Attorney Profiles

Client Reviews

  • “Not knowing the first thing about hiring an attorney for an unexpected personal situation, a friend referred me to William Conners. From the very beginning, I felt very confident he would make sure that all negotiations and decisions made would benefit me and my daughter. Will has been very professional and caring and I cannot thank him enough.”

    A. S.
  • ” William Conners represented me in my divorce which was complicated by the fact that my ex-wife and I owned several successful businesses together. I have used many attorneys in the past. Will’s performance was exemplary and many, many steps ahead in legal skill, strategy, preparation and sophistication. My goals were more than met (and then some) and I ended up with the businesses! I can wholeheartedly recommend him.”

  • “I was mired in a contentious divorce that had spiraled out of control through nightmarish claims that were chilling in their seriousness. While struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil of a marriage that was over, I was facing bleak options that realistically included losing my job, my children, and even my freedom. Through Mr. Conners’ skilled counsel I came through the nightmare with my family and my future intact – defeating the false charges, successfully resolving the marital dispute, and keeping custody of my children. I have no doubt that without his expert handling of my case things would have turned out very differently indeed, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for giving me back my future!”

    D. G.
  • “A few of the initial things that impressed me about Will and his staff were their accessibility, promptness in responding to my requests and thorough explanation of the answers to my questions. I appreciated Will’s approach to giving me options and recommendations, and then he let me have a say in the decisions regarding the direction of my divorce case. Throughout the process, Will’s priorities remained focused on preparing my case to win in court if a fair settlement could not be reached and minimizing financial consequences without expensive legal posturing. He was my expert legal counsel and a part-time coach that knew how to motivate me and help me get through it. Will and his staff genuinely cared about the emotional and financial toll that the divorce was exacting on me. Without hesitation, I recommend William Conners for his expertise in Family Law matters and his compassion for the person he represents.”

  • “My divorce featured all the most difficult aspects including a vindictive spouse willing to do and say anything to destroy me and exclude my role in our children’s lives. No matter how difficult the situation though, Will Conners provided devoted and professional representation. He took the time and interest to understand my dynamic and craft a strategy that unveiled my spouses’ false vendetta, preserved the relationship between me and my children and protected my financial interests. I count myself fortunate to have had Will as my attorney and wholeheartedly recommend him.”

  • “I came to see William R.F. Conners for a divorce and to work out custody issues for my 5 year old son. I was very impressed with my first and subsequent visits to see Mr. Conners. I always felt that kindness was a given, my case was given the attention and professionalism it deserved, with particular emphasis on the welfare of my son and the staff was always courteous and helpful. Mr. Conners worked very hard on my case and always returned my calls in a timely manner. I highly recommend William R.F. Conners to anyone who needs a lawyer who makes you feel like your case is the most important one that he has.”

  • “As a commercial airplane pilot, a clean driving record is essential to my career. When I was charged by a Virginia state trooper with misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed on radar (90 mph in a 55 mph zone), I was facing potential jail time, huge fines and a suspension of my privilege to drive. If convicted, I would have had to report the conviction to the FAA and faced potential suspension of my pilot’s license. The stakes were high and I turned to Attorney William Conners for help. Attorney Conners used his knowledge of traffic law and regulations to fight for me at trial and we won with the charge being totally DISMISSED without my even having to testify! If you need legal representation for a serious traffic charge, call Attorney Conners and experience what it really means to have someone on your side.”

  • “Charged with a clear “no win” 3rd Felony DUI, I was facing a dark future. I was destined to be a felon with no right to drive for 10 years and a jail sentence of 6 months to 5 years! Add my life threatening health problems and the situation could not have been worse. However, my prayers were answered and Attorney Will Conners succeeded in getting the charge greatly reduced with minimal consequences. I served less than 1 day in jail after my court hearing which I consider a miracle. I am so grateful for Will’s intelligence, loyalty and kindness. He made a profound difference in my life and I will never forget what he did to help me.”

  • “I am extremely pleased that I chose William R. F. Conners as my attorney for my criminal case. After interviewing several Loudoun County attorneys, I found Mr. Conner’s fee to be by far the best, his personality to be friendly, and his accessibility to be superior. Most of all, Mr. Conners went above and beyond what I expected by putting in numerous unexpected hours and doing an astounding job arguing against the prosecutor. As a result of his hard work and courtroom savvy, my charge was reduced beyond what was expected. I highly recommend William Conners for any of your legal needs.”

    C. P.
  • “After I was involved in a terrible car accident, I had no idea what to do. How do I handle the insurance questions, medical bills, lost time from work? Knowing I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, take this task on myself, I found Mr. Conners law firm thru an internet search. Shortly after completing the on line questionnaire from his website, I received a phone call from Mr. Conners. He was very polite, offered to meet and discuss my case. At the first meeting he made me feel comfortable. Will was always very prompt to answer any questions I had, both email and when I called the office; we even talked on the weekends. I had total faith that he had my best interest in making decisions and recommendations needed to resolve my case. I would recommend his services to any of my friends and family. “

  • “As recent immigrants to the U.S. we have been completely unprepared for dealing with the consequences of obvious negligence my wife encountered during one fateful visit to her new OB/GYN doctor. It was only due to the timely interference of more competent physicians and sheer luck we have been able to avoid permanent damage to her health. On our friends’ recommendation we asked the “Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C” to take up our personal injury suit, and through all the stages the firm provided us with the top-rate legal advice. In the end it was solely thanks to their persistence and professionalism that we have been able to arrive to a mutually acceptable settlement of our case. Our special kudos go to Mr. William Conners for his sharp legal acumen and personal dedication.”

    A.C. & I.C.
  • “The injuries I suffered in a car crash were severe and permanent. The extent to which Will prepared my case was extraordinary. Will Conners is the lawyer to call if you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered personal injury.”

  • “How do you thank someone who took a very frustrating situation and turned it into success! Even after being threatened with a “Contempt of Court” citation my ex-husband stopped support payments. I was told I could garnish his social security payments but that led to one phone call after another to government offices and no solution. I finally found Will and he told me to stop worrying that he would take care of everything. He did just that by following through and taking my ex to court. After back-and-forth coversations I received all of my past due support payments plus attorney’s fees and court costs without going before a judge. There aren’t enough thanks or praise for such a dedicated and caring attorney.”

  • “Will handled my family law case in the 2009-2011 time frame, and was instrumental in helping me achieve a desired result – and avoiding costly litigation. He was very familiar with law specifically applicable to my case, and was highly familiar with the opposing counsels tactics & tendencies. Will managed my case efficieintly and also helped me to do much of my own documentation (hence saving costs). I would be happy to recommend him in the area of family law. He’s a highly ethical counselor, with excellent knowledge of applicable law to divorce cases, and provided me good guidance on my case. Highly recommend.”

    J. C.
  • Nowadays, it is somewhat of a challenge to go through life without the need of an attorney. Should the need arise for a competent attorney to handle one’s legal affairs, I strongly recommend Will Conners. Will has handled a few of our family cases, including personal injury, family law and business transactions. His competency level in handling our cases was above and beyond any other attorney’s I have seen. Will has an extremely keen eye for details and always puts the client’s interest on a priority level. In a nutshell, Will is THE attorney our family turns to when any need arises for legal advice or representation. I would highly recommend Will. In my humble opinion, he is the best!”

    A. H.
  • I hired Will to represent me in a difficult divorce case. He did an absolute excellent job making sure my interests were looked after. It was a difficult time for me with an wife that had some personal issues. In the end Will made sure I did what needed to be done to protect myself but showed compassion for the woman I was divorcing without ever sacrificing my personal interests. I would employ his services again for any legal issues, which I hope there will be none, in a heartbeat!!! Rating would be 4.5 “

  • Attorney Will Connors helped me in filing an accident lawsuit against a drunk driver. Although it took a while for Will and his staff to reach the settlement which I desired, they were with me and my case every step of the way, keeping me fully informed and in the loop on every step of the process. They were most professional in every way, and I am one hundred percent pleased at having chosen Will to be my attorney on this issue. I would recommend Will and his firm without reservation.”

  •  Will has been a pleasure to work with during a difficult child custody battle. He has been almost always available, always on top of circumstances, provided very good counsel, quickly assimilated my issues without excessive dialogue and exhibited great flexibility under changing circumstances. While legal services don’t come cheap, his ability to quickly comprehend my issues probably netted a savings.”

  • Will Conners has been my lawyer for several years and has guided me through some difficult family law situations that occurred as a result of a divorce. His patience and ability to schedule and meet appointments and court appearances have been amazing. He was even able to formulate a plan to handle the final details of my case which is proving to be the best course of action. He has always been there for me when I needed him.”

  • I hired Will to represent me in an arduous divorce case knotted with a complicated financial scenario, and troublesome spousal support battle. Will and his staff’s unending commitment, and patience quickly sorted through my retired military and executive careers, disabled veteran entitlements, and the best interest of the children amidst an emotionally overbearing ex-spouse. My case rapidly spiraled from separation to divorce in under one year. His steadfast professionalism and goodness guided me through a toxic situation that protects both my finances and the children. I can’t thank Will and his staff enough.

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Notice: The client quotations above are not to be construed to guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by any attorney of the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. Each case result depends upon a variety of factors unique to each case and client.

Founding Attorney William R. F. Conners


Attorney William (“Will”) R. F. Conners has a proven track record in resolving legal disputes in areas including Family Law, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and other matters. In addition to his experience as a long-time, prominent Leesburg and Loudoun County lawyer, Will draws upon his diverse, past service in the public and private sectors to find novel, cross-disciplinary solutions to his clients’ legal dilemmas. His mission is to represent clients with the same loyalty and passion he would for a family member.

Prior to practicing law, Will served in the public and private sectors in a range of high-profile positions. He formerly served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia, as a senior Senate of Virginia aide, as a political aide to a prominent Congressman, and as a political consultant. Will is also an experienced entrepreneur having advised and represented and consulted for internationally renowned corporations and governmental entities in high-profile business negotiations and projects.

Will is an instrument-rated (FAA) airplane pilot. His hobbies also include extensive international travel and enjoying the outdoors while downhill skiing, hiking and white water rafting. Will resides locally and has called Virginia home for nearly a lifetime.

Senior Associate Attorney Tzena (pronounced “zay-nah”) Canter

Tzena began her legal career as founding member of her own law firm. She practices in the areas of criminal law, family law, agricultural and equine law among others.

Ms. Canter has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies from The George Washington University, a M.S. in Justice, Law, and Society from American University, and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law where she was a member of the Hamline Journal of Public C81A9801

Law and Policy.  Additionally, Ms. Canter possesses a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem Solving from one of the top five American law school dispute resolution programs. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Loudoun County Bar Association, and the Fairfax Bar Association.  Ms. Canter is also a member of the VWAA and is the current Secretary and Historian for the Loudoun Chapter.  Additionally, Ms. Canter has had her scholarly articles published in 2010 and 2013 and has presented at the annual Law & Society Conference.

Ms. Canter was born and raised in a small town in Northern Wisconsin.  Her interest in agricultural, animal, and equine law stems from her exposure to family dairy farming and lifelong love of animals.  In her free time, she enjoys playing ice hockey, quilting, participating in equestrian activities and spending time with family. Ms. Canter and her husband Mark live in Loudoun County with their dog and their horse.

Associate Attorney Elizabeth (“Betsy”) McGowan

BetsyElizabeth (“Betsy”) McGowan began her law career as a legal editor for the Bureau of National Affairs, a publisher of reference books and other resources for attorneys. She then worked as a contract attorney for the U.S. Government, first working on a large litigation project and late rjoining the FBI’s Legal Forfeiture Unit.

Betsy has been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 2006. She graduated in 2006 from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she enjoyed working at the school’s legal clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Betsy lives in Ashburn, VA, with her husband and their two sons.

Associate Attorney Shianne Sutherland

Shianne Sutherland began her legal career at the Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C. Before being admitted to the Bar as a practicing attorney, she served as a law clerk with a criminal defense law firm.

Ms. Sutherland has a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University with Minors in Legal Studies and Criminology and a law degree from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Shianne was born and raised in the small community of Madison County, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys walking trails, kayaking, seeing the latest movies, and spending time with family. Ms. Sutherland lives in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Associate Attorney Michael (“Mike”) Hess

Michael (“Mike”) Hess began his legal career at the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. Mike has a law degree from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he co-founded the Space Law Society. Prior to earning his J.D. and being admitted as an attorney, he served as a Legislative Aide to two U.S. Congressmen, covering a broad range of public policies.

Mike has a B.S. in Political Science and History from Drexel University, where he was a founding member of the Mock Trial team. He was born in raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia and remains an avid fan of all Philly sports teams. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and her cat.

Staff Profiles


Office Assistant Mary C. Stilwell

Mary C. Stilwell, Started and finished her 28 year financial career in the Treasury Department  at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) in Washington D.C. She began her career as a clerk in the Cable Testing  Unit and then moved on to four other units within Treasury, Communication and Systems, Payments and Receiving, Bank Relations and retired from the Financial Investigation unit.

Mary graduated from Salem International  University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management with a concentration in Labor Relations and Economics. Mary enjoys traveling, sports and being with friends and family. Mary is from Long Island New York, has three adult children and resides in Ashburn, VA.


Legal Assistant Lauren Rose

Lauren Rose started her professional career with the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Shepherd University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Hospitality Management.

Lauren is an avid baseball fan who also enjoys photography, spending
time with family, practicing yoga, saltwater fishing, and perfecting her gluten-free baking skills. A native of Loudoun County, Lauren currently resides in Clarke County,




Contact the Law Office of William R. F. Conners, P.C. and bring the knowledge, experience, and insight of the Firm to your Family LawPersonal InjuryCriminal Defense and other case.

Consultations offered by appointment • Credit cards accepted • Fee charged for consultations relating to Divorce and all Family Law matters


The Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C. in Leesburg, Virginia serves the cities of Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Leesburg, Middleburg, Reston, and Vienna, Sterling, Ashburn and Purcellville, as well as all communities in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, Virginia.