I practice three Cs in all family law cases: compassion, competitiveness, and competence.
As a former “downtown attorney” for twenty years, I was a shareholder at LeClairRyan, P.C., and formerly a principal at HirschlerFleischer, where, in 1991 first began practicing domestic relations law and business litigation. I have continued my practice on domestic relations law for the last fifteen years.
I am a double graduate of the College of William and Mary, where I majored in English as an undergraduate (1984) and where I earned my law degree (1991). Between graduation in 1984 and commencement of law school in 1988, I taught high school English for four years and coached basketball. In law school I was an editor for the William and Mary Law Review and published an article in that Law Review entitled Redefining the Harm of Peremptory Challenges, which addresses improper discriminatory tactics during jury selection.
I am a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, but have lived in Richmond for most of my life. I am married to Judy Matthews Harris, and we have two children, Tripp and Katie. Tripp attends the College of William and Mary and Katie attends the United States Military Academy at West Point.
I have been recognized as Volunteer of the Year twice by my children’s elementary school, Saint Michael’s School in Bon Air. I have served on the board of my neighborhood association, am a former volunteer at the Richmond SPCA, and served on the Board of Gateway Homes, a residential facility that assists persons with mental health issues to return to full function.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1991||09/21/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond||SuperLawyers||2017|
|Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2014|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2013|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Shareholder||LeClairRyan||2005 - 2011|
|Principal||Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox, & Allen||1991 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia State Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Virginia Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Richmond Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Virginia State Bar||Falculty (Professionalism course)||2013 - 2017|
|William and Mary Law Review||Redefining the Harm of Peremptory Challenges||1991|
|College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|College of William and Mary||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Professionalism Course||Disciplinary Process||2016|
|Tawes v. Everett||Prevailed on both issues and am appealing award of temporary support|
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