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08.04.2015 Firm News

Williams Mullen Mourns the Loss of Joseph A. DiJulio

Joseph "Joe" Anthony DiJulio, Virginia Beach, 56, passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" DiJulio, brother of Tina and Terri Ann DiJulio, and uncle of Gabriella Duncan, Joe was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Theresa DiJulio.

Joe received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1985, where he served as an associate editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. In 1990, he joined the firm of Clark & Stant, which merged with Williams Mullen in 1999. A certified public accountant, Joe's practice concentrated on Estate Planning and Probate Law, private client & fiduciary services, business succession planning, fiduciary litigation, wealth transfer planning, and tax-exempt practice. Known for working closely with his clients to structure their estates, Joe also often wrote about and spoke on current estate planning topics.

A member of the Virginia State Bar, Joe was a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," he was named "Best Lawyers' 2012 Norfolk Area Litigation-Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year." Among Virginia Business Magazine's "Legal Elite," he was also named a "Super Lawyer" for Estate Planning & Probate by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine. Joe served for three years as new decisions editor for the Journal of Taxation and, in addition, Martindale-Hubbell rated Joe an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Smart, funny, dynamic, generous, loyal, and caring, Joe was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed. Join his family for a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. in the Monarch Ballroom of the Westin Virginia Beach at Town Center. Joe had many passions, including fitness-he was co-owner of Hybrid Training Center-and animals. In lieu of flowers, we ask that any donations be made to the VB-SPCA ( on whose board he served, including as president. Condolences may be registered online at

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 2, 2015