about Catherine S. Croft
Catherine Croft is among the preeminent lawyers nationwide who practice family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is awarded to only those attorneys who demonstrate significant experience in their chosen area of law and uphold the highest ethical standards. Ms. Croft was also recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as a Legal Elite in 2006. She remains on the faculty, and has taught the undergraduate upper level course "Family Law in Society," as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. She has participated as a panel member in various local and multi-jurisdictional continuing legal education courses. She was an early advocate in support of — and is a current provider of — mediation services.
Ms. Croft has a reputation in the Prince William County legal community as a tough litigator and a tireless advocate for her clients in the courtroom. Her record of success reflects her experience as well as her dedication to her clients and their well-being. Her ability to think on her feet, as well as her creative problem solving skills, serve her as well today in the courtroom as they do at the negotiation or mediation table. While her preference is to resolve issues without contested litigation, she is prepared to litigate when the facts warrant litigation.
Ms. Croft graduated in the top seventeen percent of her class, and as a member of the law review, at George Mason University School of Law, which ranks as one of the top 50 law schools in the United States. She continues to sharpen her courtroom skills in practice, motivated by her desire to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. Having received excellent mentoring herself, she is also committed to helping shape the careers and training of younger Prince William County attorneys. Her client base is evenly divided by gender, wherein she represents as many men as she does women. Even so, as founding President of the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, she encourages and promotes the advancement of women in the community and in the legal profession.
Ms. Croft's passion for family law is longstanding and predates her legal training. As an undergraduate, Ms. Croft obtained her B.S. in Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Juvenile Option, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to law school, Ms. Croft worked as a paralegal for the Veterans Administration tracking veterans' legislation through Congress and writing for the VA Legislative Status Report. Thereafter she worked as a family law paralegal for a private legal services firm representing local union members. From there, Ms. Croft began her law school and law career.
Virginia State Bar, 1988
education and court admissions
George Mason University School of Law Juris Doctorate, 1988
Virginia Commonwealth University B.S., Administration of Justice and Public Safety (Juvenile Option), Minor in Psychology, 1980
Rappahannock Mediation Center Training Basic Mediation and Family and Divorce Mediation Training, 1993
Virginia State Bar 1988 - Present Speakers Bureau 2000 - Present
Prince William County Bar Association 1988 - Present Secretary, 1991 Treasurer, 1992 Family Law Committee, 1989-2001 — Chair, 1992-1994 — Co-Chair, 1995-1999 Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair, 2001-2006 Beat the Odds Mentor 2003 - Present
Prince William County Bar Foundation Director, 2011 - 2017 President, 2014
Virginia Women Attorneys Association 2007 - Present
Prince William County Chapter — Board Member, 2007-2013 — Founding President, 2007-2008 State Organization, Director at Large, 2007-2014
Prince William County Circuit Court Commissioner in Chancery Conciliator 2006 - Present Special Commissioner of Accounts, 1996-2003 Court Appointed Conservator, 2003
Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Conciliator, 2005-2013