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David M. Levy

David M. Levy

Fairfax, Virginia


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1970
    • Honors: Reginald Heber Smith Scholar
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.A.

David M. Levy is a native of Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Levy currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia. Before entering private practice, Mr. Levy was a Founder and former Executive Director of the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Lynchburg, Virginia for twelve years. Mr. Levy also was a Civil Director for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association from 1976 to 1978, worked as the Chief Counsel and Executive Director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society from 1973 to 1976, and worked for Rhode Island Legal Services for a period of time.

In 1993, Mr. Levy entered private practice, became a Shareholder of Surovell, Jackson, Colten & Dugan, P.C. in 1996 and is a founding Member of the Firm.

Mr. Levy received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1970, where he was distinguished as a Reginald Heber Smith Scholar. Mr. Levy was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1970 and the Rhode Island Bar in 1973. Mr. Levy is licensed to practice before all state courts in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Levy is a frequent lecturer on domestic relations issues at the Northern Virginia Women's Center and a former Adjunct Professor at the Central Virginia Community College where he taught legal research. Mr. Levy was a Founding Board Member of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia which he served on from 1976 to 1984.
He is also a Member of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and American Bar Association. He has served on the Fairfax Bar Association's Special Committee on Legal Services and is currently a Member of the Lawyer Referral Information Service Committee. Mr. Levy practices primarily in the area of Family Law. He also has experience in Civil and Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Levy is trained in Collaborative Law and Collaborative divorce.

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

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, all courts, state and federal

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals

Professional Associations Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfax Law Referral and Information Service, Former Chairman
  • American Bar Association, Member

Community Service and Honors

  • President's Award, Fairfax Bar Association
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America for Family Law

Selected Appellate Decisions

  • Lynchburg College v. Central Fidelity Bank
  • Pellegrin v. Pellegrin
  • Shoup v. Shoup
  • Wolters v. Wolters
  • Myers v. Myers
  • Wiese v. Wiese
  • Olson v. Olson
  • Ovissi v. Salemi
  • Butterman v. Butterman

Legal Education Classes Taught & Published Works

  • Lecturer, Legal Aspects of Divorce and Separation and on Custody Issues, The Women's Center, Vienna, Virginia


  • Mr. Levy has been active in neighborhood groups in the Northern Virginia area, where he has resided since 1992. Since 1993 he has lectured for the Women's Center, a well-established counseling and self-assistance non-profit in Northern Virginia.
  • For the first 18 years of his legal career, Mr. Levy was a pioneer in providing legal assistance to low income persons, in Providence, Rhode Island as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow for the first three years, then as Director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society, Civil Director at the National Legal Aid And Defender Association, and then Executive Director of the Virginia Legal Aid Society, headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
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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