Circuit Court

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22030

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Bruce D. White
(Chief Judge)

Judicial Circuit: 19th
College: George Washington University
Law School: Memphis State University
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.

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.

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

Thomas P. Mann

Judicial Circuit: 19th
College: New York University
Law School: Washington College of Law – American University
Date Sworn In: July 1, 2016

Richard E. Gardiner

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th
College: Union College
Law School: George Mason University School of Law
Date Sworn In: November 1, 2016

David Bernhard

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th
College: Brandeis University, B.A. - Economics, Political Science
Law School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D.
Date Sworn In: June 30, 2017

David A. Oblon

Judicial Circuit Court: 19th
College: George Washington University
Law School: George Mason University School of Law
Date Sworn In: December 21, 2017
Prior to joining the Circuit Court, Judge Oblon served as a Substitute Judge in the General District Courts for almost a decade and served as a Commissioner in Chancery and a Civil Celebrant. (In the latter role he donated all his fees to charity.) He co-founded and, for its twenty-two-year existence, managed the law firm Albo & Oblon, LLP. At its largest, the firm had six offices and twenty lawyers. It produced a United States Congressman, two state legislators, and three judges. Judge Oblon’s personal practice included criminal law and civil business litigation. A prolific continuing legal education lecturer, he presented over 30 programs to lawyers and judges. He was elected to three terms on the Virginia State Bar Council, and was Chairman of both the Arlington County Bar Foundation and of the Arlington Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (“VASAP”). He served two terms on the Arlington County Bar Association Board. In the wider community, he engaged in many civic and religious leadership activities, such as Cub Scouts and the PTA.

 

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