6045 Wilson Boulevard Suite 101
Arlington, Virginia 22205
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Kelly A. Thompson

Ms. Thompson has worked in the trusts and estates field since 1977, as both a trust banker and a trusts and estates attorney.  Ms. Thompson’s current practice handles all aspects of estate planning, but focuses on planning for persons with special needs.  She a member of The Special Needs Alliance, a national group of attorneys serving the legal needs of persons with disabilities and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Ms. Thompson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York.

As a native of Northern Virginia, Ms. Thompson is dedicated to serving the Northern Virginia community.  She is an active volunteer with The Arc of Northern Virginia, and serves as counsel for the pooled special needs trust sponsored by that organization.  She also serves on the Legal Advisors group for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter.  Ms. Thompson has previously served on the Board of Directors of Capital Hospice, Governing Board of the Trusts and Estates section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a past president of both the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council and Northern Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ms. Thompson has been honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law” and has consistently been recognized in the Washingtonian Top Lawyers listing as well as Super Lawyers and America’s Best Lawyers.



Fordham University School of Law

  • J.D., 1979

University of Virginia

  • B.A., 1976

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

New York

Professional  Affiliations

Arlington County Bar Association

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council

  • Past President

Special Needs Alliance

  • Board Member, 2012-2018
  • Member, 2005-present

Faculty, Carrico Professionalism Course 2018-2020

Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section

  • Governing Board, 1995-2002

Community Involvement

ProBono Counsel, Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia Personal Support Trusts (1995-present)

Lobbyist, Disabled Military Child Protection Act, federal legislation signed December 2016

  • drafted legislation and pursued it 2007-2016

Volunteer of the Year (2003), The Arc of Northern Virginia

Member, Professional Advisory Board, Arlington Community Foundation (1994- 2008)

Member, Professional Advisory Board, Virginia Hospital Center (2004 to 2012)

Member, Legal Council, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Washington (2010 to present)

Director, Capital Hospice (1998- 2006) (now named Capital Caring)

Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Virginia Chapter (President 1996-97; Treasurer 1993-96; Board of Directors 1992-99)


Special Needs Planning, Virginia CLE, 2018

Special Needs Planning in Divorce, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2016

Disabled Military Child Protection Act, Special Needs Alliance, 2016

Special Needs Planning Issues, Virginia Bar Association, 2015

Planning for Special Needs, ALI-CLE, 2015 and 2016

Special Needs Trusts, Virginia CLE, 2015

Special Needs Planning Issues for Military Families, Stetson University Special Needs Conference, 2015

Estate Planning for Special Needs, 34th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Institute, Virginia State Bar Foundation (2013)

Incapacitated Adults , (chapter in The Virginia Lawyer Deskbook), Virginia State Bar Foundation, 2001 (revised annually 2001-2016)

Special Needs Planning, Virginia CLE, 2012

Understanding Government Benefits, Virginia CLE, 2006

Estate Planning for Special Needs, 25th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Institute, Virginia State Bar Foundation (2004)

Trust Administration in Virginia, (chapter in Estate and Trust Administration in Virginia), Virginia State Bar Foundation, 1997 (revised annually 1997-2006)

Planning for Special Needs, Virginia CLE, 2000

Guardianship in Virginia, Virginia CLE, 1998

The New Virginia Guardianship Law, Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 1997

Planning for the Disabled Family Member, Fifth Annual Elder Law Seminar, Virginia Bar, 1996