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March 14, 2018

Pat McConnell of Fairfax Receives Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award

J. Patrick McConnell, who recently retired from The Law Firm of Odin Feldman Pittleman, PC in Reston, Virginia has been named the 2018 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes attorneys who have made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is given at the discretion of the VSB Family Law Section Board of Governors. The award will be presented during the section’s annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 19, 2018, in Richmond.

McConnell has practiced family law in Virginia for over forty years. In his nomination, Carl J. Witmeyer II of The Witmeyer Law Firm in Fredericksburg wrote of McConnell, “He is clearly one of the Best of the Best, he is the author of many articles that provided lecture material for continuing educations seminars and has handled several influential cases before the Court of Appeals.”

In his nomination of McConnell, Edward D. Barnes of Barnes & Diehl in Richmond wrote, “Mr. McConnell has been an important figure in the family law community for decades in Virginia. He has been a well-respected and honored member of the Bar and a voice for family law.”

In his career, McConnell argued many notable cases before the Court of Appeals. His leadership roles at the Virginia State Bar include chairing the Family Law section and serving on the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. He also worked as a substitute judge for the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and General District Court.

Updated: Mar 16, 2018

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