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Citizen of the Year

Over the years, Marie Washington, Washington and Lee School of Law Class of 2003, has made her mark on her hometown of Warrenton, Virginia. Her efforts as an attorney, advocate for mental health services, animal lover and volunteer to numerous non-profits secured her the honor of Citizen of the Year as bestowed by the Fauquier Times.

It’s easy to see why the newspaper thinks she deserves that accolade. A profile about her noted: “Whether it’s running a marathon to raise funds for a charity, bringing a mob of guests to a Fauquier Chamber of Commerce event, representing her clients before the court, or decorating her front yard to the delight of Halloween trick or treaters, Washington is woven into the heart of the Fauquier community.”

She served on the Mental Health board 2009–2011 and on the board of directors for the Fauquier Health Senior Living and Association. A volunteer for the Warrenton United Methodist Church, she has worked as legal counsel for the church on a pro-bono basis, helped with fundraisers for mission trips and assisted with the church’s effort to send care packages to the troops around Valentine’s Day. She’s also volunteered on the board for Fauquier Faith Partners and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier. She helps out at various food drives, and participates at law camp and career-shadowing days with local high schools.

Among her many other honors, Marie has received awards and nods from the Mount Zion Baptist Church; Virginia Lawyers Weekly; Piedmont Business Journal; Virginia Living Magazine; the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce; the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar; and the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.

Her law firm, which she opened on Lee Street in Warrenton a few years ago, represents clients on matters involving collections, contracts, business law, criminal and traffic violations, domestic relations, estate planning and probate, and landlord-tenant issues.

Marie is an active member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense, the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and both the Fauquier and Prince William County Bar Associations. She served on the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board from 2011 to 2014 and serves on the board of governors for the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar.