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Erica Giovanni Baez Quoted in The Economist Article, "Clinton Republicans"

September 13, 2016
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Four Lawyers From OWEN & OWENS Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

August 29, 2016
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FOUNDING PARTNERS JOE OWEN AND MARY BURKEY OWENS NAMED TO BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA

September 1, 2015
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JULIE CILLO JOINS OWEN & OWENS AS SENIOR ATTORNEY

July 24, 2015
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FIVE ATTORNEYS FROM OWEN & OWENS NAMED TO 2015 VIRGINIA SUPER LAWYERS

April 16, 2015
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Founding Partner Mary Burkey Owens and Associate Erica L. Giovanni Named to 2014 Legal Elite

December 11, 2014
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Founding Partners Joe Owen and Mary Burkey Owens Named to Best Lawyers in America

August 27, 2014
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Partner Sam Kaufman Elected President of MathScience Innovation Center Foundation Board

August 8, 2014
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All Four Partners from Owen & Owens Named to 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers

June 16, 2014
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Joe Owen Gives Keynote Speech at LEXUS Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Banquet

June 11, 2014
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Sam Kaufman Quoted in Chesterfield Monthly Article

April 21, 2014
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Founding Partners Mary Owens and Sam Kaufman Named to 2013 Legal Elite

December 4, 2013
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Mary Burkey Owens Profiled for Family Law/Domestic Relations in 2013 Legal Elite

November 27, 2013
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Local Attorney Sam Kaufman Eyes Vacant School Board Seat

November 13, 2013
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Sam Kaufman and Other Jepsen Alumni Lead Workshops and Raise Money to Support Student Research and Internships

September 13, 2013
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Founding Partner Mary Burkey Owens Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America

September 10, 2013
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Samuel Kaufman Appointed by Chesterfield County School Board to the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee

August 21, 2013
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All Four Partners from Owen & Owens Named to 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers

July 1, 2013
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Founding Partner Joe Owen Recipient of Virginia State Bar’s Tradition of Excellence Award

May 6, 2013
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Founding Partner Mary Burkey Owens Named to 2012 Legal Elite

December 1, 2012
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Samuel Kaufman Shoots Hire Spiders Ad

November 19, 2012
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Founding Partner Mary Burkey Owens Named to 2013 Best Lawyers in America

November 1, 2012
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Founding Partner Samuel J. Kaufman Selected for Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

October 31, 2012
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Four from Owen & Owens Named to 2012 Virginia "Super Lawyers"

October 26, 2012
The law firm of Owen & Owens is proud to announce that its three founding partners and one of its senior associates were all voted by their peers for the 2012 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers®. W. Joseph Owen III and Mary Burkey Owens were named to Virginia Super Lawyers. Samuel J. Kaufman and Kimberly A. Skiba were recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” Click here for the full press release.  

Samuel J. Kaufman Named to Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40

October 16, 2012
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Jeremiah Yourth to be Honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

May 2, 2012
Owen & Owens attorney Jeremiah Yourth will be honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as an outstanding young professional based on his demonstration of leadership qualities, participation in volunteer roles, and success in the local business community. In accepting this distinction, Jeremiah has committed to raise money to help the Foundation realize its mission of controlling and curing cystic fibrosis. For more information and to donate, please visit http://www.cff.org/LWC/dsp_donationPage.cfm?idEvent=20457&idUser=541788.


Sam Kaufman featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch

November 26, 2011
The Richmond Times-Dispatch interviewed Sam Kaufman in its Saturday “Getting to Know You” profile feature.  In addition to being a partner at Owen & Owens, Sam is President of the University of Richmond Alumni Association. To read more about Sam, including his best and worst business decisions and his first job out of college, click here for the full article.  

Mary Burkey Owens Named to 2011 Legal Elite

November 15, 2011
This year Virginia Business Magazine received more than 1,600 ballots from members of the Virginia State Bar. Members nominated those Virginia lawyers they believed were the most outstanding representatives of their profession in a variety of practice areas. Click here to read the complete press release about Mary Burkey Owens' selection.

Joe Owen Named a Leader in the Law by VLW

October 20, 2011
Virginia Lawyers Weekly has named Joe Owen as a 2011 Leader in the Law. This award recognizes lawyers who are "setting the standard" for other lawyers in Virginia in the practice of law and service to the community. A reception for the honorees will be held on Oct. 20 at the Science Museum. Click here to read more about Joe and the Leaders in the Law.

Jace Padden to speak to Richmond Bar on Electronic Evidence

October 18, 2011
Whether we like it or not, the world has gone digital. Civil and criminal litigators alike are now routinely expected to acquire and use electronic evidence. The risk of doing so improperly may prove fatal to your client's case. We have assembled a panel of experts to address topics such as basic computer forensics, the collection of electronic evidence in the pre-discovery and discovery stages, and the use of electronic evidence at trial. Padden will join a digital forensics expert for "Understanding and Using the Digital Fingerprint - What Every Attorney Should Know About the Use of Electronic Evidence in 2011." To register, click here.

Sam Kaufman featured in University of Richmond Magazine

September 20, 2011
Harnessing all of that Spider pride to lead the URAA, Kaufman will focus his presidency on engaging alumni and current students. Read the full article "New Alumni Association President Looks to Empower the Spider Network".

Sam Kaufman elected President of URAA

July 25, 2011
The University of Richmond Alumni Association elected Owen & Owens partner Sam Kaufman as its 2011-2012 President. The URAA encompasses alumni from all colleges of the University and works to promote and foster a dynamic, enduring and mutually beneficial relationship between the University and its alumni, with opportunities for alumni to connect with each other through meaningful programs and activities. It seeks to inspire a spirit of excitement in its alma mater, and encourage support for the continuation of the University for generations to come. To read more, click here.

Four from Owen & Owens Named to 2011 Virginia 'Super Lawyers'

June 23, 2011
Owen & Owens is proud to announce that its three founding partners and one of its senior associates were all voted by their peers for the 2011 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers(r). W. Joseph Owen III and Mary Burkey Owens were named to Virginia Super Lawyers. Samuel J. Kaufman and Kimberly A. Skiba were recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Stars."

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of licensed attorneys in Virginia are selected for inclusion by Super Lawyers after an extensive nomination, peer review and editorial research process.

For the third year in a row, Mary Burkey Owens received the added distinction as one of the "Top 25 Female Super Lawyers" in Virginia indicating she received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. She was selected by Virginia Super Lawyers in the Family Law category. Owens has handled complex custody, divorce, support and equitable distribution cases for over 25 years and is trained in the collaborative law process. She is a founding member and former president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar and past president of the Chesterfield County Bar Association. In 2011 Owens was honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the "Influential Women of Virginia" who are making notable contributions to their profession and community.

Joe Owen was selected for Virginia Super Lawyers in the General Litigation category. Owen is a successful trial lawyer representing individuals and businesses in civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, real estate, estate planning, corporate and construction law. He is chairman of the Drug Court Foundation of Chesterfield/Colonial Heights and a statewide leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Owen is a founding member of North Star Community, which provides a Christ-centered approach to substance abuse recovery.

Sam Kaufman was named to Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" for the third consecutive year and is listed in the General Litigation category. He represents both businesses and individuals in general litigation, commercial litigation and real estate matters. Kaufman is 2011-2012 president of the University of Richmond Alumni Association and a former national co-chair of the University of Richmond's Annual Fund. He is also past chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.

Kimberly Skiba was named to Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" and is listed in the Family Law category. Her practice focuses on domestic relations and wills and estate planning. She is programs co-chair of the Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, a member of the membership committee of the Richmond Bar Association, past co-chair of the Richmond Bench-Bar Conference, and a board member of Safe Harbor.

Mary Burkey Owens in "Influential Women of Virginia"

April 25, 2011
Owen & Owens is pleased to announce that Mary Burkey Owens has been recognized as a member of the 2011 Class of Influential Women of Virginia. Virginia Lawyers Media, publishers of Virginia Lawyers Weekly and the Virginia Medical Law Report, announced the selections. This awards program, now in its third year, recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the Commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large.

The Class of 2011 honorees will be celebrated at a gala luncheon on May 19, 2011 at the Richmond Marriott. The "Influential Woman of the Year" for 2011, to be voted on by the 2011 honorees themselves, will be announced at this luncheon. Each honoree also will be profiled in a special publication that will be distributed at the event and inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in early May.

Sam Kaufman Recognized by Chesterfield County

March 9, 2011
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recognized Sam Kaufman and other members of the County's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for their service. Mr. Kaufman is shown second from left in the below photo.
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Spiders Signing Day Delivered by Owen & Owens

February 2, 2011
The University of Richmond Spiders broadcast its football National Signing Day thanks to a sponsorship by Owen & Owens. For more information on the 2011 class, click here.

Owen & Owens Sponsors Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce annual awards celebration

January 28, 2011
Owen & Owens is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner. The 2011 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted and awards for Business of the Year and Member of the Year will be presented, along with a presentation of DuPont’s Community Heroes awards. Click here to continue reading »

Amy Hensley Joins Owen & Owens

November 3, 2010
The law firm of Owen & Owens, PLC is pleased to announce that Amy E. Hensley has joined the firm. She will practice in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, civil litigation and real estate.

Hensley is a recent graduate of William & Mary School of Law where she served as a member of the Honor Council and was a member of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. Before law school, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Jim Webb and as a Research Assistant at The Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Emory & Henry College where she was vice president of the student government and a member of the varsity basketball team for four years. She was decorated with many awards, including the Moot Court Best Brief and Orator Awards. While in college, she also interned with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela M. Sargent. Amy is proficient in Spanish, and she plans to employ her language skills to better serve Spanish-speaking clients in the Richmond area.

Jace Padden appointed to Board of Chesterfield CASA

October 1, 2010
Jace Padden has been named to the Board of Directors for the Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to speak up for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. They work one-on-one with children to assist the courts in making sure each child has a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. Chesterfield CASA volunteers have been appointed to more than 900 cases in the past 13 years. As a Board member, Jace will work to continue the important work of CASA to ensure the court system acts in the best interests of every child. For more information, go to www.chesterfieldcasa.org.

Mary Burkey Owens and Sam Kaufman Receive AV Ratings from Martindale

August 31, 2010
The law firm of Owen & Owens, PLC is pleased to announce that partners Mary Burkey Owens and Samuel J. Kaufman have earned the peer review rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell law directory. An AV® certification is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Mary Owens is the leader of Owen & Owens Family Law Team and focuses her practice on family law, real estate and other civil litigation matters. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1986.

Mary is a founding member and former president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar, and a past president of the Chesterfield County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee and the Professionalism Course Faculty. Mary is well respected among her peers and has been recognized in Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite since 2001. Since 2006 she has been selected for Virginia Super Lawyers in the family law category, and for the second year in a row, Mary has received the added distinction as one of the "Top 25 Female Super Lawyers" in Virginia.

Sam Kaufman represents both businesses and individuals in general and civil litigation and real estate matters. Sam began his legal practice in 2002 after earning his J.D. from the Albany Law School of Union University. He graduated from the Jepson Leadership School at the University of Richmond where he was a member of the Spiders' varsity football team.

Sam is a past chairman of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, the vice president for planning and operations for the University of Richmond Alumni Association, and the chairman of the Chesterfield County Economic Development Advisory Council. Since 2009, he has been selected for "Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars" in the category of general litigation.

Owens and Skiba Interviewed on Local Women Who Mean Business

August 23, 2010
CBS Channel 6 featured Mary Burkey Owens and Kimberly Skiba on this morning's Local Women Who Mean Business. The segment covered the family law services of Owen & Owens and how the firm puts its philosophy into action that "Every Client Matters."

Joe Owen featured on Radio Podcast

July 20, 2010
Virginia Public Radio reported on a legislative commission that advises the General Assembly on small business concerns is considering whether to recommend changes in the process that courts use for civil lawsuits. Joe Owen was quoted in WVTF’s Podcast about the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s tort reform package proposed as a means of saving both time and money in lawsuits filed against businesses. Listen here »

Sam Kaufman quoted in Chesterfield Observer: Steering committee calls for change in proffer system

June 30, 2010
At a debate over proffers at a steering committee meeting on the comprehensive plan, attorney Sam Kaufman called for “more flexibility” with targeted proffers.
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Founding Partners of Owen & Owens Named to 2010 Virginia 'Super Lawyers'

June 23, 2010
The law firm of Owen & Owens is proud to announce that all three founding partners, W. Joseph Owen III, Mary Burkey Owens and Samuel J. Kaufman, were voted by their peers for the 2010 edition of Law & Politics’ Virginia Super Lawyers®. Only five percent of active licensed attorneys in Virginia are selected for inclusion after extensive peer review and editorial research.

For the second year in a row, Mary Burkey Owens received the added distinction as one of the “Top 25 Female Super Lawyers” in Virginia which indicates she received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Owens chairs the firm’s family law team and also practices real estate law and civil litigation.  She is a founding member and former president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar and past president of the Chesterfield County Bar Association.

Sam Kaufman was named as a Virginia Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for the second year. He primarily focuses his practice in general and civil litigation, real estate and business law.  Kaufman is a past chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and serves as Vice President for Planning and Operations of the University of Richmond Alumni Association.

Joe Owen is a successful trial lawyer representing individuals and businesses in civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, real estate, estate planning, corporate and construction law.  He is chairman of the Drug Court Foundation of Chesterfield/Colonial Heights and a statewide leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Joe Owen quoted in Chesterfield Observer: Dominion Aviation feels exonerated by NTSB report

May 12, 2010
Asked by the Chesterfield Observer to weigh in, Joe Owen commented on lawsuits following a 2008 plane crash near the Chesterfield Airport. http://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/news/2010-05-12/News/Dominion_Aviation_feels_exonerated_by_NTSB_report.html

Jace Padden to Speak to MRFLBA on Retrieving and Using Electronic Evidence in Family Law Litigation

March 23, 2010
In family law cases, whether it be e-mail, text messages, or Internet activity, electronic evidence can mean the difference between making your case and being left with yet another instance of he-said-she-said. It is therefore critical for family law attorneys to understand the legal and technical parameters regarding obtaining electronic evidence. Padden presented this one hour CLE program to the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association along with a computer forensics expert.

Mary Burkey Owens quoted in Richmond Times Dispatch article: Budget plan essential for couples

February 14, 2010
According to family law attorney Mary Burkey Owens, "money and how people deal with their money is probably one of the biggest factors that lead to considering separation or divorce." "If they are open with each other, willing to communicate, to create a family budget, and stick to the budget, to set up common goals -- a vacation trip or a new home -- and act accordingly," said attorney Owens, "you can nip any of those problems." Read more »

Mary Burkey Owens to Present "Drafting Premarital Agreements in Virginia"

February 2010
Domestic relations attorneys are often required to advise individuals contemplating marriage or planning to live together about whether they need some form of agreement to protect their assets. Owens was the instructor for the Virginia CLE seminar on "Drafting Premarital Agreements in Virginia," covering the legal and ethical issues regarding drafting and preserving premarital agreements. The 1.5 hour CLE course is available online by clicking here.

All Partners at Owen & Owens Named in Super Lawyers Section of Richmond Magazine

August 1, 2009
Mary Burkey Owens was named a Virginia Super Lawyer for 2009. This is the third time Mary has received this honor. She was also named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Virginia. Mary’s practice focuses on family law and real estate.

Joe Owen was also named a Virginia Super Lawyer for 2009. This is the second year he has received this honor. Joe has a general practice which includes civil and criminal litigation at all trial levels.

Sam Kaufman was named a 2009 Virginia Rising Star. The Rising Star designation recognizes lawyers age 40 and under. Sam has a general practice with a focus on litigation and business matters.

Owen & Owens Relocates

September 4, 2008
new location In order to better serve our clients, we have relocated to:

15521 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 300
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

We are conveniently located just west of the 288 - Midlothian Turnpike interchange on the 3rd floor of the Village Bank Building. Our new physical address is also our mailing address. Our phone and fax numbers have not changed. They are (804) 594-1911 and (804) 594-0455. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance finding our new office.

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