The FBA and its members remember the friends of the association who may be gone, but not forgotten. We value their service to the community through their work toward justice and hope that this may serve as a tribute to them.
Grace Rebecca Manm
Grace Rebecca Mann, beloved daughter of Melissa Schulman and The Honorable Thomas Peter Mann, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge, passed away on April 17, 2015. She was 20.
A junior at the University of Mary Washington, Grace was known on campus for her passion for gender equality. She was majoring in history and American studies and was a student leader and board member of Feminist United, a member of the Student Senate, and an appointed member of the University task force on sexual assault.
In addition to her parents, Grace is survived by grandfather, George Mann and was the granddaughter of the late Harriet Mann, and the late Julius and Marion Schulman; niece of Stephen and Marsha Schulman, Jeff and Marcy Schulman, Eric Schulman and Share Maack, Andrew and Kathy Mann, Steven and Stephanie Mann and Richard and Lisa Mann. She is also survived by many friends, family, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to RCASA (Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault) www.rcasa.org. The Mann family also intends to establish a fund at the University of Mary Washington to honor Grace. To leave a message on the online guestbook, please go here.
The Honorbale J. Conrad Waters, Jr.
On March 19, 2015, retired General District Court Chief Judge, J. Conrad Waters, Jr., passed away. Born in 1936 , he grew up in Arlington, Virginia, graduating from Washington Lee High School in 1954. He attended Roanoke College, where he met his wife, Terry. They married in 1960 and had one child, Laurie.
Judge Waters graduated from Seton Hall University Law School in 1968, and briefly practiced law in New Jersey. He returned to Virginia and first worked in the Office of the Fairfax County Executive until he joined the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. After working for the Commonwealth Attorney, Judge Waters had a very successful career as a criminal defense attorney. With the support of the Fairfax Bar, Judge Waters was appointed to the Fairfax General District Court in 1979. He was Chief Judge of the General District Court from 1986 until shortly before his judicial retirement in 2001. Even after his 2001 retirement, he continued to serve the Commonwealth as a substitute Judge on an as needed basis.
He enjoyed being with his family, fishing, traveling to his place in Virginia's "south country" and playing golf. He also liked fast cars and motorcycles.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Waters held a wide variety of jobs, and that allowed him to have a unique understanding of those that appeared in Court before him. As a teenager, he worked in a gas station. He drove a tow truck and a concrete mixer. He served with Honor in the United States Navy. He helped his grandfather build an apartment building in Arlington. He was a volunteer firefighter in Ballston, and later facilitated the necessary relocation of the firehouse for the subway project. He drove an ambulance for Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. He was a police officer in Washington, DC; a workers' compensation investigator; and, a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Judge Waters used his wide background in these many different walks of life to oversee the judicial operations of the busiest General District Court in the Commonwealth. He was a longtime member of Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. He is survived by his wife (Terry), daughter (Laurie) and sister (Charlotte Waters).
Rhonda J. Macdonald
Rhonda J. Macdonald, age 57, died on March 16, 2015 after a brief illness. She practiced trust and estate law in Northern Virginia since 1986, opening her own practice in 1996.
She served as Chair of the Fairfax Bar Wills, Trusts and Estates section and over the years was quoted extensively in Washington Post articles on estate administration and taxation. Rhonda was well respected for her professionalism in all aspects of her practice.
Rhonda grew up in Walcott, North Dakota, attended Concordia College, and later received her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is survived by her husband, Jeff, and children Kelly, Ryan and Danny, as well as a large extended family and innumerable friends.
Lance Daniel Gardner
Lance Daniel Gardner died peacefully at his home in Fairfax, VA on February 23, 2015. He was 69.
Lance was born to Vincent and Velva Gardner on December 19, 1945 in Bradford, PA. Upon completion of Bradford Central Christian School in 1963, he went onto receive his BS from Pennsylvania State University and later his Masters Degree in tax law from the Georgetown University Law Center. Completing graduation, Lance would go onto a successful career in federal tax administration.
In 1983, Lance received his JD with Distinction from George Mason University of Law. There he was awarded the Scholarship Key from Delta Theta Phi Honor Fraternity and the American Jurisprudence Award from the law school.
Lance was known for his legal insight, but he also was known for his generous support of various charities, his broad knowledge of scientific advances, and his devotion to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
William ("Bud") F. Roeder, Jr.
William ("Bud") F. Roeder, Jr. passed away on January 6, 2015 after a long battle of scleroderma induced pulmonary fibrosis. He was active in the legal community and served as Fairfax Bar President in 1978-1979. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Louis Lawrence de Nicola
Louis Lawrence de Nicola was born on November 10, 1924 in New York City. After Louis graduated from Xavier High School in New York City he joined the United States Navy Submarine Service. Following his service in the Navy, Louis earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and subsequently his J.D. and LL.M. both from Georgetown University's Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1954 and was a practicing Attorney in Alexandria, VA until he retired in 2002.
Beloved husband of the late A. Jeanne (Roepke) de Nicola, Louis is survived by his three sons, Charles Lynch de Nicola and wife Susan of Elwood, IN, Lawrence Fitzpatrick de Nicola of Manassas, VA and John Barry de Nicola and wife, Dana of Ashburn, VA; three grandchildren, Jean Marie de Nicola of Macclenny, FL, Evan James de Nicola of Ashburn, VA and Kyle Matthew de Nicola of Ashburn, VA, and many devoted friends.
J. Ronald Lynch, Esq.
Longtime Fairfax attorney J. Ronald Lynch passed away on December 17, 2014, as a result of bone cancer. He is survived by his wife, Maryann Lynch, and his children Elizabeth K. Lynch, a member of the Alexandria Bar Association, Daniel P. Lynch, and Andrew K. Lynch.
The Honorable R. Terrence Ney
The FBA is saddened to learn of the loss of Judge R. Terrence Ney who passed away on November 24, 2014. He was 70. Judge Ney was a graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He ran a law firm in Fairfax that eventually became a part of McGuireWoods LLP. He was later elected to the Circuit Court of Fairfax County where he served for nearly 16 years. Visit this page to leave a tribute comment.
Archie Joseph "A.J." Albanese, Esq.
A. J. Albanese died on August 30, 2014 at the age of 97. He was a longtime McLean resident and Fairfax City Attorney, and was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army (Ret.). Beloved husband of the late Jeanne T. Albanese and Sally Albanese. He is survived by his 5 children, Michael G. Albanese, David A. (Rebecca) Albanese, Ronald J. Albanese, Mark S. Albanese and Jeanne "Gigi" (Jerry) Garafalo, two step-children, Andrew (Elizabeth) Oman and Anne Oman, as well as 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Courtland L. Traver, Jr., Esq.
Courtland L. Traver, Jr. passed away on March 30, 2014. He was born on September 20, 1935 and is survived by his wife, sister, son, two daughters, two step-daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Upon graduating the University of Connecticut, he entered the Naval Aviation School in Florida and later studied law at Georgetown University. He was a partner at McGuire Woods until his retirement in 2000.
Anthony E. Grimaldi, Esq.
Anthony Grimaldi passed away on January 14, 2014 surrounded by family. Mr. Grimaldi was a 1952 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and later Georgetown Law School in 1957. He began his legal career at DC Transit Company and then joined the firm of O'Brien and Clague in Washington, DC. After moving to Virginia, he became partner of Doherty, Sheridan and Grimaldi in Fairfax. He later practiced law with William Virgulak and Dana Scott in Fairfax and Leesburg and was also co-founder and President of Attorneys Arbitration and Mediation, Inc. Before retiring in January of 2013, he was Of Counsel for the law firm of Brault, Palmer, Steinhilber & Robbins, LLP. Mr. Grimaldi is survived by his wife of 56 years, five children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two brothers.
Gerard F. Treanor, Jr.
Gerard F. Treanor, Jr., was born July 1, 1943 and died October 30, 2013. Gerry was a graduate of St. Anselm's Abbey School, the College of the Holy Cross, and the Columbus School of Law. Gerry clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Edward Curran. Gerry also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and was stationed in Exmouth, in Northwest Cape, Australia. While there, he met his future wife, Sandra Smith. Later, Gerry became a well respected prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office. He continued his career in private practice specializing in white-collar crime, first at Dolan & Treanor, then with Cacheris & Treanor, and finally at Venable LLP where he ran the pro bono program and was honored with the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Award for Excellence. Gerry was a loyal and proud member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the Barristers, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown.
Over the course of Gerry's career, many young lawyers sought his advice and benefited greatly from his wise counsel. He was known as an acclaimed storyteller, one who would never let facts get in the way of a good story. Gerry is survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, and brothers. He is predeceased by his father and youngest brother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerry's name to the Wendt Center for Loss & Healing and the Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Jeffrey B. Cohen
Former Fairfax Bar Association member Jeffrey B. Cohen passed away on August 1, 2013 following a lengthy period of declining health. Services were held in memory of Jeff on August 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he had returned years ago to be near his family. Jeff was a partner in the Law Firm of Hale Hassan Carlson & Penn from 1989 through 2002. He was well-liked by his many friends in the legal community. He enjoyed a reputation for being an optimistic, hard-working, and personable colleague. His partners and friends remember him as a loving father who cherished his family. He especially enjoyed time with his family playing golf and snow skiing.
John J. Karcha
John passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. He was known throughout Fairfax County as a dedicated attorney and a faithful member of his church who always gave his time when asked to help or to serve.
Hon. H. Selwyn Smith
Retired Prince William Circuit Court Judge H. Selwyn Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2013, surrounded by family. Judge Smith was 91 years old. Born on July 19, 1922, in Manassas, he was raised on a farm in Nokesville, Virginia that had been in his father's family for generations. He served as Captain in the Army during WWII, earning several battlefield decorations.In 1943, Judge Smith graduated from Virginia Tech in an accelerated class of potential officers and soldiers. There he served as a Company Commander in the Corp of Cadets, and earned his Bachelor's degree, in Agricultural Sciences. After his military service, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and established his practice in Manassas becoming only one of eight attorneys in the Manassas area at that time. In 1960, he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney of Prince William County. In 1972, he was elected to serve in the Virginia Senate for a four year term. He was appointed in 1976 to assume the newly legislated position of Secretary of Public Safety. He was appointed to serve as Circuit Court judge of Prince William County in 1980. He retired from that position on June 30, 1993, but continued to serve as a substitute Prince William Circuit Court judge for ten years. Judge smith is survived by two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his two brothers, sister, and wife of 64 years.
Robert J. Duffett
Rob departed this life on August 11, 2013 following a determined and inspiring battle with cancer. He was 47. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father, talented attorney, outgoing friend to many, and a sometimes comedian. Survivors include his wife, Gretchen B. Duffett; daughters, Caroline K. Duffett and Laura W. Duffett; father, Benton S. Duffett, Jr.; brothers, Benton S. Duffett III and David J. Duffett; and an abundance of friends. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1984, Indiana University in 1988, and then T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond in 1991. As a partner in the Falls Church law firm of Baskin, Jackson & Duffett P.C., he concentrated on landlord-tenant law. Frequently, he spoke and lectured on this area of the law, and was responsible for the creation and publication of the Virginia Landlord. The First Baptist Church of Alexandria, where Rob served as a Trustee, was an important part of his entire life.
John M. Braswell
John M. Braswell, principal of Redmon, Peyton and Braswell, LLP and Past-President of the Alexandria Bar Association, died on Friday, July 26, 2013 in a swimming accident while vacationing in Michigan. John started practice in the early 1980's. He served on the Alexandria Bar Association's Board of Directors for a number of years and started a mentorship program in 1999 while he was president. John practiced law in Alexandria for 30 years.
Blaine P. Friedlander
Blaine P. Friedlander ("Beep") passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2013 at the age of 85 leaving his wife, Phyllis, and two children, Diane and Blaine Jr., as well as four grandchildren. He was born in 1928, graduated from Fairfax High School, received his undergraduate at UVA, and and later graduated from Georgetown Law School. After college he was a teacher at Fairfax High School until he was called to the Army during the Korean War. He served as a forward artillery observer for the RoK Army and served in active combat, receiving decorations from the RoK Army for his actions. When he returned home and graduated from Georgetown Law School, he joined his father's family law firm with brother Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. His brothers Harry and Jerry later joined the firm as well. He continued to practice law in both DC and VA until about 15 years ago when he retired. Upon retirement, he became very active with the Korean War Memorial and the VFW. He received an award from the Korean government for his work with the Korean War Memorial and his efforts at bringing MIA home from the war.
Justice Harry L. Carrico
Harry L. Carrico, former judge of the Virginia Supreme Court, died on January 27, 2013. He was 96. Justice Carrico was born in 1916 in Washington and grew up in Fauquier and Fairfax Counties. He graduated from Lee-Jackson High School in Fairfax County and received his associate's degree from George Washington University in 1938 and would later receive his law degree from the university. Justice Carrico was chosen to sit on Fairfax County's Trial Justice Court, a predecessor of the current county court. He served in the Navy during WWII and worked private practice before he was appointed to sit in Virginia's 16th Judicial Circuit, which included Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and Alexandria. From there, Justice Carrico joined the Virginia Supreme Court in 1961. He became chief justice 20 years later, retiring in 2003. Justice Carrico continued to hear cases occasionally as a senior justice after retirement. In 1966, Justice Carrico wrote the Virginia Supreme Court decision upholding Virginia's miscegenation laws, which prohibited marriage between interracial couples. The court's unanimous ruling in Loving vs. Virginia - the case of a white man and an African-American woman who married in Washington, DC and were living in Caroline County, Virginia - was later reversed by the US Supreme Court in 1967. The Loving ruling was in keeping with Justice Carrico's belief in following and not setting precedent. During Justice Carrico's years on the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia judiciary was changed from a system with roots of a rural background to one that reflected the state's growing diversity. The Virginia Court of Appeals was created by the General Assembly during Justice Carrico's term. Justice Carrico is survived by his wife, daughter, sister, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jereome H. Heckman
Jerome H. Heckman, a native and life-long resident of Washington, DC passed away on January 21, 2013. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife, Ilona Ely Grenadier Heckman, a domestic relations lawyer in Virginia, two sons, a stepson, stepdaughter, and several grandchildren. Mr. Heckman graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and then served as a Navel Air Cadet. He later graduated from Georgetown University in 1948 and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1953. Mr. Heckman became General Counsel of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., a position he held until 2002. In 1962, he co-founded the Law Firm of Keller and Heckman. Mr. Heckman was able to shepherd the handling of every major legal and regulatory problem the plastics industry faced. Among his most significant achievements was the creation of new language in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which made it possible for innovators to obtain clearance for their packaging materials changes in a fixed time of 120 days after the Notifications are filed with the FDA. This change came about in 1997 as a direct result of Mr. Heckman's initiative. Mr. Heckman's honors include: induction to the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1986, Awarded the Spes Hominum (Hope of Mankind) medal by the National Sanitation Foundation in 1987, was presented with a Director's Special Citation Award from the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2000 for his participation in the establishment of a new system for FDA approval of food contact surfaces, received the first William Bradbury award for outstanding contributions to the plastics packaging industry from the SPI Color Additives and Compounders Division 2000, was the recipient of the Paul R. Dean Award, the highest honor the Georgetown University Law Center bestows on an alumnus in June 2001, was awarded the International Achievement Award by the International Society of Regulatory Toxicologist and Pharmacologists in December of 2005, and was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame and enshrined at Michigan State University in October 2007. Mr. Heckman also was the author of more than 125 papers on administrative law subjects.
E. Eugene Luther
A resident of Ashburn, Virginia, E. Eugene Luther, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor G. Luther, father to Tara L. Schmohl, Tanya K. Kukral, Lura E. Teeter and step-father of Michael Patrick. He is also survived by two sisters and several grandchildren. Eugene was born in 1924 in a farmhouse near Oregon, in Holt County, MO. He resided in Holt County until July 1941 when, after finishing high school, he went to St. Joseph, MO where he attended Platt-Gard Business College and worked for H.O. Sidenfaden Funeral Home, Pennant Cafeteria and Standard Oil Company of Indiana. On June 6, 1942 he enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in Kansas City, MO. In September 1943, he graduated from flight school in Pensacola, FL, and was designated Naval Aviator and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. U.S. Marine Corps. During WWII he served as a fighter pilot (F4U-Corsair) at NAS Opa Locka, FL; El Toro, CA; El Centro, CA; overseas MCAS Ewa Hawaii, Guam, Roi-Namur (Kwajlein Atoll), Okinawa and Midway Is. He was awarded several decorations including six Air Medals and one Distinguished Flying Cross. After WWII he remained in the organized Reserve and flew Corsairs at NAS Olathe, KS and NAS Anacostia, D.C. Between WWII and the Korean War, he attended Central Methodist College, Fayette, MO and George Washington University, Washington D.C. where he received AA, BA and J.D. degrees (1948, 1949 and 1951 respectively). He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar September 1951. In August 1951, he was recalled to active duty USMC as fighter pilot, staff legal officer, Military Justice Officer and Trial Counsel. In 1975 he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Lt. Col. In August 1954, upon being released from active duty, he began the practice of law in Arlington, Va. where he also served as a Commissioner in the Violations Bureau, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney (1956-1961) and was appointed a Substitute Judge of the County Court in 1964. In 1984, he was appointed Chairman of a Committee of the Virginia State Bar to investigate and report the extent of substance abuse in the legal profession in Virginia. This Committee, now known as Lawyers Helping Lawyers, diligently pursued the directive during the ensuing years and continues to serve the legal profession in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. In 1988, he was appointed a Commissioner in Chancery and Substitute Judge in Fairfax County, Va. He was raised a Master Mason in Maitland Lodge AF and AM #112 on August 13, 1946. He was affiliated with Fort-Hunt Daytime Lodge #353, Springfield, VA. He became a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite on April 16, 1953 and a Shriner with the Sudan Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in New Bern, N.C. also in 1953. Upon being released from active duty in the USMC in 1954, he returned to Arlington County Va. and remained active in the organized USMCR, affiliated with the Alexandria Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, S.J., USA, on August 10, 1956 and in the same year he affiliated with Kena Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S. in Fairfax, VA. He was so a member of Arlington Commandery #029, Knights Templar, Arlington, Va. and the Royal Arch Masons in Virginia, Arlington #35.
Raymond D. Kline
Raymond D. Kline, Esq., passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Alexandria, where he lived and worked. He was 58. He is survived by his wife, mother, siblings, and nieces. Raymond was born in New York, New York in 1954 and lived in Connecticut with his family. In 1980, he graduated with his BA from Rutgers University. In 1986, he attended law school at Catholic University where he earned his JD. Raymond first worked at a federal agency and then established his private practice specializing in bankruptcy and immigration law.
David Lee Hilton
Col. David Lee Hilton passed away at his home in Great Falls, VA on November 14, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and several cousins. David was a gifted trial lawyer and was a founding member of Hilton & Somer, LLC. He served honorably in the US Marine Corps Reserve Jag unit for 30 years.
L. Farnum Johnson, Jr.
Mr. Johnson died on March 31, 2012 in Littleton, Colorado of complications from congestive heart failure and diabetes. He had lived in suburban Denver since 2007. He was 82. Mr. Johnson was a sole practitioner who maintained a law office in the City of Falls Church from 1955 until his retirement. He was a 1954 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. A native of Colorado, he moved to Northern Virginia as a young boy when his father accepted a position in the Roosevelt Administration. He graduated from Falls Church High School and attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate. In 2007, he retired from the practice of law to relocate to Colorado to be closer to his daughter, grandchildren, and sister. Mr. Johnson concentrated his practice in the area of trust and estate administration. He was the chairman and co-managing trustee of The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Virginia. Long active in Democratic politics, he organized the Fairfax County Young Democrats and served on the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, two children, and two grandchildren. Interment was private in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homestretch, Inc., 303 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046, or to Project CURE, 10377 E. Geddes Avenue, Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80112.
H. Kent Kidwell
On Friday, March 2, 2012, H. Kent Kidwell, beloved husband of Gerd D. Kidwell, father of Kristin E. Leathers and John Kidwell, brother of Thomas D. Kidwell, grandfather of four, and friend to countless, passed away peacefully, surrounded in his last days by the love of his family and friends. He was an accomplished attorney at law, and a teacher to us all. Above all, he was a family man. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Kent's honor to Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church by calling 703-437-3790.
On August 18, 2011, Fairfax attorney Simon Osnos of Potomac, MD passed away. He was the beloved husband of Marsha Osnos, loving father of Victor and Leah Osnos, and dear brother of Noah Osnos. Mr. Osnos was a graduate of Boston University and Georgetown Law School. After working at the Central International Law Firm in Seoul, Korea, he founded his own firm of Osnos & Associates in 1982, where he continued to practice law for the past 29 years. Resident of the Washington DC area since 1958, he was a tireless advocate for his clients and a dedicated family man. He bravely confronted his cancer and became an ardent supporter of the work of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Memorial contributions can be made to support Dr. Quiñones’ Brain Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins Dept. of Neurosurgery. Checks may be made payable to Johns Hopkins and mailed to Kim Metzger, 100 N. Charles St. Suite 429, Baltimore, MD 21201.
William S. Taylor
On Monday, June 27, 2011, William "Bill" Stuart Taylor, age 84, passed away at his home in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his loving family. A native of Florence, Ala., and the son of the late Garland and Ilma Taylor, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Earman Taylor. Also surviving are his children, Frances Taylor Purkert (William), Jane Taylor (Glen), Natalie Taylor Zink (William), Mary Wyatt Taylor, Marcie King Wolff (Richard), Susan Taylor (Eric), and his 12 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's name to ChildFund, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261-6507, ChildFund.org or the Salvation Army, 518 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204, salvationarmy.org.
Bobbie Jane Denny
Bobbie Jane Denny, 63, died on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home on the Mississippi River. She was the former director of the Fairfax County Law Library for 10 years before retiring in 2006, and returning to Illinois in 2007. Born in Springfield, IL on Nov. 6, 1947, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Alene I. “Icky” (Sprague) Denny. Surviving are her children, Laura (husband Bill), Mark (wife Randi), four grandchildren, her brother, and her niece: Lauren Denny. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. She graduated as valedictorian of North Greene High School in Illinois Class of 1965. Bobbie attended the University of Illinois receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology with honors and a Masters Degree in Education. She then attended American University in Washington, D.C. where she obtained a Juris Doctorate degree. She later earned a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Bobbie was a public school teacher and counselor in Illinois. In 1974, she moved to Northern Virginia where she had a private law practice. She enjoyed painting and was an avid golfer. Bobbie loved animals, had many pets and was a horse enthusiast.
Dickson Fleming Young
Dickson Fleming Young (age 88) of Manassas, VA and formerly of Queens, NY passed away July 1, 2011, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the loving care of his family and “Capital Caring” after a short illness. Dickson was born on September 3, 1922 in Astoria, NY to the late Dickson and Sara Young. He attended and graduated from Jamaica High school and was undefeated as captain of the golf team. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in WWII as a meteorologist and forward weather observer. He was selected by the US Army to attend and train at Bowdoin College in Maine.
Dickson was a retired New York Police Captain, working with the NYPD for 35 years. He was an avid golfer who over his lifetime participated in and won the PSAL City Championship; the Metropolitan Golf Association Championship; the New York Police Golf Open; the William Henry Beers Memorial Trophy; the Metropolitan Amateur; the Long Island Open; the Ike Tournament; and was the Club Champion of AlderCress Golf Course (Bergen, NJ); Douglaston Golf Course (New York, NY) and Kissena Golf Course (Flushing, NY). He was noted in the NY Times World Telegram as having the first of “4 aces” in his lifetime on 06/30/42. For the majority of his golf career his handicap was a 0. He was named “the Ace” of the NYC Police Department. His greatest golf experience was the time spent with his son in Scotland where they played all of the courses of the British Open era.
Lionel Richmond passed away on June 13, 2011. He is survived by wife Anne Richmond, children Cathy Richmond Warner, Ross L. Richmond, Dana Richmond Powers and granddaughter/daughter Jenny Richmond. He also leaves behind several grandchildren.
Haynie Seay Trotter
Haynie Seay Trotter, of McLean, passed away on June 13 at the age of 80. He was a retired partner with the law firm McGuireWoods LLP and is survived by his wife and two children.
Dr. Alice Kassabian
Dr Alice Kassabian, of Oakton, Virginia, passed away on June 9, 2011 from complications of ALS at the age of 85. She was the wife of Albert Kassabian, mother of Honorable Brett Kassabian and John Kassabian - active members of the Fairfax Bar Association. Alice is also survived by three more children, Dr. Keith J. Kassabian, Lynne A. Kassabian and Clay V. Kassabian, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Dr. Alice Kassabian to the Armenian National Committee of America Endowment.
Justice Leroy Hassell
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. passed away in Richmond. He was 55.
A native of Norfolk, Justice Hassell graduated from Harvard Law School. In 1989, then Gov. Gerald L. Baliles appointed Hassell to the Supreme Court. In 2002, he became the state's first African-American chief justice, a position he served for two four-year terms.
The court disclosed the news of Justice Hassell's passing in a brief statement, but did not include cause of death or other details.
Judge Thomas J. Middleton, Jr.
A retired judge, Middleton passed away on February 2, 2011. He was born in Massachusetts in 1928 and served in the US Army following high school. Upon completion of his military service, he attended Boston College and later William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He practiced law in Fairfax, Virginia for 20 years prior to his appointment to the Fairfax Circuit Court bench. Before retiring, he was an active member of the Fairfax community, including the Fairfax Bar Association. Middleton is survived by his wife of 55 years, four children, and 18 grandchildren.
Philip M. Keating
It is with deepest sadness that Bean, Kinney & Korman informs the community that friend and colleague Philip M. Keating passed away suddenly on January 18 2011 at the age of 51. Phil joined Bean Kinney in 2004, and was a shareholder of the firm with a successful employment and immigration law practice. Phil was deeply involved in the Arlington community and was the 2010 Chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He was well known by many in the community for his gracious demeanor, terrific sense of humor and genuine personality. He was also a prominent contributor to his practice area, presenting often to audiences throughout the region and having published numerous articles on related topics.
Phil was a native of New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers and received his J.D. with honors from George Washington University. He was married with three children.
Ann Elmore Keith
Ann Elmore Keith died peacefully November 15, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
Joseph C. Bennet, Jr.
Joseph C. Bennet, Jr. passed away on October 23, 2010 at the age of 85. He was the husband of Evelyn M. Bennet; and father and step-father of Mary Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Bennet, Virginia Scarborough, Katherine Medeiros, Dane Kielsgard, Chris Kielsgard, Mark Kielsgard, and the late William Bennet and Kevin Kielsgard. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Joseph served as a Marine in WWII and was a lawyer in Fairfax since 1950. Funeral arrangements have been kept private; memorial contributions can be made in Joseph's name to the Humane Society of Fairfax County.
Richard E. Henning Jr.
Richard E. Henning Jr. passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.
Richard Henry Lewis
Richard Henry Lewis (April 25, 1929-March 20, 2010) passed away in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on March 20, 2010 of heart failure. He had retired to Florida after being a member of the Virginia Bar for 50 years.
Born April 25, 1929, he was the son of the late Henry and Helen Lewis of Arlington, VA. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dianne L. Lewis, also survived by his daughters Susan Casey, Jennifer Carroll, Christina Canouse and two sons Richard and John Lewis. Also, his brother Robert Lewis of Oregon. He leaves behind nine grandchildren.
Dick attended Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA and continued his education at the College of William and Mary, then graduating from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William and Mary. Excelling in sports, he was inducted into the William and Mary Hall of Fame and named an All-American. Dick also served during the Korean Conflict and was a proud member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Edward J. Walinsky
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our friend and colleague, Edward J. Walinsky. Ed passed away on February 28, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. Ed Walinsky was well-known and well-respected in the Fairfax Bar, and dedicated years of service to the Bar. Among other contributions, he was a past member of the Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors and most recently served on the Judicial Screening Committee. Since 1996, he served on the Virginia State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee. He was a partner in the firm of Shoun, Bach, Walinsky & Curran, P.C., and despite his illness, served as the managing partner of the firm during 2009.
Thomas P. Mains, Jr.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Thomas P. Mains, Jr., Attorney at Law. He passed away quietly on January 17th, 2010 at the age of 75 from Wegener’s disease. He is survived by his wife, sons, daughter-in-laws, daughters, son-in-laws, sister and 14 grandchildren. Over the past 47 years, Mr. Mains had been an active member of the Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and the McLean bar associations. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.
Thomas A. Mickler
Thomas A. Mickler died on December 29, 2009 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, son, sister, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, step-sons, and step-grandchildren. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and served in the Navy during WWII. Upon returning from the war, he graduated from the University of Scranton. He later attended the George Washington School of Law. He was an active member of the Virginia State Bar and received recognition for 50 years of service to the Bar..
Mary E. Becker
Mary E. Becker died at age 50 on November 19, 2009 from acute myeloid leukemia. Funeral services were held at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly and interment was at Fairfax Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, James R. Becker, Esq., her daughter, Colette A. Becker, and her son Robert C. Becker, II.
Judge Paul D. Brown
The Arlington Bar was saddened to learn today of the passing or Retired Arlington Circuit Court Judge Paul D. Brown.
Upon Judge Brown's retirement from Arlington, his position was filled by Judge Sheridan. Up until a few years ago he was acting as a substitute Judge in Rappahannock County.
George E. Cranwell
George E. Cranwell passed away on Monday, September 21, 2009. Mr. Cranwell had been a long standing member of the Arlington legal community having been a past member of the Arlington Bar for 40 years. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Bonnie Scott Byrd
It is with the greatest sorrow we inform you that Bonnie Scott Byrd, the youngest daughter of Dick and Nancy Byrd, died by suicide on September 5, 2009. Dick was chairman of the Family Law Section for some 15 years before his retirement in 2006, and Dick and Nancy developed the VADER domestic relations software that many of you use. Bonnie was a paralegal in Dick's law firm while she was in law school, 1999-2003, and many of you knew her in this role in our legal community.
In addition to Dick and Nancy, Bonnie is survived by her two children, Nicholas and Kelly Carriger, her husband Alan Larson, and her brother and sister, Bradford Byrd and Beverly Byrd Buswell.
Hon. Carleton Penn II
Carleton Penn, II, 86, resident of Leesburg Virginia and Conway New Hampshire died on August 26, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic collision. He was the son of Carleton Penn and Virginia Burks Penn of Roanoke,Va.. He is survived by his wife, Joan Legg Penn, his son, Carleton Penn III and his wife Renee Ball Penn, a daughter, Nancy Harrison (Muffin) Penn, two grandsons, Ridley Penn Bain and Carleton Penn IV. Also surviving him are stepdaughters Carole Lynne Williams, Leslie Lewis Williams, Stacy Williams Geddis, Katherine Kent Legg, Mary Wallace Legg Nordmark, one stepson, John Graydon Legg and step grandchildren John Graydon Legg III, Rachel Alexandra Legg, Hunter James Coburn and Kaitlin Leigh Coburn. Surviving nieces and a nephew are Virginia Penn Holmes, Nancy Lea McMoneagle, Lucinda Beale Honeycutt and Adolph J. Honeycutt, III.
Judge Penn attended the public schools of Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke College, and the University of Virginia. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia in absentia while at Marine Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina during World War II. He was commissioned at Quantico, Virginia in August 1943, and was assigned to the First Marine Division in the South Pacific. He landed in the fourth assault wave at Peleliu and was later wounded there on Bloody Nose Ridge while directing artillery fire during that battle; he was awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
After military service he returned to the University of Virginia and received his law degree in 1948. He then became an Associate of Elijah B. White, Esquire, in Leesburg, Virginia, and opened his own law office in 1950. In 1952 he was appointed Trial Justice (now District Judge) and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge of Loudoun County, which offices he held until 1958.
Upon the death of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1968, Penn was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the prosecutor. However, in 1970 he was elected by the General Assembly of Virginia to the bench of the Circuit Court for Loudoun, Fauquier, and Rappahannock Counties. He presided in that Circuit until his retirement in 1987. After retirement he continued to sit as a retired judge in the courts of the Circuit and other courts until 2004.
Before coming to the Circuit Bench he served on the Condemnation Commission of the United States Court acquiring lands for Dulles Airport, the Dulles Airport Access Road and other Federal projects. He was Master of Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, President of the Leesburg Lions Club, and on the Board of the Peoples National Bank of Leesburg, Virginia.
Known by his friends as “Biff,” Judge Penn enjoyed tennis, playing each Sunday with the “Awful Awesome Foursome,” in earlier days before indoor courts came to Loudoun County, regardless of the weather, sometimes scraping snow from the tennis court. He was also known for his strong sense of ethics, his memory for details, and his great sense of humor.
Mary Elizabeth Pierce
Longtime Fairfax lawyer Mary Elizabeth Pierce died of respiratory failure at her home in Richmond.
Mary was born on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C. in 1922, and grew up in Arlington. Her father was Gorman Hendricks, a muckraking Washington journalist who gained celebrity for going to jail rather than disclose his sources for a story about speakeasies, and later played himself in the 1956 film "On the Bowery". In 1944 she married William Arthur ("Bud") Pierce. They lived in Fairfax for most of their lives and raised eight children there. She began college at the age of 16 at Mary Washington College, and finished at age 46 at George Mason University. She "read law" in the offices of Friedlander & Friedlander instead of going to law school, and began her practice in 1974 at an office in the Mosby Building. Mrs. Pierce was a perennial Guardian-Ad-Litem in Fairfax in child welfare and custody cases, as her real-life experience with children, adolescents and mothering made her a favorite appointee with many of the judges. She also did divorce and adoption work, at times defended criminal cases and somehow found time to serve in Appalachian communities as a VISTA volunteer. Bud died in 1992. Despite attempts to retire, her practice continued until 2000 when she moved to Richmond, where one of her sons and two of her daughters reside.
Lane R. Gabeler-Millner
Lane R. Gabeler-Millner of McLean, VA died on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. Born June 14, 1937 in Louisville, KY. She had lived and practiced law in McLean since 1972. She was a senior partner of Gabeler, Battocchi and Powell, PLLC. She is survived by her husband H. Victor Millner, Jr. of Chatham, VA; a son, George E. Ward, Jr. of FL.; a sister, Rachel Coder Matthews of CT.; a nephew Wimmer Lane Coder of NY; and three grandchildren.
Paul George Varoutsos
Paul George Varoutsos passed away on June 25 at his home in Arlington County. He was born in Washing, served in the Navy during WWII, and then graduated from the George Washington School of Law in 1949. Mr. Varoutsos formed a family law practice in 1951 with Louis Koutoulakos; he continued to work there until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Varoutsos was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and was a founder of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, including Judge George D. Varoutsos of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, a brother, and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Varoutsos Fund, Arlington Community Foundation, 2525 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.
Henry Clinton Mackall
Henry Clinton Mackall of Vienna, Virginia died on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Fairfax Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Mary Margaret Mackall; father of Caroline C. Mackall, Nancy S. Mackall & Lucy M. Thompson (Christopher); brother of Douglass Mackall, III; step-brother of Beverly Pickett Kirchmier & Julia Merrell Harris; grandfather of Henry D. Thompson. He is also survived by several nieces & nephews.
Hon. Burch Millsap
Burch Millsap, a retired Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge, died on June 6 at Suburban Hospital. Judge Millsap took to the bench in 1968 after 18 years as a private practice lawyer in Northern Virginia; his former practice of Gibson, Hix, Millsap & Hansbarger was located in Falls Church. He retired as judge in 1983. Judge Millsap served in the Army Air Forces during WWII. He later attended University of Maryland and graduated from law school from American University in 1950. He is survived by two children, a sister, and four grandchildren.
William H. “Bill” Hansbarger
William H. “Bill” Hansbarger passed away at his home in McLean, Virginia on Sunday, May 17, 2009. Bill was born in Baltimore, Md. in 1922. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1947, and his law degree from George Washington University in 1952. Bill started his long and distinguished career as a partner of Gibson, Hix, Millsap and Hansbarger. Specializing primarily in zoning law, he retired from Baskin, Jackson, Hansbarger & Duffett, P.C. in 2007. Bill served as a Substitute Judge for the Fairfax County General District and Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court from 1978 until 2006. Over his 50 year legal career, Bill became known as the “Silver Fox,” in part for his silver hair, but mostly for his keen legal abilities and his gentlemanly demeanor. Bill is survived by his wife Charlotte, son Scott, daughters Star and Alice, and grandsons Will and Liam.
Jean-Pierre (“JP”) Garnier
Jean-Pierre (“JP”) Garnier, 76, a Falls Church trial attorney, died peacefully on May 7 in the loving care of family members in Oak Hill, Va. after a lengthy illness.
Born in Paris, France on March 6, 1933, JP was raised in Algiers during the German occupation of Paris. Celebrating on the day Paris was liberated, his mother met his soon-to-be stepfather, who brought the family to America, arriving on Christmas Day in 1945 and subsequently settling in Arlington, Virginia. After attending Washington-Lee HS, he graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA.
Determined to become a U.S. citizen, JP then served in the U.S. Army in Oahu, Hawaii. After returning to Virginia, JP graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1960, became a partner in the law firm Tramonte, Kohlhaas & Garnier (later Kohlhaas, Garnier & Webb) before opening his own firm in 1982. The latter years of his litigation career were spent practicing law with his two sons, Michael Garnier and Robert Garnier, in the law firm of Garnier & Garnier, in Falls Church until his retirement in 2007.
Passionate about his family, traveling, boating and fine food and wine, JP’s life was characterized by a ‘joie de vivre’ that was an inspiration to many. He is survived by six children and their spouses: Vicky Garnier Barshis, Michael & Linda Garnier, Anne-Marie & Lou Von Kahle, Jacqueline Garnier, Stephen & Sue Garnier, and Robert & Marnie Garnier, a step-son, Andrew Thornton, and fourteen grandchildren.
M.W. "Bill" Kirkpatrick, Jr.
M.W. "Bill" Kirkpatrick, Jr., a retired Navy lieutenant commander in the Judge Advocate General's Corp and a lawyer in Fairfax City, passed away May 4, 2009. He served in the Army from 1953-1955 and in the Navy from 1961 until his retirement in 1986. His private practice was primarily domestic relations and criminal law.
Roshawne Romney "Shawnie" Tull
Roshawne Romney "Shawnie" Tull passed away May 1, 2009. She was generous and compassionate. She is survived by three young sons and husband, Travis Downing Tull.
Ethan Allen Turshen
Ethan Allen Turshen passed away on February 9, 2009 Fairfax Hospital. Ethan practiced law in Arlington, and also formerly served the Virginia State Bar as a district committee member and chair, and as a guardian ad litem. He was a devoted husband and father, and was so very proud of his exceptional family. His dedication to friends and family was earnest, motivated by love, selfless, and altruistic. He quietly assisted others, and never sought credit or recognition for doing so.
Ronald K. “Ron” Ingoe
Ronald K. “Ron” Ingoe passed away on February 4, 2009, at the age of 69. Born in Salem, VA, Ingoe received his B.S. from the University of Virginia in 1960. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1960-1965, before attending Washington & Lee Law School, where he served as the Editor of the W&L Law Review before graduating with his LL.B. in 1968. Mr. Ingoe began his practice at Boothe, Prichard & Dudley. He also practiced with Durrette & Roeder, P.C., before opening his own private practice in Loudoun County. Mr. Ingoe is survived by his sister, Barbara, and his brother Michael.
William M. Baskin, Sr.
William Maxwell Baskin, Sr. passed away peacefully on December 5, 2008 at the age of 87. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 12, 1921, he served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before attending the George Washington University where he received his bachelors and law degree. He began his law practice in Falls Church in 1950, and continued until his retirement in 1992. He was a past president of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. His wife Betty passed away in September 2008. He is survived by two children, William M. Baskin, Jr. and Becky Lee Warner and four grandchildren.
Ralph L. Payne
Ralph L. Payne, president of the Alexandria Bar Association in 1961, died on Sept 23 in Richmond, VA. He is remembered as being an extraordinarily honest man. He served as a Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. He was won a silver star (pinned on by General Eisenhower), a bronze star, and two purple hearts for his service.
Joseph V. Gartlan
Senator Joseph Gartlan, who represented Fairfax County in the Virginia General Assembly until 2003, passed away. He was 82.
Gartlan, who was first elected in 1972, served seven terms and was a representative for parts of southeast Fairfax districts including Lee, Mt. Vernon and Springfield. He served as chairman of three Senate committees including Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections and Rehabilitation and Social Services.
Gartlan was given the Jurisprudence Award ("Giants of Justice") Award in 2001 from the FBA, its highest honor. He is survived by his wife, children and several grandchildren.
It is with great sadness that the Alexandria Bar Association reports the loss of Tom Foltz from an apparent heart attack on Sunday, July 20. Tom was president of the Alexandria Bar Association in 1986. He has been an assistant attorney general since 1999.
The Honorable David T. Stitt
The FBA is saddened to learn of the loss of Judge David T. Stitt who passed away on Saturday, May 10. A memorial service has been scheduled for Judge Stitt for Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in courtroom 5J - located in the new courthouse at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. There is parking adjacent to the Judicial Center.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Judge Stitt's name to the Fairfax Law Foundation, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 215, Fairfax, VA 22030.
To view the tribute page for Judge Stitt, go here or read the special Journal memorial issue.
Suzanne Morris, Courtroom Clerk to the Hon. Janine Saxe
We regret to inform you of the passing of Suzanne Morris. We are deeply saddened by her sudden passing. Arrangements are still pending and once we have those details, we will forward the information to you.
Charles W. Kramer, Esq.
On Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Charles W. Kramer of North Potomac, MD passed away. Beloved husband of Wendy E. Kramer; loving father of Richard Ian and Ashley Elizabeth Kramer; loving brother of Phyllis and Jeffrey Kramer; beloved son of Evelyn and Abraham Kramer.
Joseph L. Duvall, Esq.
Joe Duvall passed away on March 23, 2008. Joe Duvall was the son of Catherine Dwyer Duvall and Robert Andrew Duvall of Washington, DC. Joe is survived by his wife, Vera Vinson Duvall and daughters, Laura Gabrielle Duvall and Catherine Duvall Berrero and granddaughters, Alexandria and Olivia Barrero. Joe graduated from Coolidge High School in Washington, DC; served in the US Army, 1949-51 and graduated from American University with BS and LLB degrees. He practiced law with the ICC and after two years opened a private practice in Fairfax, where he practiced for 30 years. He was active in church and civic affairs, serving as Republican County Committee Chairman; President Fairfax Kiwanis; member Fairfax Rotary; President Fairfax Bar Association; member VFW and honorary member Virginia State Police Association. He retired in 1993 to pursue hobbies of chess and sailing.
Charles Richard Martin, Esq.
Charles Richard Martin, Esq., age 66, of Burke, VA died on Monday, February 11, 2008. He was a partner at the law firm of Martin & Arif. Survived by his wife, Joyce Lynn Martin; children: Shaun Martin, Brian Martin, Christopher Martin, Kelly Kersey and Jonathan Martin; brother, John Edward Martin and nine grandchildren.
Stephen Lewis Best, Esq.
Stephen Lewis Best, 74, former named partner in McCandlish Lillard Church & Best (now McCandlish & Lillard), and President of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1979, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2008. He was living in Abaco Bahamas, near Hopetown.
Steve came to McCandlish Lillard in 1961 as an associate when another of its partners, Calvin Van Dyck , was named to the Circuit Court Bench. Steve was an extremely bright and capable lawyer, having attended Kenyon College in Ohio before traveling East to pursue law school at George Washington University. At McCandlish, he developed a general business practice and represented Virginia National Bank (later Sovran, Nations Bank, and Bank of America) as well as other local lenders. He also practiced in the area of trusts and estates and became very knowledgeable in fiduciary matters. Best was very popular, active in civic affairs, and well-liked by lawyers inside and outside of the Firm. Best served as Deputy Commissioner of Accounts for many years under Robert McCandlish. Steven L. Best was President of the Fairfax Jaycees in 1965, and an officer of the Cancer Crusade Committee in 1966, among many other civic activities.
In the early 90's, after 33 years of private practice and some real estate development, Best began to spend more and more time pursuing his interests in art and sailing. Until his death, he lived near Hopetown in Abaco, Bahamas where he enjoyed some golf, but mostly painting, sailing and writing.