Christopher Malinowski has spent his entire legal career representing clients in difficult family law matters, and has been recognized by his peers as a top divorce and family law attorney for his advocacy, legal ability, and ethical standards. Chris has successfully litigated numerous complex divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, spousal and child support cases, and he has prepared countless marital and prenuptial agreements as well as government, military and private sector pension orders.
Chris is a certified Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). In the United States, AAML Fellows are recognizable in their field as preeminent family law attorneys who possess great integrity, knowledge, and skill. Additionally, Academy Fellows have earned a reputation for their competence and professionalism, and Chris fits that description.
Chris has achieved the highest rating of "AV-Preeminent" from Martindale-HubbellⓇ through a peer selection process. His peers have also selected Chris for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America," as a "Super Lawyer" in Virginia Super Lawyers, in the “Top Lawyers” edition of the Washingtonian Magazine, and in the "Top Divorce Lawyers" edition of Northern Virginia Magazine. Chris has served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of theVirginia State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and he has served as a faculty member for Virginia Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
Chris has co-authored the "Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements
Handbook" for Virginia CLE, and has lectured on this and other subjects
such as child custody, expert witnesses, interstate support and custody
matters, and third-party and grandparent custody and visitation at various
CLE seminars throughout Virginia.
Before pursuing his legal career, Chris developed his cool-under-pressure demeanor during his time working for the Michigan Department of Corrections in one of the nation's largest maximum security prisons. Chris received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he was an assistant editor of the law review and graduated cum laude.
“In a difficult divorce situation (like most are), Chris Malinowski had a unique combination of skills. Of course he was extremely competent, knowledgeable and capable in assisting me every step of the way through this life changing situation. But more than that, he had an intuitive, caring nature ...”
“Expert help and support during an incredibly difficult time. I highly recommend this law firm and their team. They provided excellent guidance on my case, and I would turn to them again in a heartbeat if needed.”
“When getting a divorce, you want attorneys who can get the job done smoothly and without rancor. Because once you add revenge to the divorce the costs of divorcing can rocket skyward quickly. I worked with Chris Malinowski and he impressed me as that normal, midwestern kind of personality who helps ...”
“Melanie Hubbard represented me for my visitation and child support modification. She, as was everyone I spoke to there, was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and thorough throughout the case. Thank you for helping me get more time with my son Melanie.”
“The Malinowski Hubbard firm is among the best, if not the best in the business of family law. If you find yourself in the unfortunate need of their services I could not recommend them more highly. They are first and foremost honest. They evaluate the case and speak with you clearly about it. They ...”