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John Carroll Leon Whitbeck Jr.

Family Attorney at Leesburg, VA

4.7   11 reviews

also known as John C. Whitbeck Jr.

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2001
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John C. Whitbeck, Jr. is the founder of WhitbeckBennett. His practice focuses on family law, special education law, and mental health law. He regularly practices in several jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia area. He has also been certified as an expert witness in litigation.
Mr. Whitbeck is a professor of law at George Mason University Law School, and the former Director of the George Mason University Law and Mental Illness Clinic. The Clinic provided pro bono legal representation to the families of mentally ill individuals seeking to have their loved ones committed to psychiatric treatment. Mr. Whitbeck also taught the classroom component of the Clinic. Mr. Whitbeck has also been a guest lecturer at George Mason for other courses.

Mr. Whitbeck has appeared on and quoted in various national and local media, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Pilot, Daily News, Daily Press, Roanoke Times, Loudoun Times Mirror, Leesburg Today, Winchester Star and many other national and local media.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Whitbeck served as Substitute Judge in Virginia District Courts, hearing civil and criminal matters, including family law cases. Mr. Whitbeck also served as a Special Justice for civil commitment hearings in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit as well, which requires him to sit as a “judge” for hearings to commit mentally ill individuals to psychiatric treatment. Mr. Whitbeck has also severed as a Special Prosecutor in the Loudoun County General District Courts.

Mr. Whitbeck has been named by his peers a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the Commonwealth from and one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.

Mr. Whitbeck graduated with an A.B. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. As a student at Occidental, Mr. Whitbeck was a starting tight end and offensive lineman on the NCAA affiliated football team, was a member of the Occidental Rugby Club, and served as the President of the Delta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in his junior and senior years.

Mr. Whitbeck attended law school at George Mason University where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Trial Advocacy Team, and the George Mason Law and Mental Illness Clinic. After law school, Mr. Whitbeck worked briefly as an associate for a law firm in Leesburg, Virginia before forming his own law firm.

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349 E. Market St.
Leesburg, VA, 20175
120 Edwards Ferry Road NE
Leesburg, VA, 20176
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Posted by Ann | December 4, 2020
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a happy client
John Whitbeck is an excellent lawyer, and I was so thankful to have him as my divorce lawyer. What impressed me during my initial consultation was that he came up with a plan after listening to my story. He is a passionate defender toward his clients, and he will keep you focused on the important issues and give you sound, legal advice. My advice to those that are divorcing is this: try to be fair and do what is right even when things are difficult, and hire John Whitbeck as your attorney.
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Posted by Bethsheba Johnson | December 14, 2015
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saved me from being killed from abuse of my x using the court system ad a weapon against me.
John is my families hero. He Fought BESIDE ME Long and hard. My case was very difficult and he was dealing with an career criminal and cruel individuals. He kept a level head. Calmed me down when times got tough, went to war to keep my freedom, supported my families safty and made keeping the family together a priority. I couldn't of held family together if John and his staff had not worked so hard for me and my children. He truly is busy and is moving up in the world as an successful lawyer and chairman of the GOP. He is smart and will fight the good fight against wrong. I don't have alot of confidence in any lawyers however John is not just a lawyer he is a man who believes justice should be served daily, no matter what day it is. Let freedom ring. John has amazing grace. Saved my family and I from a very horrible abusive situation and Continues too from this day forward. Godbless
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
Very helpful
I used this law office for my divorce. I had hired an attorney prior to seeing John Whitbeck but kept having a gut feeling I was not getting the best advice. My gut proved to be correct after moving over to Mr. Whitbeck. Very professional and knowledgeable!
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
John assisted in a very difficult time. John made the process as easy as possible and provide support every step of the way. He is very trustworthy and responsive to all matters.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
Highly Recommend Mr. Whitbeck
John is both an incredible lawyer and person. He's extremely knowledgable and fights for your family. John handled my child custody and divorce and I highly recommend him. He's extremely trustworthy and cares about what's in the best interest for you and your child. His entire office is very efficient. I would highly recommend him if you are dealing with a complicated child custody situation or a divorce.
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Posted by Amanda | July 18, 2014
Divorce Attorney
I would highly recommend John Whitbeck to anyone needing legal counsel or representation. He was thorough, intentional, and professional in all of my dealings with him. He is well respected in the legal community of Loudoun County and is well liked by friends and colleagues alike. He has worked diligently to build a fabulous reputation and proven his knowledge of the law through his diligent practice in the area. No man would be as highly respected and sought after if he didn't have the experience and professionalism to back it up. An added bonus is the professionalism and friendliness of his entire staff. They are thoughtful and encouraging as well. He helped me navigate a complex marriage settlement agreement and saw me through many court dates. He handled my child custody, child support, and final divorce. He always heeded my preferences, offered sound advice, and never made me feel like I was asking too many questions. In the end, I am pleased with the outcome and wouldn't change a thing.
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Posted by Lisa | July 18, 2014
Everyone should have a lawyer like John Whitbeck!!
I want to recommend John Whitbeck. John handled my separation agreement, my divorce agreement and I have just rehired him to handle a child custody/child support situation. Why would I recommend him as highly as I do and take the time to fill out this website? Because I cannot think of a better lawyer to help me - period - he is wonderful and others should be able to leverage his help and knowledge the way I have. It has made a difference in my life and my children's life without question and I wanted to share that. John is very bright and knows the law: He guides me based on what the law will support and allow given my situation. John is ethical and cares for families: John has a wife and children and as I work through my child support issues, and as I worked through my divorce issues everything was focused on what was the right thing to do for my children and what would best support our family. He doesn't just practice this law - he lives it. John is fair and a great listener: John hears my concerns and patiently takes the time to explain issues to me when I'm worried or fearful. He walks me through step by step what to expect and what can or could occur. It helps ease my worries. John always tries to mediate the situation and resolve it without going to court: Again and again John would tell me that almost all of his cases are settled outside of court - and having been through it with him, I understand why. As he told me, court is expensive, court is emotionally draining, court is unpredictable. If we have to go to court we will, but lets try to resolve the situation between the two parties and save the emotional and financial costs involved. We were able to settle my divorce out of court - I trust he will be able to do the same with my current child support/custody issues. John makes himself available to his clients at all times: I have talked to John early in the morning, late at night and on the weekends. When I need John, even if he is busy, he will let me know that he got my message and will circle back to me in X time frame. I always know when I need him, he will be there. It's very comforting when your world is turned upside down to know that someone has your back. He does. I am very, very, thankful I have John as my lawyer - I cannot imagine anyone helping me and my children out more than he has.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2014
Former divorce and custody client
I retained Mr. Whitbeck after having worked with another attorney who is consistently rated as on of the best in the Washington D.C. area. The case had been in the court system for some time before Mr. Whitbeck was referred to me from another very satisfied client. Mr. Whitbeck was able to resolve very complicated legal matters, to include custody of my children, child support, alimony, and a property settlement, to my complete satisfaction. Mr. Whitbeck made an inherently awful process much easier for me. He was efficient, very knowledgable, and very accessible. Mr. Whitbeck has a very respectful and thoughtful demeanor, and I felt like he truly went "above and beyond" to assist me. I would strongly recommend that anyone who needs outstanding representation consult with mr. Whitbeck before hiring another attorney. It would have saved me a lot of time and money to work with him from the outset.
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Posted by A Happy Child Custody Client | July 18, 2014
Child Custody
I hired John Whitbeck to handle my child custody case. I only wish I had John 1.5 years prior to my custody battle because he would have handled my divorce much differently than the attorney I had for that. John and his staff were attentive and always responded. My custody battle had to be the worst ever (at least in my opinion). John put the needs of my family first and foremost and fought an unbelievable battle on our behalf and I won sole custody of my child. I have referred over 15+ clients to John and his firm and every single person has left pleased with the results. I have highly recommended him to so many. I continue to use John when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2014
Highly Recommend John and his firm
I have to admit that I'm really surprised by the previous reviews of John Whitbeck and his firm. I found John and the supporting cast in his firm to be nothing but professional, reliable, flexible, and extremely good at communicating the relevant facts of my case as often as was necessary. I hired John to handle my divorce and he routinely made himself available nights, weekends, and basically whenever I needed to discuss the details of my case. John fought hard to ensure I got a fair settlement without alienating my former spouse or the opposing attorney. In my experience, I found John to be extremely knowledgeable on the law and at the same time, very talented at discussing strategy and navigating what was an extremely complex, emotional, and time-consuming divorce. I would highly recommend John to anyone contemplating going through what I went through. Throughout the entire process, he was a true partner and a trusted advisor and really did a terrific job.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
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Overextended and sloppy
He seems competent, but his political activities/ambitions and case load seem to distract from his work at times. He waited to the last minute to file some paperwork he was notified about a couple of weeks earlier. We ended up missing a deadline as a result. Fortunately, the consequences were not too extreme. I’m writing here because he won’t own his sloppy work. If he just said a simple “woopsies. Sorry. My bad” instead of not acknowledging the issue, I would have let it go and not be writing here.
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Response from John Whitbeck September 28, 2020
I would like to take a moment to apologize for your perception of our firm and assure you that I, along with my entire team, am committed to being responsive to every client that we take on. I want to assure you that I would never allow my caseload to impact how I treat my clients and the quality of our work. Our team takes pride in communicating with our clients consistently and as quickly as possible. Perhaps there is a miscommunication in what happened, and we would like the opportunity to investigate your feedback further. Please reach me personally via email or phone, and I would be happy to discuss any issues that you have at your earliest convenience.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • WhitbeckBennett
  • 1900 - Present


  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2001
  • Occidental College
  • AB
  • 1998

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Leesburg Family Lawyer John Carroll Leon Whitbeck Jr.
John Carroll Leon Whitbeck Jr.
Family Attorney
Leesburg, VA
Licensed for 22 years