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Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief

Paul E. Fletcher

Paul served as publisher and editor-in-chief at Virginia Lawyers Weekly from 1989 to 2017; in January 2017, he became group editor-in-chief for the BridgeTower Media operations in Virginia and the Carolinas. In that capacity, he oversees the editorial content of four newspapers in three states: Virginia Lawyers Weekly, NC Lawyers Weekly, SC Lawyers Weekly and The Mecklenburg Times. Before joining VLW, he practiced law in Southwest Virginia for three years with White, Elliott & Bundy; his practice concentrated on commercial litigation and employment law. A 1985 graduate of the Washington & Lee University law school, he also holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and Emory University. He has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including honors for editorial, column and feature writing. He is the national immediate past president of the Society of Professional Journalists, the largest and most broad-based journalism group in the country.
Paul can be reached by e-mail at pfletcher@valawyersmedia.com.

Executive Editor

Deborah Elkins

Deborah has been executive editor of Virginia Lawyers Weekly since 1993, and opinion editor for the paper since 1986. She received her J.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Toledo College of Law, where she was student articles editor for the law review. She was admitted to the Ohio bar the same year. She earned a B.A. from Kansas State University in 1975 and an M.L.S. from Indiana University in 1978. She was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1986. She was a staff attorney at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond from 1984 to 1986. Deborah can be reached by e-mail at delkins@valawyersmedia.com.

News Editor

Peter Vieth

Peter joined Virginia Lawyers Weekly as Legal Editor in March 2008.  A 1992 graduate of the University of Richmond law school, he practiced in Roanoke with WootenHart from 1992 to 2005, handling insurance defense work, including medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury cases.  He was with Crandall & Katt from 2005 until 2007; there, he had a plaintiff’s personal injury practice. Peter graduated in 1976 from the University of Maryland, where he studied broadcasting and journalism. He is based in Roanoke. Peter can be reached by e-mail at pvieth@valawyersmedia.com.

Digital Editor

Jordan Bondurant

Jordan came to Virginia Lawyers Weekly as Digital Editor in September 2016. Since graduating from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk in 2012, he’s had stints working as a sports producer with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and as a sports reporter at the Danville Register & Bee. Jordan can be reached by email at jbondurant@valawyersmedia.com.

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