Unsung Legal Heroes


Unsung Legal Heroes

Virginia Lawyers Weekly honors the law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. This award is reserved for the state’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals.

The honorees were chosen from eight different categories:

Firm Administrator • IT/Operations • Legal Marketing Professional • Legal Secretary • Receptionist • Paralegal

Unsung Legal Heroes 2019

On Dec. 23, Virginia Lawyers Weekly published the Unsung Legal Heroes 2019 special section. The section included profiles on all the 2019 honorees. Read it below:

Unsung Legal Heroes 2018

On Dec. 24, Virginia Lawyers Weekly published the Unsung Legal Heroes 2018 special section. The section included profiles on all the 2018 honorees. Read it below:

Below is a list of the honorees in the Class of 2018 of Unsung Legal Heroes. There are 43 hard-working people in seven different categories, providing support to the lawyers in their firms and service to their clients. Look in the Dec. 24 issue for a special supplement featuring these heroes. Congratulations!

Firm Administrator

Judy Alli, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP, Fairfax

Cynthia Brown, Shoun Bach, Fairfax

Henry Burt, Troutman Sanders, Richmond

Amy Halperin, Halperin Law Center, Glen Allen

Margaret Hudson, Paulson & Paulson PLC, Virginia Beach

Cari Mikalson, Rawls Law Group, Richmond

Frank Pittard, Gentry Locke, Roanoke

Nancy Rager, Cantor Stoneburner, Richmond

Angela Russell, Novey Law Firm, Colonial Heights

Janice R. Smith, Johnson, Ayers & Matthews, Roanoke

Cristal Sowder, Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defender’s Office, Charlottesville

Human Resources

Janet Broadway, Sands Anderson, Richmond

IT / Operations

Beverley Suhre, Marks & Harrison, Richmond

Jesse Welsch, Wolcott Rivers Gates, Virginia Beach

Legal Secretary

Karina Arango, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville

Elaine Gough, Wimbish Gentile McCray & Roeber, Richmond

Nicole Hammond, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Violent Crime team, Norfolk

Jo Anna Martin, Pender & Coward, Virginia Beach

Tonja McCaskill, Sprinkle Law, Portsmouth

Josephine Strulson, Troutman Sanders, Richmond


Kristen Chatterton, Hirschler Law, Richmond

Nicole Naidyhorski, Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk


Lynn Barrett, Lancaster Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lancaster

Kerry Bitter, Dunlap Bennett and Ludwig, Fairfax

Anna Brooks, Emroch & Kilduff, Richmond

Virginia Chenault, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Richmond

Lou Ann Craig, Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, Fairfax

Marilyn Lipsitz Flax, Flax Legal, Richmond

Tara Harris, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, Virginia Beach

Craig Hatz, Setliff Law, Glen Allen

Kelly Hauck, DiMuroGinsberg, Alexandria

Kristin Anne Jackson, MercerTrigiani, Alexandria

Tracey Lassiter, Byler & Sampson, Virginia Beach

Charlotte McAdams, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond

Sherri Morgan, Wharton Altizer Weaver, Harrisonburg

Melissa Pavie, Witmeyer Law, Ashland

Gretchen S. Robertson, MercerTrigiani, Alexandria

Doris Rogers, Mundy, Rogers & Associates, Roanoke

Kensie Seamster, PennStuart, Richmond

Greta Weeks, Walker Jones, Warrenton


Janice Cadmus, Cowan Gates, Richmond

Rebekah Tolson, Mark Thomas Crossland PC, Woodbridge

Judy Wellard, Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, Arlington


Read about the 2017 class here:

‘Unsung Heroes’ for 2017 named

A special section was published Jan. 22, 2018 featuring all the honorees. Each honoree will be given an award to be delivered to his or her office.

Read the section below: