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ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS & KLAM PLLC has received a Tier 1 Ranking among Washington, D.C. area firms in Family Law, in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for their 9th year.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, had recognized ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS & KLAM PLLC as one of Washington D.C.’s top Family Law Firms also for 2023.


Alex H. Xanttopoulos and David E. Roop Jr. have been recognized in the 27th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the Practice Area of Family Law. This is the third year in a row for Alex H. Xanttopoulos and David E. Roop Jr. has been awarded the distinction for more than 10 years.


Alex H. Xanttopoulos, Jennifer Babounakis and David E. Roop Jr. have been honored with Top Lawyers in the area of Family Law by Northern Virginia Magazine.

To compile the Top Lawyers listing, Northern Virginia Magazine sends surveys to Northern Virginia and DC lawyers asking them to recommend other lawyers to whom they would refer friends and family. Those on the listing received the most nominations.



Alex H. Xanttopoulos, Jennifer Babounakis and David E. Roop Jr. have been honored with the highest peer-review distinctions, including the AV-Preeminent rating of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Individuals seeking legal counsel, as well as attorneys looking to refer a colleague, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.



Alex H. Xanttopoulos and David E. Roop Jr. have been honored by Washingtonian Magazine as DC’s Best Lawyers in the area of family law.

Washingtonian selects their best lawyers every year by beginning the process with a survey of more than 1000 attorneys throughout the D.C area. They would then add more research and reporting, contacting more still lawyers and reading up on notable recent successes of the local bar. They would also trim several categories as well as increased and added others since the last go-round, so the list isn’t a repeat of what you’ve seen in years past.



Jennifer Babounakis and David E. Roop Jr. have been awarded as SuperLawyers and Alex H. Xanttopoulos as SuperLawyers Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.


Awards & Recognition

ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS & KLAM PLLC has been recognized with awards and distinctions as one of the top family law firms in Northern Virginia.
David E. Roop, Jr. has been honored with the highest peer-review distinctions, including the AV – Preeminent rating of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. Best Lawyers in America, Northern Virginia Magazine, Ten Leaders, Super Lawyers and the Washingtonian have also included Mr. Roop on their lists of the top family lawyers in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.

He has twice appeared on the cover of Virginia Lawyers Weekly for groundbreaking work in the areas of spousal support and domicile. He has been recognized as one of the pre-eminent divorce lawyers in Virginia or Washington DC by the following organizations or periodicals:

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Washingtonian Magazine, December 2004
Washington is home to some of the world’s best lawyers. Here are the top 30 – plus 750 who are right behind them. Save the list – you never know when you’ll be arrested, get served with a subpoena, need a new will, get a divorce, or worse.
By Kim Issac Eisler.

Divorce & Family Law I WANT OUT! With divorce rates hovering at nearly 45 percent, most people are more likely to do business with a divorce lawyer than with any other type of attorney. These lawyers can assist with prenups, child-custody cases, and separation agreements. Here is a batch of good ones to choose from. – David Roop


Washingtonian Magazine, February 2004
But It Can Be Painful – and Expensive. That’s Why You Want a Divorce Lawyer Who Can Guide You Through the Ordeal. Here Are 52 of Washington’s Best.
By Kim Issac Eisler.

DAVID E. ROOP JR. A former legal malpractice defense lawyer, the boyish-looking Roop has gained his footing in family law and is rapidly gaining the full confidence of his clients and peers. “You have to take control,” Roop says he has learned. “I have very strong convictions about how to do this. This job is not about destroying families, it’s about delivering fairness.”

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Best Lawyers in America

David E. Roop, Jr. has been recognized by and listed in Super Lawyers.
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
David E. Roop, Jr. has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2008.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, BestLawyers has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar practice areas.

Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes 39,766 attorneys in 80 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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