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Catherine S. Croft

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Catherine Croft is among the preeminent lawyers nationwide who practice family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is awarded to only those attorneys who demonstrate significant experience in their chosen area of law and uphold the highest ethical standards. Ms. Croft was also recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as a Legal Elite in 2006. She remains on the faculty, and has taught the undergraduate upper level course "Family Law in Society," as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. She has participated as a panel member in various local and multi-jurisdictional continuing legal education courses. She was an early advocate in support of — and is a current provider of — mediation services.

Ms. Croft has a reputation in the Prince William County legal community as a tough litigator and a tireless advocate for her clients in the courtroom. Her record of success reflects her experience as well as her dedication to her clients and their well-being. Her ability to think on her feet, as well as her creative problem solving skills, serve her as well today in the courtroom as they do at the negotiation or mediation table. While her preference is to resolve issues without contested litigation, she is prepared to litigate when the facts warrant litigation.

Ms. Croft graduated in the top seventeen percent of her class, and as a member of the law review, at George Mason University School of Law, which ranks as one of the top 50 law schools in the United States. She continues to sharpen her courtroom skills in practice, motivated by her desire to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. Having received excellent mentoring herself, she is also committed to helping shape the careers and training of younger Prince William County attorneys. Her client base is evenly divided by gender, wherein she represents as many men as she does women. Even so, as founding President of the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, she encourages and promotes the advancement of women in the community and in the legal profession.

Ms. Croft's passion for family law is longstanding and predates her legal training. As an undergraduate, Ms. Croft obtained her B.S. in Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Juvenile Option, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to law school, Ms. Croft worked as a paralegal for the Veterans Administration tracking veterans' legislation through Congress and writing for the VA Legislative Status Report. Thereafter she worked as a family law paralegal for a private legal services firm representing local union members. From there, Ms. Croft began her law school and law career.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 1988

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, 1988
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    B.S., Administration of Justice and Public Safety (Juvenile Option), Minor in Psychology, 1980
  • Rappahannock Mediation Center Training
    Basic Mediation and Family and Divorce Mediation Training, 1993

Awards

  • Virginia Business, Legal Elite in Divorce, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated

Areas of Practice

Faculty Positions

  • George Mason University
    Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Adjunct Faculty, Fall 2014 - Present

Professional Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar 1988 - Present
    Speakers Bureau 2000 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association 1988 - Present
    Secretary, 1991
    Treasurer, 1992
    Family Law Committee, 1989-2001
    — Chair, 1992-1994
    — Co-Chair, 1995-1999
    Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair, 2001-2006
    Beat the Odds Mentor 2003 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Foundation
    Director, 2011 - Present
    President, 2014
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association 2007 - Present
  • Prince William County Chapter
    Board Member, 2007-2013
    Founding President, 2007-2008
    State Organization, Director at Large, 2007-2014

Professional Appointments

  • Prince William County Circuit Court
    Commissioner in Chancery
    Conciliator 2006 - Present
    Special Commissioner of Accounts, 1996-2003
    Court Appointed Conservator, 2003 
  • Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    Conciliator, 2005-2013

Community Activities

  • The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas and Prince William County, Director, 2016 - Present
  • The Women's Center, Seminar Instructor on "The Smart Split"
  • Pro Bono Representation for ACTS/Turning Points Domestic Violence Petitioners
  • Beat the Odds Mentor
  • Jazz4Justice Committee Chair, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Panelist
    — Multijurisdictional Practice of Family Law Cases
    — Tips from the Pros - Effective Mediation and Litigation of Equitable Distribution, June 2016

 

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