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Cory F. Goriup

Cory F. Goriup

Fairfax, Virginia


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1999
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: English
    • Major: Political Science

Cory Frederick Goriup is a native of Massena, New York and now resides in Fairfax, Virginia. She joined our predecessor firm as an associate in 2001. Ms. Goriup serves on the Board of Directors for The Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia and has served as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., where she taught family law.

Ms. Goriup graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY in 1996 with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She graduated from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1999. During law school, Ms. Goriup was Co-Director of the Women's Law Association, a member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and a student attorney with the Women and the Law Clinic. After completing law school, Ms. Goriup worked for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Suffolk, Virginia.

Ms. Goriup was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2000. She is licensed to practice before all Virginia State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She has attained a reversal in the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Ms. Goriup is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Women's Attorneys Association, the American Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Fairfax Bar Association where she is involved with their pro-bono activities and services. Ms. Goriup practices in family law and civil litigation.
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.

Court Admissions

  • All Virginia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation

Professional Associations Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Virginia Women's Attorneys Association, Member
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Circuit Court Committee, Member

Community Service and Honors

  • AV-Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Best Lawyers in America for Family Law and PI, 2014
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, Lawyer of the Year, 2014

Reported Decisions

  • McBride v. McBride , 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 640
  • Jordan v. Jordan , 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 132
  • Johnson v. Johnson, 2006 Va. App. LEXIS 442
  • McManus v. Neuschulz, 2002 Va. App. LEXIS 695


  • Obtained a reversal in the Virginia Court of Appeals.
  • Family Law Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, 2006-2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Washington College of Law at American University, Adjunct Professor
  • Virginia Legal Aid Society

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fairfax Bar Family Law Assistance Project: Pro-bono Attorney
  • Women's Center, Vienna, VA: Attorney Referral Network Volunteer
  • Fairfax Bar Child Custody Mediation Project: Pro-bono Attorney
contact our firm Honors & Awards We Proudly Congratulate...
  • SCOTT SUROVELL for being named one of the TOP LAWYERS 2012 for DUI/DWI and Personal Injury by Northern Virginia Magazine.
  • ROBERT J. SUROVELL for being named in Best Lawyers in America this year for Personal Injury representation and for the 25th time in Family Law representation.
honors &awards
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 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.
  • $12,000,000 Judgment relating to fraudulent investment scheme.
  • $4,800,000 Fairfax County Jury verdict against fireworks company for negligent production of commercial fireworks display resulting in catastrophic injuries.
  • $3,600,000 Fairfax County jury verdict in favor of firefighter who suffered permanent disabling injuries.
  • $3,500,000 Settlement of head-on collision resulting in severe orthopedic injuries and brain injuries to Ph.D candidate.
  • $2,000,000 Value of rescission awarded to purchaser due to luxury developer's violation of Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.
  • $1,150,000 Settlement of case involving brain injury to passenger riding in commuter van on I-395.
  • $1,100,000 Judgment awarded against husband who obtained multiple mortgages on joint property without wife's consent.
  • $1,150,000 Settlement of case involving amputation of arm following negligence.
  • $980,000 Settlement of case involving brain injury to 13 year-old child.
  • $950,000 Settlement of case involving misdiagnosis of child abuse instead of osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).
  • $834,000 Jury verdict against a notorious foreclosure rescue scammer for violations of Virginia Consumer Protection Act, Virginia Credit Counseling Act,  and fraud.
  • $750,000 Back injury from car accident.
  • $700,000 Jury verdict for fraud arising from sale of securities in bogus Montana mining venture.
  • $650,000 Settlement of medical malpractice matter.
  • $480,000 Settlement of wrongful death case involving health care neglect in prison.
  • $454,000 Class action settlement against law firm for violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act- total settlement amount in excess of $454,000 (pending final approval)
  • $450,000 Settlement of death of child who drowned in pool.
  • $330,000 Judgment awarded to tenant for inventory damage from defects in shopping mall roof.  Affirmed by Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • $300,000 Judgment awarded to daughter whose mother was killed by step-father who attempted to seek his deceased wife's life insurance proceeds.
  • $300,000 Car accident involving collision with delivery truck and compound arm fracture.
  • $290,000 Car accident involving injury to passenger's face.
  • $175,000 Settlement for property damage and business losses for damage to printing press during moving.
  • $175,000 Back injuries to driver struck by drunk driver.
  • $135,000 Settlement for failure to supervise bookkeeper, negligent processing of checks by bank, and embezzlement.
  • $82,000 SIPL Defense verdict that ultimately led to award of $82,000 sanctions against Plaintiff.
  • Defense Verdict SIPL Defense verdict in car-tanker truck collision seeking over $1,000,000
  • Class action settlement against First Tennessee Bank for violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act
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