Community service, including work with CARITAS program of winter housing for homeless in area churches
100 Shockoe Slip
Richmond, VA 23219
BA, College of William and Mary
JD, University of Virginia
Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?
John Thompson and Grice McMullan showed me how to practice law as a profession while still honoring commitments to family, faith and community.
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
My very happy marriage of 31 years to the love of my life, Nancy.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
As a lawyer: Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. once suggested that “a smart young lawyer would stay seated” when I rose to respond to an argument. Sometimes nothing more needs to be said. Also, as a person and a lawyer: Lord Baden Powell’s advice to “Be prepared.”
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I don’t see it as a balancing act. We live only one life and ought to use all of our time well in meeting our obligations as spouses, parents, lawyers and members of the community — all of which are equally important and sacred.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
Church ministry on a full time basis.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
The Girl In The Café is my current favorite movie because it makes clear that collectively, the nations of the world have the power to address the great challenges of our day – poverty, AIDS, health care and development – if the will to do so can be found.
What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?
I am a committed New York Yankees fan.
I have never seen Gone with the Wind.