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Judge H. Dudley Payne, Jr. (Ret.)

Judge H. Dudley Payne, Jr. (Ret.) – Mediator | H. Dudley Payne, Jr. is the Founder and Head Mediator at Payne Mediation. In 2007, Payne retired as Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts for Fauquier, Loudoun, and Rappahannock Counties. He started Payne Mediation in 2008. 

  • Judge Payne graduated from Wake Forest University in 1967 and entered and graduated from Officer Candidate School of the United States Marine Corps that fall.
  • After serving a combat tour in Viet Nam and completing his term in the Marines in 1970, Judge Payne enrolled in the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. He graduated with honors in 1973. 
  • Judge Payne served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Fairfax County from 1974-1977.
  • Judge Payne was in private practice in 1973-1974 and 1977-1995.
  • From 1978-1986, Judge Payne served as a part-time substitute Judge having been appointed by the Circuit Courts of the counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, and Rappahannock. 

Especially in the years leading up to his appointment as Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in 1995, Payne focused nearly exclusively on cases involving family law. Mr. Payne served as an attorney representing both men and women in domestic disputes including custody, visitation, support and property distribution litigation. Before concentrating in family law, Judge Payne served as a Virginia lawyer in the fields of: criminal prosecution, criminal defense, civil commercial litigation, real estate settlements and estate planning.

Additional Training and Experience:

Judge Payne has completed a range of formal classroom and practical training through “Mediation Matters” in Bethesda (he just completed their 40 hour advanced mediation training in October, 2011, to update all his previous training and to be sure he is current in the field of advanced mediation), the Northern Virginia Mediation Service in Fairfax County and the Community Mediation Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has also undergone hours of intense observation and co-mediation with the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, a non-profit mediation center located in Warrenton, Virginia. He is a Certified Mediator under the rules of the Virginia Supreme Court and a member of the Virginia Mediation Network.

Serving Warrenton, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Middleburg, and all points in between in the areas of family, divorce, and business mediation.
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