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Virginia Bar Association installs new president

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David S. Mercer, a principal of Alexandria-based MercerTrigiani, has been installed as president of the Virginia Bar Association.

Mercer succeeds James Patrick Guy II of LeClairRyan in Richmond as VBA president.

New VBA officers were named during the VBA’s annual winter meeting in Williamsburg.

Mercer was sworn in by his daughter-in-law, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson Mercer.

Also installed at the Williamsburg meeting were:
•           C.J. Steuart Thomas III of Staunton, a partner at Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses PC,  as president-elect,
•           Richard E. Garriott Jr. of Virginia Beach, a shareholder
with Pender & Coward PC, as chair of the board of governors, and
•           Guy as immediate past president.

Jeremy S. Williams, a partner at Kutak Rock LLP in Richmond, has been named chair
of the Young Lawyers Division.

Mercer joined the VBA board of governors in 2013. He is a past chair of the VBA Substance Abuse Committee and is a board member and past president of the assistance program Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, he earned a law degree at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.




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