Ilona Grenadier, founding partner and attorney at Grenadier, Duffett, Levi, Winkler & Rubin, P.C., has practiced family law since the late 1960s. “Now, to represent your client well, you have to be a jack of all trades,” she says. “You have to know tax law, military law, business law and all about pensions.”
At her first job out of law school, Grenadier, the only woman attorney at her firm, was assigned a custody case. “Nobody else wanted to do it,” she says. Grenadier won the case and handled all the firm’s divorce work moving forward. “I’m dedicated to resolving cases in a way that benefits our client and the family,” she says.
In 1974, Grenadier opened her own law firm in Alexandria. Today there are five partners, two junior partners, nine attorneys all together and two office locations—Reston and Alexandria. She attributes the firm’s success to the care and attention paid to her family law clients.