Terrence R. Batzli

Terry Batzli is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for the last ten years. He was named Best Lawyers‘ 2016 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Richmond, an honor he also received in 2014. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is  honored as a “Lawyer of the Year”.

Mr. Batzli has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer since its inception in 2006, and in both 2016 and 2015 was listed as the Number One attorney in Virginia including all specialties. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating. Mr. Batzli has been named by his peers as one of the top family law practitioners in Virginia and has also been named in the Virginia Business Legal Elite from 2000 to the present. In 2015, Mr. Batzli was inducted into the Virginia Trial Attorneys Hall of Fame. Less than one tenth of one percent of trial attorneys in the Commonwealth are expected to qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame.

In 2012, Mr. Batzli was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. He was the founding president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association and has been elected to many leadership positions in national, state and local bar associations. Mr. Batzli is frequently called upon to lecture on family law issues to bar association groups and other professionals.

He has served as a Family Law Mediator with the McCammon Group and has served as a Commissioner-in-Chancery and Judge Pro Tempore in the Hanover County Circuit Court.

Mr. Batzli was an Honor Graduate, Officer Candidate School, Army Transportation Corps, Fort Eustis, Virginia (1967), was  on Active Duty from 1966-1970, and achieved the rank of Captain.

Military Background

  • Captain, U.S. Army (1966-1970 Active Duty)
  • Honor Graduate, Officer Candidate School, Army Transportation Corps, Fort Eustis, Virginia (1967)

Civic Service

  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 1980-1982
  • Camptown Charities, Inc. (Sponsor of Annual Running of Camptown Races, Board of Directors, 1990-1991)
  • Chesapeake District Ruritan (Zone Governor 1983; District Secretary 1984)
  • Hanover Association of Businesses (1982-1991; President 1989-1990; Board of Directors 1984-1991)
  • Hanover Commerce Roundtable (Co-founder 1989; A Consortium of Representatives of Five Business Organizations in Hanover County)
  • Hanover Industrial Airpark Business Association (1982-1991; President 1990-1991; Board of Directors 1989-1991)
  • Leadership Metro Richmond (Charter Class 1981)
  • Mechanicsville Jaycees (1975-1982; State Director 1979)
  • Mechanicsville Ruritan (1979-1999; President 1982)
  • National Head Injury Foundation (1989-1998)
  • Virginia Head Injury Foundation (Advisory Board 1990-1991)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar (2008)
  • Use of Experts in Family Law Cases, Richmond Bar Association (2007)
  • Case Update National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Virginia Chapter (2007)
  • Presentation on business Valuations in Divorce Cases, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (Richmond Chapter)(June, 2005)
  • 23rd Annual Family Law Seminar (October, 2004)
  • Family Law for New Lawyers (October, 2003 and November, 2004)
  • Annual Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Conference on Business Valuation and Litigation Services (October, 2003)
  • Annual Divorce Practice Seminar Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (January, 2002)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements (March, 2002)
  • Insights on Tough Custody Issues: 21st Annual Family Law Seminar (October, 2002)
  • Family Law: A Systematic Approach (June, 2001)
  • Guest Commentator, Court TV (August, 2000)
  • Guest Lecturer in Family Law at the Law Schools of the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, and Regent University (1999-2003)
  • 17th Annual Family Law Seminar (November, 1998)
  • Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar (1998)
  • Business Valuations in Divorce: CPA Society (1997)
  • 15th Annual Family Law Seminar (November, 1996)
  • Difficult Issues in Divorce Disputes (September, 1995)
  • Family Law Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (1995)

Past Employment Positions

  • Shareholder/President, Batzli Stiles Butler PC (2004)
  • Shareholder/Director, Barnes & Batzli, P.C. (1996 2004)
  • Shareholder and Chairman, Management Committee, Durrette, Irvin & Bradshaw, P.C. (1993 1996)
  • Partner, Mays & Valentine (currently known as Troutman Sanders, LLC) (19821993)
  • Licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1975
  • Commissioner-in-Chancery and Judge Pro Tempore, Hanover County Circuit Court (1980 Present)
  • Family Law Mediator, McCammon Group

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 1975


J.D. – University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 1975

B.S. – University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 1974
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Honors & Awards

  • Inducted into the Virginia Trial Attorneys Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006 – present
  • Ranked Number One for  Top 100 Super Lawyers in Virginia and named to Top 50 Super Lawyers in Richmond / Richmond Magazine, 2015 – 16
  • Listed in Top 10 2014 Super Lawyers in Virginia and Top 50 Super Lawyers in Richmond / Richmond Magazine, 2014
  • Listed in Top 100 Super Lawyers in Virginia and Top 50 Super Lawyers in Richmond / Richmond Magazine, 2013
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006
  • Named Best Family Lawyer in Richmond by The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 and 2016 editions
  • 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Section
  • Voted one of the Top Three Family Law Lawyers in Richmond in a survey of Richmond attorneys, Richmond Magazine, June 1999
  • Voted the Best Divorce Attorney in Richmond in a public opinion poll, Richmond Magazine, August 2000
  • Voted to the Legal Elite as one of the best family law attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine, 2000 – present

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Founding President, Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association,
  • Board of Governors, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar (1996-2002; Chair, 2001)
  • Richmond Bar Association (Executive Committee 1982; Chairman, Family Law Section 1982)
  • Frequent Statewide Lecturer on Family Law Matters
  • Virginia and American (Member, Family Law and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (1975-1996)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Family Law Section) (1980-1996)
  • Hanover County Bar Association (Treasurer 1997; Secretary 1998; President – Elect 1999; President 2000)
  • Chapter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Best Law Firms US News & World Report
  • Martindale
  • AAML
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • Legal Elite