Virginia McArthur, J.D.

BMC Associate
Attorney and Mediator

Ginny McArthur is an estate planning lawyer who in 1992 founded the estate planning boutique law firm now known as McArthur Franklin PLLC. The firm represents high net worth individuals, as well as those with more modest estates, in estate and gift tax planning, trust and estate administration, charitable planning, and probate. Ginny has written and spoken to lawyers and lay people on estate planning and administration topics. For over 20 years she co-authored Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner, an annually updated treatise on estate planning practice in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. She teaches and has taught on estate planning topics and on ethical issues in estate planning.

In 2005 Ginny was profiled as one of twelve top Washington, D.C. estates and trusts lawyers by Legal Times of Washington. She is also regularly listed as a top estate planning lawyer in Washingtonian magazine. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Washington, D.C. In 2006, the Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council awarded Ginny the Distinguished Service Award (an award given on only one other occasion) in recognition of her service to the Washington, D.C. estate planning professional community.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Ginny worked for the U.S. Department of Labor on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and worked in private practice before founding the firm. After college she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.

Ginny is the Vice Chair of the Board of Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Vice Chair of the Development Advisory Council of WAMU public radio in D.C. and a member of its Community Council.


  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Past Chair, D.C. Bar’s Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section
  • Past President, Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council
  • Member of the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia state bars