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2020 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.

2020 Executive Committee

Alison M. McKee2020 VBA President Alison M McKee
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Virginia Beach

Richard H. Ottinger2020 VBA President-elect Richard Ottinger
Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk

Victor O. CardwellVBA Board of Governors Chair Victor O. Cardwell
Chair of the Board of Governors
Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke

Richard E. Garriott Jr.2020 VBA Immediate Past President Richard E. Garriott Jr.
Immediate Past President
Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach

Madelaine A. Kramer2020 YLD Chair Madelaine Kramer
Young Lawyers Division Chair and Board of Governors member
Sands Anderson PC, McLean

Board Members

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

Franklin R. Cragle III2020 YLD Chair-elect Frank Cragle
Board member and Young Lawyers Division Chair-elect
Hirschler, Richmond

Rosalie P. Fessier2020 VBA Board of Governors member Rosalie P. Fessier
Board member, Blue Ridge Region
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton

David J. GogalBoard of Governors member David J. Gogal
Board member, Potomac Region
Blankingship & Keith, PC, Fairfax

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

Charles E. "Chuck" James Jr.Board of Governors member Chuck James Jr.
Board member, At-Large
Williams Mullen, Richmond

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

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

Eric H. Monday2019 class Board of Governors member Eric. H. Monday
Board member, Southside Region
City attorney, Martinsville

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

Cliona Mary RobbBoard member and Law Practice Management Division Chair Cliona Mary Robb
Board member and Law Practice Management Division Chair
ThompsonMcMullan P.C., Richmond

Robert E. Scully Jr.2020 class Board of Governors member Robert E. Scully Jr.
Board member, At-Large
Blankingship & Keith, PC, Fairfax

W. Ryan Snow2020 class Board of Governors member W. Ryan Snow
Board member, Tidewater Region
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., Norfolk

Board Representatives

Law School representative

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

The Honorable Mark D. Obenshain2020 class Board of Governors Legislative Representative the Honorable Mark D. Obenshain
Legislative representative
State senator from the 26th Senate District (Harrisonburg and nearby counties)

The Honorable Daniel E. Ortiz2020 class Board of Governors Judicial Representative Judge Daniel E. Ortiz
Judicial representative
Judge, Fairfax County Circuit Court, Fairfax

Ex Officio Board Members

Eric J. "Rick" Sorenson Jr.General Counsel for the VBA Rick Sorenson
General Counsel for the VBA
Woods Rogers PLC, Lynchburg

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

Representative to the ABA House of Delegates

ABA Delegate for the VBA, Pete Johnson

Harry M. "Pete" Johnson III
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond

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