The 22nd edition of the Virginia Business Legal Elite
Legal Elite recognizes leading Virginia attorneys across 20 specialties
Launched in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association in 2000, Virginia Business’ Legal Elite polls lawyers licensed to practice in Virginia each year, asking them to identify which of their peers are the top attorneys across 20 categories of legal specialties.
In compiling this year’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business contacted more than 14,000 attorneys and more than 50 law firms, directing them to a balloting website, which was available only during the annual voting period.
This year’s Legal Elite categories include a total of 1,271 lawyers, 23.3% of the 5,453 attorneys who were nominated by their peers this year. Attorneys cast 1,612 ballots, making 27,340 separate votes across all 20 legal specialty categories.
Virginia Business also profiles a representative from each legal category.
Of the 20 attorneys who have appeared in all 22 editions of the Legal Elite, 10 of the long-term honorees hail from Central Virginia, while six are based in Hampton Roads and four are based in Northern Virginia.
Three firms are well-represented in this list of 22-year honorees. The group includes four lawyers from Willcox & Savage PC in Norfolk: Allan G. Donn, William M. Furr, Thomas G. Johnson Jr. and Conrad M. Shumadine. McCandlish Lillard PC in Fairfax has two lawyers on the long-term list: R. Peyton Mahaffey, who becomes chairman of the firm’s board on Jan. 1, and Ralph M. Tener. Williams Mullen also has three long-term honorees: William D. Bayliss and Calvin W. “Woody” Fowler Jr., who are based in Richmond, and Thomas R. Frantz, the firm’s chairman emeritus, in Virginia Beach.
In it to win it: The 20 lawyers who have made the list every year since 2000
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- Gregory D. Habeeb, Gentry Locke Attorneys and Gentry Locke Consulting, Richmond