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
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.