April 24, 2013
W. Joseph Owen III Named Recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award
W. Joseph Owen III, whose work as a general practitioner is enhanced by extensive involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section.
The award recognizes a lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence and who has benefitted a community and enhanced the esteem of general practice attorneys in Virginia. It will be presented on June 15 during the VSB annual meeting at Virginia Beach.
Owen, of Midlothian, Virginia, is the founding partner of Owen & Owens.
Law firm partner Sam Kaufman described Owen as the quintessential general practitioner. “It is not uncommon for him to handle a felony criminal matter and a complex civil dispute in the same week,” Kaufman wrote. Owen & Owens co-founder Mary Burkey Owens wrote that Owen is “able to handle a vast array of legal issues and handle them all well.”
Owen serves the community as state chair and member of the national board of trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and locally for the FCA chapter at Armstrong High School in Richmond. He is a founding member of Northstar Community, a Christian-based organization that assists families struggling with addiction. He is also a member of the University of Richmond’s Athletic Council; he is a speaker for the Strike Out Substance Abuse program; he created the Grayson Owen Firearm pledge in memory of his late son; and he is vice chair of the Chippenham Place Community Development Authority Board.
Owen also is chair of the Chesterfield County Drug Court Foundation, a past member of the board of directors of Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and past president of the Midlothian Rotary Club.
He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1976 and his B.S. from the University of Richmond in 1972. He and his wife Lori have two sons. One son, Grayson, died as a teenager in a gun accident.
Updated: Apr 30, 2013