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The attorneys of Compton & Duling are proud of our legacy in Prince William.  We are also innovative thinkers who aren’t afraid to challenge norms.

Compton & Duling is steeped in the history of Northern Virginia, and we use our institutional memory to form new ways of thinking about clients’ problems. We are solution-seekers; let our history of excellence help bring you to your solution.

Our History

In 1968, C. Lacey Compton, Jr. began practicing law in Virginia. His father, C. Lacey Compton, Sr., was a real estate practitioner and a Prince William County judge. Like his father and brother before him, Lacey Jr. established a real estate practice in Manassas, providing representation in all facets of land use law and litigation. Lacey handled hundreds of rezoning requests and represented major developers in land use matters.

Under Lacey’s direction, the firm helped some of Prince William County’s most iconic real estate projects come to be: large Residential Planned Communities like Dale City and Braemar, commercial projects like Innovation @ Prince William, Potomac Mills and Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Neabsco Common, and Harbor Station mixed use developments.

By the late 1970s, the firm had become Compton & Duling, based in Woodbridge, and had solidified as one of Prince William’s most well-regarded law firms.

Since 1973, Thomas D. Duling has devoted his practice to elder law, estate planning, estate litigation and business planning and transactions.

With more than 30 years of real estate experience, Geary H. Rogers continues to represent developers in real estate and land use matters across the state of Virginia, from the Tidewater area to the Upper Shenandoah region of northwest Virginia.

Sherman Patrick, Compton & Duling’s land use planner, represents clients in some of the region’s most complex rezoning and land planning projects.

The firm’s litigation practice expanded with the addition of Jason Hickman in 2002 and is now a vibrant shop of attorneys with an assertive focus on litigation in courts all over Northern Virginia.

Partner Maryse Allen has anchored the family law and domestic relations practice since 2002 as a thriving group of attorneys experienced in the challenging balance of resolving family law issues.

Our Philosophy

As Compton & Duling has expanded, it has stayed true to the philosophies of client service and attorney education. Before the Virginia Bar required continuing education for attorneys, the lawyers of Compton & Duling were attending seminars and refining their legal knowledge. Today, our attorneys can often be found teaching the CLE seminars in their various fields. The goal of Compton & Duling has always been to provide first-class legal services from Prince William County – to train and retain counsel as sophisticated as those in Fairfax, Tysons or Downtown Washington, D.C.

The firm is also committed to the advancement of qualified women attorneys.  Kathy M. Waters, of counsel, joined the firm in 1988, representing real estate developers at a time when few women were in real estate practice. Maryse Allen became an equity partner of the firm in 2008. Compton & Duling added three new associates in 2014, all women, from some of Virginia’s most well-respected law schools. Litigator Heather R. Steele became a partner in the firm in 2015. And Petula C. Metzler, an associate, in 2016 became the first African-American woman to be named as a judge to Prince William County General District Court.