Mark B. Michelsen

Mark Michelsen is a divorce attorney and has been practicing law in Virginia for over 27 years. In his domestic relations practice he handles a variety of divorce matters, including custody/visitation cases, spousal support, and complex equitable distribution cases involving business valuations. Mr. Michelsen drafts marital agreements, including prenuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements, and handles all types of domestic disputes. His background includes protective orders, and he has litigated numerous criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts.

Mr. Michelsen is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and has participated in numerous mediation, collaborative and other dispute resolutions as an alternative to court litigation.

Recognized by his peers as a divorce attorney, Mr. Michelsen has been named to the Best Lawyers in America for the last six years. He has served as a board member and is past president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association. Mr. Michelsen has been a speaker at bar association seminars and was honored to be a guest speaker at the Supreme Court Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges.

Past Employment Positions

  • ButlerArmstrong, LLP, Attorney, 2009 – 2010
  • ButlerCook, LLP, Attorney, 1999 – 2009
  • Partner, Parkerson, Michelsen, Attorney, 1992 – 1999
  • Anderson, Parkerson & Shields, Attorney, 1989 – 1992

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1993


  • J.D. – University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 1989
  • B.A., Political Science – University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1985

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013- 2018
  • Rated Distinguished by Martindale Hubbell; recipient of Martindale Client Champion Silver Client Service Award

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Metro Richmond Family Bar Association, President, 2015-2016
  • Richmond Bar Association, 2002-Present
  • Henrico County Bar Association, 2000-Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Richmond, 2009 – 2013
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009 – 2013
  • Richmond Collaborative Divorce Professionals, 2009-2013

  • Best Law Firms US News & World Report
  • Martindale
  • AAML
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • Legal Elite