Roanoke attorneys Bruce R. Larson and John Farrington have joined the law firm of Flippin, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford & Jessee as principals. Larson practices in the area of business immigration law and Farrington specializes in labor, employment and human resources law.
E. Albion Armfield, Phillip J.R. Beeson and Heather H.P. Vovakes have also joined the firm.
The Roanoke law firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore has announced that Robyn Smith Ellis, M. Beth Goodwin, Anthony Marc Russell and Samuel F. Vance IV have become associated with the firm.
The firm also announces that James C. Joyce Jr. has been named to the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Lynchburg attorney Heather L. Robertson has been promoted to manager of Southwest Virginia real estate services with the law firm of Wagner & Tomlin.
Northern Virginia lawyers Bernard J.E. van Gils and David A. Hirsch have formed the Fairfax City law firm of van Gils and Hirsch, P.C. The firm offers services in business law, school discipline law, civil and criminal litigation and estate planning.
Previously, both lawyers were with the recently dissolved firm of Mendelsohn and Ishee.
Hirsch will head the firm’s litigation practice, and van Gils will handle the firm’s business and estate planning services.
Before entering the legal profession, van Gils was a business owner in international trade. He is also a managing partner of the international business consulting firm International Trade and Management Corp. in Washington, D.C.
Hirsch has 15 years of trial experience in state and federal courts in Virginia. He has served as a magistrate for Arlington County, and he is a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is also the senior legal instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.
K. Anne Gambrill Gentry, a former associate with Mendelsohn and Ishee, will also join the firm, and Stephen Creskoff will serve as counsel.
The Tysons Corner office of Greenberg Traurig has announced that Martha J. Schoonover has joined the firm as a shareholder. She focuses her practice on business immigration matters, including temporary non-immigrant visas for business executives and professionals in the fields of science, higher education and high-tech.
Schoonover, a University of Virginia Law School graduate, often appears before the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She is also a frequent lecturer and an author on business immigration matters.
The Washington, D.C. law office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has announced that Michael H. Pryor has joined the firm as of counsel. He will practice in the communications section and will focus on communications law, policy and regulation.
Previously, Pryor served as deputy chief of the Policy and Program Planning Division in the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Com-mission. He supervised staff in all phases of rulemaking and adjudication, including development of legal and policy positions, and review and editing of commission notices and orders. He also managed major proceedings, including review of telecommunication mergers, development of rules concerning deployment of advanced telecommunications services and review of BOC applications to provide in-region long-distance telephone services pursuant to Section 271.
Pryor began his career with the FCC as an attorney advisor in the Common Carrier Bureau of the Policy and Program Planning Division, where he drafted notices, orders and regulations implementing various aspects of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
From 1989 to 1995, he was an associate with a Washington law firm where he represented clients in antitrust, securities, accounting malpractice and employment discrimination matters.
He is a member of the District of Columbia and California bars. He earned his B.S. in 1978 from Western Washington University and his J.D. in 1998 from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and was an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene of the District of Columbia.
Northern Virginia lawyer Michael C. Loulakis has been presented with the International Risk Management Insti-tute’s Words of Wisdom Award at its 19th Annual Construction Insurance Con-ference.
He was recognized for his contributions to construction risk management, including his writing and public speaking on the subject.
Loulakis is a senior partner in the law firm of Wickwire Gavin and is a recognized authority on construction contracting, particularly in design-build and project delivery. He is the author of over 150 publications and has represented clients in power, telecommunications, health care, public facility and transportation sectors of the construction industry.
Benjamin H. Woodbridge Jr., V. James Ventura and Patricia Kelly have announced the formation of Wood-bridge, Ventura & Kelly, P.C. at 406 Amelia Street in Fredericksburg.
The Rockbridge/Buena Vista Bar Association has announced its new officers for the 2000 term: Robin J. Mayer, president; Vicki L. Wiese, vice president and Jeanne M. Hepler, secretary/treasurer.
The Norfolk law firm of Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C. has announced that C. Arthur Robinson II has become a member of the firm.
Robinson joined the firm in 1999. His practice includes tax planning and valuation, estate planning, estate and trust administration, business and corporate law. He is also a certified public accountant.
The Richmond-based law firm of Christian & Barton, L.L.P. has announced that the following partners have been named to its Executive Committee: Michael W. Smith, presiding officer; J. Edward Betts, managing partner; Paul W. Jacobs II, Louis R. Monacell and George H. “Skip” Roberts Jr., secretary. In addition, R. Harvey Chappell Jr. has been named chairman of the partnership.
The Richmond-based law firm of Crews & Hancock, P.L.C. has announced that L. Thompson “Tom” Hanes and Richard L. Nagle have become members of the firm.
Hanes earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from the Medical College of Virginia and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. For the past 20 years, he has been a member of the Roanoke firm of Wooten & Hart, P.C. where his practice has been focused on medical malpractice defense, general and civil litigation and healthcare law. He will practice in the firm’s Roanoke office.
Nagle earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany, and his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. He has been an associate with the firm since 1992, and specializes in representing healthcare providers in the defense of professional liability litigation. Nagle practices in the firm’s Fairfax office.
The Roanoke law firm of Harvey S. Lutins & Associates has announced the relocation of its offices to 303 Washington Avenue, S.W., P.O. Box 180, Roanoke, VA 24002.
The Towson, Md. law firm of Proctor & Shach, LLC has announced that Margaret M. McKee and Adam M. Spence have joined the firm as associates.