James W. Korman
t: 703.525.4000
f: 703.525.2207


James Korman is a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman. He is a widely renowned divorce attorney with over 40 years of experience in domestic relations and personal injury matters.

Jim counsels and represents clients in all aspects of family law with particular focus on complex divorces involving the division of property and marital assets including stock options, pension plans, investment and business interests for high net worth individuals. He regularly applies his past experience in business, commercial, and banking law to benefit his family law clients.

Jim is consistently featured in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Washingtonian magazine, Northern Virginia magazine and other regional and national publications for his depth and breadth of experience in domestic relations.

In 2009, the Northern Virginia magazine listed Jim as a “Top Divorce Lawyer” and said, “He always tries to settle a case, but is not afraid to go to court,” and “He is respected by fellow attorneys for his intellect, ethics and professionalism.” Jim was described by Washingtonian magazine in March 2000 as “a straight shooter who always does his homework,” “adept at complicated cases” and knowledgeable about banking law which “is especially helpful in advising divorce clients on issues involving creditors.”

In February 2004, Washingtonian magazine said, “He has a stellar reputation…For clients who want things handled, he is the man…He is always prepared and business-like.” In his nomination for the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section’s Lifetime Achievement award, which Jim received in 2014, fellow family law attorney Terrence R. Batzli wrote, “He is always willing to discuss potential solutions to every pending issue in a manner which will effect the best result for his client.”

As a seasoned trial attorney, Jim knows when to litigate, when to negotiate and when to mediate.

Beyond the Suit

When Jim isn’t litigating divorce cases, he enjoys traveling with his wife, attending Washington football games and collecting political campaign buttons.


  • Korman, Administrator v. Carpenter, 216 Va. 86 (1975)
  • Gambino v. Fairfax County School Board, 429 F. Supp. 731 (E.D. Va. 1977), aff’d, 564 F.2d 157 (4th Cir. 1977)
  • Stein v. Fairfax County School Board
  • Butler v. Butler, 219 Va. 164, 247 S.E.2d 353 (1978)
  • Mahoney v. NationsBank of Virginia, NA, 455 S.E.2d 5 (1995)

Bar and Court Admissions

Virginia, 1968

District of Columbia, 1970

Supreme Court of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


George Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1968

College of William & Mary, A.B., 1965

Academic Appointments

Adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at George Mason University Law School, 1996 – present.

Awards and Honors

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated, 2022

Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyer, Divorce & Family, 2020

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, Judicial Edition, 2019

Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2018

Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2015

Arlington County Bar Foundation, William L. Winston Award, 2015

Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014

Washingtonian, Top Lawyer in Domestic Relations, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2018

Washingtonian, Top Divorce Lawyer, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2019, 2020, 2021

Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, 1995 – 2023

Best Lawyers in America “Family Law Lawyer of the Year” for the Washington, D.C. area, 2012

Virginia Super Lawyers in Family Law, 2006 – 2022

Virginia Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2015 – present

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers in Family Law, 2007 – 2022

Virginia Business, Legal Elite in Family Law/Domestic Relations, 2016, 2020

Additional Awards

Virginia Business magazine, Legal Elite, 2006 & 2011

Northern Virginia magazine, Top Lawyer, 2013

Northern Virginia magazine, Top Divorce Lawyer, 2009 & 2016

Outstanding Lawyers of America

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow; Certified Matrimonial Arbitrator; Past President, Virginia chapter)

Arlington Bar Association (Past-President)

American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Virginia State Bar (Former Chair, Committee on Women and Minorities)




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