAML is a rigorous process including national and state exams and AAML's members include only the most seasoned veterans. The AAML provides leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.
Mr. Hottell has been successfully litigating and resolving complex divorce cases for more than 35 years. He is a sought-after speaker on legal issues, and is often called as an expert witness throughout the state on family law issues. He is also a respected author and lecturer on a wide range of family law issues. He has served on the Virginia Child Support Guideline Review Panel, appointed by Virginia's Governor, Tim Kaine.
Mr. Hottell has been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers, the Family Law section of Best Lawyers in America and named as "Top Divorce Lawyer" by Northern Virginia Magazine. Mr. Hottell has received AV Preeminent* peer-review ratings through Martindale-Hubbell.
Chris Malinowski, Firm Principal, is also a Fellow of the AAML. HMG is one of the few firms in Fairfax that can proudly claim multiple Fellows of the AAML.
Mr. Malinowski manages the Firm's Litigation Practice. He is a top divorce litigator and co-author of the Virginia Continuing Legal Education's Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements Handbook. He has lectured on this and other topics, such as custody, expert witnesses, and paralegal training at various CLE seminars throughout Virginia.
Mr. Malinowski has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been recognized in the "Top Divorce Lawyers" edition of Northern Virginia Magazine through a peer nomination process, and has also been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in Virginia Super Lawyers. He currently serves as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Association's Family Law Section, and also has served on a number of bar association committees. Mr. Malinowski has received AV Preeminent peer-review ratings through Martindale-Hubbell.
Approach - HMG encourages parties to resolve matters through carefully-guided negotiation prior to the initiation of any litigation proceedings. If negotiations do not lead to an amicable resolution, HMG will not hesitate to aggressively and effectively litigate your matter in court.
Respect - HMG respects your time, money, and emotional capital. HMG will not waste your resources by taking unreasonable positions or advocating unwise winner-take-all strategies. HMG respects your privacy and adheres to a strict confidentiality policy. HMG represents a broad range of clients, including educators, healthcare providers, business owners, politicians, government employees and professional athletes. We know how to preserve and protect your personal information.
Team Approach and Fees - HMG implements effective strategies and fully utilizes the skills of its associates and paralegals in order to limit costs – without compromising quality and results. HMG will discuss fees and costs with you prior to taking on your case. For information about how to manage your legal fees, visit our FAQ.
HMG Practices Family Law Exclusively
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.