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VBA Installs 'Pete' Johnson as President

Monday, January 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Harry M. The Virginia Bar Association installed Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III as its 127th president on Jan. 24 at its annual winter meeting. Johnson is a partner in the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams LLP.

Three other officers of Virginia’s first and largest statewide voluntary organization of lawyers and judges also began one-year terms Jan. 24. VBA members at the meeting in Williamsburg elected:

  • James Patrick Guy II of Richmond as president-elect,
  • David S. Mercer of Alexandria as chair of the Board of Governors, and
  • John L. Walker III of Richmond as immediate past president.

These four officers and the chair of the VBA Young Lawyers Division make up the voting members of the VBA Executive Committee. Young lawyer members installed Nupur S. Bal of Richmond as chair of the Young Lawyers Division.

Short biographies and photographs of the officers and board members installed Jan. 24 appear in the 2015 Leadership Slate (PDF).

Board of Governors representatives

VBA members also elected four Board of Governors representatives to three-year terms. They are:

  • N. Thomas Connally III of McLean, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, representing the Potomac Region,
  • Richard E. Garriott Jr. of Virginia Beach, a shareholder at Pender & Coward PC, as an at-large representative,
  • Jamie Baskerville Martin of Richmond, a partner at McCandlish Holton PC, as an at-large representative, and
  • Thomas M. Winn III of Roanoke, a principal at Woods Rogers PLC, representing the Southwest Region.

Steven P. Gould, an associate attorney at Clement Wheatley in Danville, was installed as chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Division by the YLD. He and YLD Chair Nupur Bal will serve on the VBA Board of Governors.

Special board representatives

Also new to the Board of Governors are three special representatives who serve a minimum term of one year:

  • 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.

Continuing their service to the board

The following attorneys are continuing their roles on the Board of Governors:

  • Cheryl L. Black, counsel at Evergreen Enterprises in Richmond, and second-term chair of the VBA Law Practice Management Division,
  • S. Miles Dumville, partner at Reed Smith LLP in Richmond,
  • William A. Galanko, vice president-law at Norfolk Southern Corp. in Norfolk,
  • Michael HuYoung, director and shareholder of Barnes & Diehl P.C. in Richmond,
  • Eric J. Sorenson Jr., principal at Edmunds & Williams P.C. in Lynchburg,
  • C.J. Steuart Thomas III, an attorney at Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses P.C. in Staunton,
  • Lori D. Thompson, shareholder at LeClairRyan in Roanoke, and
  • Mary C. Zinsner, partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in McLean.

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