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Kelly Byrnes Danker & Luu, PLLC

United States 2024


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Kelly Byrnes & Danker, PLLC proudly continues its tradition of being recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in Washington, D.C. for family law, as rated by U.S News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”Partners John E. Byrnes, Sean P. Kelly, and Maureen E. Danker have nearly five decades of collective experience in handling all aspects of domestic relations law; and, along with associates Ann N. Luu and Laura O’Brien, they strive to optimize each client’s individual goals. “What sets us apart is our willingness to take on unique issues and difficult cases,” Byrnes says. “By analyzing each case on its own terms, we’re able to help clients no matter what problems they’re facing.” Byrnes and Kelly have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for four consecutive years and have also been recognized by Ten Leaders as two of the top divorce lawyers in Northern Virginia. Kelly is regularly named in Washingtonian magazine and Virginia Super Lawyers, and Danker has been listed in Super Lawyers’ Virginia Rising Stars. Maintaining the integrity of the legal profession is a primary goal of the firm, and all of the lawyers are actively involved in the Virginia State Bar (VSB) and local bar association functions. Kelly serves on the VSB Council and is past-Chair of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee. Byrnes is a two-time past-Chair of the 5th District Disciplinary Committee and a former member of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee. He currently provides pro bono services through the Attorney of the Day Program. Danker serves as the president-elect of the Board of Governors for the VSB Young Lawyers Conference; she is also a member of the 5th District Disciplinary Committee and Virginia’s Young Lawyer Delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Luu is on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Virginia and was the Co-Chair of that association’s Judicial Nominations Committee. O'Brien, both the 19th Judicial Circuit's Representative on the Young Lawyers Conference and the athletics chair of the VSB annual meeting, was a panel member at the George Mason University Family Law Society, and mentored students at the Loudoun County Bar Association's Leadership in the Law camp.


Kelly Byrnes Danker & Luu, PLLC is metro ranked in 1 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Washington, D.C.
Tier 1 for Family Law


Regional Rankings

Washington, D.C.
Tier 1 for Family Law

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  • Family Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Kelly Byrnes Danker & Luu, PLLC has 4 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Kelly Byrnes Danker & Luu, PLLC eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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