Courtney M. Malveaux
Other legal specialties: Employment, business litigation
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Education: Pennsylvania State University, bachelor’s degree; George Washington University, master’s degree; College of William & Mary School of Law, law degree
Spouse: Mary Bennett Malveaux
Children: Jacob, 7; Richard, 5
Hobbies or pastimes: Running, trying new restaurants and playing with my boys
First job as a lawyer: Business litigator
Fan of: The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Washington Redskins. The good news is I’m an optimist.
Favorite vacation spot: The Caribbean, South Africa and anywhere warm
Recently read book: “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Career mentors: Virginia Supreme Court Justice Bill Mims
How has your experience as a former Virginia labor commissioner contributed to your practice?
My experience as labor commissioner and as an assistant attorney general taught me to speak not only the language of private practitioners but also the language of regulators. The ability to speak both languages has helped me to build relationships on both sides to achieve better results, especially when it comes to avoiding unnecessary litigation.
You are a past president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials. What can Virginia learn from other states?
Actually, Virginia has been quite a teacher when it comes to building and maintaining a business-friendly climate, regardless of the partisan makeup of its administration or legislature. Serving as the group’s president has given me an opportunity to tout Virginia, both nationally and internationally, as a low-regulation state and a great place to do business.