By Amanda Hincer
Fauquier Times Staff Writer
Community service is central to Warrenton attorney Marie Washington’s practice and her life, she says. Washington, a Fauquier County native, has practiced law since 2003 and opened her own office, The Law Office of Marie Washington PLC, in April 2011.
Washington said being a business owner has allowed her to prioritize things like community service and community involvement.
“I enjoy being my own boss and being able to take time from the workday to volunteer at schools, Salvation Army, and other community events,” she said. I like the flexibility of being my own boss and participating in various events that are being held in the county.”
Washington said she loves being able to give back to the community she has long lived in and loved.
“I grew up in Fauquier and Fauquier County is my roots,” said Washington, who graduated from Liberty High School before going on to get her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and her juris doctorate from Washington and Lee University. “My parents and sister live in Midland. I like giving back to my community. I enjoy First Fridays, Warrenton Spring Festival, Warrenton Town Limits for Fourth of July, and the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.”
Having her practice in Warrenton allows Washington to be an active member of the town and community, she said.
“I like having a practice in Warrenton. It is nice to be able to walk to nice restaurants and stores,” she said. “Experience Old Town Warrenton is doing a lot to bring Warrenton to a whole new level. We have good people that want Warrenton to excel.”
Washington currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fauquier Health Senior Living and on the advisory board for the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. Previously, she served on the boards for Fauquier Faith Partners, Inc., the Salvation Army, Warrenton United Methodist Church, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County.
Washington said she learned her love of community service from her parents. “My parents taught me to give back to my community,” she said. “My mother would always give me money to put in the Salvation Army Kettle when I was little. We never walked by without giving something. My dad coached numerous sports teams, and volunteers at Joe Gibbs Youth for Tomorrow. My parents always, and I mean always, help people that are in need. They will give people items if their house burned down without even knowing them. They will randomly greet a friend in a restaurant and pay for their dinner.”
And, she said law was always something she was interested in. “I enjoyed watching ‘Matlock’ with my grandfather while I was growing up,” Washington said. “I really enjoy helping people. I want them to know that attorneys are just like anyone else and not to be intimidated.”
Washington is a general practice attorney with experience in traffic, criminal, estate planning, restoration of rights, business entity formation, landlord-tenant and civil law. Washington said she sees practicing law as another way to help people. “I like helping people and enjoy feeling like I am contributing to society,” she said.
“ I look forward to going to the office every day.
The Law Office of Marie Washington, PLC, 67 West Lee Street, Suite 102,
Warrenton /540-347-4172/ MarieWashingtonLaw.com