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March 03, 2020

David D. Masterman Receives the 2020 Family Law Lifetime Achievement Award

David D. Masterman of Masterman Krogmann PC in McLean has received the 2020 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the VSB Family Law Section to “recognize and honor an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

In his nomination, Joseph A. Condo of Offit Kurman noted, “In addition to being a skilled practitioner and litigator, David enjoys the universal respect of his colleagues in the family law bar, who know him as a student of the law with a broad knowledge of the statutes and case law in the family-law area.”

Throughout his 35-year career, Masterman has volunteered his time in many roles for family law organizations, both local and statewide. He is a former chair of the family law sections for the Arlington County Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and served for several years on the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, holding the position of chair there in 1999-2000. After a brief period on the Board of Governors of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar, he has more recently been a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, where he is currently the secretary.

Masterman’s career has given him the opportunity to work with and learn from Hon. Joanne F. Alper in Arlington and later Mr. Condo in Fairfax, two very well known and respected family law practitioners. He now leads a five-attorney firm with Carole Krogmann in Tysons Corner.

Masterman’s interest in helping others in the family law field has led him to participate in many continuing legal education seminars. Beginning in the 1980s, Masterman has been a frequent presenter to other family lawyers on topics ranging from the issues involved in divorce following short marriages, the effects of parental relocation on child custody arrangements, enforcement and setting aside of agreements, obtaining the best possible property division in divorce, and issues affecting custody of children, as well as the ethical rules applicable to family lawyers. 

Masterman has prepared and argued numerous cases in the Court of Appeals of Virginia and is a well-regarded litigation tactician and courtroom attorney. Masterman is a strong proponent of mediation whenever possible, and he frequently assists clients with that process.

Masterman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

The Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 16 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Updated: Mar 05, 2020