AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS
: The Fairfax Law Founda-
tion's Society of Fellows named Daniel E. Ortiz
, the immediate past chair of the VBA Young Lawyers Division, as its emerging leader. He earned a Golden Gavel Award. ... Bill Nusbaum
, a partner in the real estate practice at Williams Mullen in Norfolk, is serving as chair of the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section. He also recently was elected vice chair of Opportunity Inc., the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board and was appointed by Tidewater Community College to its Workforce Development Advisory Council. ...
The Virginia Capitol Foundation named Anita O. Poston
of Vandeventer Black and John Charles Thomas
of Hunton & Williams as new trustees for 2013-14. ... Business, IP and entertainment attorney Justin Laughter
has been appointed interim executive director of Virginians for the Arts. ...
The Society of Professional Journalists has elected Paul Fletcher
to national secretary-treasurer. Fletcher is publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Weekly
. He is immediate past president of the SPJ Virginia Pro chapter, which was named outstanding small chapter of the year for 2012-13. ...
Martinsville City Attorney Eric H. Monday
is a member of the board of directors for the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Inc. for 2013-14.CHANGE OF VENUE
: VBA member Neil H. MacBride
, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, resigned after one four-year term in office. Kathleen M. Kahoe has been appointed acting U.S. attorney. ... Joseph E. "Jay" Spruill III
, formerly of Reed Smith LLP, has joined LeClairRyan in Richmond as a partner on the firm's community banking practice area and banking industry teams. ...
Troutman Sanders in Richmond hired Brooks Smith
, a former co-chair of the environmental practice at Hunton & Williams, as a partner. ... Thomas J. "TJ" Mascia
, formerly an associate at Hunton & Williams, also joined Troutman Sanders' environmental practice. ...
Veteran Richmond bankruptcy lawyer Keith L. Phillips
is the newest U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He succeeds Judge Douglas O. Tice Jr.
, who has been serving as a recalled judge since his official retirement June 30. ...
Spotts Fain in Richmond welcomed new VBA member John Erbach
to its litigation section. Previously, he served as law clerk to three federal judges in Richmond after two years in private practice.RETIREMENT
: Judge Larry G. Elder
retires from the Court of Appeals of Virginia on Oct. 1, after 27 years on the bench. He has served in the Court of Appeals for 22 years.LAW FIRMS
: Sands Anderson PC expanded its lease in Richmond's Bank of America Center by 5,856 square feet, bringing the total to about 39,000 square feet, Virginia Business
and RichmondBizSense reported.