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Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC

Virginia Divorce Attorneys

Our attorneys are experienced working with experts on issues such as business valuation, mental health and capacity, income imputation, and physical and sexual abuse. Family law is a highly fact-dependent and approach-oriented practice area. As such an excellent family law attorney not only needs to be highly knowledgeable of the law, but also aware of how his approach to the case and the other attorneys and parties involved can influence the resolution of the case. In very few other areas of law, if any, can the personalities of the attorneys involved so heavily influence the outcome of the case. Our attorneys approach every case, client, and other attorney always with that in mind.

At Beckman Schmalzle - People Matter.

Practice Emphasis

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Protective Orders
  • Grandparent / Third-Party Custody & Visitation Cases
  • Adoptions
  • Appeals

Spencer S. Beckman

leesburg va attorney spencer beckman Spencer Beckman is a founding partner of the firm. His practice focuses primarily on family law, criminal law, and personal injury issues. He regularly practices throughout the Northern Virginia area including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Clarke County, Frederick County and the City of Winchester.

Spencer was born in Leesburg, Virginia and grew up in Chantilly, Virginia where he attended Chantilly High School. Upon his graduation from High School, he attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and graduated summa cum laude. He was a four-year member of the University of Tennessee Drumline and was fortunate to travel around the country with the football team. After completing his undergraduate education, he moved to South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law.

While in law school, Spencer was a member editor of the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, a mentor in the peer mentor program, and a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. After graduation, he worked as a public defender at the Richland County Public Defender's Office in Columbia, South Carolina. As a public defender, Spencer handled a caseload of over 250 clients with charges ranging from Simple Possession of Marijuana to Murder. He gained valuable courtroom experience as he handled numerous jury trials and complicated hearings, and was even mentioned in The Washington Post for his representation of a national political candidate in 2010.

Spencer moved back to the Northern Virginia area in 2010 and began practicing family law and criminal law in Fairfax, Virginia shortly thereafter. He then became an associate attorney at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC in 2011, where he enjoyed connecting with his roots in Leesburg. After two years, Spencer formed Beckman Schmalzle PLC with his good friend and colleague Ryan M. Schmalzle. He lives in Loudoun County, Virginia with his wife Kara and their two children.

Spencer Beckman practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Mediation, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, All Felonies, All Misdemeanors, Serious and Minor Traffic Offenses, Juvenile Crimes, and Personal Injury.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Tennessee, B.A. History, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

  • All Commonwealth of Virginia courts
  • All South Carolina State Courts.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division

Ryan M. Schmalzle

leesburg va attorneyruan schmalzeRyan Schmalzle is a principal and founder of our firm. His focus is primarily family law, divorce, personal injury litigation, and civil litigation. Ryan has a multi-state practice and litigates cases in both Maryland and Virginia. He regularly practices in several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia including Loudoun, Fairfax, Clarke, and Frederick Counties and several jurisdiction in Maryland, including Frederick County and Montgomery County.

Ryan moved to southern Florida after graduating from college and managed several successful restaurants and night clubs, including a dueling piano bar. Despite the success of the businesses and his enjoyment in building them, he never veered from his plan to attend law school.

Ryan left southern Florida to study the law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. He earned a spot on the school's premier law journal, the George Mason Law Review as a second-year law student, and was appointed as an editor of the journal in his third year. Additionally, his success as an oral advocate in moot court competitions earned him a coveted position on George Mason's Moot Court Board and he served on the board's executive committee in his third year. In his final year at George Mason, he instructed first year law students in legal research and writing as a Legal Writing Fellow.

After law school, Ryan accepted an offer to work with Wiley Rein LLP, a large, prestigious firm located in the District of Columbia. He worked primarily with firm's insurance litigation group, and advised clients on issues related to Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Policies, Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance Policies, and General Commercial Liability Policies. He also worked with the firm's election law group and advised clients on issues related to political action committees and lobbying laws.

Although Ryan's primary love is the law, he has always been an entrepreneur and business person at heart, so in February of 2014, he started the law firm of Beckman Schmalzle PLC with Spencer S. Beckman. Being a principal of Beckman Schmalzle PLC not only affords him the opportunity to work directly with his clients on solving their legal issues, but also allows him to control his practice environment.

Ryan lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Jennie, his daughter Abigail, his son Aidan, and their two dogs, Bella and Owen. He is an avid reader and also enjoys gardening, growing his own organic produce, and cooking for his family and friends.

PERSONAL FACT: Ryan is a home brewer of all-grain recipes on a brewing system that he designed and made using old kegs and a few steel bed frames. His favorite? Belgian farmhouse style ale brewed with hot chili peppers.


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • East Stroudsburg University, B.A. Philosophy

Court Admissions

  • All Virginia Courts
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • All Maryland Courts
  • All District of Columbia courts.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar

Christin L. Georgelas

leesburg va attorney chistin georgelasChristin Georgelas is a partner of the firm. Her practice focuses in all areas of Family Law including divorce, equitable distribution, settlement agreements, premarital agreements ("Prenupts"), spousal support, custody, visitation, child support, wills, and post-divorce issues. She also practices minor traffic offenses, landlord tenant, and estate planning. She regularly practices in several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Clarke County, Frederick County and the City of Winchester. Christin also serves as a Guardian ad litem for children, where she represents children in court proceedings.

Christin has lived all around the country, from Texas to California, New York, Ohio, and Indiana, before settling down in Virginia where she has lived for approximately 7 years. Growing up in a military family, she is familiar with the various challenges that accompany families with spouses and children in the military. This experience helps her when representing those military families going through divorce, custody or other family law issues.

Christin attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in political science while competing as a Division 1 collegiate athlete. In the spring of her senior year, Christin decided to attend law school at Valparaiso University and follow her path towards becoming a lawyer.

Christin's dedication to hard work transcended her law school career, finishing her first year at the top of her class.

Christin's experience and success in college, law school, and athletics is evident in her role as an advocate for her clients. She understands that hard work and dedication is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. Prior to joining Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross, Christin worked at Lieblich & Grimes, P.C., where she was mentored by some of the top family law attorneys in Virginia. In addition to representing her own clients, she is also engaged in the following Pro Bono activities: Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Pro bono through Fairfax County Bar Association; Pro Se Committee through Loudoun County Bar Association; Leadership in the Law – Co-Chair Director; and Loudoun County Bar Association – Co-chair of Social Committee. Christin has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Northern Virginia 2016.


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio , Political Science, B.A., Cum Laude


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Fairfax county Bar Association
  • Virginia Women's Attorney Association
  • District of Columbia Bar

Elizabeth M. Ross

leesburg va attorney elizabeth rosssElizabeth Ross is a principal of the firm. Her practice focuses on family law, litigation, collaborative divorce and mediation. She regularly practices in several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, as well as Clarke County and the City of Winchester.

Although she is a seasoned litigator, Elizabeth believes in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and collaborative divorce whenever possible for her clients. She is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners, the Virginia Collaborative Professionals, and the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia/Loudoun.

A Northern Virginia resident for over 25 years, Elizabeth has been practicing in the field of family law for over 15 years. Community service is an important part of her career. Most recently, she was elected to serve on the board of the Virginia Women's Attorney Association. She served on the Loudoun County Bar Association Board of Directors from 2013-2015, and volunteered on the Law Camp committee for several years, including as a mentor to high school students. Elizabeth was the Chair of the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Lawyer Referral from 2014-2015.

Elizabeth spends most of her weekends volunteering as a girl scout leader for her daughters' troops, or cheering on the softball field. As a member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia from 2006-2017, Elizabeth served in many leadership roles including on the board of directors.

Elizabeth was named a SuperLawyer for Northern Virginia in 2016 and 2017, and was listed as a SuperLawyers Rising Star for Northern Virginia from 2010 to 2015. She has achieved a rating of "Superb" on the AVVO.com web site.

Elizabeth M. Ross practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, Adoption, Spousal Support, Mediation, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Settlement Agreements, Wills, and Collaborative Divorce.al Committee. Christin has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Northern Virginia 2016.


  • The George Washington University School of Law, J.D. with High Honors
  • The College of Willliam & Mary, B.A.


  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Virginia Women's Attorney Association

Leesburg, VA Office
29 North King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-722-0717

Friderick, MD Office
9 North King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-722-0717

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