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About Me

Rixon C. Rafter (Rix) is a civil litigation attorney with broad experience in the government, business, and the law.  Rix served as a military officer and warfighter afloat and ashore, during the Cold War and both Gulf Wars, for over 20 years before taking up the bar. 

Rix put himself through law school nights and weekends while serving as a Pentagon staff officer and later as DOD consultant in Washington DC.

Rix currently is in private practice in Northern Virginia where he is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Fairfax County Bar Association.

Rix is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars and sits on the boards of numerous civic and community groups. Rix is an experienced endurance athlete, a marathoner, a USMC Running Club member, and a Northern Virginia Swim League official.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
  3. Military Law: 10%
  4. Education: 5%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Pro Bono (15%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

142 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Rafter. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
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  • Adam A Studnicki

    Mr. Rafter provides consistently accurate and helpful answers to Avvo Askers. These are qualities a client should look for when looking for a lawyer.


    Adam Studnicki Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact Info

10332 Main Street
Suite 315
Fairfax, VA, 22030


VAAuthorized to practice law201003/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AvvoTop Contributor2015
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Avvo Top National ContributorAvvo2013
Avvo National Top ContributorAvvo2012
AssociateMoot Court2006
Southeast Asia Service MedalAdmiral, US Navy2001
Meritorious Service Medals (2)President of United States2001
Joint Meritorious Service MedalSecretary of Defense1996
Navy Commendation MedalSecretary of the Navy1995
Southwest Asia Service MedalSecretary of Defense1991
Joint Meritorious Service MedalChairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff1988
Armed Forces Expeditionary MedalJoint Chiefs of Staff1986
Twelve Other Expeditionary, Unit, and Personal DecorationsVarious1985
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
DirectorECI2012 - Present
FounderLaw Office of Rixon C. Rafter2011 - Present
Program Manager for DOD ProgramsWhitney, Bradley & Brown2005 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyColumbus Community Legal Services2006 - 2007
Program ManagerWBB Consulting2005 - 2008
Officer (warfighter various ranks, positions)USN1985 - 2005
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal District Court, Eastern VirginiaAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
Board of Veterans AppealsAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for Veteran ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2010 - Present
Virginia State BarMember, Military Law Section2010 - Present
Virginia State BarMember, Criminal Law Section2010 - Present
Virginia State BarMember, Civil Law Section2010 - Present
Fairfax Bar AssociationAttorney Member2004 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Edited General District Court Practice GuideGeneral District Court Practice Guide2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington UniversityOrganizational ManagementN/AN/A
Michigan State UniversityCommunicationN/AN/A
Catholic University of America, School of LawLAWN/AN/A
Naval War CollegeN/ANational Security/Intl AffairsN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
DOD ConferenceSMP Status Update2015
'Point Taken'The Constitution: Strict Constructionists2014
Northern Virginia Home Owners Association- Rights and ResponsibilitiesBill of Rights2013
HOA Rights and Responses to Cell Tower ConstructionHomeowners Rights2013
GDC ProceduresGeneral District Court2013
Access and General GDC ProceduresGeneral District Court2013
'Point Taken'The War Powers Act2013
Veterans Affairs NHVeteran Affairs Organizational Structures2012
VA New Hire IT and Requirements ManagementVeterans Affairs Requirements Management2012
VA Executive Conference BoardVeteran IT Requirements2012
Landlord Tenant FAQ'sVirgina Landlord Tenant Issues2010
'Point Taken'The Constitution: Necessary and Proper ClauseN/A