Robert E. Henley III

Bob Henley’s practice focuses on family law including divorce, pre-marital and separation agreements, property division, child custody, child and spousal support, and valuation and classification of closely-held business and real estate interests. He has a wide range of legal experience and brings a broad perspective to family law including commercial real estate litigation and transactions such as purchases, sales, assemblage of land, development, construction, leasing and financing. He has represented corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, has prepared wills and trusts and has handled estate, business, real estate, personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

Bob is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The Academy, which was founded in 1962, states in its website that its purpose is “to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. To be represented by a Fellow of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The 1,600 Academy Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by Judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.” He is one of only 52 Virginia family law practitioners selected for membership.

Bob was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of family law. He is named a Virginia Super Lawyer®, is listed among the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine, and is peer review rated AV (preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell. He is past president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association and is a former officer and director of the Real Estate Section of the Richmond Bar Association.

Bob counsels clients of all ages, including those in the Boomer generation. He was quoted in the October 2017 issue of Boomer magazine, where he made comments about family law concerns pertaining to second marriages. View here.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented parties in divorce litigation involving fault and no fault grounds of divorce, complex equitable distribution, classification of separate and marital property, spousal support, child custody, spousal and child support.
  • Represented parties in divorce litigation involving valuation of closely held businesses.
  • Represented parties in divorce litigation involving classification and complex tracing of marital and separate assets.
  • Prepared, negotiated and litigated premarital, post marital and separation agreements.
  • Represented parties in mediation and settlement of family law disputes including custody, support and equitable distribution.
  • Represented beneficiaries of complex estate in trial and subsequent appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.
  • Represented developers in acquisition of multiple parcels of land, financing, development of residential subdivisions and multi-use office and industrial parks, construction of buildings, leasing of office space and sale of buildings and developed parcels.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges of real property.
  • Represented lending institutions in financing office, industrial and residential properties.
  • Represented lending institutions in workouts and restructuring of commercial real estate loans.
  • Represented landlords and tenants (including both Batzli Stiles Butler PC and his former law firm, Parker Pollard & Brown P.C.) in negotiation and drafting of commercial leases.
  • Represented entrepreneurs and developers in formation of business entities such as limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships.
  • Represented developers in formation of condominiums, property acquisition, financing and construction and sale of residential and business condominiums.
  • Represented developers in creation of restrictive covenants and owners associations for residential and commercial real estate.
  • Represented owners, contractors, mortgage lenders and insurance companies in easement, title, mechanics’ lien and title insurance litigation.
  • Represented an insurgent shareholder group in a successful proxy battle for control of the Board of Directors of a publicly held lending institution.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Foreign Divorces and their Implications in Virginia, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Will It Ever End? Handling Post-Divorce Issues, The Virginia State Bar, 2013
  • Joint/Shared Custody Issues and Considerations, 2013
  • Presentation of Opinion Testimony by Business Valuation Expert Witnesses, 2010
  • How to Do Them Right, Loan Issues, Real Estate Purchases and Sale Transaction, 2004
  • Handling Financing Issues, Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Virginia, Listing through Closing, 2004

Past Employment Positions

  • Parker, Pollard & Brown, PC, Shareholder, Chairman, Business Real Estate Practice Section, 1999 – 2006
  • Rothenberg, Henley & Robertson, PC, Shareholder, President, 1978 – 1999
  • Robert M. Musselman & Assoc., Charlottesville, VA,, 1977 – 1978

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985


J.D. – The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1977

B.A. – University of Virginia, 1974

Representative Cases

  • Wright v. Wright, VA Court of Appeals, 2012
  • Schmidt v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., 271 Va 20 (2006)
  • Westerberg v. Westerberg, 9 Va App 248 (1989)

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Virginia Business “Legal Elite”
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Board of Governors, Family Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association, Real Estate Section – former director
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association – vice president & member of the Executive Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow

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