John C. Whitbeck, Jr. is the founder of WhitbeckBennett. His practice focuses on family law, special education law, and mental health law. He regularly practices in several jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia area. He has also been certified as an expert witness in litigation.
Mr. Whitbeck is a professor of law at George Mason University Law School, and the former Director of the George Mason University Law and Mental Illness Clinic. The Clinic provided pro bono legal representation to the families of mentally ill individuals seeking to have their loved ones committed to psychiatric treatment. Mr. Whitbeck also taught the classroom component of the Clinic. Mr. Whitbeck has also been a guest lecturer at George Mason for other courses.
Mr. Whitbeck has appeared on and quoted in various national and local media, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Pilot, Daily News, Daily Press, Roanoke Times, Loudoun Times Mirror, Leesburg Today, Winchester Star and many other national and local media.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Whitbeck served as Substitute Judge in Virginia District Courts, hearing civil and criminal matters, including family law cases. Mr. Whitbeck also served as a Special Justice for civil commitment hearings in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit as well, which requires him to sit as a “judge” for hearings to commit mentally ill individuals to psychiatric treatment. Mr. Whitbeck has also served as a Special Prosecutor in the Loudoun County General District Courts.
Mr. Whitbeck has been named by his peers a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the Commonwealth and one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.
Mr. Whitbeck graduated with an A.B. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. As a student at Occidental, Mr. Whitbeck was a starting tight end and offensive lineman on the NCAA affiliated football team, was a member of the Occidental Rugby Club, and served as the President of the Delta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in his junior and senior years.
Mr. Whitbeck attended law school at George Mason University where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Trial Advocacy Team, and the George Mason Law and Mental Illness Clinic. After law school, Mr. Whitbeck worked briefly as an associate for a law firm in Leesburg, Virginia before forming his own law firm.
Name: John C. Whitbeck, Jr.
John C. Whitbeck, Jr. practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Mental Health Law, and Special Education Law. Mr. Whitbeck is admitted to practice in all Virginia Courts and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
Law School: George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude 2001.
College: Occidental College, A.B. Politics 1998.
Affiliations: Founder and Partner, WhitbeckBennett., Member, Virginia State Bar, Former Board of Directors, Loudon County Bar Association, Former President, Loudoun County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member, Loudoun Young Lawyer’s Association, Former Director George Mason Law and Mental Illness Clinic, Former Member George Mason American Inns of Court, Member.
“I would highly recommend John Whitbeck to anyone needing legal counsel or representation. He was thorough, intentional, and professional in all of my dealings with him. He is well respected in the legal community of Loudoun County and is well liked by friends and colleagues alike. He has worked diligently to build a fabulous reputation and proven his knowledge of the law through his diligent practice in the area. No man would be as highly respected and sought after if he didn’t have the experience and professionalism to back it up.”
Loudoun County, VA
“For my divorce case, I had three different attorneys – the last was John Whitbeck. John was far superior than the previous two and also the opposing counsel. John is an excellent litigator and negotiator. Specifically, he had the judge reverse a previous decision based on his interpretation of the law and reached agreement on several contentious topics with a very difficult opposing counsel. John works closely with his client to develop a strong legal strategy and masterfully presents your case to the judge. I owe the outcome of my case to John’s tireless efforts and incredible talent.”
“John Whitbeck was my third attorney for my divorce process. This is honestly one of the most painful experiences to go through. I appreciated John’s straight forward manner in presenting the choices. It helped cut through issues to define emotional vs strategic good decisions. Being clear about the process and outcomes is essential to seeing a way ahead. I am thankful for his work and support through this tough time.”
Falls Church, VA
“John Whitbeck represented me on, what most people would agree was, an extremely complicated and emotional divorce and custody case involving abuse and infidelity by my ex-husband. From the moment, I sat down with John, I felt that I was heard, understood, and respected, not just by John, but by his entire team. I was supported and informed through every step of the process. John was a true advocate for myself and my kids. He fought for and achieved true justice for us. Today, my kids and I couldn’t be happier, and we truly owe a great deal of that to John and his team.”
“John Whitbeck is an outstanding attorney, and I highly recommend him for family law and civil law matters. As a clinical psychologist that does a lot of divorce and custody work, I’ve worked alongside John for over 15 years now in supporting families going through difficult divorce and custody moments. Time and time again, I’ve directly observed John’s excellent work with excellent results. In addition to being a highly experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney, John truly cares about his clients. I give him my highest endorsement.”
Dr. Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
Affiliations: Former At-Large Representative, Loudoun County Government Reform Commission, Former Broad Run District Representative, Loudoun County Criminal Justice Board, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Former President, Lansdowne on the Potomac Homeowner’s Association, Member, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Member, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce.