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March 06, 2014

James W. Korman receives VSB Family Law Section 2014 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award

James W. KormanJames W. Korman, president of Bean, Kinney & Korman in Arlington, has been named the 2014 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes people who have demonstrated excellence and integrity and have made a substantial contribution to the practice of family law in Virginia. The award will be presented during the section’s 30th annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 24, 2014, in Richmond.

Korman has practiced law for more than forty-five years and has been with his current firm since 1967. He is a highly regarded litigator who has served as president of the Arlington County Bar Association, been a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, served on the board for the Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Law, served on the board of governors of the Family Law Section of the VSB, and has served as president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He also is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at George Mason University School of Law.

In his letter nominating Korman, attorney Edward D. Barnes wrote that, “Jim has been one of the most active, widely recognized and respected family law attorneys for many years…. Jim is a highly skilled professional, and an ethical advocate for family law in Virginia.”

Terrence R. Batzli, a former recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, wrote that Korman’s “approach to the practice of family law, while always striving to seek the best result for his clients, is to do so in a very non-confrontational manner. He is always willing to discuss potential solutions to every pending issue in a manner which will effect the best result for his client.”

He received his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1968. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 1965.

Updated: Mar 10, 2014