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Francis V. Lowden, Jr. Award Winners
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Francis V. Lowden Jr. was a man of few words. Reared in New Jersey and educated at Dartmouth and the University of Virginia, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II before joining what was then Hunton & Williams LLP at the end of the war. There, he became engaged in cases involving labor relations and employment law, the field in which he came to be known as Virginia's leading practitioner.

“Frank,” as his partners and clients called him, was a man of many gifts. Chief among them was his mastery of the short, declarative English sentence. Every argument before a judge could be reduced to a few obvious propositions that would clearly demonstrate the merit of his client's cause. Handwritten drafts of his briefs disclosed more words scratched out than penciled in. As a speaker and a writer, Frank was transparent before the word became popular.

Frank Lowden was brilliant without being dazzling. He was a man of his word. His union adversaries respected and trusted him because he never went back on what he promised. He was loyal to his clients, partners and associates, alike.

Integrity was Frank's core value. Jack W. "J.B." Burtch Jr. recalls, “On my first day of law practice, Mr. Lowden called me into his office and said, ‘There may come a time when someone asks you to do something which you feel isn't right. I don't care who it is. First, don't do it. Second, come see me immediately.’”

Intelligence, loyalty, integrity. Frank Lowden epitomized the ideals of our profession.

The VBA Labor and Employment Section honors members who demonstrate these ideals with the Francis V. Lowden Award. In an alphabetical order, the recipients are:

August Bequai
John M. Bredehoft
Irma Dillard
Anne Gordon Greever
Bayard E. Harris
Guy W. Horsley, Jr.
William V. Hoyle, Jr.
Edward Lee Isler
Jay J. Levit
Michael F. Marino, III
James V. Meath
William E. Rachels, Jr.
Gregory B. Robertson
Alexander Wellford
Hill B. Wellford, Jr.
W. Carter Younger

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