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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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Janelle Nanovati

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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