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Presenting Leaders in the Law, Up & Coming 2016

logo stackedVirginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the 2016 class of “Leaders in the Law.”

Now in its 11th year, this awards program recognizes the lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia. “Leaders” are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia’s justice system, among other accomplishments.

The Class of 2016 honorees are:

  • Jonathan T. Blank, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlottesville
  • Roberta A. Bondurant, Bondurant Law, Bent Mountain
  • Thomas J. Bondurant Jr., Gentry Locke, Roanoke
  • Harris D. Butler, Butler Royals, Richmond
  • David C. Canfield, Bean, Kinney & Korman PC, Arlington
  • Victor O. Cardwell, Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke
  • T. Shea Cook, T. Shea Cook PC, Richlands
  • Sherry A. Fox, ThompsonMcMullan PC, Richmond
  • Stephanie E. Grana, Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana Buckner, Richmond
  • John T. Jessee, LeClairRyan, Roanoke
  • Brian H. Jones, Barnes & Diehl PC, Richmond
  • Reginald N. Jones, Williams Mullen, Richmond
  • Lorri Kleine, Norfolk Southern, Norfolk
  • Declan C. Leonard, Berenzweig Leonard, McLean
  • Hon. Michael J. Lindner, Fairfax General District Court, Fairfax
  • Hon. Marcus H. Long Jr., 27th Judicial Circuit, Christiansburg
  • R. Peyton Mahaffey, McCandlish & Lillard, Fairfax
  • Mary T. Morgan, Golightly, Mulligan & Morgan PLC, Chesapeake
  • Jay Prabhu, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Alexandria
  • Gene Schleppenbach, Miles & Stockbridge, Tysons Corner
  • Cullen D. Seltzer, Sands Anderson PC, Richmond
  • Kristina Keech Spitler, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian PC, Manassas
  • Melissa S. VanZile, Barnes & Diehl PC, Richmond
  • Susheela Varky, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Richmond
  • James L. Weinberg, Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond
  • John E. Zydron, The Zydron Law Firm, Virginia Beach

The honorees will be celebrated at a reception on Oct. 27 at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond. The “Leader of the Year,” voted on by the Class of 2016 honorees themselves, will be announced at this reception.

Each honoree will also be profiles in a special supplement that will be distributed at the event and inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in late October.


UC_logoVirginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the inaugural class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

This new awards program recognizes lawyers across the commonwealth who are making their mark within their first 10 years of practice. These are the lawyers who are the leaders of the profession in the future.

The Class of 2016 honorees are:

  • Brett A. Callahan, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian PC, Manassas
  • Alyssa C. Embree, Williams Mullen, Norfolk
  • Robert F. Friedman, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
  • Melanie A. Friend, CowanGates, Richmond
  • Ryan A. Glasgow, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
  • Colleen M. Haddow, Colten Watson Vincent Law Group PC, Fairfax
  • Lisa J. Hedrick, Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond
  • Patice L. Holland, Woods Rogers, Roanoke
  • Macel H. Janoschka, Frith Anderson & Peake PC, Roanoke
  • Laura Golden Liff, Miles & Stockbridge, Tysons Corner
  • Bradley Marshall, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Manassas
  • Edward A. Mullen, Reed Smith LLP, Richmond
  • Dipti Pidikiti-Smith, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Alexandria
  • Jeremy S. Williams, Kutak Rock LLP, Richmond

The honorees also will be celebrated at the Oct. 27 reception