McCandlish Holton, PC
1111 East Main Street, Suite 1500
Richmond, VA 23219
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996
James Madison University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1992
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Virginia Bar Association, Health Law Section Council
University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Class Agent, Class of 1996
American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Sponsorship Committee, 2009 – present
Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Member, 1997 – present; Co-Chair, Public Service Committee, 2002-2003
International Hospital for Children, pro bono counsel
Hope for Humanity, pro bono counsel
Grace Episcopal Church, Goochland, Usher and pro bono counsel
Randolph Elementary School, Goochland, Room Mother
Fox Downs Homeowners’ Association, Secretary
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
Tom McCandlish, founder and chairman, McCandlish Holton: Nothing is routine; treat every matter as if it is the most important in your career. Never ask anyone to do something you would not do yourself. Understanding your clients’ business is key to effective lawyering. Take ownership of projects and force yourself to make the tough decisions.
Margaret Foster Riley, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law: Enjoy life; it is a great gift, and it can all be taken away more quickly than you can ever imagine. Great rewards come only from great risks.
James Baskerville, Captain, U.S.N. (retired) and Teri Baskerville: Smart will get you only so far. Temperament, character, and discipline are just as integral to success in business – and more important to success in life.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My greatest accomplishment has been bringing three healthy, happy children into the world in less than five years, while expanding McCandlish Holton’s healthcare practice and leading a law firm through a challenging economic time.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
I would advise a 2010 college graduate to have a plan for what you want to do with your professional life and your personal life. Find good mentors. Work with people who are smarter than you are. Be courteous and professional to everyone; the world is a lot smaller than you think! Take responsibility for your work product. Invest in keeping yourself physically fit and healthy.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
My husband is incredibly supportive. I hire smart people and get out of the way. I strive for efficiency in all things; I try not to get tied up in time vacuums. I make lots of lists. I have learned to say “no.” I try to do a few things and do them well.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a flight attendant (they were actually called “stewardesses” then!). When it was evident by about the third grade that I would exceed the height maximum, I decided I wanted to be a doctor – specifically, a dermatologist. Chemistry was my downfall, but my interest in medicine led me to become a health lawyer.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
I enjoy anything by Malcolm Gladwell. I look at things and ask “why” or “why not”, and his books do the same (and provide some answers too).
What are two things about you that not many people know?
I was a long jumper and triple jumper in high school, and sometimes, just for fun, I still do the triple jump.
I think that Nutella is perhaps the world’s finest food.