Richard Gardiner’s General District Court Investiture June 28

June 21, 2013

News Highlights

  • Richard E. Gardiner to be formally sworn in Friday, June 28, as new Fairfax County General District Court judge.
  • Elected by the Virginia General Assembly to fill vacancy.
  • Retired Judge Stanley P. Klein to administer oath.


Richard E. Gardiner will be formally sworn in as a new Fairfax County General District Court judge on Friday, June 28, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 5J, Fairfax Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Retired Judge Stanley P. Klein, Fairfax County Circuit Court, is administering the oath. Gardiner was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to fill one of two vacancies on the court.

Gardiner graduated from the George Mason University School of Law and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1979 and the D.C. Bar in 1985, as well as numerous federal courts throughout the United States. From 1979 to 1994, he worked for the National Rifle Association as an assistant general counsel, director of state and local affairs and legislative counsel. Since 1994, he has been in private practice with an emphasis on criminal law and civil litigation.

In 2010, Gardiner was selected as a substitute judge at the district court level in Fairfax County. During his tenure as a substitute judge, he heard cases in the Fairfax County General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Gardiner graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserves in 1973. He served from 1973 to 1974 before entering law school at George Mason University.

For further information, contact Suzy Swain, General District Court, 703-246-4012, TTY 711.


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Judge Richard E. Gardiner

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