James C. Brincefield Jr. “Beau” of Alexandria died peacefully at home on Friday, July 23, 2021. Born in Washington, DC, he was preceded in death by his parents Rita Spiess and James C. Brincefield, and his son, James C. Brincefield III. He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy Seay Brincefield, grandson, James C. Brincefield IV, granddaughter, Sarah Brincefield, brother, John Hartnett, and sisters, Jackie Guyer, Nancy Caporale, Patricia Brincefield, Judy Webb and Catherine Brincefield.
Beau graduated with honors from Georgetown Preparatory School, Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School and received an MBA/MS from American University. He was admitted to the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia in 1966, and was in private practice in Virginia and DC since that time, earning the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer rating for the highest level of professional excellence. He enjoyed a successful career as an attorney specializing in real estate, as well as working as a real estate developer and businessman. Beau practiced law in partnership with his brother, John Hartnett at the firm Brincefield Hartnett PC in Alexandria for over 20 years where his primary areas of practice were real estate and related civil litigation. In 2007 the firm merged with Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP formerly of Alexandria.
Beau authored many articles and publications, including Brincefield’s Guide to Buying a Home. He frequently lectured on real estate topics and related litigation and served as a subject matter expert for Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Washington Times, and other media. Beau was elected to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ (NVAR) Hall of Fame in 2002.
Beau was known for his commitment to justice and protecting the interests of the “little guy”. He worked tirelessly to address and respond to claims of child sexual abuse, to offer help to victims, and to create and implement best practices to prevent future abuse, adjudicate accusations fairly, discipline and isolate those proven responsible, and provide care and healing to those affected.
While law was his principal career, he had a passion since his youth for acting, which brought him great joy and many accolades. Taking the stage name Beau James (SAG, AFTRA, AEA), he appeared in movies, including Head of State, Species II, and Serial Mom; the documentary, Partners of the Heart for American Experience; television series, including Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law and Order, and America’s Most Wanted; and stage productions, including being nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Talking Things Over with Chekhov with the American Showcase Theatre Company.
Family and friends may gather for a visitation on Thursday, August 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Basilica of St. Mary, 310 S. Royal Street in Alexandria.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org
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