Litten & Sipe, LLP
410 Neff Avenue
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Jay Litten


Attorney, Of Counsel

(540) 434-5353
(540) 437-3040 (assistant)
(540) 437-3043 (fax)





  • College of William and Mary, A.B.,1982.
  • College of Wiliam and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1984.


Mr. Litten's primary practice areas are local government and civil litigation.

In his local government practice, he represents two towns, gives day-to-day legal advice to a county, and provides assistance from time to time to a city and several municipally-owned utilities. He also handles land-use and zoning cases for private individuals. In his civil litigation practices, he represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of lawsuits, including cases concerning personal injuries, property rights, and contractual disputes.


Additionally, Mr. Litten serves as general counsel to a regional insurance company, a large property owners association, and a charitable foundation, but he very much enjoys meeting plain folks and safeguarding their interests, too.

Mr. Litten is a commissioner-in-chancery for the Circuit Court of Rockingham County. He is also a mediator with AAA training, and he serves as an arbitrator as well. Because he believes in the value of alternative dispute resolution, he gratefully considers all opportunities to serve in those roles.

Best Lawyers In America
Mr. Litten has been listed in Best Lawyers in America each year from 2006 to 2016. According to the publisher, "Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 6.7 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country."


Virginia Legal Elite
Mr. Litten has been identified as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Virginia Super Lawyers "Top 100"
Mr. Litten has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Virginia Super Lawyers for 2013 and as one of the top 100 in 2014 and 2015. Only 5% of the attorneys in Virginia each year are named to the Super Lawyers list.


Mr. Litten's Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating is "AV." Martindale-Hubbell explains the AV rating as follows: "An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV® rating."


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