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2021 Influential Women of Law named

Virginia Lawyers Weekly has announced the 2021 class of “Influential Women of Law.” This awards program, now in its third year, honors women attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of the justice system and for their clients, their commitment to their communities and their service to the profession. 

The Class of 2021:

  • Kellie Budd, Mahdavi, Doumar, Budd & Levine, Arlington
  • Christen C. Church, Gentry Locke, Roanoke
  • Rita Davis, Chief Counsel, Office of the Governor, Richmond
  • Diane Flannery, McGuireWoods, Richmond
  • Vicki L. Francois, Wiese Law Firm, Roanoke
  • Betty S. Graumlich, Reed Smith, Richmond
  • Tracy Taylor Hague, Vandeventer Black, Richmond
  • Donna J. Hall, Goodman Allen Donnelly, Norfolk
  • Shemeka C. Hankins, Invictus Law, Virginia Beach
  • Rudene Mercer Haynes, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Richmond
  • Christine P. Hissong, Reese Law, Fairfax
  • Tracy Ann Houck, Harris Law Firm, Fredericksburg
  • Erin E. Jewell, Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, Newport News
  • Elizabeth Lancaster, WhitbeckBennett, Leesburg
  • Jamilah D. LeCruise, The Law Office of J.D. LeCruise, Norfolk
  • Bridget N. Long, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Petersburg
  • Lisa Lorish, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Charlottesville
  • Susan Childers North, Gordon, Rees, Scully, Mansukhani, Williamsburg
  • Nancy Oglesby, Commonwealth’s Attorneys Services Council, Williamsburg
  • Mary Grace A. O’Malley, Mary Grace A. O’Malley PLLC, Manassas
  • Sharon E. Pandak, Greehan, Taves & Pandak, Woodbridge
  • Areshini Pather, Chief Deputy, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Charlottesville
  • Dean Wendy Collins Perdue, University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond
  • Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow, Woods Rogers, Roanoke
  • Kimberly H. Phillips, Phillips & Peters, Norfolk
  • Melissa G. Ray, Nichols Zauzig, Woodbridge
  • Mary Elizabeth Sherwin, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk
  • T. Marie Walls, Chief Deputy, Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Suffolk
  • Erin S. Whaley, Troutman Pepper, Richmond
  • Laura D. Windsor, Williams Mullen, Richmond

The honorees will be celebrated during an online recognition program to be broadcast July 20 on YouTube. Each honoree also will be profiled in a special supplement that will be inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in July.