Meet Our Attorneys

Roy J. Baldwin, Esq.

Roy-BaldwinFirm founder Roy J. Baldwin, Esq. was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He has lived in Virginia since 1975. He is married and his son Nathaniel is the newest associate of the firm.

Since 1976, Mr. Baldwin has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Family Law Section of the Fairfax Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in Virginia State and Federal courts. He has held numerous positions in the Fairfax Bar Association, has served as a moot court judge for his alma mater, The George Washington University School of Law, and for several years has been a lecturer for the National Business Institute on topics such as “How to Handle a Virginia Divorce from Start to Finish.”  He is a multi-year recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, and in 2016 was named a Capital Region Premiere Lawyer by the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Baldwin has held several positions with the Town of Vienna, most recently as a member of the Town Board of Architectural Review.   A longtime member of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, he has served as a Sunday School teacher, a lay minister, and as a member of the vestry.

Representative Cases:

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the lawyer.

  • Represented wife/mother in divorce in the Fairfax County Circuit Court featuring intensely contested international custody battle maintained by father in Pakistan who was funded by an international organization. After a five day custody hearing against a nationally known expert in the field, achieved a complete victory for client, including an award of a substantial portion of her attorneys’ fees. Child has since graduated from college.
  • Represented the orphaned child of a 9/11 victim (passenger on plane flown into Pentagon) on a pro bono basis in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Responsible for assembling nearly $2M in government and private aid for the child, who has since graduated from college.
  • Represented husband in divorce in Fairfax Circuit Court involving approximately $6M in marital assets. Case included a four day property and support hearing, use of experts, and special considerations of issues relating to the economic down turn of the late 2000’s.
  • Represented wife/mother in interstate custody proceeding in Pittsylvania County J&DR and Circuit Courts involving competing claims to jurisdiction by an Indian Tribal Court in Wisconsin and the courts in Virginia.
  • Represented ex-wife/mother in fiercely contested custody case over the course of ten years in multiple Northern Virginia courts. Case involved multiple experts, false & induced allegations of parental abuse by children, false statements by husband to Department of Social Services, and successful defense of husband’s appeal to Virginia Court of Appeals resulting in court-ordered attorney’s fee of almost $20k (collected by garnishment).

 

Samuel A. Leven, Esq.

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Senior Associate Samuel A. Leven, Esq. has been working for The Baldwin Law Firm since December of 2010. A foreign service child, Sam spent his early childhood in Germany, Hungary and Sweden before settling down in Northern Virginia at the age of ten, where he has remained a resident ever since. Sam attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and then moved on to the University of Virginia for both college and law school. While at U.Va., Sam was a trial “counsel” charged with defending fellow students facing expulsion because they were accused of violating the school’s Honor Code.  In law school he participated in clinics which included representation of death row inmates during their post-conviction process and appellate litigation.

After graduating from law school, Sam served as a fellow with the Public Defender’s Office in Loudoun County where he represented indigent defendants facing jailable misdemeanor charges. After his fellowship, he joined The Baldwin Law Firm where he developed his own niche practice within the firm. In addition to handling family law cases (including adoption), Sam also handles landlord/tenant matters, contract drafting and litigation, appellate litigation, defamation, and debt collection matters (representing both creditors and debtors), and has accepted a number of pro bono appointments in civil matters through Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Thanks to his successful representation of numerous clients, Sam has received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award every year since 2013.  Sam is admitted to appear in front of all state-level trial and appellate courts in Virginia and DC, as well as the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, and he maintains a legal blog titled The Law is Your Friend.

Also, feel free to check out Sam’s article on mandatory imputation of income in support cases, published in the June, 2017 edition of Virginia Lawyer Magazine (official publication of the Virginia State Bar).

In the broader legal community, Sam is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). Sam is very active with the FBA, serving on its Circuit Court Committee (including its Domestic Relations Sub-Committee), Lawyer Referral Service Committee, and Legislative Committee (for which he is currently serving as Vice-Chair). Sam helped edit the 2015 version of the Fairfax County Pro Se Divorce Packet and has been a presenter in several of the Domestic Relations Sub-Committee’s “brown bag lunch series” legal education presentations.  Sam also serves as a motions conciliator with the FBA’s motions conciliation program – a free mediation program that seeks to resolve certain contested motions on the Fairfax Circuit Court’s Friday Motions Day docket.

In June of 2017, Sam was elected by the Virginia State Bar Council to serve a three year term as a member of the Fifth District Committee, Section III.  District Committees serve as a core function of the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system, as District Committees (and their subcommittees) oversee investigations of complaints of misconduct against attorneys, adjudicate the claims, refer cases to the statewide Disciplinary Board where a sanction of suspension or disbarment might be warranted, and issue lesser sanctions.  In this role, Sam will be helping to preserve the integrity of the legal profession in Virginia, and protect the public from unethical conduct by attorneys.

At home, Sam is a married father of two children and one dog whose passions include politics, the Washington Nationals, and goofing off with his kids. Sam is a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and is a clarinet player with the Main Street Community Band in the City of Fairfax Band Association.

Representative Cases:

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the lawyer.

  • Represented father in appeal to Virginia Court of Appeals of Alexandria Circuit Court ruling that he could not modify his child support while one child was no longer a minor because he had agreed to support his children in their majority. Successfully obtained a Court of Appeals ruling in client’s favor and reversal of the trial court in a published opinion.
  • Represented plaintiff spouse in one of the earliest same-sex divorces in Fairfax County, taking case to a relatively easy conclusion despite judicial unfamiliarity with how to handle the process and state forms that had not been updated to reflect the new legalities of same-sex marriage.
  • Represented woman acting on behalf of her incapacitated mother in complex suit and counter-suit involving rental of her mother’s home to a tenant in Fairfax County General District Court. Case included claims by tenant of fraud and harassment and counter-claims by client of unpaid rent, late fees, attorneys’ fees and extensive property damage. Resulted in dismissal of tenant’s lawsuit by motion to strike, and judgment in client’s favor in her counter-suit.
  • Represented father in action filed against him by DCSE in 2012 in the Fauquier County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to charge arrears arising from child support dating to the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Successfully had most of case dismissed with a Plea in Bar utilizing newly developed case law, and had remainder of case dismissed on a motion to strike at trial.

 

Nathaniel M. Baldwin, Esq.

Nathaniel-BaldwinA native of Fairfax County, Associate Attorney Nathaniel M. Baldwin, Esq. studied Government at the College of William and Mary then worked for three years as a staffer for several elected officials and candidates for office in Northern Virginia.

Nathaniel received his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he participated in the Animal Law Society and competed in the National Animal Law Competition in Portland, Oregon. Continuing his interest in the political process, Nathaniel also served as Elections Commissioner for the WVU Law Student Bar Association.

Nathaniel is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association, and frequently contributes his time to the Uncontested Divorce and Consumer Law pro bono programs administered by Legal Services of Northern Virginia. When not in the office, Nathaniel can likely be found manning 3rd base for the FBA Young Lawyers softball team or walking the dogs at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Representative Cases:

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the lawyer.

  • Represented father in multi-day custody relocation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Court wherein the mother was seeking to permanently relocate to a foreign country with the parties’ two minor children. Successfully obtained an order forbidding the relocation, and requiring the mother to reimburse the father’s attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented husband in effort to expunge his arrest record in the Loudoun County Circuit Court after he had been falsely accused of rape by his estranged wife. Successfully expunged his record before the arrest could harm client’s security clearance.