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.
Mr. Walinsky received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in 1976 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979. After graduating from law school, Mr. Walinsky served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army, and thereafter as a judicial law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Walinsky was recognized by the publication “Best Lawyers in America” and was consistently recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the area’s “Top Divorce Lawyers.”
To those who knew him, however, Ed Walinsky’s life, energy and sense of humor cannot be summarized by simply listing his professional credentials. Mike Holleran, Esq., a long-time friend, stated that “You only needed to spend about five minutes with Ed to learn that not only was he a great attorney, but he loved his profession. In those five minutes you also learned that he had an overwhelming love for Fran and his children, a passion for sports, and a great sense of humor.”
Ed's positive disposition, even after being diagnosed with a terminal disease, was inspiring to all. “He told me that he had been dealt high cards his whole life, and so he could not complain” about his diagnosis, remembers his former co-worker, Joan MacLeod. Despite his diagnosis, he continued to live life to the fullest and remained thankful for his many blessings, especially his wife, Fran, and their three children, Lauren, Edward and Sarah.
Ed Walinsky was admired and respected by both his peers and the Court. Judge Stanley P. Klein noted that “He was a pleasure; there is no other way to describe him. He always took the high road, and as a result, usually his clients ended up on the high road with him. He worked to find the right resolution for families in distress, and judges appreciated him as a result.”
Jon Huddleston, Esq., President of the Virginia State Bar, remembers Ed Walinsky in similar way: “Ed Walinsky was the consummate professional. I never met anyone who understood and respected the process more than Ed. It was so vitally important to Ed that a court arrive at the correct decision irrespective of either side’s positions. It was a privilege to be involved in a case with Ed.”
That sentiment was echoed by Leslie Weber Hoffman, Esq., who commented that “Even in the most acrimonious case, he was a pleasure to have on the other side of a case, due to his professionalism and wry sense of humor.”
Notes Mike Holleran, “Ed was an outstanding lawyer; he was devoid of ego and represented his clients with dignity and professionalism. Despite his numerous accomplishments, he remained humble and self effacing.”
“The Virginia State Bar was enriched by his membership and the courts of this Commonwealth greatly benefited from his service to the profession. He will be greatly missed” observed Jon Huddleston.
Ed Walinsky was active in his church, St. Alban’s, and shared his love for music through participation in their choir. He was an avid reader, history and trivia buff and sports fan, dedicating many a Sunday to cheering on the Redskins.
Funeral services will be held at St. Alban’s Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, in Annandale, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. For those so inclined to remember/honor Ed in some way, in lieu of flowers, there are three options Ed's family has suggested.
Ed was very involved in his Church: St. Alban's Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003-3431. Please note Ed's name on the check.
Ed's daughter, Lauren, participates in American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Her website is http://main.acsevents.org/goto/laurenwalinsky
Music was very important to Ed, and his daughter Lauren sings in the National Master Chorale. Their website is http://www.nationalmasterchorale.org/support/ Again, please note that your gift is in honor of Ed Walinsky.
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