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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.


In Memoriam Archives: 

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John Taylor Graham, Esq.

John Taylor Graham died peacefully at his home in Clifton, VA on December 4, 2017.  He was 70.

John was born on July 11, 1946, to Orpheus A. and Agnes Smith Graham.  He graduated from Wilson High School in Washington, DC, and attended the University of Kentucky and George Washington University where he earned his BBA in 1970.  After college, John worked for Swedish-American Cruise Lines travelling the world.

John earned his J.D. in 1974 from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University.  He clerked for The Honorable D. Dortch Warriner of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia during 1975-1976.  He served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax from 1976 to 1979 when he entered private practice as a sole practitioner.  He was admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

John practiced law in Fairfax primarily with the firm of Graham & Schewe and then as a sole practitioner until his death.  He served as a Substitute Judge in the General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts during the 1980s.  John was a skilled trial lawyer who generously shared his expertise with younger members of the bar. 


John is survived by his wife, Judy.

George G. Fabre, Esq.

The Fairfax Bar Association sadly notes the passing of local attorney George G. Fabre of Herndon, Virginia. 


Mr. Fabre, originally of Rochester, New York was 54 years old.  He graduated from Columbia University in 1984 and obtained his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1987.  His practice encompassed criminal, traffic, civil, immigration, and domestic relations cases.  Mr. Fabre practiced law from 1987 to 2001 in New York.  He moved to Virginia in 2001 and practiced mainly in the courts of Northern Virginia from then until his death. 


He is survived by his mother and father, Doris and Ruben Fabre, his brother Robert, sister Michelle, his son and daughter Geoffrey Luke Fabre and Marianna Giselle Fabre, and step-daughter Daniella.

James B. Miller, Esq.

James B. Miller, Esq., of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016. 

Mr. Miller was widely recognized as a successful and experienced trial attorney in the fields of insurance law, personal injury litigation, municipal employee representation, and medical and legal malpractice. He was a lecturer on trial tactics for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and for the Arlington County Bar Association. Mr. Miller also taught at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and lectures at Georgetown University Medical Center.


Surviving are daughters, Karen, Kate and Leigh; grandchildren, Danny, Nikki, Maggie, Annie, Sydney, Abby, Jessie, Lindsay, Reed and Parker; and great-grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Emma and Jeremy Charles.


Read Mr. Miller's complete obituary by clicking here

Honorable Barnard F. Jennings

Hon. Barnard F. Jennings, who had been credited with transforming the Fairfax County Circuit Court into one of the speediest trial courts in the nation, and spent 23 years on the bench, passed away on September 24, 2016.  

Prior to his retirement, Judge Jennings served as Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court for 12 years.


M. Bruce Hirshorn, Esq.

Bruce Hirshorn, a partner with Boring & Pilger, P.C., passed away at his home in Arlington on July 7.

Bruce received his undergraduate degree from Yale College, a master's degree from the London School of Economics, his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's of taxation from Georgetown University.

After serving as a Foreign Service officer for more than twenty years, Bruce joined the Vienna, VA firm of Boring, Parrott & Foust in 1987, where he practiced in the fields of estate planning and taxation.  He became a partner of Boring & Pilger in the 1990's, and was actively practicing there at the time of his death.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 42 years, Willene, and his four adult children, Barry, Harriet, Hal and Dalton.


Click here to read Bruce's full obituary.

Ralph G. Louk

Ralph G. Louk, Commonwealth Attorney (1963-67), passed peacefully at his home in Fairfax, VA surrounded by family and care-givers on June 11, 2016.  


He was born on August 2, 1925, in Washington, D.C., son of William Wesley Louk and Nellie Beahm Louk. Ralph grew up on a small farm on Church Street in Vienna, Virginia, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1941. He attended Strayer Business College and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a clerk/stenographer. Ralph served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943 to 1946 and then attended The George Washington University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated with a Juris Doctor of Law in 1951. He began practicing law in the City of Fairfax as an assistant prosecutor for Fairfax County. He was elected Commonwealth Attorney in 1963, and served during a tumultuous time in the County.  Returning to private practice in 1967, particularly real estate and zoning matters, Ralph became deeply involved in the establishment and growth of Fairfax Hospital, the Northern Virginia Training Center and later in the charitable activities of Pleasant View, Inc., in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


 Click here to read Ralph's full obituary.


Howard Marshall Bushman  

Howard Bushman attorney & longtime resident of McLean, Virginia passed away on May 28, 2016 at the age of 70.

Howard was born June 19, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri to Leonard and Tama Bushman. He graduated from Murray State University and from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. Following graduation from law school in 1970, Howard served in the U.S. Army, within the Judge Advocate General''s Corps, at Fort Riley and the Pentagon. He was committed to the U.S. Army remaining in the Army Reserve until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. Howard continued to serve in his commitment to the Army by providing gratuitous advice to soldiers, their families, and veterans on legal matters and family challenges. He did this without fanfare or promotion, but with sincerity as to what might be in their best interest. As an attorney, Howard furnished sound legal advice and counsel to 10 former Chief of Staff''s of the Army, several U.S. Supreme Court justices and one Secretary of State. He was a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Missouri and admitted to practice before the United State Supreme Court, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S Court for Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Claims.


Howard is survived by his mother, Mrs. Tama Bushman of St. Louis, Missouri; his wife, Mrs. Betty J. Bushman of McLean, Virginia; his four children, LTC John M. Bushman of Alexandria, VA, Mr. Jeff L. Bushman of San Diego, CA, Ms. Sarah E. Bushman of Arlington, VA and Mr. Joshua E. Bushman of Alexandria, VA; and his grandson, Mr. Jay V. Bushman of McLean, VA. He has two sisters, Mrs. Gloria Schwartz and Mrs. Wendy Wax, of Chesterfield, Missouri. 

Richard Mendelson, Esq.

From the partners of Land, Carroll & Blair, P.C.: We are sad to announce that our friend and law partner, Richard S. Mendelson, Esq., passed away last night after a long and courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.  Rick was the consummate gentleman lawyer, who was a model of collegial, ethical conduct, handling each matter with grace and zealousness.  He was an active member of the Alexandria Bar, and was elected its president in 1992.  He was also active in the Virginia State Bar, serving on Bar Council from 1993 - 1999 and instructing on continuing legal education seminars on ethics, evidence and real estate disputes.  Rick was a third generation Alexandrian, who graduated from George Washington High School.  After graduating from the University of Virginia and its School of Law, he began his legal career in 1969 with the law firm of Fagelson, Schonberger, Billowitz & Grenadier in Alexandria, focusing on real estate law. In 1975, he joined the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, and became the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Alexandria in 1981, serving the community as a prosecutor for ten years.  He joined Land, Clark, Carroll and Mendelson in 1985, and worked diligently with us almost until his passing, simply because he loved the practice of law.  


Adam Carlton Levine

Adam Carlton Levine, of Reston, beloved 21-year-old son of FBA Member Bruce A. Levine, Esq., died early Saturday in Miami following complications from a seizure, his family said.


Levine was a 2013 graduate of Herndon High School who was a junior Political Science major at the University of Miami.  At Miami, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and was active in undergraduate student government.


Levine's larger-than-life personality and witty sense of humor made him the life of the party, whether it was a gathering of two or a stadium full of fellow students.


Adam is survived by his loving parents, Bruce and Laurie Levine of Reston; siblings, Jeremy and Sari; grandmother, Bonnie Millender of Newton, MA; grandparents, Sam and Sheila Levine of Richmond; many close first cousins; and hundreds of friends from summers at URJ's Camp Harlam, a place he truly loved for eight happy summers.

Alexander J. Conn, Esq.

Alexander J. Conn, Esq. died unexpectedly on January 6, 2016 at the age of 33.

Alexander is survived by his wife, Lacey Ullman Conn; his parents, Charles and Mary Jo Conn; his sister, Rachel Conn; his brother, Aaron Conn; and his grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann Atwood and Ann Conn.

Alexander received his J.D. from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2008 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2004. Prior to starting his own firm, The Law Offices of Alexander J. Conn, PLLC, he worked for the law firm of Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.

Alexander was very active in both the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA) and Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF), serving on the FBA Young Lawyers Board of Directors as a member and President-Elect; Young Lawyers Representative of the FLF Board of Directors; member of the FBA General District Court and Membership Committees; member and Volunteer Coordinator of the Heroes vs. Villains 5K Committee; and a frequent volunteer for the Court Tour Program.  Alexander was an avid hiker who cherished spending time in nature and with his dog, Barkley.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

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