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July 8, 2020

Traver Scholar Award Recipient 2020 - Benjamin D. Leigh

TheTraver Scholar Award is named for the “father” of Virginia real estate lawyers, Courtland L. Traver, whose outstanding legal ability and willingness to share his knowledge and experience was an inspiration to others.

Traver Scholar Award Recipient 2020 - Benjamin D. Leigh

Benjamin D. Leigh

Benjamin D. Leigh of Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C. in Leesburg is the 2020 recipient of the Traver Scholar Award, awarded by the Real Property Section of the VSB and VaCLE to honor a lawyer who embodies the highest ideals and expertise in the practice of real estate law.

After clerking for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Leigh practiced with the Fairfax firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C.  In 2002, he joined Bill Atwill and William C. Mims to form Mims, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C., which now exists as Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C.  Leigh’s practice includes a variety of business and real estate matters, transactions, planning, and litigation, as well as administrative lobbying and even legislative amendments.  He has also personally developed residential and commercial real estate projects.

Leigh is a frequent lecturer and writer on topics from ethics in real estate, easements, title insurance coverage and disputes with published on unique topics such as slander of title limitations.  He has served the past few years as a co-moderator of the Advanced Annual Real Estate Seminar.

A graduate of the University of Richmond for both undergraduate and law school, Leigh is a past chair of the Real Estate Section of the Virginia Bar Association, a current member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association, and currently an Area Representative for the Real Property Section of the VSB. He has served as a Commissioner in Chancery and Special Commissioner for the 20th Judicial Circuit.  Leigh has also served on the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Commission.