Our Attorneys

Often in situations of long-term care, special needs care or guardianships, the process of life-care planning is ongoing and the client needs a continuum of services. I want my clients and their families to have a sense of accomplishment that they’ve pursued all available avenues and peace of mind that plans are in place to address future needs.

Christopher M. McCarthy


Chris McCarthy is a partner at White & McCarthy where his practice focuses on elder law, long-term planning, veterans benefits, guardianships and conservatorships, and special needs planning. Chris is the first attorney in Central Virginia to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney, with certification through the National Elder Law Foundation, which is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law. An AV-rated attorney, he is also an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Chris is the past president of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a past chair of the Elder Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association, a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Virginia Center on Aging. Virginia Lawyers Weekly honored McCarthy as a 2011 "Leader in the Law" for expanding and elevating the practice of elder law, and providing leadership in the legal profession and service to the community.


  • J.D., University of Richmond (1999)
    Richmond Journal of Law & Technology – Manuscripts Editor (1998 – 1999)
    Trial Advocacy Board – President (1998 – 1999); National Trial Competition Team (1998)
    Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – President, University of Richmond Chapter (1998 – 1999), Trial Advocacy Award (1999)
    Adjunct Professor of Military Science – Leadership / Military Ethics (1999)
  • B.A., Georgetown University (1992)
    Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC
    Dean’s List


  • White & McCarthy (and predecessor firms), Partner (2008 – present)
  • McCarthy Elder Law Firm, solo practitioner (2007)
  • ThompsonMcMullan, Director (2005 – 2007), Associate (2001 – 2004)
  • Oast & Hook, Associate (1999 – 2001)
  • United States Army, Captain, active duty assignments in Germany and Washington (1992 – 1996)

Admissions and Certifications

  • Virginia Supreme Court (admitted 1999)
  • Virginia State Bar (admitted 1999)
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation (since 2006)


  • Virginia SuperLawyers ® (2011 – 2017) in the fields of Elder Law and Estate Planning & Probate
  • "Leaders in the Law" (2011), honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards

Professional Associations

  • VAELA - Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President (2011 – 2012), Vice President (2009 – 2010), Programs Chair (2009 – 2010), and Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
  • Elder Law Section, Virginia Bar Association, Chair (2004 – 2005), Council Member (2002 – 2003)
  • NAELA – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2001 – present)
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners (2007 – present)
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Powhatan Chamber of Commerce

Community Service

  • Virginia Center on Aging, Advisory Committee (2007 – present)
  • Virginia Department for the Aging, Project 2025: Enhanced Access to Legal Assistance for Older Americans in Virginia, Private Bar Involvement Committee (2006 – present)
  • Virginia Bar Association, Community Service Program (2004 – present), Committee to Study the Virginia Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (2009 – present)

Publications and Presentations

  • Understanding ‘Aid and Attendance’ Benefits: Veterans Disability Pension and Long-Term Care Planning,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly (February 12, 2011)
  • Outside editor and contributing author, Elder Law in Virginia, published by Virginia Law Foundation (2011)
  • Virginia CLE – Virginia Medicaid Practice: Application & Appeals (2007), Preventing and Litigating Fiduciary Abuse Cases (2005)
  • Half Moon – The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 – Changes to Medicaid Regulations (2006)
  • Frequent lecturer for continuing legal education, nonprofit groups and organizations, health care professionals and the general public on estate planning, nursing home residents’ rights, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, and the legal concerns of the elderly and disabled