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Benjamin C. Charlton

Attorney
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Ben represents individuals and their families who have suffered injury through the negligence of others. Since joining the firm in 2018, Ben has gained considerable experience in all facets of litigation, from pre-trial motions through appellate practice. He previously served as clerk to the Honorable Louise M. DeMatteo of the Arlington County Circuit Court. In 2020, Ben was honored by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 under 40 in Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Virginia.

Ben is a magna cum laude graduate of the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University, where he earned numerous awards and achievements, including the school's Trial Advocacy Award. Ben also gained valuable experience for the firm's focus on medical malpractice through work as an operating room anesthesia technician, where he became familiar with hospital procedure and patient care by working closely with a team of eleven anesthesiologists. 

An active member of the legal community, Ben successfully mentors both young and aspiring lawyers through several programs. In 2019, his work with George Mason High School's mock trial team led to its first ever state championship. Ben's leadership has been recognized by his peers, who elected him to serve as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Fairfax Bar Association. 

A loyal Tar Heels fan, Ben earned his undergraduate degree in international studies from the University of a North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also studied Mandarin Chinese. Ben put his degree to work in a small village in Yunnan, China, where he taught English to middle school students. 

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Antonin Scalia Law School - George Mason University, 2017
Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award

B.A., with honors, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Virginia, 2017
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Fairfax Bar Association
Member Since: 2017
President, Young Lawyers Section, 2020 to present

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2017

The George Mason American Inn of Court
Member Since: 2018

Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference
Member Since: 2019
Fifth District Representative: 2019 to present

Previous Experience
Law Clerk to the Honorable Louise M. DiMatteo, Arlington County Circuit Court, 2017-2018
Client Reviews
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Gary Mims represented me as my attorney with an issue I had last year. Working with Gary was a pleasure. He was very understanding about my situation, and it was affirming to talk to him. He had a good grasp not only of the legal issues, but the technical issues with my case. Other attorneys I had approached were less receptive because they were not familiar with my particular issue; Gary was. He was professional, empathetic, and a zealous advocate. I was very pleased with how he handled my case... Lisa Ramish
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This is the ‘go to’ firm in Northern Virginia for personal injury law. They did a fabulous job for us. I would highly recommend them. They definitely went above and beyond for us with a great result. Christine Bates
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