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Congratulations to Martin Schubert

photo The firm is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2016, Martin Schubert has become a member of the firm. Mr. Schubert focuses his practice on insurance defense and civil litigation, including: auto accidents, premises liability, dog bites, defamation, assault and battery, conspiracy, property damage, breach of contract, and consumer protection claims. He represents both individuals and businesses, in both Virginia and the District of Columbia, including both State and Federal Courts. The firm commends Mr. Schubert’s work and commitment to the practice of law.

Congratulations to John McGavin

photoBest Lawyers Lawyer of the Year emblemBancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. is pleased to announce that John D. McGavin has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commerical Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Additionally, we also congratulate John on his accomplishment of being named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington DC. Only a single lawyer in each practice in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Congratulations to Stephen Horvath

photoCONGRATULATIONS TO STEPHEN A. HORVATH, ESQUIRE who is a recipient of the 2015 President’s Award from the Fairfax Bar Association. Steve has been a longstanding member of several Fairfax Bar Association committees, to include the Circuit Court committee. This award is in recognition of his service to this organization.

Congratulations to Nicholas J. Lawrence, Esquire

photoCONGRATULATIONS TO NICHOLAS J. LAWRENCE, ESQUIRE, who has become a member of our firm, effective June 1, 2015.

Congratulations on being nomiated to the Top Criminal and Personal Injury Lawyers List

The firm would like to congratulate Steve Bancroft, John McGavin and Dawn Boyce who are featured in the December 2014 edition of the Northern Virginia Magazine Top Criminal and Personal Injury Lawyers. Steve, John, and Dawn were nominated by their peers in response to the question: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a criminal or personal injury lawyer, and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?”

Steven Bancroft photo John McGavin photo Dawn Boyce photo

Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. welcomes its three newest associates:

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Maureen Cummins (former law clerk to The Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien, Prince William Circuit Court), Andrew Alder (former law clerk to Arlington Circuit Court judges), and Anna Gillespie (former law clerk to The Honorable Charles Maxfield, Fairfax Circuit Court)



STEVEN W. BANCROFT and JOHN D. MCGAVIN to speak at upcoming VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ANNUAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 15-17 at THE HOMESTEAD on issues regarding wrongful death defense and jury selection and voir dire, respectively.  



The attorneys of BMHJ pride themselves on professional and community involvement.  We would like to congratulate our attorneys for their election to and/or nomination to the following legal associations:

  • Patrick K. Burns for "President-Elect" of the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers, 2014-2015.
  • Matthew A. Roberson for "Board Member" of the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers, 2014-2015.
  • Melissa H. Katz for nomination to D.C. Defense Lawyers Association, 2014-2015.




Team Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath, & Judkins, P.C. placed 2nd in the small law firm category in the Lawyers Have A Heart 10K race on June 14, 2014 for the American Heart Association.





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The firm is pleased to welcome Mark D. Quist, Esquire as a new associate attorney.  Mark obtained his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2013.  He has served as a legal intern to the Honorable R. Terrence Ney of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County and is the recipient of the Virginia Bar Association 2011-2012 Outstanding Community Servant Award. 


Congratulations to Brendan Mullarkey, Patrick Burns, Matthew Roberson, and Mark Quist for their successful completion of the 2014 Annual Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Trial Tactics Workshop with focus on medical malpractice issues.




The firm is pleased to announce the following additions to our firm and expansion of our practice areas in local government law:

Patrick Burns, Esquire -- Mr. Burns is an associate attorney at BMHJ.  He has been practicing for over three years.  He is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland.  He graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law after attending Penn State. 

Brendan J. Mullarkey, Esquire - Mr. Mullarkey is an associate attorney at BMHJ.  After graduating from George Mason University School of Law, he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Mary Grace O'Brien of the 31st Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia.  He is licensed in Virginia.

Matthew A. Roberson, Esquire - Mr. Roberson is an associate attorney at BMHJ.  After graduating from George Washington University Law School, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles J. Maxfield of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, Fairfax County, Virginia.  He is licensed in Virginia. 


From Left to Right, back row, Matt Roberson, Patrick Burns, Brendan Mullarkey; first row, Alice Rowan.



"Leaders in the Law" is an awards program which recognizes the lawyers across the Commonwealth of Virginia who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia.  "Leaders" are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia's justice system, among other accomplishments. 



BMHJ Expands its Practice into Maryland


In addition to serving the jurisdictions of Virginia and the District of Columbia, our firm now handles cases in the State of Maryland. Partners John D. McGavin, Heather K. Bardot, and Michael E. Thorsen have recently been admitted to the Maryland Bar. We are looking forward to assisting our clients with litigation needs in Maryland.

2013 Virginia Super Lawyers Recognition

Partners Steven W. Bancroft, John D. McGavin, Stephen A. Horvath, and Julia B. Judkins have been named as 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.




McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen, and Katz, P.C., handles civil and business litigation defense, insurance law and defense, government and municipal law, and workers' compensation, cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and in the District of Columbia and DUI/traffic defense cases in Virginia.


Office Location

9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA, 22030



Super Lawyers 2019

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated 2021

Best Lawyers 2021