Richard E. Knight – Short Biography 2013Knight

I began the active practice of law in Arlington County after admission to the Virginia State Bar in October 1972.

I had graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William and Mary (J.D. 1972) immediately after graduating from the College of William and Mary (B. A. 1969) with a major in American History. During the year before attending college I was employed as a classified courier for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon from 1964 to 1965.

I have been admitted to the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The firm which I joined in 1972 had a practice focusing on wills, trusts, estate planning, and insurance law. In 1980 I began my own law practice in Arlington, Virginia and continue to practice law in that jurisdiction.  My practice grew in that my clients’ families developed estate and trust planning and administration needs, so that grew to be the focus of my law practice.

My membership in professional organizations includes the Virginia State Bar’s Section on Trust and Estates, the Arlington County Bar Association’s Section on Trust and Estates, and the McLean Estate Planning Council.

In addition to practicing law, I did serve as a Director for ten years and President of a the board of directors of a major condominium, where I assisted in resolving the legal issues with its developer. As an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, I have served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden and am currently one of the Trustees of my church. I am a member of the Optimist Club of Arlington, Virginia, an organization actively supporting the youth of Arlington through awarding scholarships and sponsoring service and athletics programs.

I married and reside with my wife in Arlington County, Virginia, having been a native of and being raised in Northern Virginia.

Major Practice Areas: Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Administration of Estates and Trusts, Gift and Estate Tax Planning, Wealth Preservation, Family Planning for Trusts and Estates, Selecting Testamentary Guardians and Testamentary Trustees, Real Estate law.


Additional Practice Areas:  Real Estate Law and Insurance Law.