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Hon. Paul F. Sheridan (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, product liability, family, defamation, public official liability, real estate, construction, contracts, civil rights, employment, and mass tort.

Professional Experience

  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, County of Arlington, 1985-2003;  Chief Judge, 1998-2003.
  • Former Partner, Siciliano, Ellis, Sheridan and Dyer.
  • Former Adjunct Professor, George Mason Law School, Trial Advocacy.
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Active Duty 1958-1960, Captain, (Reserve).


  • Past President, Arlington County Bar Association.
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation.
  • Former Member and Chairman, Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission of Virginia.
  • Co-Founder and Past President, George Mason American Inn of Court.
  • Member, Boyd-Graves Conference.
  • Recipient, Carrico Professionalism Award, 2000.
  • Former Chairman, Committee on Professional Competency, Virginia State Bar.
  • Listed as a “Top Lawyer” for Mediation in Washington DC, Washingtonian, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020.
  • Listed as “Legal Elite” in ADR by Virginia Business.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Columbia University, B.A.

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