June 07, 2010
Arlington Lawyer Named Local Bar Leader of the Year
Raymond B. Benzinger, a family law practitioner in Arlington who at one time volunteered for charity as a roof shingler, has been named Local Bar Leader of the Year by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations.
The award recognizes continued dedication of bar leaders and close cooperation with the VSB.
Benzinger is a longtime leader, including president, of the Arlington County Bar Association, in substantive law projects and volunteer missions. He has been an active participant in the association’s mentoring program and a sponsor of its Freebie Fridays program, which offers Arlington lawyers social and networking opportunities over breakfast.
He teaches continuing legal education courses, serves as a motions conciliator for courts in Fairfax and Prince William counties, and is a neutral case evaluator who helps divorcing parties divide their property without court intervention.
As a community volunteer, Benzinger participated in the association’s project rehabilitating homes for elderly people. ”On two such occasions, he spent his birthday on an Arlington senior citizen’s roof,” according to the nomination letter by Dennis W. Cuppy.
“Mr. Benzinger has never declined any request to provide service to the Arlington Bar. He has always given his very best efforts to any task he has undertaken, and his accomplishment of the tasks has always been superlative [in] both quality and scope.”
Benzinger holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and juris doctor and master of laws degrees from Georgetown University. His firm is the Law Office of Raymond Benzinger PC.
The Local Bar Leader of the Year Award will be presented on June 18 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.
Updated: Jun 07, 2010