Kelly Sweeney Hite
Words can never express how truly grateful I am for the compassion, determination and thoroughness that Kelly Hite and her staff provided during a difficult divorce.
Kelly Sweeney Hite is the founder and managing partner of Hite Kaminsky Family Law & Mediation, PLLC (formerly the Law Offices of Kelly S. Hite, PLLC). She has practiced law in Virginia for almost 28 years and has practiced family law exclusively since 1994, handling all types of family law matters throughout Northern Virginia, including child custody, equitable distribution, spousal support, modification and enforcement issues, and settlement negotiations.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Hite is a trained mediator, having completed the required coursework through the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. She received her certification for Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Mediation in 2014 and is in the process of meeting the final requirements to receive an additional certification for Family Mediation at the Circuit Court level. Ms. Hite previously utilized these same skills informally as a neutral case evaluator appointed by the Fairfax County Circuit Court and as a conciliator appointed by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. She also has been trained in collaborative law since 2009.
Ms. Hite currently serves on the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, effective October 2016. She has also served on the Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors, including as Secretary, as Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Committee, as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She has also lectured on various topics for the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.
After moving from one Air Force base posting to another, her family settled in Northern Virginia, where Ms. Hite has lived since 1978. She received her B.A. in English/Political Science from Virginia Tech and her J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.
District of Columbia, 1997
University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1990
Moot Court Board & Richmond Law Review, 1988-1990
Virginia Tech, B.A., 1987
Majors: English & Political Science
Virginia State Bar, 1990 - Present
Fairfax Bar Association, 1990 - Present
District of Columbia Bar Association, 1997 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 1997 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2001 - Present
Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, 2009 - Present
Virginia Collaborative Professionals, 2011 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009 - Present
Kelly Hite has been fully trained in the collaborative law process, and is experienced in its application
Kelly Hite has completed the Family Mediation training through the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. She is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to conduct Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court mediations and is currently in the process of finishing the requirements for certification at the Circuit Court level. She currently mediates family law matters and even prior to her training, has done so informally for years as a court appointed neutral case evaluator for Circuit Court cases and as a conciliator for Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court cases.
CLE co-presenter, “A Lawyer’s Guide to Child Custody Representation,” 2016
CLE co-presenter, "Judges are from Mars and Family Law Attorneys are from Venus," 2014
CLE co-presenter, “Ethical Issues in Three Alternative Approaches to a Family Law Matter: Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Divorce,” 2013
CLE Convention presenter, "Ethics", 2009
Membership Chair, 2011 - 2013
Board of Directors, 2007-2010
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Committee Co-Chair, 2004-2006
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Committee, 2001-2007
State Board of Directors, 2005-2006
Northern Virginia Chapter President, 2002-2003
Co-Chair, Advanced Family Law Retreat, 2008-2009
Chair, Family Law Section, 2002-2003
Board of Governors, 2002-2003
Virginia CLE co-presenter, "Essentials of Spousal Support in Virginia," 2018
Virginia CLE co-presenter, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, 2017
Virginia CLE Webinar co-presenter, “Spousal Support Update for Virginia Lawyers,” 2015
Virginia CLE co-presenter, "Spousal Support Update for Virginia Lawyers," 2011
Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court
Conciliator for the Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
Guest speaker for Second Saturday and other divorce recovery groups
AV Preeminent rated* (peer rated for highest level of professional excellence) by Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 (2005 to present)
Listed in the Top 50: 2017 Women Virginia Super Lawyers
Appointed to the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty for a three year term, effective October 2016
Named in Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Lawyers, 2013
Selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-present
Selected for the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers** by Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
Named in Virginia Super Lawyers***, 2012-present
Named in Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Lawyers for Family Law, 2011
Named in Northern Virginia Magazine's Top 30 Divorce Lawyers, 2009
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