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James W. Hopper

James W. Hopper

U.S. Army Reserve service in Iraq, as section chief of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team Governance Section

Attorney General of Virginia
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2913


BA, Virginia Tech
JD, University of Richmond

Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?

Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. provided encouragement, needed correction and guidance, and stressed professionalism.

What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?

Father of two responsible, productive and successful young men. One should be remembered by the relative decree of success of one’s offspring. My sons, and their generation, are the future of the Commonwealth and the United States.

What is the best bit of advice you ever received?

Develop and retain a firm/solid system of beliefs and values – otherwise, you will believe in anything.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

Daily exercise at the Weinstein Center at UR following work to release frustration and pressures of the day.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?

Remained in the U. S. Army

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

An Army At Dawn, and The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, the first two books in the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson. These books detail the grassroots development of the U.S. Army from well-intentioned amateurs to the most formidable fighting force of World War II, which were the beginning and transition of my father’s career as a career Army officer.

What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?

Took piano lessons for twelve years and trumpet lessons for eight years.