Laurie E. Forbes has concentrated her practice in family law and trusts and estates in Fairfax, Virginia for more than twenty-five years.  In 2004, she founded her firm, Law Office of Laurie Forbes, LLC.  Previously, she was a partner in the firm of Lawson, Kipp, Forbes & Ayres. She is a long-time resident of Vienna, Virginia, where she and her husband reared four children.



She graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, where she was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. 

Ms. Forbes has held numerous leadership positions in the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), including more than a decade as Co-chair of its Family Law Section.  She has developed and participated as a speaker in numerous legal education programs in the area of family law.  Ms. Forbes is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference of the Virginia Bar Association, a group of judges, law professors and experienced attorneys from all areas of practice who develop proposals for statutory and rule changes to improve the civil litigation process.  She is a former member of the Standing Committee on Professionalism of the Virginia State Bar, a past president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA) and has served multiple terms as the VWAA's Legislative Chair.  Throughout her years of private practice, she has continuously provided pro bono services through the Fairfax Law Foundation's pro bono program and through Legal Services of Northern Virginia. She received the FBA's James Keith Public Service Award in 2016.

Ms. Forbes represents clients in Circuit Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts throughout Northern Virginia.  Having served on active duty in the United States Navy and having retired from the United States Naval Reserve, she is very familiar with all aspects of military divorces.  From her work as an attorney with the Central Intelligence Agency, she also understands the nuances of representing dedicated public servants working in the United States intelligence community.