Circuit Court Judges


Bruce D. White
Randy I. Bellows
Robert J. Smith
David S. Schell
Jan L. Brodie
Lorraine Nordlund
Brett A. Kassabian

Micheal F. Devine
John M. Tran
Grace Burke Carroll
Daniel E. Ortiz
Penney S. Azcarate
Stephen C. Shannon

Bruce D. White
Chief Judge

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: George Washington University

Law School: Memphis State University

Date Sworn In: January 18, 2008

Judge White served as a substitute Judge for the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts from 1995 until his appointment to the Circuit Court bench. He has served terms on the faculty of the Harry S. Carrico Professionalism programs for both practicing attorneys and for law students. Judge White is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason School of Law where he has taught Virginia Practice and Procedure and Trial Advocacy. He is an Emeritus Master of the George Mason Inn of Court. Judge White has participated in the Court’s Model Judiciary Program since 1996. He was elected Chief Judge by his colleagues effective June 1, 2015.


Randy I. Bellows

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: University of Florida

Law School: Harvard Law School

Date Sworn In: October 15, 2002


Robert J. Smith

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Law School: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

Date Sworn In: February 1, 2008

Judge Smith served as the Senior Assistant Public Defender in Fairfax County from July 1, 1987 until November 18, 1990.  Prior to that Judge Smith served on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Judge Smith was a Judge of the Fairfax County General District Court from November 19, 1987 until February 1, 2008.  On February 2, 2008, Judge Smith was sworn in as a Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.  On September 1, 2009, Judge Smith retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Reserve after thirty years of service.  At his retirement he was the Chief Trial Judge of the United States Army Reserve.  Judge Smith is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.


David S. Schell

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: University of Southern Mississippi

Law School: Washington College of Law American University

Date Sworn In: September 4, 2008

Judge Schell was engaged in the private practice of law in northern Virginia from 1979 to 1991 during which time he served as a Commissioner in Chancery.  From 1991 to 2008 he served as a Judge in the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.  He was Chief Judge of that court from 1998 to 2002.  From 2000 to 2008 Judge Schell presented the annual appellate law review lecture for all the Juvenile Court Judges in the state and the Fairfax Family Law Committee.  Previous judicial committees include:  Chairman, Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court, Foster Care and Adoption;  Education; Liaison to the Department of Juvenile Justice; Previous Fairfax Bar Association Committees: Legislative, Chairman, Public Relations Committee and 10th District Grievance Committee.


Jan L. Brodie

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: College of William and Mary – BA

San Jose State University – MA

Law School: George Mason University

Date Sworn In: September 12, 2008

Judge Brodie has served as President of the Fairfax Bar Association, a member of the Bar Council and Executive Committee of the Virginia State Bar, and a member of the Fairfax Law Foundation Board and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She was a faculty member and lecturer for the Harry S. Carrico Professionalism Course and a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University. She was appointed to the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, the Circuit Court Forms Committee, and has participated in the Fairfax County Circuit Court’s Model Judiciary Program. Prior to her appointment to the Circuit Court Bench, she retired as a Deputy County Attorney for Fairfax County. She is currently a member of the George Mason American Inns of Court.


Lorraine Nordlund

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Law School: Marshall-Wythe, College of William & Mary

Date Sworn In: February 1, 2010

Judge Nordlund began her legal career as a law clerk to the Fairfax Circuit Court, before serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1982 to 1986. In private practice for ten years, she was elected to the General District Court in 1996.

Active in bar association activities throughout her career, she’s a past Chair of the Criminal Sub-Committee to the Circuit Court and the General District Court Committee. An avid participant in Moot Court activities and the George Mason Inns of Court, she is also a member of several Judicial Associations, serving for nearly ten years on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of District Court Judges.

Judge Nordlund has lectured for local civics groups, school activities, Bar Associations, and the Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academies. She has taught at several Mandatory Judicial Conferences for District Court Judges, as well as the Educational Conferences for both Newly-Elected and Substitute Judges for the Commonwealth.


Brett A. Kassabian

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Law School: Wake Forest University School of Law

Date Sworn In: February 1, 2010


Michael F. Devine

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: State University of New York at Stony Brook

Law School: University of Virginia School of Law

Date Sworn In: April 1, 2010


John M. Tran

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th

College: The George Washington University

Law School: The George Washington University Law School

Date Sworn In: June 27, 2013

The son of a South Vietnamese diplomat and an immigrant who found refuge in the United States, Judge Tran has spent his entire adult life in the Washington Metropolitan Area and proudly considers himself a Virginian. He is a product of the Arlington County public schools and before entering private practice, served as a state and later federal prosecutor in the City of Alexandria.

He was President of the Asian American Bar Association of Virginia, a member of the Virginia State Bar Council and on the faculty of the Harry S. Carrico Professionalism Course.

Prior to joining the Circuit Court, Judge Tran served as a substitute judge in the General District Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts throughout Northern Virginia for five years.


Grace Burke Carroll

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: Randolph-Macon College

Law School: George Mason University School of Law

Date Sworn In: November 19, 2014


Daniel E. Ortiz

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: University of Virginia

Law School: The George Washington University Law School

Date Sworn In: December 31, 2014

Judge Ortiz began his legal career at the Fairfax County Circuit Court clerking for the Honorable M. Langhorne Keith. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Judge Ortiz entered private practice.

Prior to his service at the Court, Judge Ortiz was an active member in numerous bar related organizations. These include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association. He previously served as a Substitute Judge in the General District Court and Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court for five years.

Recently, Judge Ortiz was selected to serve on the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. He is a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course.


Penney S. Azcarate

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: Old Dominion University

Law School: George Mason University School of Law

Date Sworn In: June 15, 2015


Stephen C. Shannon

Judicial Circuit: 19th

College: Fairfield University; Georgetown University

Law School: University of Virginia School of Law

Date Sworn In: June 19, 2015


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