William Wides named a Rising Star once again.

Bill Wides, a partner at Compton & Duling, has been named a Rising Star in the 2024 publication of Super Lawyers. Compton & Duling congratulates Bill on once again achieving this honor. Well done.


Maryse Allen’s recent article from the Senior Lawyers Conference (Virginia State Bar)

Key Divorce Issues In The Golden Years by Maryse C. Allen, Esquire When a potential client approaching retirement age or who has been a homemaker married for forty years or more first meets with their lawyer for a divorce consultation, that consultation tends to be more fraught than usual. Leaving or being left by a […]


Thomas Duling Receives Recognition for 50 Years of Service to the Bar Association

Tom Duling was recognized at the Virginia State Bar’s 2023 Annual Meeting for his 50 years practicing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Congratulations Tom!


Maryse C. Allen and Thomas D. Duling named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2022 Top Lawyers

According to Northern Virginia Magazine, in order to compile the Top Lawyers listing, “we sent surveys to Northern Virginia and DC lawyers asking them to recommend other lawyers to whom they would refer friends and family. Those on the listing received the most nominations. “ Maryse C. Allen received her recognition for her family law […]

Thought Your Divorce Was Over? Former Spouse Finds Out Years Later That She Will Not Get Survivor Benefits When Ex-Husband Violates Order and Fails to Designate her as Beneficiary!

On December 6, 2022, the Virginia Court of Appeals released a published opinion in Virginia Retirement System v. Shelton, Record No. 0434-22-2 (12/6/2022).  In that case, the husband and wife divorced in 1997, and the wife was awarded a portion of the husband’s Virginia Retirement System(VRS) retirement.  The husband was also ordered to name the […]

Released Civil Case Decisions

By: Mike Windsor, maw@comptonduling.com   Opinions from the Virginia Supreme Court: None. Published Opinions from the Virginia Court of Appeals:             Patel v. Rabinowitz (11/1/22):  In 2011, a New Jersey court entered a judgment against Patel for $8.7 million.  The court appointed a receiver to collect the now $15 million judgment.  The receiver alleged that […]


Welcome to James A. Noel!

Compton & Duling welcomes its newest attorney: James A. Noel, who will be joining the Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Estate Litigation Team. Welcome James!


Congratulations Maryse C. Allen

Compton & Duling would like to congratulate Partner Maryse C. Allen for being recognized by The Virginia Law Foundation, which inducted her as a Fellow in 2022. This distinction is limited to only 1% of Virginia Lawyers. Congratulations and great job Maryse.



Compton & Duling would like to welcome Bill Wides to our team. Bill will be focusing on Civil Litigation. If you have any litigation needs, please reach out to Bill.


Prince William Chamber Frostbite Scramble

Compton & Duling was pleased to be the Closest to the Pin Sponsor for the annual Prince William Chamber Frostbite Scramble. Attorneys Nicholas Erickson, Reed Stadler and Christopher Chipman were able to participate in the Scramble and enjoyed beautiful weather for the last Friday in March. Thank you Prince William Chamber for the opportunity to […]