10505 Judicial Drive
Suite 207
Fairfax, VA 22030



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Our Fairfax Practice

James Hart and Robert Horan are diligent attorneys who work hard to help clients achieve positive resolutions. They have more than 50 years of combined experience practicing law in Virginia and are well known in the community for their dedication to their clients' needs.

The majority of Hart & Horan, P.C.'s practice focuses directly on:

We also help clients with a wide range of other legal matters.

Criminal law

Regardless of guilt, being accused of a crime has the ability to negatively impact your reputation, your relationships with friends and family, your employment prospects and other aspects of your life. It is crucial you seek assistance from a skilled attorney if you suspect you are under investigation for or have been charged with committing a felony or misdemeanor crime.

Mr. Horan has a thorough understanding of Virginia and federal criminal laws. He handles the firm's criminal defense practice with great skill and regularly tries cases involving:

  • Assault and battery
  • Burglary
  • Capital offenses
  • Criminal appeals
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Criminal forfeiture
  • Criminal fraud
  • Death penalty
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Extradition
  • Forensic science
  • Forgery
  • Habeas corpus
  • Hit and run
  • Homicide
  • Mail fraud
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Manslaughter
  • Money laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and probation
  • Post-conviction remedies
  • Search and seizure
  • Sex crimes
  • Sexual assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Traffic violations
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Victims' rights
  • Weapons charges
  • Wire fraud
  • Wiretapping
  • Drug crimes

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Traffic defense

Traffic violations may seem relatively inconsequential at first glance, but their ramifications can actually be quite substantial. If you fail to appear in court or pay the fine stipulated on the ticket, the state has the right to issue a warrant for your arrest and suspend your driver's license.

Mr. Horan helps clients who have been ticketed for moving and nonmoving traffic violations, including:

  • Speeding
  • Driving without a seat belt
  • Driving without a current vehicle registration
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Parking in a handicapped zone without authorization
  • Running a stop sign or red light

Mr. Horan can advise you whether pleading guilty is your best course of action, or can argue to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed if you wish to go to court.

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Construction law

Construction law disputes and transactions necessitate having a thorough understanding of the construction business and the problems that often affect the building of commercial, residential and industrial real property. Mr. Hart has in-depth knowledge of Virginia construction laws and how to help clients efficiently resolve related legal issues. He has been a member of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals since 2000 and the Fairfax County Planning Commission since 2004.

Mr. Hart's construction law practice encompasses:

  • Construction and surety law
  • Construction claims
  • Construction contracts
  • Construction defects
  • Construction finance
  • Construction liability
  • Construction liens
  • Construction workouts
  • Contractor performance bonds
  • Contractors liability
  • Environmental construction law
  • Materialmen's liens
  • Public construction law
  • Public works

He represents clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

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Mechanic's liens

Mechanic's liens are legal claims against real property created when contractors, laborers or suppliers file suit to obtain the money they are owed for doing their jobs. Laborers and materialmen have the right to seek compensation for any construction or repair work done, as do architects and engineers who supervise construction projects. Mr. Hart represents claimants seeking payment in mechanic's liens as well as property owners who wish to dispute the charges against them. He regularly drafts claims dealing with private and public construction projects, and he has published numerous articles on mechanic's liens in Virginia Lawyer

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Other areas of practice

Real estate

  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easements
  • Evictions
  • Landlord-tenant matters
  • Lease terminations
  • Leasings
  • Office leasings
  • Quiet title
  • Real estate contracts
  • Real estate litigation
  • Real estate mediation
  • Real estate titles
  • Retail leasings
  • Unlawful detainers

Personal injury

  • Automobile accidents
  • Automobile negligence
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Bodily injuries
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Commercial vehicle liability
  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian injuries
  • Personal injury mediation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Third-party wrongful death

Family law

  • Alimony
  • Annulments
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Divorces — contested and uncontested
  • Domestic torts
  • Domestic violence
  • Equitable distribution
  • Marital agreements
  • Marital property distribution
  • Marital property law
  • Marital property settlements
  • Name changes
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce modifications
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Premarital agreements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Restraining orders
  • Separation agreements
  • Spousal support


  • Breach of contract
  • Commercial contracts
  • Contract fraud
  • Contract litigation

We also have experience with estate litigation, and we help clients use mediation and arbitration sessions to resolve disputes whenever possible.

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Call on Hart & Horan, P.C. today

Located across the street from the Fairfax County Courthouse, Hart & Horan, P.C. is your source for diligent representation from hardworking lawyers. We serve clients in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington and Stafford counties, as well as the cities of Manassas, Fairfax and Alexandria.  Contact our office online or at 703.348.4481 to meet with an attorney from our firm.

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