Firm News

January 5th, 2022

Blankingship & Keith partner Chidi James was recently announced the winner of the James Keith Public Service Award by the Fairfax Bar Association. 

The award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated a long-standing dedication to providing pro bono legal services.

Named after The Honorable James Keith who, after a lifetime of service to the public, donated more than twelve years during his retirement to serve as an in-house pro bono attorney with the Fairfax office of the Legal Aid Society.


December 1st, 2021

Blankingship & Keith principal David Rust Clarke has been named a Top Divorce Lawyer in the December 2021 issue of Washingtonian Magazine. David has over 40 years of experience in family and his clients include owners of closely held businesses, CEO's and other professionals. 

November 24th, 2021

Blankingship & Keith, PC is committed to supporting and encouraging our attorney's and staff’s charitable works in Fairfax, VA. On November 16th, the firm hosted the Paralegal Section of the Fairfax Bar Association’s annual food drive benefiting FACETS, whose mission is to help individuals and families who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. Our staff conduct a friendly annual competition creating and filling festive gift baskets to benefit that people that FACETS serves. 

November 10th, 2021

Blankingship & Keith shareholder Kevin F.X. DeTurris was quoted extensively in the Washington Post, walking homeowners through the process and best practices of appealing of property tax assessments.

November 5th, 2021

Virginia-based law firm Blankingship & Keith, P.C. received national and regional rankings in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2022 edition of “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings are recognized for professional excellence and have persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

November 4th, 2021

Blankingship & Keith secured a victory for client Vowell, LLC  before the Supreme Court of Virginia, arguing for both Vowell and co-defendant, City of Alexandria. The Court found that the Historic Alexandria Foundation did not have legal grounds to appeal after the City Council signed off on a project involving the renovation of a house once owned by the late Justice Hugo L. Black.

October 19th, 2021

Blankingship & Keith, P.C. is proud to announce Juli M. Porto and Mary C. Huff as the firm’s newest partners, effective January 1, 2022.

October 13th, 2021

Josh H. Ontell has joined the firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. as an associate in its Education Law and Litigation group. He previously served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in the Office of the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney and as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Tort Division of the New York City Law Department.

Josh earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2017 and his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 2008.

September 30th, 2021

John Dorsey has joined the firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. as an associate in its Medical Malpractice Defense group as an associate. He previously clerked for Judge Albertson, Judge Ritchie, and Judge Wilson with the Rockingham County Circuit Court in Harrisonburg.

September 8th, 2021

Charlotte Alton has joined the firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. as an associate in its Family Law practice. Charlotte previously served as law clerk for the Honorable John M. Tran of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

Charlotte earned her law degree from the Washington and Lee School of Law where she was Lead Articles Editor for The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tulane University. She earned his B.A., magna cum laude from Tulane University.