Jean Galloway Ball
Jean Galloway Ball has established herself as a respected practitioner in northern Virginia over the past twenty-two years. In 1991,seeking to balance her family life with her professional life, Jean began practicing law in the areas of Estate and Trust Planning and Elder Law with her mother Jean Galloway. She brought critical experience to the newly emerging practice of Elder Law from her prior thirteen years in government contracts law: analytical skills developed in dealing with complex government regulation; and litigation skills honed in numerous judicial hearings and court appearances. This expertise has proven to be invaluable to her clients and to the body of knowledge in the practice of Elder Law.
Jean is an honors graduate of the National Law Center, George Washington University. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in history. Jean is certified in Elder Law by the Nation Elder Law Foundation. She is a member of the Council of Advance Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.
Jean is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and serves clients in all three jurisdictions. She has an "AV" peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Elder Law in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in both the Washington, D.C. metro area and Virginia.
In 2010, Jean was named a fellow of the National Academy of the Elder Law Attorneys, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. In 2011, Jean was honored by Virginia Lawyers Media as being in the Class of 2011 of "Influential Women in Virginia."
For a number of years Jean served on the Board of Directors and was President of the Alzheimer's Family Day Center, a non-profit organization providing day care for victims of Alzheimer's disease and support to their families and caregivers in Northern Virginia. For two years she served as president of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia state chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is Chair of the Program Committee of the Council of Advance Practitioners of NAELA and a member of the steering committee of the Council. She is beginning her first term as a member of the Senior Division of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Bar Association.
Jean is married and has two adult children who are the delight of her life. When she is not practicing law she enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, bicycling and reading, with the occasional round of golf with her husband.
Focusing on Elder Law and Estate and Trust Planning has allowed Jean to engage in a family-centered law practice; bringing families together in addressing their legal needs or helping families negotiate with each other through the shoals of their legal crises. It is a practice she has found personally satisfying and often filled with hugs from grateful clients.