Law 2023: CHIDI I. JAMES
PRESIDENT, VIRGINIA STATE BAR; PARTNER, BLANKINGSHIP & KEITH, FAIRFAX
A partner with Blankingship & Keith, James is a personal injury attorney who handles wrongful death, products liability and inadequate security cases. He began his one-year term as Virginia State Bar president in June.
Prior to joining the firm as an associate in 2003, James was a judicial law clerk to the Arlington County Circuit Court judges. He also completed the Judge Advocate General’s School course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2022, James retired from the Air National Guard after 25 years.
James is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s board of governors and a past president of the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association. In 2022, he received the Prince William County Bar Association’s pro bono attorney of the year award.
James graduated from Texas A&M University and earned his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in 2001. There, James was the founding member of the George Mason University Trial Advocacy Association, and he has served as trial team coach. He’s married to Dr. Faith Jackson James, a psychologist, and they have three adult children.