Beverly A. Burton
Senior Assistant City Attorney
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 646 7953
BA, University of Virginia
JD, University of Virginia
Who was your most important mentor and how did he/she impact your career?
My most important mentor was my mother. She was not an educated woman, but she was a wise one. I still remember the lessons she taught in her homey sayings: “You can have book sense, but you also need common sense”; “It’s a mighty poor rat that only has one hole to run to!”; “ You are going to have to get out into this world and root, little pig, or die!” These lessons to live by have served me well.
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
My biggest personal accomplishment is completing my education. I was the first in my family to graduate from high school and the first to attend college. I got married in college, had my children while in college, graduated with honors, entered law school immediately after college and graduated with my class. I was also the first in my immediate family to attend college and the first in my extended family to earn a professional degree.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
The best bit of advice I ever received came from my mother: do what you believe is right and do not worry about what other people think of you.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I don’t make a conscious effort to achieve a balance. I just do what needs to be done whenever it needs to be done, whether professionally or personally, and sneak in a little “me time” whenever I can.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
I honestly don’t know.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
My favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz”.
What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?
I love puzzles and games, particularly video word games. I am deathly afraid of thunderstorms. If I am at home during a storm, I usually cower in the stairwell with my dogs until the storm ends.