Joe S. Ritenour, 1950-2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our senior partner, Joe S. Ritenour, on June 7, 2013. Joe was a lion of the Loudoun Bar, who dedicated his legal practice not only to helping his clients, but to the pursuit of justice. Born and raised in Loudoun, Joe generously contributed his time and boundless energy to improving the community he loved. He was a true friend to so many in Loudoun, and he was beloved by those of us privileged to work with him. He will be dearly missed.

Joe Ritenour voted Best Lawyer

Joe Ritenour has been voted “Best Lawyer in Loudoun” for 2011 by the readers of Leesburg Today.  Joe has received the honor of being named one of the top three lawyers in the County by this publication more than a dozen times.  Joe continues to practice in the areas of criminal law, real estate and contract litigation, personal injury and debtor workouts.  Practicing in Leesburg for more than 35 years, Joe has established a reputation as a tough and fair advocate for all of his clients.  We are very proud of Joe receiving this honor!

Jennifer Walsh joins RPMW

In October 2011, the firm added an important new employee, legal assistant Jennifer Walsh.  Jennifer brings over 20 years of local paralegal experience to our office.  She assists the partners with matters ranging from family law issues to matters involving the defense of criminal charges.  Jennifer is definitely “one of us” as she values superior legal work and puts the relationship with the client above all other priorities.  We are so lucky to have Jennifer working with us!

Jennifer Wexton Announces Candidacy

On April 3, 2011, RPMB partner Jennifer Wexton launched her campaign to become the next Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney.  A packed house of enthusiastic supporters gathered at the Laurel Brigade in Leesburg for the kick-off event.  Wexton’s background as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and substitute judge, as well as her belief that Loudoun will be best served by electing a true “citizen lawyer” to the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney, are the cornerstones of her campaign.  Visit www.votewexton.com for more information about Jennifer Wexton’s campaign.

Christine Mougin-Boal participates in Bar Leaders Institute meeting

Christine Mougin-Boal participated in the Bar Leaders Institute meeting at the University of Richmond Law School on March 7, 2011.  This program is a one-day event sponsored by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations to train and provide resources to current and prospective local and statewide bar leaders.

Christine Mougin-Boal attends VSB Council Meeting

Christine Mougin-Boal, in her capacity as President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, was invited as a guest to attend the February 26, 2011 Virginia State Bar Council Meeting in Richmond, Virginia.  Issues reported and/or voted upon by Bar Council included (1) the support of a proposal to allow full-time law school professors to practice in Virginia without having to take the bar exam on the condition that they have been engaged in a full-time active practice in another jurisdiction for five of the past seven years and (2) a report that the Virginia Assembly has adopted new legislation that extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting the unauthorized practice of law to two years from the date of discovery. 

In addition, a moment of silence was observed in honor of former Chief Justice Leroy Hassell, Sr. who passed away on February 9, 2011. Justice Hassell was a Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court beginning in 1989 and was Chief Justice of the Court from 2003 to 2011.

Joe Ritenour Recognized as one of Loudoun’s Finest Lawyers

Joe Ritenour recently received recognition as one of Loudoun County’s finest lawyers by placing second in the 2010 Leesburg Today “Best of Loudoun” poll. The voting occurs each year and Joe has been voted first, second or third on 8 separate occasions. In one stretch, Joe’s legal skills garnered him first place honors between 1999 and 2002. The poll is open to all readers of Leesburg Today, and covers many categories of services and businesses. As a native of Leesburg and after almost 35 years of law practice in the area, it is particularly gratifying to Joe that he continues to receive significant positive feedback from the residents of the county.

Rhonda Paice and the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course

In 2010, Rhonda Paice served her final year as a member of the faculty for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. The one day seminar is given all over the state several times a year and is mandatory for all newly admitted members of the Virginia State Bar. Coursework focuses on the importance of professional dealings with opposing lawyers, clients and the courts, and ethical ideals for the practice of la

The faculty is composed of lawyers and judges in all areas of practice who have been designated by their peers as those who practice with the highest level of professionalism toward other lawyers, courts and litigants. Rhonda was appointed to this position in 2007 by the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, Leroy Hassell. During her tenure, Rhonda was involved in numerous seminars given in McLean and Alexandria for first year lawyers and those attorneys transferring into Virginia from other state bar

The course is named for Harry L. Carrico, former Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court and strong proponent of the highest level of professional conduct among attorneys in Virginia.