Dennis M. Hottell


Hottell Family Law Group


10486 Armstrong St.
Fairfax VA, 22030
Phone: (703) 352-5666
Fax: (703) 352-5669


DENNIS HOTTELL, is a certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and President of the Virginia Chapter of the AAML. He brings more than thirty-five years of Northern Virginia matrimonial and family law experience to Hottell Family Law Group. Mr. Hottell has been featured among Virginia Super Lawyers, Northern Virginia’s Top Divorce Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He has proven himself to be especially gifted in representing parents and third parties in complex custody issues. He credits his fighting spirit and sense of justice to his father, who was a professional boxer and labor union leader. He briefly followed in his father's footsteps as a collegiate boxer at Gonzaga University, where he was undefeated.

Mr. Hottell is a leader in the Virginia State Bar (VSB), having been appointed to the Disciplinary Board by the Virginia Supreme Court and elected by his peers to serve on the VSB Council and the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section. Mr. Hottell was appointed by Governors Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe to Virginia's Child Support Guideline Review Panel. He has authored handbooks and articles and lectured at numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs throughout the state of Virginia on various family law and legal ethics topics. After obtaining both his undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University, Mr. Hottell began his law practice in Northern Virginia.


Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation.

Hottell Family Law Group, located in the heart of Fairfax, Virginia, is a respected and prestigious law firm that practices family law exclusively. Located just steps from the Fairfax County Courthouse and City Hall, tje Hottell firm earned its reputation for excellence in the Northern Virginia legal and judicial communities by skillfully and effectively representing its clients in family law disputes, particularly as they relate to divorce and child custody.

Hottell Family Law Group represents clients in the Northern Virginia jurisdictions of Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford.

For more than 35 years during his practice of family law in Fairfax and Northern Virginia, firm Founder Dennis Hottell has adhered to the mission statement of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML): "To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law." Hottell Family Law Group pledges to represent its clients' legal interests in a dignified manner that preserves the integrity of the family. Hottell Family Law Group's legal knowledge is extensive and our professional services have an extraordinary record.


  • Alexandria , Virginia
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • Falls Church , Virginia
  • Fauquier, Virginia
  • Fredericksburg , Virginia
  • Loudoun, Virginia
  • Manassas , Virginia
  • Prince William, Virginia
  • Stafford, Virginia

Legal Organizations

American Bar Association; Virginia State BarAssociation, Former, Bar Council; Fairfax and Arlington County Bar Associations, Family Law Sections; Former member, Disciplinary Board, appointed by Virginia Supreme Court; Standing Committee on Legal Ethics; Virginia Law Foundation Committee on CLE.


2007 Fairfax Bar Association's Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award.

CLE Presentations

  • “Grandparent and Third-Party Custody and Visitation”, Virginia State Bar Mid-Year Seminar, November 2010
  • “Relocation Cases”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Family Law Retreat: A Tactical/Strategic Approach to Custody Litigation (February 20-21, 2009)
  •  “Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements”, Virginia CLE (1986, 1991, 1994, 2001, and 2005)
  • “Annual Divorce Practice Seminar – Attacking the Witness in Custody Evaluations”, Virginia CLE with the VA Chapter AAML (2005)
  • “Competing Jurisdictions: First-to-File is Alive and Well”, 20 Family Law News – Virginia State Bar Family Law Section (Winter 1999-2000)
  • “Reasonableness of Attorney’s Fees in Family Law Cases”, 9 Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, No. 2 (1997)
  •  “The Mullins Myth: Family Law and Attorney’s Fees”, 11 Virginia Lawyers Weekly 405 (1996)
  • “Domestic Relations Legal Ethics Update”, Family Law News (Spring/Summer 1986)


Co-author, "Negotiating & Drafting Marital Agreements," Virginia CLE 1986-2009; "The Mullins Myth: Family Law & Attorney's Fees," 11 Va. Lawyers Weekly 405, 1996; "Reasonableness of Attorney's Fees in Family Law Cases," 9 Journal, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, No. 2, 1997; "Competing Jurisdictions: First-to-File is Alive and Well," 20 Family Law News, VA State Bar Family Law Section, Winter, 2000. “co-author, Virginia Family Law Coalition Study to the Virginia General Assembly on the Rights of Parents to Control the Care and Custody of their Children without Infringement by Third Parties.”


AAML Chapter

Virginia Chapter AAML: President, 2013-2015 ;President Elect, 2011-2013; Vice President, 2009; Secretary-Treasurer, 2007-2009.