VBA Installs 128th VBA President; New Leadership
Friday, January 29, 2016
The Virginia Bar Association installed James Patrick Guy II as its 128th president Saturday, Jan. 23, in Williamsburg. Guy is a shareholder of the LeClairRyan law firm in Richmond, working in the Innsbrook office. He succeeds Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III as VBA president.
Three other members of Virginia’s first and largest statewide voluntary organization of lawyers and judges also have begun their one-year terms in office. Elected by the members at the VBA’s annual winter meeting in Williamsburg were:
- David S. Mercer of Alexandria as president-elect,
- C.J. Steuart Thomas III of Staunton as chair of the Board of Governors, and
- Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III of Richmond as immediate past president.
VBA members also elected four Board of Governors representatives. The board manages the business of the association. One member each represents the VBA’s Southside and the Capitol regions, and two others serve at-large. A new voluntary role, general counsel for the VBA, also was filled.
Additionally, the association’s two divisions have new leadership. The divisions are the Law Practice Management Division, to which all VBA members belong, and the Young Lawyers Division, for all members age 36 and younger, and those in practice three years or less regardless of age. The Law Practice Management Division delivers information and resources to aid VBA members in building and managing successful, effective law practices and healthy work-life balance. The Young Lawyers Division promotes fellowship and professional growth while stimulating interest in the VBA and advancing its objectives.
About the officers
VBA President James Patrick Guy II provides regulatory, transactional, legislative and corporate representation at LeClairRyan. He also is a retired pub singer. A VBA member since 1991, Guy chaired the Board of Governors in 2014 and served as president-elect in 2015. He also led its Administrative Law Section and served as chair of the Law Practice Management Division. He serves on the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter. He is a past chapter president of the Energy Bar Association. Guy is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and its School of Law.
David S. Mercer, president-elect of the VBA, is a principal of MercerTrigiani, an Alexandria-based law firm that specializes in common-interest ownership community associations. Mercer became a VBA member in 1974 and joined the Board of Governors in 2013. In 2015, he served as chair of the Board of Governors. Mercer is a past chair of the VBA Substance Abuse Committee. He is a board member and past president of the assistance program Lawyers Helping Lawyers. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, he earned a law degree at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.
C.J. Steuart Thomas III, chair of the VBA Board of Governors, is a partner at Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C., in Staunton. He focuses his practice on medical malpractice law and civil litigation. Since joining the VBA in the early 1990s, he has served on the Committee on Federal Judgeships-Western District and on the Civil Litigation Section Council. Thomas has served on the VBA board since 2014. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Thomas graduated from the University of Virginia and earned a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Immediate Past President Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III is a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, where he focuses on environmental litigation. A VBA member since 1989, he served as president of the organization in 2015, president-elect in 2014 and chair of the Board of Governors in 2013, as well as chair of the VBA Young Lawyers Division in 1998. Johnson has long been involved in the VBA’s pro bono efforts and was instrumental in organizing the Chief Justice’s Pro Bono Summits in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Johnson graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
VBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Chair
Steven P. Gould, an associate attorney at Clement Wheatley in Danville, became chair of the Young Lawyers Division. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, employment law and administrative law. In 2014, he was elected to a four-year term on the Danville School Board. He joined the VBA in 2011 and has served as secretary-treasurer and chair-elect of the YLD, as well as co-chair of the Capitol Region Town Hall Committee. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia School of Law.
The officers and the chair of the Young Lawyers Division make up the voting members of the VBA Executive Committee.
Additionally, YLD chair-elect Jeremy S. Williams, a partner at Kutak Rock LLP in Richmond, will serve on the VBA Board of Governors. A VBA member since 2011, he previously served as secretary-treasurer of the YLD and as co-chair of the George Mason University Law School Council. Williams is a member of the VBA Bankruptcy Law Section.
Board of Governors representatives
Newly elected representatives to the Board of Governors are:
- Scott W. Kowalski of Lynchburg, a shareholder at Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards. He is the Southside region representative.
- R. Peyton Mahaffey of Fairfax, the president, managing partner and a member of the executive committee of McCandlish Lillard, P.C. He is an at-large representative.
- George Keith Martin, managing partner of the Richmond office of McGuireWoods LLP. He is the Capitol region representative.
- Alison M. McKee, of counsel with Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., in Virginia Beach. She is an at-large representative.
Board service is a volunteer commitment of three years. For details about these individuals, please see the 2016 VBA Leadership Slate PDF.
Three special representatives to the Board of Governors were reappointed to a second one-year term. They are:
- Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-68th, as legislative representative,
- Norfolk Circuit Judge Everett A. Martin Jr., as judicial representative, and
- A. Benjamin Spencer, Earle K. Shawe Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, as law school representative.
Seven attorneys continuing their roles on the VBA Board of Governors are:
- N. Thomas Connally III, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP in McLean,
- William A. Galanko, vice president-law at Norfolk Southern Corp. in Norfolk,
- Richard E. Garriott Jr., shareholder at Pender & Coward, PC, in Virginia Beach,
- Michael HuYoung, a director and shareholder of Barnes & Diehl P.C. in Richmond,
- Jamie Baskerville Martin, a director at McCandlish Holton, PC, in Richmond,
- Thomas M. Winn III, a principal at Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke,
- Mary C. Zinsner, partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in McLean.
VBA Law Practice Management Division (LPMD) chair
Joseph H. Carpenter IV, a general attorney and information governance counsel at Norfolk Southern Corp. in Norfolk, will lead the Law Practice Management Division. He also will sit on the Board of Governors. Carpenter’s practice primarily entails oversight of casualty claims litigation, although he has overseen the development and implementation of the company’s information management program, including records management and e-discovery elements. Carpenter became a VBA member in 2003 and is a member of the Transportation Law Section. His involvement in the LPMD began in 2011 with service on the Billable Hour Task Force. He is a graduate of Roanoke College and the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
General Counsel for the VBA
Michael J. Quinan, managing partner at Christian & Barton, LLP, in Richmond, is serving pro bono as the VBA’s general counsel. Quinan’s practice focuses on business litigation, administrative law and public utility regulation. He joined the VBA in 1989. For the past 20 years he has held leadership roles on a variety of VBA committees, councils and sections, including chair of the Law Practice Management Division. He is a former president of the HARPS Foundation (American Youth Harp Ensemble). Quinan is a graduate of Colgate University and Vanderbilt University’s School of Law.
About The Virginia Bar Association
The Virginia Bar Association, the first statewide organization for lawyers in Virginia, is the largest voluntary bar association in the commonwealth, with 5,700 members. Its mission is to be the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, advancing the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service. The VBA provides many avenues to assist members in the legal profession, ranging from educational programming, community service opportunities, and member benefits.
From its inception in 1888 to today, the VBA addresses the many facets of the practice of law and promotes programs that further the efficient and equitable administration of justice. Its members seek to improve the law, serve the people of Virginia and engage with like-minded lawyers. The association actively proposes and promotes legislative changes that are in the public interest before the Virginia General Assembly.