Mary Burkey Owens


Mary Owens is the leader of the firm’s family law team and focuses her practice primarily on family law, but also handles real estate and other civil litigation matters. Mary is a skilled and driven yet compassionate litigation attorney who greatly values her attorney-client relationships and helping navigate her clients through tough situations. Mary also mediates family law cases and helps couples and families resolve their disputes outside of a courtroom. In addition, Mary is also trained as a collaborative attorney and enjoys utilizing that particular form of alternative dispute resolution in resolving family disputes

Mary is well respected among her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, Family Law Mediation and Collaborative Law. She was named one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Media, recognizing women in all fields who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. Mary has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical standards and has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the domestic relations category since 2001. She has been selected for “Virginia Super Lawyers” in the family law category since 2006, and for more than ten years, Mary has received the added distinction as one of the “Top 25 Women Virginia Super Lawyers” and one of the “Top 50 Women Virginia Super Lawyers,” which indicates she received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Since 2014, Mary has also been named to the “Top 50 Richmond” and “Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers.”

Mary is a founding member and former president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar, and a past president of the Chesterfield County Bar Association.  She has served as an officer and been active in the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association.  She is a frequent lecturer for attorneys in continuing legal education programs on family law and has lectured for the Virginia Apartment Management Association. Mary was recommended by the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Committee and served a three-year term on the Virginia Bar Professionalism Course Faculty from 2006 to 2009. She also served two three-year terms on the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee, which oversees and disciplines attorneys on ethics matters.

Mary received her law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond in 1986 and her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1983. When she is not helping her clients, or participating in her women’s book club, Mary can be found traveling, hiking or at the beach.

  • T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, Juris Doctor, 1986
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., English, 1983
  • Best Lawyers in America, listed in Family Law, Family Law Mediation and Collaborative Law: Family Law categories, 2013-present
  • Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Top 50 Richmond Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • Top 25 and Top 50 categories of Women Virginia Super Lawyers, 2009-2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, listed in the Family Law category, 2006-present
  • Influential Women of Virginia, awarded by Virginia Lawyers Media, 2011
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine, listed in the domestic relations category, 2001-present
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar, founding member and former president, current member
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association, former president and current member
  • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course faculty, former member
  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee, two terms, former member
  • Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association, former secretary-treasurer and current member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, lecturer and current member
  • Collaborative Professionals of Richmond, former chair and current member
  • Chester Presbyterian Church, lifetime member, elder and trustee, former finance committee member, endowment fund chair
  • American Heart Association volunteer, 1995 to 2015