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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.
Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach

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

Richard H. Ottinger2019 Chair of the Board of Governors Richard Ottinger
Chair of the Board of Governors
Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk

C.J. Steuart Thomas III2018 VBA President C.J. Steuart Thomas III
Immediate Past President
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton

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

Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
City attorney, Martinsville

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

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.

Cathleen P. WelshBoard of Governors member Cathy Welsh
Board member, Blue Ridge Region
Flora Pettit, Harrisonburg

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)

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

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

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

Ex-Officio Board Members

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

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

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