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April 16, 2012

Longtime Family Law Practitioner Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Terrence R. BatzliTerrence R. Batzli, president of the Batzli Wood and Stiles law firm and a lifelong family law lawyer, has been named the 2012 winner of the 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 annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 26, 2012, in Richmond. 

Batzli has practiced law for nearly forty years. He not only has a reputation as one of the best family law practitioners in the state, but he is also known as a mentor to many young attorneys.

In her letter nominating Batzli for the award, Richmond attorney Tracy H. Spencer noted that Batzli was a founding member and the first president of the Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association. “Terry was instrumental in providing this valuable resource to Richmond family law attorneys.” Spencer also wrote that Batzli “believes in teaching young attorneys the procedures and tips on being a good family law attorney. He believes in giving attorneys the opportunities to grow.”

Batzli is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He frequently lectures on family law issues to bar association groups and other professionals.  He has served as a Family Law Mediator with the McCammon Group and since 1980 as a Commissioner-in-Chancery and Judge Pro Tempore in the Hanover County Circuit Court.

He received his law degree from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law in 1975. He also was an honor graduate, Officer Candidate School, Army Transportation Corps, Fort Eustis, Virginia and was a captain on active duty from 1966 to 1970.