2018 Notables

As chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Division, R. Braxton Hill IV has begun a two-year term on the organization’s Board of Governors. Michael J. Quinan, who serves as VBA general counsel, will continue his role on the board.

Bar Service and Leadership

Cliona M. Robb now serves as chair of the Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority. The Authority facilitates and promotes solar growth in Virginia and supports entities that partner or collaborate on renewable energy projects. It was created by the General Assembly in 2015 and is housed within the Commonwealth’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Robb is a partner at Christian & Barton and chair of the firm’s Sustainability and Energy departments.


Michael W. Smith is the 2018 recipient of the Rule of Law Award, which was presented at the Rule of Law Day and Awards program co-hosted by the Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. The Hon. Jane M. Roush received the Civility in the Law Award.

“Our 2018 honorees represent the very best of what the Virginia legal community has to offer,” said Raymond M. White, executive director of the Virginia Law Foundation. “Their diligence, compassion, and ethics are unwavering and truly worthy of recognition.”

Smith serves as chairman of the firm and its Executive Committee, and is head of the Litigation section. He is a Fellow and past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a former president of both the Bar Association of the City of Richmond and the Virginia State Bar.

The centrality of the Rule of Law, especially in the preservation of societies, is a lesson of the Holocaust and a focus of the annual seminar. This year’s program included the international and domestic legal frameworks erected to respond to war crimes, genocide and human rights violations.

New Team Members

Bennett T. W. Eastham and Callaghan S. Guy have joined Christian & Barton as associates.

Eastham is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, and Commercial Litigation practice groups. He earned degrees from Washington & Lee University School of Law and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Guy is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Environmental Law practice areas. She earned degrees from the University of Richmond School of Law and Northeastern University.


Christian & Barton attorney David D. Redmond has been selected to receive the 2018 Volunteer Impact Award that is presented annually by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. The honor is in acknowledgement of his 30 years of volunteer service to St. Joseph’s Villa. During this time, Redmond has served as chair of the Villa and currently chairs the St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation Board. He has helped to raise more than $3 million for developmental disabilities programs through the Villa’s annual golf tournament; he chaired the Villa’s inaugural capital campaign that successfully raised $10 million for campus infrastructure improvements; and he is currently honorary chair of the present $25 million capital and foundation campaign. The award was presented at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day celebration.

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