Mr. Colten was born in New York City and has been a long-time resident of Virginia. After serving as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax County for two years, Mr. Colten entered private practice in Northern Virginia. He was a founding member and principal of Surovell, Jackson, Colten & Dugan, P.C. and its predecessor firms, prior to forming Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent P.C.
In 1965, Mr. Colten received his B.S. with a major in sociology from American University. He graduated with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1972. Mr. Colten was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1972. He is licensed to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Having dealt at a grass roots level with problems uniquely affecting the family during seven years of employment as a counselor and supervisor at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court prior to and during law school attendance, and as a prosecuting attorney following his admission to the Bar, Mr. Colten has heavily concentrated his practice in the area of Family Law. His prominence in the field has been recognized through his inclusion in listings of top domestic relations lawyers in the area, including The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian Magazine, and both the Virginia and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area editions of Super Lawyers magazine. He has also been named by BestofUS.com to its list of Best Professional Service Providers in the U.S. He has received Martindale Hubbell's top rating of AV. Mr. Colten's practice also extends to general civil litigation and commercial matters.
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