Chris grew up in a multi-cultural home and lived in New York, Alaska and California. She is a fluent French speaker. Chris graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1982 and obtained her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York in 1987. She has maintained licenses to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia and New York but currently practices solely in Virginia. Christine Mougin-Boal has called western Loudoun County her home since 1988.
Chris began practicing law in 1988 in Fairfax, Virginia with a civil defense litigation firm focusing on personal injury and medical malpractice defense. In addition to litigating numerous cases, Chris prepared the majority of all appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court for the firm.
In 1994, when Chris and her colleague Rhonda Paice established the firm of Paice & Mougin-Boal, P.C. in Leesburg, Virginia. Since that date, Chris’s practice has focused on all aspects of domestic relations litigation, including child custody and visitation, support issues, property division and divorce as well as appeals of domestic cases to the Court of Appeals. In addition, Chris has represented petitioners and respondents in adult guardianship and conservatorship cases and has worked on adoption matters. She has also been qualified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a guardian ad litem for both children and incapacitated adults.
Chris has practiced in most courts in Northern Virginia but now generally limits her practice to Loudoun County.
In 2018 Chris was trained in the practice of Collaborative Law, an emerging and exciting approach to resolving many different kinds of conflict situations but especially suited for domestic family matters. The Collaborative Law process provides a holistic and healthy forum for parties to work toward a resolution of all issues arising out of the separation and divorce with the goal of keeping divorcing parties out of court. The parties work with a team of professionals, namely attorneys, financial professionals and coaches trained in mental health issues, to reach a global settlement that resolves all divorce issues and that provides a foundation of better communication and conflict resolution strategies and post-divorce co-parenting mechanisms. This new approach to resolving divorce conflicts as well as mediation training Chris began in 2020 has provided Chris’s clients additional options to resolve their separation and divorce matters.
Over her extensive history of working in the family law sector Chris has developed an excellent reputation as a domestic relations practitioner and litigator held in high esteem by her peers.
In 2013 Chris was appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course and served a three year term.
In 2020 Chris was honored to be inducted into the Virginia Law Fellows Class of 2020. This honor is granted to Virginia lawyers of integrity and character who are recognized as outstanding in their profession and communities. Approximately one percent of attorneys and retired judges have been named Fellows in Virginia.
In conjunction with practicing law, Chris has been actively involved in state and local bar associations. She is a Past President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2010-2011) and Board Member of the state VWAA Board (2006-2014). Chris was one of the founding board members of the Loudoun Chapter of the VWAA, acting as Vice-President (2002-2003) and President (2004-2006) as well as Treasurer on two separate occasions. Through her association with the VWAA, Chris has spearheaded various pro bono and community-based events including the local Adoption Day Program for Loudoun County and Empty Bowls Projects as well as a state-wide conference in 2010 entitled Diversity and the Practice of Law: New Clients, New Perspectives, New Challenges.
During her time practicing in Loudoun, Chris has consistently participated in local bar activities for the Loudoun County Bar Association.
Chris has also devoted her time to Virginia State Bar activities. From 2006-2012 she was a member of the Special Committee on Lawyer Referral, a service designed to assist the public in obtaining referrals for local attorneys. In 2013 Chris began a three year elected term as a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, the body generally charged with the administration of the affairs of the Virginia State Bar. Chris became a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations in 2017 and currently sits as Secretary for the Conference.
Areas of Practice
- Equitable Distribution
- Spousal and Child Support
- Custody and Visitation
- Adult Guardianship Proceedings
- Collaborative Law
- Virginia, 1988 – Currently
- New York, 1988 – 2014
- District of Columbia, 1989 – 2014
- St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York J.D. – 1987 | Honors: Moot Court Board
- Colgate University Hamilton, NY B.A. – 1982 | Major: Political Science/International Relations
- Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, Virginia State Bar 2013 – 2016
Virginia Women Attorneys Association Annual Meeting October 7, 2016
Progress in Recognizing our Responsibility to Provide Pro Bono Services – (Maryse Allen, Esq. Christine Mougin-Boal, Esq; and Renae Patrick, Esq.)
- The Probate Nation – aired February 28, 2017 Adult Conservatorships and Guardianship in Loudoun County (Christine Mougin-Boal, Esq. and Rachel Downs, Esq.)
- Loudoun Chapter Virginia Women Attorneys Association April 20, 2017 Trial Notebook Practice (Christine Mougin-Boal, Esq. and Barbara S. Williams, Esq.)
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, Virginia State Bar 2013 – 2016
Virginia Law Foundation – Fellow – Inducted 2020
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Loudoun County Bar Association, 1994 – Present
- Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2001 – Present
- Virginia State Bar Association, 1988 – Present
- D.C. Bar Association, 1989 – 2014
- New York State Bar Association, 1987 – 2014
Past Employment Positions
- The Marquis Law Group, Partner 2023 – present
- The Laurel Brigade Law Group, Partner 2014 – 2022
- Ritenour Paice Mougin-Boal & Wexton, Partner 2010 – 2014
- Ritenour Paice & Mougin-Boal, Partner 2004 – 2010
- Paice & Mougin-Boal, Partner 1994 – 2004
- Godard, West & Adelman, Associate 1989 – 1994
Pro Bono Activities
- VSB Special Committee for Lawyer Referral, 2006 – 2012
- VSB Council Member, 2013 – Present