Matthew J. Yao

Matrimonial and Family Law
Woehrle Dahlberg Jones Yao, PLLC
4120 Leonard Drive
Fairfax,, VA 22030

My philosophy as a lawyer is to establish a strong attorney-client relationship. My goal is to connect with each client and deliver quality work, personalized service, and exceptional value. As your counselor and representative, you can be confident that everything possible will be done to protect your rights.

You will receive individual attention through every part of the legal process in order to achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. Please contact me to discuss your legal issues, strategies, and solutions in a straightforward and collaborative manner.

I am currently located in Fairfax, Virginia and serve the Northern Virginia area. My practice focuses primarily on Juvenile and Family Law, Elder Law and Estate Planning, and Immigration Law matters.

Contact me today to get the legal representation you deserve! I offer weekend appointments and other flexible scheduling options so that you can meet with me in a timely and convenient fashion.


Yao Law Firm, P.C., Fairfax, VA
Managing Attorney/Shareholder, Jan. 2014 - Present

Matthew J. Yao, Attorney at Law, Reston/Charlottesville, VA
Sole Practitioner, Nov. 2010 - Jan. 2014

Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Charlottesville, VA
Private Attorney Involvement Program, Mar. 2011 - Aug. 2012

BrownGreer PLC, Richmond, VA
Contract Attorney, Oct. - Dec. 2010

Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA
Immigration Law Clinic, Spring 2010

Charlottesville/Albemarle Public Defender's Office, Charlottesville, VA
Criminal Defense Clinic, Fall 2009

Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Manassas, VA
Summer Associate, Summer 2009

Nonprofit Clinic, Charlottesville, VA
Pro Bono Volunteer, Spring 2009

Honors and Awards:

· American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Under 40 in Virginia, 2015

· American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, Family Law, 2015

· American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Under 40 in Virginia, 2014

· Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2013.

· National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40 in Virginia, 2014.

Bar/Professional Activity:

· American Immigration Lawyers Association

· Culpeper Best Practice Courts Team

· Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia.

· Fairfax Bar Association, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Committee

· Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

· Obtaining an SIJS Predicate Order in Virginia Juvenile Court, Presenter, Pro Bono and Special Immigrant Juveniles: Best Practices for Family Court Practitioners, Virginia State Bar, 2014

Educational Background:

· University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010

· University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, B.S., 2007

Awards and Recognitions:

· SuperLawyers, Rising Stars

o 2015- Virginia

o 2015- Washington, D.C.

· The National Advocates

o Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer in Virginia

o Top 40 Under 40 Executive Committee Member

· American Society of Legal Advocates

o 2015 Top 4o Lawyer Under 40 in Virginia-Family Law

· National Academy of Family Law Attorneys

o Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40 in Virginia

· American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

o 2014 & 2015- Best 10 Under 40 in Virginia

· AVVO Client’s Choice Award

o 2013