Past Honorees

Below is a list of past honorees of the Leaders in the Law awards program. The program recognizes attorneys and professionals in law-related fields who have a significant accomplishment or achievement. These include outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Virginia, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving the justice system and important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large.

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Class of 2012:

  • Steven D. Benjamin, Benjamin & DesPortes PC
  • David Bernhard, Bernhard & Gardner
  • Donald H. Clark, Williams Mullen
  • Joseph P. Corish,  Bean, Kinney & Korman PC
  • James C. Cosby, Vandeventer Black LLP
  • David G. DeFazio, Barnes & Diehl PC
  • Sen. John S. Edwards
  • Evan H. Farr, CELA, Law Firm of Evan H. Farr PC
  • Robert M. Galumbeck, Galumbeck, Dennis & Kegley
  • Tracy A. Giles, Giles & Lambert PC
  • Franklin P. Hall, Hall & Hall PC
  • Jack L. Harris, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • F. Warren Haynie Jr.
  • Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Sharon K. Lieblich, Lieblich & Grimes PC
  • Edward B. Lowry, MichieHamlett
  • Scott C. Oostdyk, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Mary M. H. Priddy, Goodman Allen & Filetti
  • Robert A. Pustilnik, Richmond General District Court
  • Roscoe C. Roberts, Virginia State University
  • David R. Ruby, ThompsonMcMullan
  • Douglas P. Rucker Jr., Sands Anderson PC
  • Sandra L. Sampson, Byler & Sampson PC
  • Edward E. Scher, Law Office of Edward Scher
  • Susan Stoney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • Richard C. Sullivan Jr., Reed Smith LLP
  • Lori D. Thompson, LeClairRyan
  • Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, MercerTrigiani

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Class of 2011:

  • Irving M. Blank, ParisBlank
  • Jeffrey A. Breit, Breit Drescher Imprevento & Walker
  • Craig S. Cooley, Attorney at Law
  • Elizabeth K. Dillon, Guynn, Memmer & Dillon
  • Michael R. Doucette, Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Cheshire I’Anson Eveleigh, Wolcott Rivers Gates
  • Carolyn M. Grimes, Lieblich & Grimes
  • Phoebe P. Hall, Hall & Hall
  • Micheal L. Hern, LeClairRyan
  • Jon D. Huddleston, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White
  • Judge J. Samuel Johnston (retired), Campbell County Circuit Court
  • J. Jack Kennedy, Circuit Clerk of Wise County
  • Neil S. Kessler, Troutman Sanders
  • H. Lane Kneedler, Reed Smith
  • Richard E. Ladd Jr., PennStuart
  • David W. Lannetti, Vandeventer Black
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court
  • Christopher M. McCarthy, White & McCarthy
  • Dale G. Mullen, Louisa County Attorney
  • Albert M. Orgain IV, Sands Anderson
  • W. Joseph Owen III, Owen & Owens
  • Luis A. Perez, Luis A. Perez PC
  • Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, Surovell, Isaacs, Petersen & Levy
  • Todd A. Pilot, The Trademark Institute
  • Andrew J. Reinhardt, Reinhardt & Harper
  • Linda F. Rigsby, Williams Mullen
  • Arthur E. Schmalz, Hunton & Williams
  • Guy K. Tower, The McCammon Group
  • John M. Tran, DimuroGinsberg
  • Stanley P. Wellman, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
  • David M. Zobel, Poole Mahoney

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Class of 2010:

  • Del. David B. Albo, Albo & Oblon LLP
  • Stephan F. “Hobie” Andrews, Vandeventer Black LLP
  • James L. Banks, Alexandria City Attorney
  • Linda Bryant, Norfolk Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Peter C. Burnett, Burnett & Williams PC
  • Irvin V. Cantor, Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana Buckner
  • Michael S. Dingman, Reed Smith LLP
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal, U.S. District Court
  • Melinda Douglas, Office of the Public Defender
  • Paul B. Ebert, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Melissa Glassman, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Karen A. Gould, Virginia State Bar
  • Robert T. Hall, Hall Sickels Frei & Mims PC
  • George H. Hettrick, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Helivi L. Holland, Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Timothy R. Hughes, Bean Kinney & Korman PC
  • Michael HuYoung, Barnes & Diehl PC
  • John C. Johnson, Frith Anderson & Peake PC
  • Judge Colleen K. Killilea, Williamsburg and James City County General District Court
  • R. Shawn Majette, ThompsonMcMullan
  • Andrew R. McRoberts, Sands Anderson
  • Judge Becky J. Moore, Alexandria General District Court
  • Tony H. Pham, Richmond City Sheriff’s Office
  • Dale W. Pittman, The Law Office of Dale W. Pittman PC
  • William L. Schmidt, William L. Schmidt & Associates PC
  • J. Scott Sexton, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP
  • Larry W. Shelton, Federal Public Defender
  • Julious P. Smith Jr., Williams Mullen
  • Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland, Altria Client Services
  • Ronald R. Tweel, Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel PLLC
  • Charles F. “Rick” Witthoefft, Hirschler Fleischer

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Class of 2009:

  • W. Coleman Allen Jr., Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
  • Jayne W. Barnard, William and Mary Law School
  • Leonard A. Bennett, Consumer Litigation Associates PC
  • Jack W. Burtch Jr., Macaulay & Burtch PC.
  • Beverly A. Burton, Richmond City Attorney’s Office, and President, Old Dominion Bar Association
  • Brett Coffee, Computer Systems Center Inc.
  • John L. Costello, George Mason University Law School
  • Raighne C. Delaney, Bean, Kinney & Korman PC
  • Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl PC
  • Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr., Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. PC
  • Richard E. Garriott, Clarke, Dolph, Rapaport, Hull, Brunick & Garriott PLC
  • Michael L. Goodman, Goodman Allen & Filetti PLLC
  • The Hon. Karen A. Henenberg, Arlington General District Court
  • Katja H. Hill, LeClairRyan
  • James W. Hopper, Office of the Attorney General
  • The Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee, U.S. District Court
  • Alexander N. Levay, Alex Levay PLLC
  • Christopher M. Malone, ThompsonMcMullan PC
  • Henry W. McLaughlin III, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Inc.
  • G. Andrew Nea Jr., Williams Mullen
  • JoAnne L. Nolte, The Nolte Law Firm PC
  • John M. Oakey Jr., McGuireWoods LLP
  • Norman F. Oblon, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP
  • G. Michael Pace Jr., Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP
  • Glenn W. Pulley, Clement & Wheatley
  • Colleen M. Quinn, Locke, Partin, DeBoer & Quinn
  • Robert D. Seabolt, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Edward L. Weiner, Weiner, Rohrstaff & Spivey PLC

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Class of 2008:

  • David P. Baugh, Virginia Capital Defender (Central)
  • Mark D. Braley, Legal Services Corp. of Virginia
  • Frank O. Brown Jr., Frank O. Brown Jr. PC
  • S. Jane Chittom, Appellate Defender
  • Julie M. Cillo, Hall & Hall PLC
  • Terrence L. Graves, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller
  • Frank Kilgore, Frank Kilgore PC
  • Gary D. LeClair, LeClairRyan
  • John E. Lichtenstein, Lichtenstein Fishwick & Johnson PLC
  • Darrel Tillar Mason, Darrel Tillar Mason PLC
  • Jennifer L. McClellan, Verizon Corporation
  • Steven R. Minor, Elliott, Lawson & Minor PC
  • Wiley F. Mitchell Jr., Willcox & Savage
  • David A. Oblon, Albo & Oblon LLP
  • W. Taylor Reveley III, College of William & Mary
  • Carol Schrier-Polak, Bean, Kinney & Korman PC
  • Mark E. Slaughter, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Stephen M. Smith, Brain Injury Law Center
  • Rodney A. Smolla, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Jacob P. Stroman IV, Spotsylvania County Attorney
  • John L. Walker III, Williams Mullen
  • Jay M. Weinberg, Hirschler Fleischer

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Class of 2007:

  • Richard J. Bonnie, University of Virginia, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
  • Richard Cullen, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Kyung N. (Kathryn) Dickerson, Smolen Plevy
  • Wyatt B. Durrette Jr., DurretteBradshaw PLC
  • Thomas A. Edmonds, Virginia State Bar
  • Betsy Wells Edwards, Virginia Fair Trial Project
  • L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bowden, Ahern & Levy
  • Robert L. Harris Sr., The McCammon Group
  • Robert R. Hatten, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC
  • Corinne J. Magee, The Magee Law Firm PLLC
  • Stephen A. Northup, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • William R. Rakes, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore
  • Diane M. Strickland, The McCammon Group
  • William R. Van Buren III, Kaufman & Canoles
  • William T. Wilson, Wilson, Updike & Nicely

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Class of 2006:

  • Edward D. Barnes, The Barnes Law Firm
  • Robert L. Bushnell, Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Mary G. Commander, Commander & Carlson
  • Lucius F. Ellsworth, Appalachian School of Law
  • Robert J. Grey Jr., Hunton & Williams
  • David J. Johnson, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
  • Jeffrey S. Kinsler, Appalachian School of Law
  • David S. Mercer, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Craig T. Merritt, Christian & Barton
  • Monica Taylor Monday, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore
  • Robert F. Redmond Jr., Williams Mullen
  • Andrew M. Sacks, Sacks & Sacks
  • Susan B. Tarley, Spirn, Tarley, Robinson & Tarley
  • Joseph T. Waldo, Waldo & Lyle
  • Anne Marie Whittemore, McGuireWoods LLP

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