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2019 VBA Board of Governors. Photo by Marilyn ShawThe business of The Virginia Bar Association is managed by its Board of Governors. It must consist of:

  • Four officers and the YLD Chair, who make up the Executive Committee
  • The chair of the LPMD and the chair-elect of the YLD
  • One representative from each of the six regions of the state
  • Six at-large members

Interested in serving a three-year board term? Members can self-nominate. Email the executive director.

Additionally, the board may appoint four representatives for one-year terms to represent the judiciary, the state’s law schools, lawyer-legislators and government attorneys. Email the executive director if interested.

2019 Executive Committee

Richard E. Garriott Jr.2019 VBA President Richard E. Garriott Jr.
President
Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach
757-490-6252

Alison M. McKee2019 VBA President-elect Alison M McKee
President-elect
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Virginia Beach
757-417-3627

Richard H. Ottinger2019 Chair of the Board of Governors Richard Ottinger
Chair of the Board of Governors
Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk
757-446-8600

C.J. Steuart Thomas III2018 VBA President C.J. Steuart Thomas III
Immediate Past President
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton
540-885-1517

Jennifer L. Ligon2019 YLD Chair Jennifer L Ligon
Chair-Young Lawyers Division
Williams Mullens, Richmond
804-420-6423

Board Members

Ryan W. Boggs2019 class Board of Governors member Ryan W. Boggs
Board member, Capitol Region
Dominion Energy, Richmond
804-819-2268

Victor O. CardwellBoard of Governors member Victor O. Cardwell
Board member, Southwest Region
Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke
540-983-7529

David J. GogalBoard of Governors member David J. Gogal
Board member, Potomac
Blankingship & Keith, PC, Fairfax
703-691-1235

Rudene Mercer HaynesBoard of Governors member Rudene Mercer Haynes
Board member, At-Large
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond
804-788-8200

R. Braxton Hill IVLPMD Chair Brack Hill
Chair, Law Practice Management Division
Christian & Barton, L.L.P., Richmond
804-697-4108

Helivi L. HollandBoard of Governors member Helivi L. Holland
Board member, At-Large
Office of the City Attorney, Suffolk
757-514-7130

The Hon. Cynthia D. Kinser2019 class Board of Governors member and former Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser
Board member, At-Large
Kinser Law PLC, Pennington Gap
276-546-1099

Madelaine KramerBoard of Governors member and YLD Chair-elect Madelaine Kramer
Board member, YLD Chair-elect
Sands Anderson PC, McLean
703-893-3600

Benjamin D. Leigh2019 class Board of Governors member Benjamin D. Leigh
Board member, At-Large
Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C., Leesburg
703-777-4000

Eric H. Monday2019 class Board of Governors member Eric. H. Monday
Board member, Southside
City attorney, Martinsville
276-403-5198

Rhodes B. RitenourBoard of Governors member Rhodes B. Ritenour
Board member, At-Large
Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Richmond
804-247-0330

The Honorable Jeri Kaylene SomersBoard of Governors member Jeri Kaylene Somers
Board member, At-large
U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, Washington, D.C.
202-606-8831

Cathleen P. WelshBoard of Governors member Cathy Welsh
Board member, Blue Ridge Region
Lenhart Pettit, Harrisonburg
540-437-3100

Board Representatives

Sen. Jennifer L. McClellanBoard of Governors Legislative Representative the Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan
Legislative representative
State senator from the 9th Senate District (greater Richmond area)
804-440-6222

The Honorable Stephen R. McCulloughBoard of Governors Judicial Representative Stephen R. McCullough
Judicial representative
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond
804-786-2251

Henry N. ButlerBoard of Governors Law School Representative Dean Henry N. Butler
Law School representative
Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, Arlington
703-993-8644

Travis G. HillBoard of Governors Government Attorney Representative Travis G. Hill
Government Attorney representative
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, Richmond
804-213-4402

Ex-Officio Board Members

Eric J. Sorenson Jr.General Counsel for the VBA Rick Sorenson
General Counsel for the VBA
Woods Rogers PLC, Lynchburg
434-455-9105

R. Yvonne Cockram, JD, CAE
Executive Director
804-644-0041 Ext. 111

Representative to the ABA House of DelegatesABA Delegate for the VBA, Pete Johnson

Harry M. "Pete" Johnson III
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond
804-788-8200

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