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In Memoriam

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.


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Mark J. Yeager, Esq.

Mark Joseph Yeager, age 70, passed away on the evening of March 6, 2018 at Fairfax INOVA Hospital after a battle with cancer.


Mark was born in Ohio on August 5, 1947. Mark attended the University of Oregon from 1967 to 1969, where he studied political science and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969. From 1970 until 1973, Mark served in the United States Army, working as a Special Agent for U.S Military Intelligence Command. In 1973, Mark obtained an Master degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University. In 1975, Mark entered the International School of Law (now George Mason University School of Law), where he was selected for Law Review and served as Notes Editor.  In 1978, Mark graduated from the International School of Law and was admitted to practice in Virginia. 


For 40 years Mark dedicated his law practice to criminal defense and appeals. For the vast majority of those years, Mark worked as a sole practitioner with an office in Fairfax, Virginia. Mark was a trusted and loyal friend to many and an experienced and talented advocate for his clients.


In addition to the lives of thousands of clients he impacted, Mark also positively impacted the lives of many young people. Before becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as a high school English teacher.  Mark also served as a high school football referee for 15 years. Mark was a mentor to numerous young attorneys, especially in connection with the Fairfax County Office of the Public Defender. During his career, Mark served as an Instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and served as a member of The Chief Justice's Indigent Defense Training Initiative. Mark was active in his parish, serving as both lector and as a CCD teacher, teaching children about the Catholic faith. Mark was a proud godfather to Mia Grace Thelin (8) and Margaret Elizabeth Thelin (6) daughters of his former law partner and dear friend, Joseph Wylie Thelin.


Mark lead a full and active life. He participated in community theater and was featured in numerous performances over the years with The Reston Players. Mark was a lifelong fan of Oregon Ducks football. He enjoyed photography, astronomy, nature and travel. Mark made his home in Reston, Virginia with his adoring wife, partner, and best friend Margaret Elizabeth (Meghan) Yeager, and their beloved dogs.


Mark was witty, humble, intelligent, generous, kind and compassionate. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


John A. Keats, Esq.

John A. Keats, Esq. passed peacefully at home in Great Falls, Virginia on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was 77.

John received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1962 and his J.D. from Catholic University in 1966. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1967 and the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972. He practiced law for 50 years, most recently in the firm of Keats & Meleen, PLC. He was an experienced trial lawyer in State and Federal courts, and served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy beginning in 1988. He was most at home on his feet in the courtroom and was honored to serve as a substitute judge in the State District Courts of Northern Virginia.

John was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, a skilled horseman, and a gifted guitarist who blessed us with his presence and humor. He was member of several social clubs and organizations, including the Single Action Shooting Society where he was known as "Lonesome Polecat." He was a long-standing member of the Fairfax Hunt Club and a life-time member of the NRA.

John is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Crystal Meleen; his daughter, Whitney Murray; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Paul (Carla) and Patrick (Lilly) Keats; his sister, Joanne Cassullo; and his beloved nephews, Paul (Heather), John (Samantha) and Brendan (Aley). John will be remembered for stewardship to his community, love to his family and friends, and living a full life of education, service and adventure.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on January 20, 2018 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 46639 Algonkian Pkwy, Sterling, VA 20165. A reception will follow immediately at the Fairfax Hunt Club, 1321 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Virginia Law Foundation.

Online condolences and fond memories of John may be offered to the family at



Linda D. Regenhardt, Esq.

Linda D. Regenhardt, Esq. died October 22nd while on a cruise ship off the coast of Spain. Linda was a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (1987). Later, she earned a degree from George Washington University in Mediation and Advanced Dispute Resolution and became a member of the American Arbitration Association. Linda practiced as an attorney from 1987 until her retirement in 2017, specializing in civil litigation, bankruptcy, and mediation. She worked for several firms in both Washington, D.C. and Virginia before establishing a solo practice in 2013 from which she retired this past April.

Memorial services will be held on November 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Naval Academy Chapel, 101 Cooper Road, Annapolis, MD 21402, followed by a reception at the Naval Academy Club, 2 Truxtun Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.

William (Bill) L. Schmidt, Esq.

William (Bill) L. Schmidt, Esq. passed away on October 1, 2017. Bill served as an attorney in Fairfax Country for over 45 years. Beloved husband of Patricia Schmidt for 43 years; father of Dawn McIntosh, Darryl Wellens (Jeri), Sheri Gibson (Jake) and William Schmidt; loving grandfather of Ashley Moriarty, Darryl Wellens, Faith Gibson and John Gibson. Brother of Caren Kutch and the late Carol Schmidt. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to The Salvation Army.

Stuart Hunter Gary, Esq.

Stuart Hunter Gary, Esq. passed away on September 18, 2017 after a long battle with heart and lung disease.  He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Donna Rothman Gary, his two children, Robin Leigh Gary of Washington, D.C. and Kenneth Asher Gary of New York, N.Y., his mother, Blanche Gary of Richmond, VA, his brother Richard Gary of Richmond, VA and several nieces and nephews.  His irreverent sense of humor, his laugh and his appreciation for history and the foibles of humanity will be greatly missed.  

Mr. Gary was a longstanding member of the Bars of Virginia and DC and began his legal career as a clerk for the Honorable J. Walter Yeagley on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. After a short stint at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, he opened his own law firm in Fairfax, VA focused primarily on business formation, mergers & acquisitions and real estate transactions.  He spent his final years as Senior Counsel at the law firm of SmolenPlevy in Tysons Corner. 


Mr. Gary was born in Richmond, Virginia, was graduate of the University of Virginia and American University, Washington College of Law where he was editor of the Washington College of Law Law Review.  He received numerous awards throughout his legal career including inclusion in Virginia Business' "Legal Elite", was among the "Top Rated Lawyers" by the Wall Street Journal in 2015 and Mr. Gary was "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell. 


John S. Stump, III, Esq.

John Sutton Stump, III, Esq. died on August 11, 2017, in Ashburn, Virginia. Mr. Stump retired as a partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe in 2000. Mr. Stump was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on August 7, 1929, where he attended Washington Irving High School. He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on an NROTC scholarship where he was elected to Scabbard and Blade and served as president of Kappa Alpha Order. After graduating in 1951 with a BS in economics, he began full-time service in the United States Navy before joining the reserves in 1954 as a Lieutenant Commander. Later, he attended Washington and Lee University Law School graduating summa cum laude in 1957. There he served as assistant editor of the Law Review and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Stump began his legal career with Steptoe and Johnson in Charleston, West Virginia, but soon moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 1958 where he was recruited to join the law firm of Boothe, Prichard, Dudley, Koontz, and Blankingship. Waller Dudley had first called Bob Huntley, the future president of Washington and Lee University, but Huntley recommended his close friend, John Stump instead. In 1962, he took time off from the practice of law when called back into service with the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His beloved younger brother Jim (1932-1968) took over his caseload and formally joined the firm upon Mr. Stump's return. Mr. Stump was instrumental in arranging the merger of Boothe, Prichard and Dudley with McGuire Woods in 1987 to form McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe (now McGuireWoods). He practiced in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He tried cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in courts as far away as Amman, Jordan. He focused his energies on his two passions of growing McGuireWoods and taking care of his family. Mr. Stump was also passionate about learning and chaired Continuing Legal Education in Virginia. He was grateful for Armistead Boothe, Waller Dudley, Ed Prichard, Judge William Koontz, and others who took time to mentor him and enjoyed mentoring younger lawyers. In his later years he counseled lawyers who had run afoul of the Virginia State Bar. Despite his stoic demeanor he strongly believed in second chances. 


Mr. Stump is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Elaine, as well as his brother Jim and survived by his sister Mary Harrell (Ray) of Franklin, NC; sons John (Lauren) of Raleigh, NC, and James (Sarah) of McLean; and four grandchildren: Sutton, Josephine, Bailey and Mary Parker. 

Gary W. Brown, Esq.

Gary W. Brown, Esq., passed away on August 4, 2017, at age 75.  He was born on April 7, 1942 in Picher, Oklahoma.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1964, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1967.  He served in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1967-1970, during the Vietnam War.

He practiced law in the District of Columbia and Virginia from 1967 to 2017.  He served as the past president of the DC Defense Lawyer's Association, and was named Lawyer of the Year in 1990.  He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America, Washington, D.C.; Best Lawyers in Virginia; and a DC Super Lawyer.  Gary was also listed regularly in Virginia's Legal Elite.


Gary co-authored and contributed to three books: Military Language, Military Justice, and Pediatric Lifecare Planning.  Gary was the managing partner of Bromley, Brown and Walsh; the Fairfax Office of Miles & Stockbridge; and was Chairman of the Board of McCandlish & Lillard.  Gary was a Board Member of the Fairfax Salvation Army, where he volunteered regularly, and his 50-year law practice involved representing both hospitals and physicians.  His clients included Children's Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C., and Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.


Gary was the past co-president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  He was a past vestry member of The Falls Church Episcopal (in the late 1980s), and later joined The Falls Church Anglican.


He was a Member of The National Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Late in his career he became a Board member of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, a non-profit charity that manages real estate investments to support its charitable giving in support of educational endeavors. This he absolutely loved.


Gary was beloved by everyone he ever met, and truly loved being a grandfather.  He is survived by his wife Alice, his two sons Marc (wife Sherri Brown) and Josh, his sister Freda Tanner (husband Charles Tanner), niece Shantell (Tanner) Barbour and three grandchildren, Katie, Kelly and Jack.

Philip Schwartz, Esq.

Philip Schwartz, Esq., passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. He was kind and compassionate, loved the law and his clients loved him. He set the standard with stability within the profession. He will be greatly missed. 


Marcia M. Maddox, Esq.

Marcia M. Maddox, Esq., long time Fairfax Bar Association member and mother of Katharine W. Maddox, Esq., passed away on April 4, 2017 after a long and brave fight with cancer.  Marcia often described her long career in the law as one of her many joys in life.  Marcia loved the law, both in practice and in theory.  She loved her many friends whom she came to know through the legal organizations which she was involved with over the years.  She especially enjoyed her friends and travels with the International Academy of Family Lawyers, serving as the President of the US Chapter from 2008-2010, and her work on the Amicus Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Marcia was very proud to have been included several times as one of the Best Lawyers in America (Family Law) and to be listed as one of the top 25 female lawyers in America by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Marcia was a graduate of Smith College.  Her first (and likely favorite) job was that of Assistant Press Secretary to Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson during the five years of the Johnson Administration.  Marcia began her legal career in her late 30s with Betty A. Thompson, thereafter opening her own law firm and finally serving as the founding partner of Maddox & Gerock with her daughter Katharine Maddox and Julie Gerock.  Marcia never fully retired, preferring to remain engaged in the law as long as she was able.  She loved her family, friends and colleagues, and we will miss her.


Janelle Nanavati

Carol Janelle Visnich Nanavati, 41, passed away on March 10 in Richmond, Virginia. The cause of her death was breast cancer. She is survived by her sons William (6), Pierce (6), and Luke (3) and her husband of 12 years, Jay Nanavati.


Janelle’s boys were her everything. All four of them. She fretted about Pierce’s mischievousness and ability to feel things more deeply than his young mind could process, but she couldn’t help but laugh at the way he negotiated his way out of trouble. He is, after all, so much Visnich. She adored Will’s shyness and content acceptance of whatever was in front of him and wondered if she should drive him out of his shell, but he is a Nanavati, and so peacefully okay with life, so what can you do? And then there’s baby Luke, the perfect blend of both Janelle and Jay - so smart and articulate and loving and open. She just wanted to press him to her, even hatching a plan to prevent him from ever growing up and moving out of the house.


Jay Nanavati was the love of her life, from the first moment she met him late in her sophomore year of college. He was her equal in everything – he was the only person she ever met who was as smart as she, and she loved him with everything in her. He made her laugh, and think, and strive to be more. And she did the same for him.  Click to read Janelle's full obituary online.


Miriam L. Kinner, Esq.

On February 21st, Miriam Louise Kinner, known to friends and family as Mimi, lost her life to a recurrence of a cancer thought to have been resolved two years before. She confronted the very aggressive disease, as she lived her life, with optimism, good humor, and faith. She lost her courageous fight but not her spirit. Mimi will be missed by the friends she retained from her years growing up in Montgomery County Maryland. 


Her parents had moved to the DC metropolitan area from Michigan where Mimi was born. She attended Woodward High School, developing lifelong friendships she cherished. Mimi gained work experience here with the Wall Street Journal and the Federal Disaster Administration, the forerunner of FEMA. She began college at University of Maryland, but transferred to the University of Michigan, where she graduated with teaching credentials. She enjoyed a short stint teaching English in Northville Michigan before the position was eliminated by budget cuts. Mimi returned to the Washington DC area and worked as a paralegal in a downtown law firm. While with that firm, she attended Law School at night at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. Mimi earned her JD in 1985 and worked with several small firms. She sharpened her expertise in family law while practicing with Audrey D'cruz, in Fairfax, Virginia. 


Mimi started the Law Offices of Miriam Kinner upon Audrey's retirement, and continued a successful law practice until her death. During her career, Mimi remained concerned about the welfare of her associates and her clients. Her strength, intelligence and compassion improved the lives of those she worked with and those who retained her. So many people benefited from Mimi's support and encouragement... Click to read Miriam's full obituary online.


Charles Jordan Samuels, Esq.

Charles Jordan Samuels, Esq., age 61, passed away January 8, 2017 at Lake Ridge, Virginia, after a long and stoic struggle with lymphoma.  Born July 28, 1955 in Norfolk, Charles was a resident of northern Virginia for over 30 years.  He was the son of the late Leroy Elliot Samuels, and is survived by his mother, Josephine Masserman Samuels of Norfolk, sister Ellen S. Ruben of Virginia Beach, brother Andrew C. Samuels of Norfolk, nephew Kevin Ruben, other extended family, and his life partner and longtime love, artist Jacqueline France, and her children Preston France (wife Kristen) of Clinton, New Jersey and Alexandra France (partner Micah Savidge) of Alexandria.


A graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, Charles was an accomplished percussionist, member of the marching band, and president of his high school fraternity.  In his youth, he enjoyed playing basketball and began his daily habit of reading the newspaper cover to cover.  He carried this love of life and current events until the very end.  Charles attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor of science in business administration and management, and attended George Mason University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1980.  A member of the Virginia Bar, Charles was briefly an associate in the offices of noted attorney Guy. O. Farley and his son, before establishing himself as a sole practitioner for the remainder of his career.  Charles distinguished himself as both a passionate advocate for and compassionate counselor of his clients, always thoroughly prepared and proactive in testing each aspect of a case for their benefit.  


His love of the law was second only to his love of his family and friends.  Never one to burden others with his own ills, nor to seek recognition for his generosities, Charles quietly volunteered in youth outreach programs and bestowed many acts of kindness upon friends and those in need throughout the northern Virginia legal community.  An avid admirer of the arts, Charles also enjoyed satirical humor and the companionship of his dogs.  


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