Raighne C. Delaney
Has chaired Alexandria Community Criminal Justice Board, while pursuing a successful career as a commercial litigator
Bean, Kinney & Korman PC
2300 Wilson Blvd., 7th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
BA, Temple University
JD, George Washington University
Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?
I’ve been blessed with many mentors. Some were appointed to the job by my law firm, like James Korman. Some did not even know that they had the job, like Richard Murray or Bruce Davis. However, my most important “mentor” was Col. Steven Boltz (Ret.), my battalion executive officer during the invasion of Panama and its aftermath. He later became the second highest ranking army intelligence officer during the Iraq invasion. Unfortunately, he had a bit part in the Abu Ghraib tragedy, which he later described to me as a leadership failure at every level from president to corporal. He impacted me by strictly demanding that I develop an urgency of purpose. In other words, treat everything you do, as if it must be done urgently, immediately and perfectly.
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
Getting elected as an equity shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman PC. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy working with the people in this firm.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. I usually regret it when I don’t follow this advice.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I’m still working on this one. The law is a jealous mistress. I try to steal time for myself and my family when I can.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
A vocational test in high school indicated I would do best as an army officer and second best as a lawyer. When I broke my back on a military parachute jump and had to leave the army, I decided to become a lawyer, my fallback choice. If law doesn’t work out, I’ll have to go back and find that vocational report.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
It’s hard to pick one, but if I can only pick one, it would be Sun Tzu’s iiiThe Art of War.iii While warfare is violent conflict resolution and litigation is peaceful conflict resolution, many of Sun Tzu’s lessons apply to modern litigation.
What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?
My name is pronounced “Renny,” not “Rainy.” I was born in an orphanage and adopted, but now I know both my adoptive and biological families. I have 10 brothers and sisters, though not all are living. The technical breakdown is: two adoptive brothers, one foster brother, one half-brother, one step-brother, one foster sister, two half-sisters and two step-sisters. The number of aunts or uncles and cousins is uncountable.