Helen Lewis Kemp


HELEN LEWIS KEMP has spent more than 35 years helping her clients with estate planning, tax planning, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration. She also guides Virginia Estate & Trust Law in its service as executor and trustee, and advises corporate and individual fiduciaries in their administration of estates and trusts.

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“I joined the firm because I wanted the opportunity to help develop a premier “boutique” trust and estate firm to serve my clients’ needs in a focused and economical manner.”

Professional accomplishments

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow 
  • Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Member
  • Trust Administrators Council of Richmond, Past President and Current Member
  • Virginia Bar Association’s Legislative Committee, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association’s Section on Wills, Trusts & Estates, Past Chair
  • Richmond Symphony Foundation Board of Trustees, Member 
  • St. James’s Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, Member
  • VMFA Charitable Advisors, Member
  • Richmond SPCA Legacy Planning Committee, Past Member
  • The Community Foundation engagement committee, Past Member
  • Westminster Canterbury Foundation Board of Trustees, Past Member

Prior work experience 

  • Troutman Sanders LLP (formerly Mays & Valentine LLP), Partner

Education and recognition

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, M.A. in history 
  • Hollins University, B.A.; cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Trusts & Estates
  • Named to “Legal Elite”  (Taxes, Estates and Trusts), Virginia Business
  • Selected for inclusion in Virginia Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame 2023
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Estate Planning & Probate Law, Virginia Super Lawyers

Beyond the job

“I enjoy spending time with my family (especially by the Piankatank River and traveling), walking and playing with our English cocker spaniels, and cooking (when I can find that rare moment to try one of those many saved recipes!)”