ON THE LHL BOARD
: VBA members W. Lawton Tufts
and Priscilla R. Woody
join Susan C. Busch as new appointees to the Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers board of directors.Tufts is assistant public defender for the city of Charlottesville and Woody is an attorney with McEachin & Gee in Richmond. Additionally, the board re-elected Barbara Ann Williams as president. NEW PARTNER
: Owen & Owens PLC in Midlothian has
added VBA member Kimberly A. Skiba
partner, RichmondBizSense.com reported. She joined the firm as an associate in 2008 and focuses her practice on domestic relations and estate planning and administration. AT THE MRWBA
: The 2013-14 board of directors at the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association includes VBA members Lori Taylor
of Marks & Harrison, Afsana Chowdhury
of Curwood Law Firm, Irene Delcamp
of Barnes & Diehl and Jeanne Floyd
of Troutman Sanders. Kimberly Skiba
of Owen & Owens is vice president, according to RichmondBizSense.com.APPOINTED TO THE BENCH
: Gov. Bob McDonnell in August named the Honorable Steven C. Frucci
to fill a vacant circuit court judgeship in the Second Judicial Circuit. Judge Frucci had been serving in Virginia Beach General District Court since his election in 2009. His continued service on the circuit court after February will require General Assembly action. GENERAL COUNSEL TO VIRGINIA AFL-CIO
: VBA member Virginia "Ginny" Diamond,
who serves as special counsel to Ashcraft & Gerel LLP in Alexandria, has been appointed general counsel to the Virginia AFL-CIO. She joined the firm in 2012 after serving three terms as the labor representative on the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.PRACTICE EXPANSION: Hirschler Fleischer
anded its investment management and private funds practice with the addition of partner James W. Van Horn Jr.
Before joining the Richmond office of the firm, Van Horn worked at Carrell Blanton and Hunton & Williams.BOARD APPOINTMENT
: DeRonda Miniard Short
, a VBA member from Newport News, was named to The College of William & Mary board of visitors.
ADVOCACY ROLE: Reed Smith LLP partner and VBA member Tom Greeson, is president of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia. The Council, known as DemBiz, is a Northern Virginia based advocacy group for local business professionals. Greeson formerly was president of the Dulles Area Democrats (2011-2012) and is a longtime member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
JOINED SPOTTS FAIN: Robert M. Tyler, formerly with McGuireWoods, joined the litigation section of Spotts Fain in Richmond, according to RichmondBizSense.com.
NATIONAL BAR SECTION CHAIR: Tillman J. Breckenridge, counsel at Reed Smith LLP, has been named chairman of the Appellate Law Section of the National Bar Association. He also was elected to the group's board of governors. He is a member of Reed Smith's Appellate Group and leads the appellate practice for the Washington, D.C., and Virginia offices.
: Among the lawyers making partner at Hunton & Williams recently are VBA members Kevin M. Georgerian
and Eric J. Nedell
, Also, Amos W. Barclay
was promoted to counsel.