W. Joseph Owen III


Joe Owen began practicing law in 1976 after receiving his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. He is an experienced and well-respected trial lawyer who has achieved large jury verdicts and settlements in civil cases and excellent results for clients in criminal cases.

Joe received a B.S. degree from the University of Richmond in 1972, where he was a four year scholarship football player. Joe’s early athletic experience continues to impact his life. He spent 20 years as a volunteer, coaching youth sports.  Joe’s greatest and fondest accomplishment in sports is teaching and coaching his three sons, Elliott, Grayson and Reid. All three played football in school. He is a former State Chairman for the Fellowship of Christian (FCA) Athletes and served on its National board of Trustees for twelve years.

Joe and his wife Lori, a retired kindergarten teacher, reside in Midlothian. Two of his sons, Elliott and Reid, live in Los Angeles; Joe’s middle son, Grayson, is deceased.

Joe has been active in local and regional Bar activities.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has been recognized as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite, selected by his peers, in Virginia Business Magazine. Joe achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical standards.  Every year since 2008, he has been selected for “Virginia Super Lawyers” in the category of general litigation after an extensive peer review and editorial research process by Thomson Reuters.  In 2011 Joe was named one of Virginia’s Leaders in The Law.  Additionally Joe received the 2013 Tradition of Excellence Award from the Virginia State Bar.  Since 2104 Joe has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”

Joe’s community involvement includes being a Charter Member as well as past president of the Midlothian, VA Rotary Club.  He is also a founding member of North Star Community, which provides a Christ- centered approach to recovery where hurting people and families can receive encouragement, education and support in their recovery process. He is currently the Chairman of the Drug Court Foundation of Chesterfield County. The Drug Court offers people with drug addictions that have been charged with a drug or larceny offense an opportunity to get intensive addiction recovery treatment and have their charges dismissed.

Joe is passionate about his work in addiction recovery and equally passionate about helping his clients restore and recover their lives during often difficult situations that have put them in the legal system. He, and his partners, founded Owen & Owens PLC with a different focus than many law firms; Joe is interested in people. Specifically in helping people, for Joe, “Every Client Matters” is not just a firm tagline; it’s his personal mantra in practicing law.

  • University of Virginia Law School, Juris Doctor, 1976
  • University of Richmond, B.S., Industrial Management, 1972
  • Best Lawyers in America, listed in Litigation: Health Care and Litigation: Insurance categories, 2015
  • Tradition of Excellence Award, Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section, 2013
  • “Leaders in the Law” (2011), honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, listed in the General Litigation category, 2008-present
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, former Board of Directors member
  • Former member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), National Board of Trustees, former State Chairman, former FCA representative for Armstrong High School
  • Charter Member Midlothian Rotary Club, Past President
  • Drug Court Foundation of Virginia, Chairman
  • North Star Community, Founding Member and President
  • National Association for Christian Recovery, Vice President of the Board of Directors