Bean, Kinney & Korman began as a modest group of young attorneys looking to build their professional practices near the local courthouse. Among them was David B. Kinney, who in 1959 joined with three other lawyers to start an enterprise that has grown and prospered for over 60 years to become one of the area’s leading law firms.
Along the way, a law student named James W. Korman was hired as a clerk and later as an associate attorney. A 1970s merger brought L. Lee Bean to the firm, one of Northern Virginia’s premier attorneys and later president of the Virginia Bar Association. During these first two decades, the firm built a typical general law practice, representing local individuals and businesses in real estate transactions, litigation, wills, divorces, and corporate matters.
While it took almost 40 years to reach 20 lawyers, the firm has more than doubled in size in the years since. We continue to execute our strategy of meeting the expanding and dynamic legal needs of a wider client base by adding practice area capabilities in employment matters, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and licensing, internet defamation, and government contracting. We have an ongoing commitment to address the ever-changing business and personal environment of our clients.
The firm’s lawyers have been leaders in the community and the profession, including:
Thomas R. Monroe joins the firm as the first African American partner in a non-minority legal practice in Virginia. Appointed to the bench as Arlington County’s first African American judge in 1972 and served on all three Arlington Courts.
David B. Kinney serves as President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
L. Lee Bean serves as President of the Virginia Bar Association.
James W. Korman serves as President of the Arlington Bar Association.
Benjamin N.A. Kendrick appointed as an Arlington Circuit Court judge.
Jonathan C. Kinney serves as Chair of the Arlington Housing Commission.
Carol Schrier-Polak serves as Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association.
Jennifer A. Brust serves as President of the Arlington Bar Association.
James W. Korman serves as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Timothy R. Hughes serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Construction Law & Public Contracts Section.
Carol Schrier-Polak serves as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
James R. Schroll serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Bankruptcy Section.
Philip M. Keating serves as Chair of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Jonathan C. Kinney serves as President of the Clarendon Alliance.
Timothy R. Hughes serves as Chair of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Timothy R. Hughes serves as Chair of the Leadership Center for Excellence.
Jonathan C. Kinney serves as President of the Arlington County Retirement Board.
Raighne C. Delaney serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors, Army Navy Country Club.
Bean, Kinney & Korman named as a 2020 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business Magazine and Best Companies Group.
Bean, Kinney & Korman named as a 2021 Best Places to Work in Arlington by Arlington Magazine and Best Companies Group.
Bean, Kinney & Korman named as a 2022 Best Places to work in Virginia.
Continually expanding our legal services, we serve clients within the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region and other jurisdictions throughout the country as well as some international clients, in matters ranging from simple wills to multi-million-dollar financings. But in everything we do, we never lose sight of the steadfast values upon which the firm was founded.