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.
The following Christian & Barton attorneys were included on the Virginia Business Legal Elite list for 2018: Christopher M. Gill, W. David Harless, R. Braxton Hill IV, Jonathan M. Joseph, Edward B. Lumpkin, Craig T. Merritt, Michael D. Mueller, Michael J. Quinan, Michael W. Smith and Henry I Willett III.
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.
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. Additional information on the event can be found here.
Sixteen Christian & Barton attorneys were selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 recognition. They include J. Edward Betts (antitrust law); Peter E. Broadbent Jr. (trademark law); Christopher M. Gill (real estate law); W. David Harless (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, employment law-management, litigation-labor & employment, personal injury litigation-defendants); R. Braxton Hill IV (commercial litigation, litigation-intellectual property); Paul W. Jacobs II (commercial litigation); Jonathan M. Joseph (health care); Jennifer M. McLemore (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law); Craig T. Merritt (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, First Amendment law, litigation-First Amendment, litigation-patent, media law); Louis R. Monacell (communications law, energy law); Edward L. Petrini (energy law); Michael J. Quinan (administrative/regulatory law, energy law); Cliona M. Robb (energy law); Michael W. Smith (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation-banking & finance, litigation-construction, litigation-intellectual property); E. Ford Stephens (insurance law, litigation-insurance); and C. Daniel Stevens (trusts and estates). According to Best Lawyers, the lists are compiled based on a peer review evaluation process.
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.
The following Christian & Barton attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers list: Peter E. Broadbent Jr. (intellectual property); Christopher M. Gill (real estate); W. David Harless (business litigation); R. Braxton Hill IV (business litigation); Jonathan M. Joseph (health care); Roman Lifson (civil litigation defense); Jennifer M. McLemore (bankruptcy); Craig T. Merritt (business litigation); Michael D. Mueller (bankruptcy); Michael J. Quinan (business litigation); Cliona M. Robb (energy and natural resources); Michael W. Smith (business litigation); E. Ford Stephens (insurance coverage); and Henry I. Willett III (civil litigation defense).
In addition, four firm attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2018 Virginia Rising Stars list: S. Perry Coburn (business litigation); Megan M. Gilliland (bonds/government finance); Noelle M. James (business/corporate); and James G. Ritter (utilities).
According to Super Lawyers, the lists are compiled based on a multiphase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research.
Bar Service and Leadership
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.
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