Leadership of the largest firm in Southside Virginia, mentoring of lawyers in his area and leadership in statewide bar organizations
Clement & Wheatley PC
549 Main Street, P.O. Box 8200
Danville, VA 24543
434-793-8200 (Ext. 28)
BA, University of Richmond
JD, University of Richmond
Who was your most important mentor and how did he/she impact your career?
Joseph M. Winston, who hired me to work at Clement & Wheatley in 1976. Mr. Winston taught me that the practice of law is an art and that relationships with your clients, judges, court personnel and other attorneys are as important to one’s success as are an excellent understanding of the law and the ability to use it to solve problems.
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
Feeling that I am actually making progress in my goal to become a better person. Why? Because that’s what everyone really wants to achieve in the life, I think.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
When you have prepared your best for tomorrow’s trial, put it away for the night and get some rest.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I don’t work on weekends unless my trial begins on Monday, and I try to never let the judge set my trial on Monday!
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
A job that allowed me to travel and to be outdoors. My son Drew is an associate producer with National Geographic Television – that would have been fun.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
Right at the moment it’s the book I just read at the beach, Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turrow. The plot line is incredible.
What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?
I guess I’d better pass on this one.