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About me

I am a civil litigation attorney with broad experience in the government, business, and the law.  I served as a sea going military officer during the Cold War and both Gulf Wars before taking up the bar. 

I completed law school during the evenings while serving as a Pentagon staff officer and later as DOD consultant in Washington DC.

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

A life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, I sit on the boards of numerous civic and community groups and participate in endurance running events when I have the time. 


Practice areas


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



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

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    Attorney Rafter takes his time with his clients and gives them all options which is why he is so successful as an attorney. I endorse him highly.


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    Attorney Rafter spends a lot of time answering questions to people in need on this site. So do a lot of attorneys. The difference is, Attorney Rafter's responses are comprehensive, thoughtful and meaningful. I think that counts for a lot. And I endorse this lawyer for those reasons.


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Contact info

10332 Main Street
Suite 315
Fairfax, VA, 22030


VAAuthorized to practice law201003/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor LitigationAvvo2016
AvvoTop Contributor2015
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Avvo Top National ContributorAvvo2013
Avvo National Top ContributorAvvo2012
AssociateMoot Court2006
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
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 ManagementMA - MastersN/A
Michigan State UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Catholic University of America, School of LawLAWJD - Juris DoctorN/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