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‘Unsung Legal Heroes’ for 2020 are named

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce to Class of 2020 in the “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards.

Now in its fourth year, this program recognizes the Old Dominion’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals.  The “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards honor law firm employees, other than lawyers, who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes.

This year’s honorees are, by category:

Firm Administrator

Susan Austin, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk

Jill Calabria, Alexandria  Bar Association, Alexandria

Georgia Carballada, Ford Richardson, Richmond

Betsy Charlesworth, The Geller Law Group, Fairfax

Kimberly Clingenpeel, Salem Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Salem

Kathleen Deaner, Setliff Law, Glen Allen

Michele Kraftschik, DiMuroGinsberg, Alexandria

Nicole P. Larsh, Byrne Legal Group, Richmond

Starr P. Person, Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk

Myra Santos, Hunter Law Firm, Hampton


Christopher Blenden, Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk

Tracy Griffin, Moran Reeves Conn, Richmond

Jason Hodges, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Richmond

Debbie Johnson, Gentry Locke, Roanoke

Benson Powell, Vandeventer Black, Norfolk

Law Clerk

Rebekah Green, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers, Tysons Corner

Legal Secretary

Shelia Allen, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk

Kathy G. Carson, Law Offices of William T. Wilson, Covington

Carla Coleman, Blankingship & Keith, Fairfax

Alli Heiser, Singer Davis, Virginia Beach

Michelle Mwenye, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers, Tysons Corner

Shana Perry, Spilman Thomas & Battle, Roanoke


Cassidy Lewis, Cooper Hurley, Norfolk

Aimee McKinney, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Leesburg

Christine Sutton, Bean, Kinney & Korman, Arlington


Cheryl Cabaniss, McNeil Law Group, Richmond

Alex Crump, Troutman Pepper, Richmond

Liene Hawkins, Phillips & Peters, Norfolk

Cheryll Reid, Geoff McDonald & Associates, Richmond

Kelsie Rohler, Leary Law, Fairfax

Lynda Salter, Shupert Chaing, Virginia Beach

Dawn Sharp, Slominski Law, Lynchburg

Christine Stemen, Suffolk City Attorney’s Office, Suffolk


Carolyn White, Spotts Fain, Richmond