Attorney Profiles

Since Baskin, Jackson & Lasso P.C. was founded in 1950 by the late William M. Baskin, our experienced attorneys have provided clients with high quality legal services.

William M. Baskin, Jr. and John G. Jackson have been members of this firm for more than 30 years.  Together with Martha Mothershead, our attorneys have over 100 years combined legal experience to benefit our clients.

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William M. Baskin, Jr.

Member

Email:  [email protected] | Phone: 703-534-3610

Mr. Baskin is a life-long resident of northern Virginia and has been in the private practice of law since 1976.  Mr. Baskin began practicing law in Falls Church, Virginia after receiving both his B.S. in business administration and his law degree from the University of Richmond.  He is a principal of the firm Baskin, Jackson & Lasso P.C. and has been a member of this firm since 1976.  Mr. Baskin's primary areas of practice include zoning, land use, civil litigation and general commercial issues.  Mr. Baskin is licensed to practice in all trial and appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Dedicated to the Falls Church community

Active in both the legal profession and community affairs, Mr. Baskin has served in many organizations throughout his career.  Mr. Baskin served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, President of the Falls Church Private/Public Partnership, as a Board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia, and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.  He was a founding director of the Falls Church Education Foundation.  In 1999, Mr. Baskin was appointed to the Charter Review Committee by the Falls Church City Council to recommend changes to the City Charter.  In 2005, Mr. Baskin helped found and became the first President of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation.

Mr. Baskin's participation in organizations within the legal community mirrors his strong commitment to maintaining high standards for legal practitioners.  He was President of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1988 and on its Board of Directors from 1982–1990.   He was also a member of the Virginia State Bar Council from 1989–1995.  He has served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Judicial Screening Committee, and as a Professionalism Course instructor. Mr. Baskin has served as a Commissioner in Chancery since 1988 and as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Court since 1993.

Proven experience

While Mr. Baskin’s 33 years of experience as a practicing attorney covers a broad array of legal matters, his primary emphasis is in the areas of zoning, land use and civil litigation.  Within the field of zoning and land use, Mr. Baskin handles matters ranging from obtaining variances and special permits from Boards of Zoning Appeals and handling appeals of zoning violations, to re-zonings, special exceptions, site plans and subdivisions.  His clients include individual homeowners, builders, developers, and businesses that have needed a wide variety of local government approvals.  Additionally, Mr. Baskin has represented numerous churches on zoning issues such as special permits, re-zonings and special exceptions as well as in litigation matters.   In addition to his zoning and land use practice, Mr. Baskin has an active civil trial practice in the state courts of Virginia.

As with all of the attorneys in the firm, Mr. Baskin maintains an AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating obtainable by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Mr. Baskin lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Jill, and their children, Gunnar and Molly.  He and his family are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy bicycling, skiing, fly-fishing, tennis, and hiking.

Practice areas

  • Civil litigation
  • Zoning law
  • Land use
  • Domestic relations

Education

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Richmond, B.S., 1973

Admitted

  • Virginia Bar Association, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, 1976
  • Eastern District of Virginia, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

Awards

Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association, 1988–1989
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Council
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Biography

  • Born in Arlington, Virginia, 1951
  • Commissioner in Chancery, 1988–present
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Council, 1989–1995
  • City of Falls Church Charter Review Commission, 1998
  • President, Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation, 2005–2007
  • President, Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, 1982–1986
  • President, Falls Church Public-Private Partnership, 1992
  • President, Falls Church Education Foundation, 1986–2002

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John G. Jackson

Member

Email: [email protected] | Phone: 703-534-3610

A lifelong resident of Virginia, John Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1973 and his law degree in 1976 from William & Mary.  His practice has focused on estate planning, estate administration, taxation and fiduciary litigation.  In addition to estate planning for estates of all sizes, he has handled a broad variety of related matters: IRS audits and appeals, preparation of personal, fiduciary and estate tax returns; will contests, trust reformations, guardianships, partnership accountings, suits for aid and direction, Court ordered gifting programs, and other chancery or fiduciary litigation.  In estate administration, Mr. Jackson has served as personal representative or counsel to the fiduciary for many estates in all of the Northern Virginia counties.

John has been a frequent speaker to professional and civic groups on topics such as estate planning, charitable giving, probate, and trusts.  He has served as Chairman of the Fairfax Bar Association's sections on "Wills and Estates" and "Taxation", and served as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Disciplinary Committee.  He is a member of the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council, Fairfax Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Also active in several charitable organizations, he has served on the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of Hospice of Northern Virginia, the Woodberry Forest School Parent Advisory Committee, the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee, and as a Director for the Northern Virginia Speech and Language Center.  He has served as an Elder of his church and helped create or advise the planned giving campaigns of various churches, schools and charities.

John and Carol, his wife for over 40 years, have three children: Matthew, a graduate of Duke University, now working in Berlin, Germany on software for music synthesizers; Katie, formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years, a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, now a resident at the Duke Hospital; and Elizabeth, a graduate of Wake Forest, formerly a second grade charter school teacher in inner city, Washington, D. C., now raising her son. John and Carol are blessed with four grandchildren (and counting).

By vote of his colleagues, John has received the AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsSM since 1986, and current listings in The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers and Outstanding Lawyers of America.

Practice areas

  • Estate planning and probate
  • Estate and gift taxation
  • Estate administration

Admitted

  • Virginia, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984

Awards

Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Wills and Estates Section Chairman,  1980–1982
  • Fairfax Bar Association,Taxation Section Chairman, 1989–1990
  • Virginia State Bar Association
    • Fourth District Disciplinary Committee, 1991–1994
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council

Education

  • College of William and Mary, J.D., 1976
  • Duke University, B.A., 1973

Biography

  • Born in Washington, D.C., 1951

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Robert J. Duffett

After a two year battle with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer, Rob Duffett passed away on August 11, 2013.  He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Upon learning of his diagnosis, Rob partnered with attorney Martha Mothershead (see her bio below) to maintain ongoing matters and transition his landlord-tenant practice into her capable hands.

A lifelong resident of Virginia, Rob appeared regularly in the state courts of all Northern Virginia jurisdictions and successfully argued before the Virginia Supreme Court.  His practice emphasized litigation with a focus on leasing issues relating to landlord-tenant disputes and the drafting and review of commercial and residential leases.

Rob was a frequent speaker on landlord-tenant law.  Some of the organizations he addressed include The Virginia Sheriff's Civil Enforcement Association, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, and United States Department of State.  He was a featured speaker at continuing legal education seminars relating to commercial and residential leasing and was quoted in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal online.

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Martha F. Mothershead

Martha Mothershead joined Baskin, Jackson & Duffett in October of 2011.  A licensed attorney since 1985, Martha practiced in Michigan after attending University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she received the Order of Barristers award for excellence in courtroom advocacy.

Her practice currently focuses on elder law and landlord-tenant matters, though she has experience in a wide range of matters including business and non-profit start-ups, estate planning and probate litigation, and personal injury litigation. She appears regularly in state courts of all northern Virginia jurisdictions.

Martha's elder law practice is dedicated to serving seniors and persons with disabilities.  She offers pre-planning and crisis planning services designed to help clients apply and qualify for Medicaid benefits, and establish special needs trusts for the disabled.  Martha is an authorized Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Martha and her family live in the City of Falls Church, Virginia. She is an avid reader and swimmer.

Martha has always been an active community volunteer, has served on several non-profit educational boards, and is a past-president of the George Mason High School PTSA.  She currently serves as a volunteer literacy tutor with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.  Martha has also been a featured speaker on residential landlord-tenant issues at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, and has taught landlording classes at local continuing education seminars and Lawline.com.

Practice areas

ELDER LAW

  • Medicaid planning
  • Special needs trusts
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Probate litigation
  • Elder financial abuse
LANDLORD & TENANT LAW

  • Commercial and residential lease drafting
  • Enforcement
  • Evictions

Admitted

  • Michigan State Bar, 1985
  • Virginia State Bar, 2010
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar
  • Arlington County (Virginia) Bar

Memberships

  • Elder Counsel, 2014
  • Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, 2013

Education

  • Kalamazoo College, BA in English
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, JD

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