When Ari N. Sommer started practicing law, he didn’t necessarily have a clear picture of which areas he wanted to focus on. But he did have a crystal-clear view of what he wanted to accomplish as an attorney: to help people who needed help, guide people who needed guidance and solve problems for those facing life’s inevitable challenges.
This recognition that the law is about people – not statutes and cases and files and abstractions – defines Ari and his practice. Primarily representing clients with elder law, asset protection, and estate planning needs, he recognizes the profound impact that sound advice - delivered with clarity and compassion – can have on their lives.
Ari also understands that serving his clients begins with listening to them and treating them with respect and empathy. He wants each client to feel comfortable sharing their concerns, discussing their circumstances, and asking every question that comes to mind. By truly listening, Ari develops tailored solutions and approaches that are a direct reflection of each client’s unique needs and objectives.
Clients turn to Ari when they need assistance with elder law issues, including planning for long-term care or Medicaid pre-planning and crisis care. He complements his legal knowledge with his background in health and life insurance and annuities to help clients find optimal solutions to finance their long-term care needs. He is a published author on elder law issues and an active member of professional organizations focused on seniors' legal concerns, including serving on the board of directors of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ari also serves those who served our country, working to ensure that veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve.
A 2003 graduate of Pomona College, Ari earned his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2009. Before he established his practice here in the Shenandoah Valley in 2013, Ari’s professional and personal journey took him from law firms in Manhattan to medical and legal clinics in South Africa, where he used his talents to protect the rights of those seeking asylum and protection.
Licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia and New York, Ari relishes all that Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley have to offer and enjoys spending his time playing outdoors with his daughter, baking, bird watching, and finding little cafes and bakeries throughout Northern Virginia and D.C.