Best Attorneys in Fairfax VA

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At the Bolger Law Firm, we strive to attain and defend our clients’ best interests in every case, using expertise developed over the past 30 years of practice as bankruptcy and personal injury attorneys in Fairfax VA.

Richard Owen Bolger has managed the Bolger Law Firm since 1987. In that capacity, he has successfully handled thousands of legal matters including jury trials, financial and real estate transactions, bankruptcy cases, family law cases, and more. With the assistance of two superlative paralegals, Michelle Bracken and Cynthia Matukonis, Mr. Bolger works diligently and compassionately to help people through the difficult times that come with bankruptcy, real estate and personal injury matters.

Richard Bolger

Michelle Bracken

Cynthia Matukonis

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If you are facing financial troubles, need representation for a real estate matter or have suffered a personal injury, the attorneys at Bolger Law Firm are here to help. Call us at (703) 383-9595 or contact Bolger Law Firm online to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area in bankruptcy, real estate and personal injury law from our Fairfax, Virginia location. Richard Bolger is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Richard Bolger

Practice areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Real estate
  • Personal injury


  • Virginia, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia, 1993
  • Maryland, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2008
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Maryland, 2008


Professional associations

  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association


  • Virginia Business Magazine’s list of Legal Elite (2010-2018)
  • American Society of Association Executives, Excellence in Public Affairs (Federal tax issue – uniform capitalization rules affecting copyrighted works), 1987 – 1988

Publications and papers

  • The Cost of Justice in Virginia, 1990
  • Arlington County Bar Journal
  • Numerous opinion pieces and letters to the editor published in The Washington Post, Washington Times, and community newspapers.

Community and professional affairs

  • Candidate, US Congress, Virginia 10th Congressional District, 2013-2014
  • Member – Virginia State Bar Lawyer Advertising Committee, 2000
  • President – Oakton Woods Homeowners Association, 1997-2005
  • Coach – Youth Sports – Chantilly Youth Association and Vienna Little League, 1991-2010
  • Manager – – Fairfax County, Virginia, school redistricting coalition, 1996
  • Christmas in April Chair – Arlington County Bar Association, 1991
  • Human Rights Chair – Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 1989


  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys


  • Virginia Registered Real Estate Settlement Agent (CRESPA), 1997-present
  • Registered federal lobbyist, 1983-1987

Legal experience

  • Bolger Law Firm, PLLC, Fairfax, Virginia  (
  • Attorney at Law, 1987 – present
  • Manage law firm in all aspects from case management to office management.  Since 1997, focus has been on consumer bankruptcy, real estate law, and personal injury law.  Prior experience
    includes managing law cases in areas including criminal law, family law, probate, wills and estates. Represented indigent criminal defendants from 1987 to 1997 in misdemeanor and felony cases and acted as lead trial attorney in hundreds of cases, including jury trials.
  • Old Virginia Title LLC, Fairfax, Virginia (
  • Manager/Owner and Legal Counsel, 1988 – present
  • Manage all aspects of title insurance agency which is approved to conduct business in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Act as legal counsel for all transactions. The title agency has closed thousands of transactions since its formation. It is approved to issue title insurance policies through Old Republic Title Insurance Company.

Related experience

  • National Grocers Association Washington, DC
  • Director of Government Relations 1985-1987
  • Responsible for association government relations program reporting to the association general counsel. Association represented independent grocery retailers nationwide. Issues focused on included workplace issues such as polygraph use by retailers, and tax issues during the 1986 Tax Reform Act. Authored newsletter of current legislative and legal events for distribution to CEO’s and legal counsel throughout the industry. Supervised small staff.
  • Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc. Washington, DC
  • Assistant Director, Public Affairs 1980-1985
  • Promoted from law clerk to Public Affairs Assistant to Assistant Director, Public Affairs. Travelled across the country organizing grassroots lobbying program directed at small businesses regarding corporate tax issues. Managed congressional awards program. Supervised staff of junior lobbyists. Primary responsibility involved representing food industry in public policy debate regarding the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
  • Watchdogs of the Treasury, Inc. Washington, DC
  • Manager 1983-1985
  • Organized and managed annual congressional awards program for organization concerned with government budgetary issues. Presented the “Golden Bulldog Award” to Members of Congress award recipients at annual event on Capitol Hill. Supervised staff assigned to administer the program and conduct awards presentations.
  • United States Railway Association Washington, DC
  • Records Retention Manager 1977-1980
  • Responsible for organizing and maintaining large inventory of records related to the reorganization of nation’s railroads.

Michelle Bracken

Ms. Bracken is a paralegal and licensed title agent for the states of Maryland and Virginia and for the District of Columbia. She has been with the Bolger Law Firm since 2006. Previously, she was employed by the Goodwin Law Firm in McLean, Virginia.


  • Associate’s Degree, magna cum laude, Paralegal Studies, Northern Virginia Community College

Cynthia Matukonis

Ms. Matukonis is a Senior Paralegal and licensed title agent for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Matukonis has been with the Bolger Law Firm since 1987. Over the years, Ms. Matukonis has served as Mr. Bolger’s primary paralegal on a gamut of law cases, including bankruptcy, personal injury, estate litigation, criminal matters, family law cases and more.


  • Associate’s Degree, cum laude, Paralegal Studies, Northern Virginia Community College, 1987
  • Additional credits at George Mason University