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
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.
Kimberly Skiba Honored as First Recipient of RBA Young Lawyer Award
March 15, 2012
The Richmond Bar Association bestowed the first “Young Lawyer of the Year Award” on Kimberly Skiba at an RBA luncheon at the Omni Richmond Hotel. The award was established in 2012 to honor a member of the association’s Young Lawyers’ Section who has excelled in the practice of law and has shown the potential to become a leader in the legal profession.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Kimberly Skiba speaks at James River Rotary Club on estate planning
August 25, 2010
Upon the invitation of the Club's president, Kimberly Skiba delivered a presentation to the members of the James River Rotary Club on basic estate planning.
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."
Kimberly Skiba to Speak at Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Prelaw Institute
July 21, 2010
Kimberly Skiba was invited by the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar to speak at the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Prelaw Institute. The Institute targets, at no cost to the participants, minority high school students who are interested in exploring the legal profession. Skiba presented a one-hour program on closing arguments.
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.
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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. Click here to continue reading »
June 24, 2010
In conjunction with Leahy & Clair Financial Management, Kimberly Skiba presented the webinar “Estate Planning 101: Making Those Important Decisions in Advance So Your Loved Ones Don’t Have To.” In the webinar, Skiba discusses generally the following estate planning devices: Wills, Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives.
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
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"
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
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.