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Mary Burkey Owens and Sam Kaufman Receive AV Ratings from Martindale

Posted on August 31, 2010 in General News

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.

Owens and Skiba Interviewed on Local Women Who Mean Business

Posted on August 23, 2010 in General News

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

Posted on July 20, 2010 in General News

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.

To Prenup or Not to Prenup?

in General News

According to the US Census Bureau, the average age at first marriage for both men and women is at an all-time high. Similarly, the number of individuals re-marrying, thereby creating blended families, is on the rise. What does that mean for domestic attorneys? We are seeing more and more individuals who seek,

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

Posted on June 30, 2010 in General News

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’

Posted on June 23, 2010 in General News

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.

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

Posted on May 12, 2010 in General News

Asked by the Chesterfield Observer to weigh in, Joe Owen commented on lawsuits following a 2008 plane crash near the Chesterfield Airport.

Separate and Apart Under the Same Roof?

Posted on April 04, 2010 in Civil Litigation, Divorce

Virginia Code Section 20-91(A)(9)(a) permits the granting of a divorce after the parties have lived "separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for one year." Only six months is required if the parties have entered into a separation agreement and do not have children in common.
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Collaborative Law and Mediation

Posted on March 30, 2010 in General News

In March, I attended a four day course on collaborative law and mediation. The participants were attorneys, mental health professionals (counselors, therapists, psychologists) and financial experts. The experience was exciting in many respects. It was great to see so many people who are genuinely interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution and helping families resolve their differences in a healthy,

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

Posted on March 10, 2010 in General News

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.