President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, foster parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1985 and UVA Law School in 1988, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. Prior to becoming President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) & the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), Quinn served on the Academy Board of Trustees from 2006-10 and again from 2013 to the present. She publishes and presents frequently for AAAA-AAARTA, served as Chairs of the following Committees from 2013-16: Finance, Investment, Revenue and Awards. She also served as Grievance Chair (2015-16), as Webinar Chair (2013-15), on the Strategic Plan Committee (2015-present), on the AAARTA Executive Council & as Membership Chair (2009-15), as AAAA 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair & 2007 Annual Convention Chair, is an AAARTA Founder (2009), was on the ARTS Committee (2006-09), Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003), and published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook” (2003). She is the co-author of the Fifth & Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book, has served: as program chair, speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars/programs; as an expert witness in adoption law and in surrogacy law; served as a certified Guardian ad Litem; is a Fellow of LCA, a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART & Adoption Committees, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE, AAJ, RBA, VSB and VTLA (serving as Chair/Co-Chair for many Committees). She also serves on the Board of the Family Formation Charitable Trust.
Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, which recently received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents “2015 Litigator Award” featured on CNN and “Best Law Firms in America” 2015 & 16. She and her firm have achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell. Quinn has been honored with the Richmond NAWBO “Entrepreneur of the Year” award (2016), Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014-16), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-15), the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-16) and Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 & 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-15,2005), a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2009), the Congressional CCAI “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-16),
Quinn is Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association (after serving in numerous other Officer and Board positions), and has served/serves on the Boards of Creating a Family, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council & President). She contributes/has contributed to AHA Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, & LINC, is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes, teaches aerobics and drinks fine wine with her husband.
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