Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C.

For over 60 years, the general civil practice firm of Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C. has created strong ties within the Falls Church community.

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Firm Overview

Long-standing stability coupled with our experienced and skilled legal representation keeps our clients coming back and referring their friends and family to us.

The firm's founder, the late William M. Baskin, set a standard of quality that has been maintained since 1950. All of the partners at Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C., have achieved an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating distinction signifying particularly outstanding legal work, professionalism, and ethical standards.

We offer experienced legal representation on a diverse range of legal matters of all levels of complexity. We pay attention to every detail of your case from initial consultation onward. You receive valuable legal counsel and solutions from our legal team.

Click on the Firm Specialties tab to learn more about our practice areas:
*Civil litigation
*Elder Law
*Estate planning, administration, and probate
*Land use and zoning
*Landlord and Tenant Law


Experienced Falls Church lawyers delivering valuable legal solutions. Proudly serving clients in all of Northern Virginia.

The lawyers of Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C. represent individuals and businesses in Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Alexandria, Loudoun, and Prince William, and also in all northern Virginia counties and jurisdictions.
Main Office

Main Office
301 Park Avenue
Falls Church  VA  22046

Phone
  • 703-534-3610
Fax
  • 703-536-7315
Litigation
Skilled attorneys ready to settle your disputes
The lawyers at Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C. protect your rights in civil litigation cases. Each case requires its own strategy and we thoroughly prepare for your case. We always try to settle your case out of court first. But if those efforts fail, we provide you with the most aggressive trial litigation possible.

Our firm's general civil practice includes incorporations, preparation and review of contracts, school law, and administrative hearings. We can assist you with the following kinds of civil litigation matters:

For your business needs:
-Real estate disputes
-Contract disputes
-Commercial disputes
-Preparation of contracts
-Contract review
-Zoning appeals
-Incorporations
-LLCs
-Employment disputes
-Defense of lawsuits
-Appellate practice
-Advising small businesses and schools
-Injunctions

For individual and family's needs:
-Personal injury
-Defamation
-Will contests
-Divorce
-Premarital agreements
-Separation agreements
-Administrative hearings

William M. Baskin, Jr.

Member

Mr. Baskin is a life-long resident of northern Virginia and has been in the private practice of law since 1976. Mr. Baskin began practicing law in Falls Church, Virginia after receiving both his B.S. in business administration and his law degree from the University of Richmond. He is a principal of the firm Baskin, Jackson & Duffett, P.C. and has been a member of this firm since 1976. Mr. Baskin's primary areas of practice include zoning, land use, civil litigation and general commercial issues. Mr. Baskin is licensed to practice in all trial and appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Dedicated to the Falls Church community:
Active in both the legal profession and community affairs, Mr. Baskin has served in many organizations throughout his career. Mr. Baskin served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, President of the Falls Church Private/Public Partnership, as a Board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia, and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director of the Falls Church Education Foundation. In 1999, Mr. Baskin was appointed to the Charter Review Committee by the Falls Church City Council to recommend changes to the City Charter. In 2005, Mr. Baskin helped found and became the first President of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation.

Mr. Baskin's participation in organizations within the legal community mirrors his strong commitment to maintaining high standards for legal practitioners. He was President of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1988 and on its Board of Directors from 19821990. He was also a member of the Virginia State Bar Council from 19891995. He has served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Judicial Screening Committee, and as a Professionalism Course instructor. Mr. Baskin has served as a Commissioner in Chancery since 1988 and as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Court since 1993.

Proven experience:
While Mr. Baskin's 33 years of experience as a practicing attorney covers a broad array of legal matters, his primary emphasis is in the areas of zoning, land use and civil litigation. Within the field of zoning and land use, Mr. Baskin handles matters ranging from obtaining variances and special permits from Boards of Zoning Appeals and handling appeals of zoning violations, to re-zonings, special exceptions, site plans and subdivisions. His clients include individual homeowners, builders, developers, and businesses that have needed a wide variety of local government approvals. Additionally, Mr. Baskin has represented numerous churches on zoning issues such as special permits, re-zonings and special exceptions as well as in litigation matters. In addition to his zoning and land use practice, Mr. Baskin has an active civil trial practice in the state courts of Virginia.

As with all of the attorneys in the firm, Mr. Baskin maintains an AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating obtainable by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Mr. Baskin lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Jill, and their children, Gunnar and Molly. He and his family are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy bicycling, skiing, fly-fishing, tennis, and hiking.

Practice areas:
-Civil litigation
-Zoning law
-Land use
-Domestic relations

Education:
-University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1976
-University of Richmond, B.S., 1973

Admitted:
-Virginia Bar Association, 1976
-U.S. District Court, 1976
-Eastern District of Virginia, 1976
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

Awards:
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM

Memberships:
-Fairfax Bar Association, 19881989
-Virginia Bar Association
-Virginia State Bar Council
-Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Biography:
-Born in Arlington, Virginia, 1951
-Commissioner in Chancery, 1988present
-Member, Virginia State Bar Council, 19891995
-City of Falls Church Charter Review Commission, 1998
-President, Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation, 20052007
-President, Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, 19821986
-President, Falls Church Public-Private Partnership, 1992
-President, Falls Church Education Foundation, 19862002
Education
  • University of Richmond School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

John G. Jackson

Member

A lifelong resident of Virginia, John Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1973 and his law degree in 1976 from William & Mary. His practice has focused on estate planning, estate administration, taxation and fiduciary litigation. In addition to estate planning for estates of all sizes, he has handled a broad variety of related matters: IRS audits and appeals, preparation of personal, fiduciary and estate tax returns; will contests, trust reformations, guardianships, partnership accountings, suits for aid and direction, Court ordered gifting programs, and other chancery or fiduciary litigation. In estate administration, Mr. Jackson has served as personal representative or counsel to the fiduciary for many estates in all of the Northern Virginia counties.

John has been a frequent speaker to professional and civic groups on topics such as estate planning, charitable giving, probate, and trusts. He has served as Chairman of the Fairfax Bar Association's sections on "Wills and Estates" and "Taxation", and served as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Disciplinary Committee. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council, Fairfax Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Also active in several charitable organizations, he has served on the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of Hospice of Northern Virginia, the Woodberry Forest School Parent Advisory Committee, the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee, and as a Director for the Northern Virginia Speech and Language Center. He has served as an Elder of his church and helped create or advise the planned giving campaigns of various churches, schools and charities.

John and Carol, his wife for over 40 years, have three children: Matthew, a graduate of Duke University, now working in Berlin, Germany on software for music synthesizers; Katie, formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years, a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, now a resident at the Duke Hospital; and Elizabeth, a graduate of Wake Forest, formerly a second grade charter school teacher in inner city, Washington, D. C., now raising her son. John and Carol are blessed with four grandchildren (and counting).

By vote of his colleagues, John has received the "A V" highest rating from the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory since 1986, and current listings in "The Best Lawyers in America", "Virginia Super Lawyers" and "Outstanding Lawyers of America".

Practice areas:
-Estate planning and probate
-Estate and gift taxation
-Estate administration

Admitted:
-Virginia, 1976
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
-U.S. Tax Court, 1984

Awards:
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
Outstanding Lawyers of America

Memberships:
-Fairfax Bar Association, Wills and Estates Section Chairman, 19801982
-Fairfax Bar Association,Taxation Section Chairman, 19891990
-Virginia State Bar Association
-Fourth District Disciplinary Committee, 19911994
-Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
-Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council

Education:
-College of William and Mary, J.D., 1976
-Duke University, B.A., 1973

Biography:
Born in Washington, D.C., 1951
Education
  • College of William and Mary
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Robert J. Duffett

After a two year battle with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer, Rob Duffett passed away on August 11, 2013. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Upon learning of his diagnosis, Rob partnered with attorney Martha Mothershead (see her bio below) to maintain ongoing matters and transition his landlord-tenant practice into her capable hands.

A lifelong resident of Virginia, Rob appeared regularly in the state courts of all Northern Virginia jurisdictions and successfully argued before the Virginia Supreme Court. His practice emphasized litigation with a focus on leasing issues relating to landlord-tenant disputes and the drafting and review of commercial and residential leases.

Rob was a frequent speaker on landlord-tenant law. Some of the organizations he addressed include The Virginia Sheriff's Civil Enforcement Association, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, and United States Department of State. He was a featured speaker at continuing legal education seminars relating to commercial and residential leasing and was quoted in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal online.
Education
  • University of Richmond
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Martha F. Mothershead

Martha Mothershead joined Baskin, Jackson & Duffett in October of 2011. A licensed attorney since 1985, Martha practiced in Michigan after attending University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she received the Order of Barristers award for excellence in courtroom advocacy. Her practice currently focuses on elder law and landlord-tenant matters, though she has experience in a wide range of matters including business and non-profit start-ups, estate planning and probate litigation, and personal injury litigation. She appears regularly in state courts of all northern Virginia jurisdictions.

Martha's elder law practice is dedicated to serving seniors and persons with disabilities. She offers pre-planning and crisis planning services designed to help clients apply and qualify for Medicaid benefits, and establish special needs trusts for the disabled. Martha is an authorized Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Martha and her family live in the City of Falls Church, Virginia. She is an avid reader and swimmer.

Martha has always been an active community volunteer, has served on several non-profit educational boards, and is a past-president of the George Mason High School PTSA. She currently serves as a volunteer literacy tutor with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. Martha has also been a featured speaker on residential landlord-tenant issues at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, and has taught landlording classes at local continuing education seminars and Lawline.com.

Practice Areas:
Elder Law
Medicaid planning, special needs trusts
Guardianships and conservatorships
Probate litigation
Elder financial abuse
Commercial and residential lease drafting, enforcement and evictions

Education:
Kalamazoo College, BA in English
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, JD

Memberships:
Elder Counsel
Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association
Arlington County (Virginia) Bar Association
Falls Church Chamber of Commerce
Education
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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