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The attorneys of Harrison & Johnston are many things. They are talented advocates and trusted advisors, problem-solvers and dealmakers, and local lawyers with global capabilities. They are counselors, planners, and dedicated champions for the individuals and businesses they have the privilege to represent.

But they are also neighbors, friends, and parents. They are volunteers and little league coaches. They are the folks sitting at the next table over or across the room at the school board meeting. They are active members of the Winchester community who are proud to call the Shenandoah Valley home.

A 60-Year Tradition Built on Purpose and Vision

Harrison & Johnston’s lawyers and staff are part of a six-decade legacy of providing quality representation, hard work, straightforward guidance, and pragmatic solutions for clients throughout Northern Virginia, across the country, and around the world.  

When Burr P. Harrison, former U. S. Congressman and Virginia Circuit Court Judge, and William A. Johnston, a prominent litigator and community leader in the Shenandoah Valley, established Harrison & Johnston in Winchester in 1961, they did so with purpose and vision.

The purpose was to build a law firm comprised of lawyers and other professionals who matched their prodigious legal talent with deep personal commitment. The vision was to deliver efficient and cost-effective legal services that not only help clients navigate challenges or achieve their goals, but also provide peace of mind, clarity, and the confidence that their attorneys always have their best interests at heart.

A Full-Service Northern Virginia Law Firm

Today, Harrison & Johnston is recognized as one of Northern Virginia’s premier law firms, providing a broad spectrum of personalized, comprehensive legal services that address all manner of personal and business issues. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and businesses run out of garages; CEOs needing sophisticated transactional representation and young families who want help preparing an estate plan; individuals facing difficult personal circumstances and companies embroiled in contentious disputes.

No matter who we represent or the nature of the issue, Harrison & Johnston makes the same promise: every client receives the respect, attention, and tireless effort they deserve. Every client gets candor, clear-eyed guidance, and transparency. Every client will feel that they were listened to and understood. And every client will know that they are part of a tradition of legal excellence that has stood the test of time and is positioned to remain a cornerstone of the Shenandoah Valley community for decades to come.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Managing Member

Stephen L. Pettler, Jr.

"What separates H&J from the rest is our commitment to the community. As an industry that has seen a lot of changes, we’ve navigated them well, and I am confident the firm will continue to be successful in providing legal representation in an expeditious and efficient manner."

Stephen L. Pettler, Jr.

We invite you to become a part of our tradition.

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