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Colleen Quinn

Partner & Equity Owner
Locke & Quinn


Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, agencies, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers, donors and clinics since 1989. For her work, she has been honored with named a 2021 Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, 2019 VLW "Influential Women in Law" in VA (inaugural class), top “Women Leader in the Law” (in Family Law & Personal Injury 2016-20 by Legal Leaders-American Lawyer and National Law Journal), “Best Lawyers in America” 2014-21, US News & World Report, “Adoption Attorney of the Year” By Lawyers Monthly magazine 2018, recipient of the AAAA President’s Award 2018, MRWBA Women of Achievement Award 2017, Richmond NAWBO “Entrepreneur of the Year” award 2016, Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award 2015, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers 2012-18, YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government 2011, “Hats Off to Women Award” by ABWA Cavalier Chapter 2011, a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-20) Top 100 (2012 & 2013, 2019&2020)/Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-20)/Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50  (2012-13, 201920) in Richmond, by Virginia Business magazine as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” 2019-20, 2010-17, 2005, a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly 2009, and the Congressional CCAI “Angels in Adoption” award 2008. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow and Past-President (2016-17) of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (“AAAA”) formerly the American Academies of Adoption and of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAAA” & “AAARTA”) serving on the Board of Trustees (2006-10, 2013-18) and on the Family Formation Charitable Trust Board (2016-18). For AAAA, she served as Treasurer 2018, Chair of the Finance, Revenue, Awards, and Investment Committees, Grievance Chair (2015-16), Webinar Chair (2013-15), AAARTA Executive Council & Membership Chair (2009-15), 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair & 2007 Annual Convention Chair, is an AAARTA Founder (2009), was on the ARTS Committee (2006-09), Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003), and published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook” (2003). She is the co-author of the 4th thru 7th (2019) Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book, serves/has served: as program chair & speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars/programs; an expert witness in adoption law and in surrogacy law; served as a certified Guardian ad Litem; a Fellow of LCA, a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, VEBA, the ABA ART, Adoption & Alternative Families Committees, ASRM, RESOLVE, AAJ, RBA, VSB and VTLA (serving as Chair/Co-Chair for many Committees).  

Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, winner of the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents “2015 Litigator Award” featured on CNN & “Best Law Firms in America” 2015-20, and recipient of an “AV” rating by both her peers and the judiciary, the highest given, as well as "Client Champion" by Martindale Hubbell. She founded the Raising the Bar Law Talk Show, the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, the Women's Injury Law Center and the QLC Intern Program. She is Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served/serves on the Virginia Law Foundation Board, Virginia Family Law Coalition, Creating a Family Board, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board (Treasurer/Finance Chair), Richmond YWCA Board (prior Advisory Council & President), AHA Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team and CorVitae, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, & Cancer LINC, is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes, cycles and teaches aerobics.