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Honorees and their guests gathered at The John Marshall in Richmond on Oct. 27, 2016.

Honorees and their guests gathered at The John Marshall in Richmond on Oct. 27, 2016.

Leaders in the Law is Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s signature event. VLW honors its annual class of lawyers who are setting the standard for other lawyers and recognizes attorneys and professionals in law-related fields who have a significant accomplishment or achievement.

These include outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Virginia, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving the justice system and important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large.

New for 2019, Virginia Lawyers Weekly honored in-house counsel who also embody the characteristics of a Leader in the Law.

In addition, Up & Coming Lawyers were also recognized. These are legal practitioners who are establishing a name for themselves, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice.

2019 honorees announced

The Class of 2019 “Leaders in the Law” are:

The members of the inaugural class of “In-House Leaders in the Law” are:

The members of the “Up & Coming Lawyers” Class of 2019 are:

These honorees were celebrated at a reception on Oct. 22 at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond.

The “Leader of the Year,” voted by the 2019 “Leaders” themselves, was Claire Guthrie Gastanaga.

Each honoree was profiled in a special supplement that was inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly on October 28. You can read the profiles HERE.