Kelly Byrnes & Danker, PLLC continues to be fully available to serve the needs of both our existing clients as well as new clients for their family law matters. Although we are primarily working remotely due to the impact of COVID-19, we remain fully operational and accessible to meet with clients via video and telephone conferencing during this time period. Read More


Donald E. Anderson

  • Associate


Don has focused his practice in the area of family law since 1999.  He often handles contested family law cases, but he always emphasizes the importance of exploring other alternatives to resolving disputes, such as settlement negotiations and mediation, either of which may help the parties to a family law dispute avoid contested litigation.

Don also practices Collaborative Family Law, which is an alternative available to parties who wish to settle their separation and divorce with their attorneys in a private, open and respectful manner.  By creating an atmosphere of open communication and cooperation, the Collaborative Law process allows both parties to preserve their dignity while they work toward a settlement that is acceptable to each of them.  The Collaborative Family Law process can often involve the use of other professionals, such as financial planning professionals and mental health professionals.  Don has embraced this new alternative to the often adversarial practice of family law.

Don has been practicing law in Virginia since 1995 when he joined a small general practice firm in Fairfax, where he practiced criminal law, bankruptcy law, family law, and general civil litigation.  In 1999 he joined another small firm in Old Town Alexandria where he focused primarily on the area of family law.

Don is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax County Bar Association, and he has served on the Fairfax County Circuit Court Committee and Family Law Subcommittee.  He is a member of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals, a state-wide organization of Collaborative professionals in Virginia, and the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1995


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • Oberlin College
    • B.A.
    • Major: history

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association, 1995 to Present
  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals, 2004 to Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, 2004 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Fite, O'Brien & Anderson, Ltd., Attorney, 2004 to 2018