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Established in 1877

A trusted source of legal services for nearly 150 years...

Our office is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and is about two hours from Richmond, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C. We proudly represent clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We are a traditional law firm, located in Harisonburg, Virginia with an added dimension of sensitivity to our clients’ needs that extends beyond the usual legal considerations.  We are small enough to establish personal rapport with each client, but large enough to have the talent and resources to respond whenever a need for legal services arises.  Since 1877, Litten & Sipe has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal work at reasonable cost, building longstanding relationships with our clients, and providing leadership in our community.

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We pride ourselves on being a full-service, Virginia law firm for our clients and earning repeat business by providing exceptional legal services.  Many of our clients initially contact us to prepare a will, create a business, or assist with litigation and then return to us when other legal needs arise.

In the unlikely event we are unable to assist you, our firm has longstanding relationships with other top-tier lawyers and law firms throughout Virginia to whom we can offer a professional referral.


 

Our Interactive Timeline

1877

1877

Charles A. Yancey and his nephew, Edward Smith Conrad, form Yancey & Conrad, located on South Court Square. Charles A. Yancey and his nephew, Edward Smith Conrad form Harrisonburg-based law firm Yancey & Conrad which is located in South Court Square (presently the Bank of America).


1880

Charles A. Yancey dies at 41 years of age. Edward S. Conrad continues practicing under the name Yancey & Conrad until 1891.


1891

1891

George Newton Conrad joins his older brother, Edward S. Conrad, to form Conrad & Conrad (photo by Historial Society).


1904

Conrad & Conrad moves office to 304 First National Bank Building (Bank of America).


Early 1900's

Laird Lewis Conrad, Edward S. Conrad’s son, joins Conrad & Conrad for approximately four years.


1916

Edward S. Conrad passes away and Conrad & Conrad moves office to 306 First National Bank.


1917-1928

George Newton Conrad acts as the sole practitioner of the Conrad Firm.


1928

1928

George Denham Conrad, son of George N. Conrad, joins his father and continues practicing under the name Conrad & Conrad.


1957

1957

Donald D. Litten joins George D. Conrad as an associate.


1963

Donald D. Litten becomes a partner with George Denham Conrad. Firm changes name to Conrad & Litten.

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1968

Conrad & Litten move offices to 218 East Market Street.


1969

1969

James R. Sipe joins the firm. Firm name changes to Conrad, Litten & Sipe.

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1973

1973

James V. Lane joins the firm.


1974

Nathan Miller joins the firm. Firm name changes to Conrad, Litten, Sipe & Miller.


1977

Litten and Sipe celebrates 100 years of practice.

1978

1978

Stephen T. Heitz joins Conrad, Litten, Sipe & Miller.

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1980

1980

George D. Conrad retires. Firm name changes to Litten, Sipe & Miller. Office moves to 250 East Market Street.


1984

1984

Litten, Sipe & Miller open Richmond office for six years. Office located in the Old City Hall. Office then moved to the Innsbrook Corporate Center.


1985

1985

Jonathan Jay Litten, son of Donald D. Litten joins Litten, Sipe & Miller.

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1988

1988

Fire damages 250 East Market Street building. Litten, Sipe & Miller Harrisonburg office moves temporarily to 163 South Main Street.


1989

1989

Construction of new Harrisonburg office begins.


1990

1990

Harrisonburg office moves to present-day 410 Neff Avenue address.


1990

1990

Firm changes name to Litten & Sipe, L.L.P.


1992

Litten & Sipe opens Woodstock location for three years. Office located at 140 South Main Street, Woodstock, Virginia.


1997

1997

Melisa G. Michelsen joins Litten & Sipe.

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1997

1997

Jason J. Ham joins Litten & Sipe.

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2001

2001

James V. Lane is selected as a Circuit Court Judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia.


2002

2002

James R. Sipe dies at the age of 68. Firm continues to practice under the name Litten & Sipe, L.L.P.


2005

2005

Jason A. Botkins joins Litten & Sipe.

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2007

Donald D. Litten celebrates 50 years of practice.


2008

2008

Stephen T. Heitz celebrates 30 years of practice


2011

2011

Donald D. Litten dies at the age of 81.


2014

2014

Jordan K. Bowman joins Litten & Sipe L.L.P.

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2017

Melisa G. Michelsen and Jason J. Ham celebrate 20 years of practice.


2017

2017

Brooke R. Hannah joins Litten & Sipe L.L.P.

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2018

2018

Joshua S. Everard joins Litten & Sipe L.L.P.

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2019

2019

Jason A. Botkins celebrates 15 years of practice.

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