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Raphael, Kneedler tapped for AG team

Herring_MarkAttorney general-elect Mark Herring has picked McLean lawyer Stuart A. Raphael and Richmond lawyer H. Lane Kneedler III to serve as senior officials in his office.

Raphael, currently with the litigation team of Hunton & Williams LLP, will serve as Virginia’s solicitor general.  Kneedler, a former chief deputy attorney general from 1986 to 1992 and currently with Reed Smith LLP, will serve as senior counsel.

“Stuart Raphael and Lane Kneedler are key players on my dream team for the Office of Attorney General,” Herring said in a press release.

Herring already has named Hampton city attorney Cynthia E. Hudson to serve as chief deputy attorney general.

Herring will be sworn in Jan. 11 as Virginia’s 48th attorney general.

Raphael has more than 20 years’ experience advising municipal clients on constitutional rights and key Virginia laws governing the performance of official duties, Herring said. Recently, Raphael represented a private company that partnered with the state to build and operate a second tunnel between Portsmouth and Norfolk. The project survived a challenge at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Kneedler served as chief deputy attorney general for much of the tenure of Mary Sue Terry, the last Democrat elected as attorney general.  Kneedler has served in leadership roles on a host of state boards, committees and task forces and recently has been a member of the lobbying team for the Virginia Bar Association.


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