Eva N. Juncker
01. Background & Biography
Eva N. Juncker is a founding partner at Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC and head of the litigation team. Eva’s practice focuses on all areas of family law, divorce, juvenile law, transgender issues, custody, support, equitable distribution, and partition. She also served as a qualified guardian ad litem in Virginia for over 10 years.
Recently, Eva was lead counsel on a case of nationwide first impression and successfully argued for recognition of a same-sex common law marriage in the District of Columbia over the opposing party’s objection. The court found that the parties were indeed common law married as of March 2010.
Eva was lead counsel on another case of first impression in the District of Columbia, successfully arguing that a burial designation could be executed via an electronic signature. In re Estate of Z.R., B.G. and N.G., Petitioners 138 DWLR 1757 (May 21, 2010) (Long, J.) (Sup.Ct.D.C.).
Some of Eva’s other work can be found at Scott v. Scott, Court of Appeals of Virginia, December 7, 2004, Record No. 0815-04-4, affirmed. Ms. Juncker has also been a featured lecturer at “Love and Marriage,” A Discussion Panel and Forum on Marriage Equality sponsored by Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, Human Rights Campaign & Equality Virginia, March 25, 2004; and at “Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Gender: A New Front on Equality,” Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law’s Fifth Annual Gender, Sexuality and the Law Symposium, February 2002. She has been a featured lecturer with the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers. Eva was selected as a Virginia Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2008 and was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2011.
Eva graduated cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in 1999, where she was a member of the Journal of International Legal Studies. That journal published her Note, “A Juxtaposition of U.S. Asylum Grants to Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation and to Gays and Lesbians Fleeing Physical Harm: The Need to Promulgate an INS Regulation for Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation,” Volume 4:2, Journal of International Legal Studies, Summer 1998.
Eva was admitted to the Bar in Virginia in 1999, to the District of Columbia Bar in 2001, to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2007, and to the Maryland Bar in 2012.
Eva was a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on the Access to Legal Services from 2006 to 2014 and was its liaison to the Diversity Conference from 2008 to 2014; she is the current Chair for the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference. Eva is a member of the Fairfax County Bar Association and has served on several of its various committees. She is also a member of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Equality Bar Association, the National Family Advisory Counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the National LGBT Bar Association. She has served on the latter’s Board of Directors and also as its affiliate member to the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA.
Raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, Eva received her B. A. in English from the University of Virginia in 1996. The daughter of a Naval Officer, Eva was born in Agnano, Italy, on August 28, 1975. Eva and her spouse of 17 years live in Bethesda, Maryland, where they enjoy raising their daughter and their two disabled, but highly active Australian Shepherds. Eva’s hobbies include golf, camping, cooking vegan food with her daughter, and swimming.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Custody and Property Agreements
- Divorce and Dissolution
- Juvenile Law
- LGBT Family Law
- Partition Law
- Virginia, 1999
- District of Columbia, 2001
- Maryland, 2012
- George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
- J.D. – 1999, cum laude
- University of Virginia – Charlottesville
- B.A. – 1996
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, Immediate Past Chair, 2014 – Present
- Women’s Bar Association of DC, Member, 2011 – Present
- Special Committee on Access to Legal Services for the VSB, Member, 2006 – 2014
- Fairfax County Bar Association, Member, 1999 – Present
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2014 – Present
- Virginia Equality Bar Association, Member, 2014 – Present
- National Family Advisory Counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Member, 2007 – Present
- Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Member, 1999 – Present
- National LGBT Bar Association, Member, 1999 – Present
- VSB Bar Council and Executive Committee Member, Honorary Member, 2014 – 2015
02. Why Law
I knew I wanted to be an attorney from a very young age. As a young adult, I was a spirited negotiator and enjoyed a good verbal duel, much to my parents’ chagrin. I also enjoyed developing and honing my logic and strategy skills to obtain sought-after outcomes. As the child of divorced parents in the Northern Virginia area, I understand firsthand how a litigated divorce can negatively impact children. I also understand the interplay of blended families, and I am very close to my step-mother and half-brother.
I enjoy all aspects of being a divorce litigator, from the direct client interaction to strategizing best paths to optimal outcomes and obtaining excellent results for my clients either via mediation or litigation. Unafraid of litigating matters of first impression, I have obtained positive results in matters of first impression throughout my career. I enjoy and do best when thinking outside of the standard family law paradigm to find creative solutions for my clients that help them feel empowered by an otherwise overwhelming process.
My mind is always working on matters that will positively impact my clients, whether it be reading the latest case law, working on state bar committees and conferences, assisting in a national legal task force, or simply volunteering in pro bono family law matters. My work is my passion and my peers are my friends.
03. Speaking Engagements
- Featured lecturer at “Love and Marriage – A Discussion Panel and Forum on Marriage Equality,” sponsored by Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia
- Lecturer at “Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Gender: A New Front on Equality,” at Georgetown University Journal of Gender and the Law’s Fifth Annual Gender, Sexuality and the Law Symposium
- Featured lecturer with Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
- Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law’s Fifth Annual Gender, Sexuality and the Law Symposium: “Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Gender: A New Front on Equality”
- GAYLAW, Transgender Legal Developments
- Whitman-Walker Clinic, Inc. Women Coming Out of Marriage Support Group
- Routine speaker at Lavender Law (National LGBT Bar Association Conference) transgender law seminars and family law seminars.
04. Appointments & Honors
- Named a Top 100 Lawyer, The National Advocates, 2016
- Chair, Virginia Diversity Conference, 2014
- Named one of the 25 Best Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County, Bethesda Magazine, 2013
- Affiliate Representative, National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) ABA
- Member, Young Lawyers Division (YLD), 2004-2005
- Member, NLGLA, 1998 to present
- Member, Board of Directors, NLGLA, 2004-2005
- Member, George Mason American Inn of Court, 2004 to present
- Member, Fairfax County Bar Association Technology Committee, 2000-2003
- Member, Fairfax County Bar Association Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee, 2003-2004
- Member, Gay and Lesbian Attorneys of Washington (GAYLAW), 1997 to present
- Board Member, GAYLAW Education Fund, 1998-2000
- Youngest member of NCLR’s NFLAC Pioneer in transgender identity document and family law litigation in Virginia
- Recipient, Virginia Super LawyerTM Rising Star in 2008
- Member, Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Access to Legal Services
- Member, Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference
- Member, National Family Law Advisory Counsel (NFLAC) for National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), 2006 to present
05. Client Testimonials
“Eva is sharp, talented, dedicated, experienced and cares about her clients. I have referred Eva to perhaps two dozen clients and friends, and everyone has been pleased with her representation.” – James E. McNair
“Watching Michele and Eva litigate our case was like watching 2 professional dancers in action. They were prepared, calm and strong and very in touch with each other. They play to each other’s strengths. Leading up to the trial they asked a lot of questions and considered many approaches and options. They also answered a lot of questions and always did so almost immediately. Things changed quickly and they adapted quickly every single time.” – David
“In May, I awoke to the dreaded phone call that no Mother ever wants to receive. My “son” had committed suicide. From that point on, my world was re-arranged. With all of the emotions and the questions, my family and I had to collect our thoughts, move forward, and try to sort out all that we were being faced with at an alarming rate of speed. My 26 year-old son was not my biological son, but a foster child that I had helped to raise since the age of 14. He called me Mama and trusted that I would protect him as my child.
Two days after his death, we encountered major problems in dealing with this suicide. We were referred to the Zavos Juncker Law Group and quickly made a call that helped us to settle the storm in our lives. Michele Zavos called me immediately and let me know that even though she was scheduled to leave on vacation, she would make sure that our case was handled in our best interest by assigning Eva N. Juncker and an Associate to counsel us. I had no idea what was to follow, but these two professionals were nothing short of amazing.
We entered into a fight with the “natural” family who had had nothing to do with “my” child for the past 12 years. My son’s last will had been written and left no doubt as to whom he wanted to handle his affairs. However, his biological family challenged my son’s wishes. Enter the bulldogs. A long battle with the biological family ensued in order for us to fulfill my son’s wishes for his final resting place. We finally went to court with Eva N. Juncker, a member of the Washington, D.C bar. Ms. Juncker was the consummate professional in court. Her presentation was phenomenal as it was evident that she had prepared and was well studied in our case. She handled the court appearance with impeccable organization and professionalism. Her calming manner as well as her stalwart conviction towards our case was comforting for our family. We had put our trust in a group of people who lived four states away but had taken the time to get to know us personally and had put every effort into winning this case.
This trial made precedence history as we won the case and my son was peacefully laid to rest in the way that he requested. We continue to deal with the loss of a child, but we also have learned a great deal about people. We have learned about the compassion of strangers, the response of good people and of bad. We learned that good deeds do not go undone and that there are people in this world that are there to help you when you need them. The Zavos Juncker Group fits into all of the above categories. I would highly recommend the Zavos Juncker Law Group to anyone. They masterfully helped to bring order back to our lives.” – B.G.
“A Juxtaposition of U.S. Asylum Grants to Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation and to Gays and Lesbians Fleeing Physical Harm: The Need to Promulgate an INS Regulation for Women Fleeing Female Genital Mutilation,” Volume 4:2, Journal of International Legal Studies, Summer 1998.
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