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March 7, 2019

Peter W. Buchbauer Receives Family Law Section’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter W. Buchbauer of Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C. in WinchesterCongratulations to Peter W. Buchbauer the 2019 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!

The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section has awarded its highest honor, the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter W. Buchbauer of Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C. in Winchester.

The award recognizes a lawyer who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is given at the discretion of the VSB Family Law Section Board of Governors. The award will be presented during the section’s 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 11, 2019, in Richmond.

Buchbauer founded his firm with James J. McGuire in 1995, devoting his practice to family law for over two decades. A frequent writer and speaker on domestic law topics, Buchbauer is a Fellow, and current Virginia Chapter President, of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Fellow, and current First Vice-President of the United States Chapter, of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Virginia Family Law Coalition, a group of family lawyers who work with the Virginia General Assembly on family law legislation.

In nominating Buchbauer, Carl J. Witmeyer of The Witmeyer Law Firm in Ashland wrote: “There is no member of the Virginia State Bar that has promoted Family Law matters and continues to do so on an extremely regular basis than Pete. His litigation skills, all the way to the Court of Appeals are legendary.”

A magna cum laude graduate of St. John’s University and American University’s Washington College of Law, Buchbauer is married to Jane Buchbauer, his wife of 38 years, and is a father of four and grandfather of three, who enjoys travel, golf, and volunteering in his community.