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2012 Legal Elite Profile: FAMILY/DOMESTIC RELATIONS

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PETER VINCENT CHIUSANO
Christie, Kantor, Griffin, Smith & Chiusano
Virginia Beach

NewsTitle: Partner, member
Other legal specialties: Civil litigation
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Education: Old Dominion University, bachelor’s degree in business administration; University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, law degree
Spouse: Patricia
Children: Nicole, 32; Madison, 17; Elaina, 15
Hobbies: Golf and reading
First job as a lawyer: Law clerk in Richmond, summer 1988
Favorite vacation spot: Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Recently read book: “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett
Career mentors: “I’ve had the privilege and honor to work with a number of excellent attorneys who’ve helped my career over the years, including all of my current and former partners. However, there are a few that stand out, namely, the Honorable Walker D. Kelley Jr., the Honorable Glenn R. Croshaw, Ross C. Reeves, Peter G. Zemanian and Mark S. Smith.”

What trends are you seeing in family law?
“Electronic filing and paperless hearings/trials will continue at an accelerated pace. The aging population and its impact on families is going to become more pronounced in the years to come.”

Are money problems the most commons cause for divorce?
“No. In my opinion communication and honesty, or the lack thereof, are the biggest problems.”

 


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