The Top 50 Attorneys of Virginia for 2023

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Virginia for 2023. The state holds a significant place in US legal history, contributing to the early development of legal systems during the colonial and post-independence periods. The General Assembly of Virginia, often described as the ‘oldest continuous law-making body in the New World’, played a pivotal role in shaping its legal framework as one of the original thirteen colonies. Attorneys in Virginia practice within this rich historical context shaped by our Founding Fathers including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison who were well-educated individuals with backgrounds in law.

Some of the top legal professionals on this year’s list include Barbara Stettner, a Partner at Allen & Overy, who provides pro bono technical assistance to emerging markets worldwide on regulatory and supervisory systems for markets and intermediaries. Another awardee, Carolyn Muir, General Counsel and Senior Vice President in Contracts at Steampunk, began her career as a Contract Specialist with the Navy, negotiating contracts for unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters in defense support. Also, Jeff Hanna, a Partner at McGuireWoods, boasts 25 years of legal experience, including serving as a law clerk to Honorable Justice Donald W. Lemons at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

We applaud these individuals for their commitment to the organizations they serve. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 Attorneys of Virginia for 2023.


1. Patrick McCaffery
General Counsel, Maersk Line, Limited

Patrick McCaffery is the General Counsel of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL). He first joined the company in 2012 as an Associate General Counsel. MLL is an American company headquartered in Virginia with offices in Norfolk and Dulles that provides US flag transportation, ship management, and maritime technical services to government and commercial customers. As a business within the Maersk Group, MLL uniquely combines unparalleled experience, maritime expertise, and global intermodal capability.

Previously, McCaffery was an Attorney Advisor in the business and procurement law team at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and before that, an Attorney Advisor in government contracts at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. Earlier in his career, he worked with the US Navy as a naval flight officer. McCaffery earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in economics from Villanova University.


2. Anna King
General Counsel, Insurance Operations, Markel

Anna King is the General Counsel for Insurance Operations of Markel, a leading global specialty insurer with a truly people-first approach. As the insurance operations within Markel Group, they operate the Markel Specialty, Markel International, and Markel Global Reinsurance divisions, as well as State National, their portfolio protection and program services operations, and Nephila, their insurance-linked securities operations. Their broad array of capabilities and expertise allow them to create intelligent solutions for the most complex risk management needs. However, it is their people – and the deep, valued relationships they develop with colleagues, brokers, and clients – that differentiates them worldwide.

King began her career in 1999. Before joining Markel, she was a Corporate Counsel at LandAmerica Financial Group. King graduated from William & Mary with a JD and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in economics.


3. Barbara Stettner
Partner, Allen & Overy

Barbara Stettner began her professional career 27 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at Allen & Overy, a global law firm that helps the world's leading businesses to grow, innovate and thrive. For almost a century, they have built a reputation for their commitment to thinking ahead and bringing original solutions to their client's most complex legal and commercial challenges. Stettner graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an LLM and from the University of California, Davis with an undergraduate degree in political science.

Before entering private practice, Stettner worked at the SEC’s Division of Market Regulation (now Trading and Markets), where she served as Special Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Risk Management and Control. She also served as Senior Counsel in the Commission’s Office of International Affairs. Before joining Allen & Overy, Stettner practiced at prominent law firms in Washington, DC, and London. As part of the Financial Services Volunteer Corp, she regularly provides pro bono technical assistance to emerging markets on the regulatory and supervisory systems of markets and market intermediaries, including Jordan, the UAE, Russia, and Romania.


4. Daniel Levin
Partner, White & Case

Daniel Levin is a Partner at White & Case. He first joined the company in 2007. White & Case is a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter, today. Their on-the-ground experience, their cross-border integration, and their depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help clients work with confidence across many markets. Their innovative approaches create original solutions to their client's most complex domestic and multijurisdictional deals and disputes.

Before joining White & Case, Levin held several legal advisory posts in the US government, including Chief of Staff at both the FBI and the Department of Justice, Senior Associate Counsel to the President, and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. As Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California, he prosecuted several jury trials including multi-month, multi-defendant racketeering trials and the first federal death penalty case in the district in more than 30 years. Levin earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Harvard University.


5. Kara Ariail
Partner, Holland & Knight

Kara Ariail is a Partner at Holland & Knight, a global law firm with nearly 2,000 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices throughout the world. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate, and governmental law. She practices in the area of employment law counseling and litigation. Ariail works closely with employers in a range of industries to provide ongoing counseling, training, and investigations designed to minimize the risk of litigation and maximize employee retention and productivity. Ariail recognizes that legal compliance is one of many competing business considerations when advising clients on employment law matters.

Ariail regularly advises clients on a wide range of employment issues, including successful hiring, employee performance management, and termination strategies; development and implementation of anti-harassment and other personnel policies; evaluating and resolving employee complaints and workplace conflicts; evaluating reasonable accommodation obligations under the ADA and state disability laws; achieving compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act; and wage and hour compliance. Ariail also advises clients on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions at all stages of the acquisition and sale process. Ariail graduated from William & Mary Law School with a JD and from American University with an undergraduate degree in political science.


6. Latisha Tarrant
General Counsel, Chief Human Resources Officer and Corporate Secretary, PRA Group

Latisha Tarrant is the General Counsel, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Corporate Secretary of PRA Group. As a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, PRA Group returns capital to banks and other creditors to help expand financial services for consumers. With thousands of employees worldwide, PRA Group companies collaborate with customers to help them resolve their debt and provide a broad range of additional revenue and recovery services to business clients. Tarrant brings more than 20 years of public company experience to her role leading PRA Group’s global legal and HR operations. Throughout Tarrant’s tenure with PRA Group, she has managed US corporate legal matters, led ESG initiatives, and advised the BoD on incentive compensation, executive compensation, and corporate governance matters. She also oversaw the search and onboarding of directors, earning PRA Group recognition as a “3+” company with at least three women as directors.

Before joining PRA Group in 2016, Tarrant held roles with increasing responsibility, serving as Managing Associate General Counsel at Anthem (now Elevance Health), and as Senior Counsel and a Partner at McGuire Woods. Tarrant holds a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in international relations from William & Mary. Tarrant serves on the BoD for Sentara Healthcare.


7. Brooks Brown
Partner, Goodwin Procter

Brooks Brown is a Partner at Goodwin Procter’s Complex Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Financial Industry Litigation groups. Goodwin Procter is in the business of building authentic, long-term relationships with their clients, who are some of the world's most successful and innovative investors, entrepreneurs, and disruptors at the convergence of and within the life sciences, private equity, real estate, technology, and financial industries. Brown specializes in the defense of leading financial services and technology companies in complex consumer finance and privacy class actions, government investigations and enforcement actions, and general civil litigation matters. He also frequently provides compliance advice and litigation risk analysis to financial services, FinTech, technology, healthcare, B2C, B2B, and other companies.

Brown is a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee and the Hiring Partner for the Washington, DC office. He previously served as the Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Services group, is a former member of the firm's Data Security and Pro Bono Committees, and previously served as the Pro Bono Partner for the Washington, DC office from 2011 to 2017. Brown maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising the BoD of multiple non-profit entities. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. Brown earned a JD from Boston University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Connecticut College.


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8. John Robert
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

John Robert is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery. McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers, and shape markets. With 20+ locations globally, their team works seamlessly across practices, industries, and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. With over 1,400 lawyers, they bring their personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for their clients and the people they serve.

Robert began his career in 2012. He focuses his practice on corporate and international tax issues. He has substantial experience structuring corporate M&As, spin-offs, liquidations, and cross-border transfers and has advised on many high-profile M&A transactions. Robert regularly assists his clients with negotiating, documenting, facilitating and consummating transactions involving partnerships, corporations, and off-shore entities. He also represents clients before the IRS, handling audits and obtaining tax rulings. Robert graduated from New York University with an LLM and from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in economics.


9. Kevin Golden
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, 3Pillar Global

Kevin Golden is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of 3Pillar Global. The company builds breakthrough software products that power digital businesses. 3Pillar is an innovative product development partner whose solutions drive rapid revenue, market share, and customer growth for industry leaders in Software and SaaS, Media and Publishing, and Information Services. Before joining 3Pillar, Golden spent over 20 years applying his passion for technology and his broad legal background to help build global technology companies, including AOL, VeriSign, and Network Solutions. Most recently, he served as General Counsel of GlobalLogic, an international Product Development Services provider, where he helped drive significant growth and shareholder value through strategic commercial transactions, international expansion, and a sale of the company to a private equity buyer.

Throughout his career, Golden has earned recognition for his collaborative, pragmatic approach to helping leaders craft sound business solutions that strike the right balance between risks and benefits. In his first year with GlobalLogic, he earned the CEO’s “Rookie of the Year” award for his leadership in revamping the company’s commercial transactions processes. He earned similar recognition during his tenure with AOL and was designated by VeriSign’s CEO as a member of the company’s “Dream Team.” Golden received his BA (with honors) in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland, where he served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review.


10. Sarah Lynn
General Counsel and Secretary, Valiant Integrated Services

Sarah Lynn is the General Counsel and Secretary of Valiant Integrated Services. She first joined the company in 2022. Valiant empowers the world's most critical missions by training, equipping, protecting, sustaining, and supporting those who serve. Its 5,000 employees enable government departments and agencies, global peacekeepers, relief workers, and disaster response teams to complete their missions efficiently and effectively in some of the most complex environments worldwide. Valiant is based in Herndon, Virginia, and deploys expertise for customers in the areas of Training, Simulation, and Readiness; Engineering and Analysis; Logistics and Sustainment; Mission and Contingency Operations; and Operations, Maintenance, and Management.

Lynn served in a similar role at Perspecta and held senior legal positions at Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, and DXC Technology Company (DXC). She was a key leader in several transformative corporate transactions, including the 2017 spin-merger to create DXC, the 2018 spin-merger to create Perspecta, and its 2021 sale to Peraton. Lynn earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an undergraduate degree in government from Cornell University.


11. Charles Katz
Managing Partner, King & Spalding

Charles Katz is a Managing Partner at King & Spalding’s Northern Virginia office. King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,300 lawyers in 23 offices in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. Katz works in King & Spalding’s Corporate, Finance, and Investments practice, advising emerging growth and technology companies. On transactional work, he offers deep knowledge of M&As, private equity and venture capital transactions, divestitures, recapitalizations and restructurings, debt and equity financings and securities offerings, leveraged and management buyouts, joint ventures, and strategic investments.

In these transactions, Katz has represented the full range of parties including bidders, targets, private equity groups, management teams, public companies, private companies, private investors, investment banks, and financing sources. He has been involved in all phases of these transactions including initial planning, structuring, negotiation, implementation, and advice. Katz has worked on transactions across a variety of industries, including among others technology, government contracts, education, manufacturing, communications, and other regulated businesses. He has experience in both domestic and international transactions, including the representation of parties in cross-border transactions and with multinational investors. Katz graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD, from Georgetown University Law Center with an LLM, and from Lafayette College with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, and government and & law.


12. Paul Cuomo
Partner, Baker Botts

Paul Cuomo is a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice at Baker Botts. He currently serves on the firm's Executive Committee and as a former Partner in its Washington office. Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on their experience and knowledge of their client's industries, they are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology, and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, they have provided creative and effective legal solutions for their clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. Cuomo advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law, with an emphasis on US and multi-jurisdictional merger reviews and antitrust litigation matters. According to Chambers USA, 2021, clients describe Cuomo as a ‘complete winner’ and ‘one of the strongest antitrust lawyers in the country’ with an ‘impeccable record’.

In addition to appearing before the US antitrust authorities, Cuomo regularly represents clients in international investigations and has appeared in person before numerous international authorities including the European Commission, the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Canadian Competition Bureau. According to Legal 500 (2017), Cuomo is often singled out for his keen intelligence and many years of antitrust experience which allows him to quickly apply the law to new facts and provide well-reasoned, easy-to-understand legal advice. Cuomo graduated from American University Washington College of Law with a JD and from Villanova University with an undergraduate degree in political science.


13. Jim McLaughlin
General Counsel, Transaction Network Services

Jim McLaughlin is the General Counsel of Transaction Network Services (TNS), a global provider of IaaS solutions to the financial, communications, and payments markets. Established over 30 years ago, its extensive portfolio of innovative, value-added services supports thousands of organizations across more than 60 countries to interact efficiently, conduct mission-critical processes securely, and adopt new technologies flexibly. As General Counsel, McLaughlin oversees a team of over 15 lawyers and contract administrators providing legal advice to TNS globally in areas such as corporate governance, securities, contracts, employment, regulatory, IP, and acquisitions. McLaughlin also leads TNS' HR team around the world supporting over 1300 employees in more than 20 countries. This includes overseeing the coordination of recruiting, benefits, performance management, training, and employment policies and procedures.

McLaughlin first joined the company in 2007. Previously, he was a General Counsel at Motricity and before that, an Associate General Counsel at Transaction Network Services. Earlier in his career, he worked with MediaCenters as a General Counsel. McLaughlin earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.


14. Jakki Mathis-Hull
General Counsel, Edmentum

Jakki Mathis-Hull is the General Counsel of Edmentum, the leading provider of K-12 digital curriculum, assessments, and services to over 43,000 schools, 400,000 educators, and six million students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide. Building on a 60-year history of impact, Edmentum creates innovative, proven learning technology, partnering with educators to ignite student potential. Mathis-Hull is responsible for advising the company on a wide range of legal and business issues including governance, contracts, IP, and employment matters.

Before joining Edmentum, Mathis-Hull worked at Stride (formerly known as K12) for nearly 15 years in progressively escalating legal roles. She graduated from Catholic University’s, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC with a JD, cum laude, and holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from George Mason University. Mathis-Hull resides in Virginia with her husband, sons, and dog. In addition to family time, she enjoys jokes, puzzles, music, and relic hunting.


15. Jeff Hanna
Partner, McGuireWoods

Jeff Hanna began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at McGuireWoods, one of the world's leading law firms, has earned the loyalty of its many longstanding clients with deep and broad legal experience; a passion for understanding their businesses and markets; innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions; and unmatched service. With 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices worldwide, McGuireWoods' continuing success comes down to one simple fact: The firm listens to its clients.

Hanna first got his start in 1998 as a Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch. From there, he went on to the Supreme Court of Virginia as a law clerk to Honorable Justice Donald W. Lemons. Hanna graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree.


16. Bryan Collins
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Bryan Collins is a Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s IP practice. On the cutting edge of IP for more than 120 years, Pillsbury’s IP lawyers provide clients with successful and comprehensive IP strategies to protect, manage, and optimize IP assets. They also assert and defend infringement claims and resolve IP-related disputes before regulatory bodies, in courts, and at the negotiating table. Collins’ experience and background are well-suited to serving the litigation, counseling, and complex prosecution needs of clients.

Collins assists clients in enforcing and defending their patents to strengthen their marketplace position. This includes both enforcing and defending against patent infringement claims in court, the development of patent portfolios, and the assessment of infringement risks. Collins has represented clients in numerous Patent and Trial Appeal Board trials, including serving as Lead Counsel for numerous interferences, inter partes reviews, and covered business method patent reviews. Collins also litigates trade secrets, unfair competition matters, and other technology matters. He graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.


17. Sheila Sears
General Counsel, HITT Contracting

Sheila Sears joined HITT Contracting in 2013 as its first General Counsel and has more than 17 years of construction law experience. The company provides a wide range of construction services across the nation, from complex core and shell buildings and renovations to interior fit-outs and routine service work. No matter the project size or type, HITT delivers a premium construction experience on every project it builds. With projected 2022 revenues of $5.4 billion and 1,600+ team members in 14 office locations nationwide, the company is ranked as one of the top 30 largest general contractors in the US. In her role, Sears oversees all material legal matters for the company and provides executive oversight of both its legal and risk management departments and the safety department. Sears sits on HITT's corporate steering committee, the company's governing body, and serves as a Strategic Adviser for the future business direction of the organization. Sears has advised HITT on the acquisition of two firms and expansion into five new regions within the US. Under her leadership, the legal and risk management department has executed master agreements with more than 100 national clients and negotiated billions of dollars in contracts.

Before joining HITT, Sears practiced law for eight years in Washington, DC as a Partner at a boutique firm focused on construction law and government contracts. A consummate professional and widely regarded for her expertise in construction risk and safety issues, Sears’ accolades include being named a Bisnow DC Top 40 Corporate Counsel (2015) and the Washington Business Journal’s General Counsel of the Year (2018). Sears is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America and is actively involved in the Virginia State Bar, Construction and Public Contracts section, and the American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law. Sears earned her JD from the American University, Washington College of Law, in 2005 and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.


18. Philip Sprinkle
Partner, Akerman

Philip Sprinkle is a Partner at Akerman, a top 100 US law firm recognized among the most forward-thinking firms in the industry by the Financial Times. Its 700+ lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world's most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth. Sprinkle graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD, from the University of Alabama School of Law with an LLM, and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in foreign affairs.

For 43 years, Sprinkle has represented privately held companies with an emphasis on physician groups, academic medical centers, and affiliated providers in M&A, board governance, joint ventures, and reimbursement matters at both the state and federal levels. In addition, Sprinkle has extensive experience with exempt organizations and related tax issues, having provided advice to clients on private benefit and inurement, excess benefit transactions, unrelated business income taxation, joint ventures, conflicts of interest, and complex governance issues. Having served as Outside General Counsel for several hospitals and healthcare systems, Sprinkle’s experience has, by necessity, spanned all hospital operational issues from patient care to emergency calls to peer review to third-party payor agreements.


19. Paul Haase
General Counsel, Talent & Properties, Octagon Financial Services

Paul Haase is the General Counsel of Talent & Properties at Octagon Financial Services, the world's largest creative marketing and sponsorship consulting practice, and a pioneer and leader in athlete and personality representation and management. Haase is responsible for the day-to-day management of the legal department, advising and assisting management on specific corporate, legal, and regulatory matters, including, but not limited to, business transactions, company-owned or company-managed events, IP matters, international issues, vendor/supplier relationships, management of general litigation, employment law, corporate governance, real estate, regulatory compliance including SOX, real estate, and immigration issues.

Haase first joined the company in 2009 as Senior Counsel. Previously, he was an Associate at Cooley Godward Kronish. Earlier in his career, he worked with Wiley Rein & Fielding as an Associate. Haase earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in polymer chemistry from William & Mary.


20. Jason Manning
Partner, Troutman Pepper

Jason Manning is a Partner at Troutman Pepper, a national law firm with more than 1,200 attorneys strategically located in 23 US cities. The firm's litigation, transactional, and regulatory practices advise a diverse client base, from start-ups to multinational enterprises. The firm provides sophisticated legal solutions to clients' most pressing business challenges, with depth across industry sectors, including construction, energy, financial services, health sciences, insurance, private equity, and real estate, among others.

Manning began his career in 2003. He has a national practice focusing on financial services litigation, complex commercial litigation, and IP litigation with trial, appeals, and arbitration experience in Washington, DC, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. Before joining Troutman Pepper, Manning was a Partner at Troutman Sanders and before that, an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis. Manning graduated from Notre Dame Law School with a JD and from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree.


21. Chris Kozlowski
General Counsel, Carter Machinery

Chris Kozlowski is the General Counsel of Carter Machinery. Founded in 1952, they are the authorized Caterpillar dealer serving Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC through a network of 30 locations and 2,100 employees. They support customers in many diverse industries including construction, mining, forestry, power generation, paving, industrial engines, gas compression, and marine.

Previously, Kozlowski was an Associate Attorney at Shipman & Goodwin before eventually rising to partner at Gentry Locke, his most recent position before joining Carter Machinery. Kozlowski graduated from Emory University School of Law with a JD and from Fordham University with an undergraduate degree in finance.


22. Brett Esber
Partner, Blank Rome

Brett Esber is a Partner at Blank Rome. He first joined the company in 2003. Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 15 offices and over 680 attorneys and principals who provide comprehensive legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the US and around the world. Their professionals have built a reputation for their leading knowledge and experience across a spectrum of industries, and are recognized for their commitment to pro bono work in their communities.

Esber's honor is highlighted in Lloyd's List "One Hundred" (Edition Five), which promotes the most influential people in the shipping industry, from the top one hundred influential industry leaders to the top ten port operators, insurance personalities, regulators, classification societies, brokers, and finance executives. Previously, Esber was a partner at Dyer Ellis & Joseph. He earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Ohio State University.


23. Brian D. Fowler
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Millennium Health

Brian D. Fowler has more than 20 years of legal experience and has served as Millennium Health’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2016. Millennium Health is an accredited specialty laboratory with over a decade of experience delivering timely, accurate, clinically actionable information through its nationwide medication monitoring and drug testing services. Drug testing is used by substance use disorder and pain management providers to obtain objective information about patients' recent use of prescription medications and/or illicit drugs and helps monitor the effectiveness of treatment plans.

Fowler joined Millennium Health in 2012 after practicing law for nearly ten years with Troutman Sanders, where he regularly represented pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other life sciences companies. Before that, he practiced for three years in Hogan Lovells’ Washington, DC office. Fowler is a 1999 graduate of the Duke University School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech, where he graduated summa cum laude.


24. Jonathan Moss
General Counsel, Supernal

Jonathan Moss is the General Counsel of Supernal, a US-based smart mobility service provider redefining how people move, connect, and live. They are developing an Advanced Air Mobility eVTOL vehicle and working to responsibly co-create the supporting ecosystem and integrate it into existing transit options. Moss provides legal counsel to guide the development of Supernal’s global operations.

Before joining, Moss served as the US Department of Transportation’s Assistant General Counsel for regulation in 2015 where, as a member of the Senior Executive Service, he provided expert legal guidance on rulemaking and regulatory issues affecting the Department across all modes of transportation. Moss was previously Managing Director of International and Regulatory Affairs at United Airlines and worked in a range of practice areas at major US law firms. He graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with an undergraduate degree in English, philosophy, and psychology.


25. Todd Garland
Partner, Haynes and Boone

Todd Garland is a Partner at Haynes and Boone, an international corporate law firm with 19 offices spanning Texas, New York, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Virginia, Washington, DC, London, Mexico City, and Shanghai, providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, technology, financial services and private equity. With about 650 lawyers, the law firm is ranked among the largest US-based firms by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Lawyer. It was recognized in the BTI Consulting Group's 2022 "A-Team" report, which identifies the law firms that in-house counsel commend for providing superior client service. The firm is also recognized as a leader in DEI initiatives. It achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification in 2022 after completing a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab.

Garland first joined the company in 2023. He is an experienced government contracts attorney and litigator focusing on contract claims and disputes with the federal government. His practice involves advising clients on legal issues arising from relationships with the federal government and private partners. Garland helps clients resolve contract disputes with the federal government, bid protests, and disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors in commercial litigation. In addition to representing “traditional” government contractors, he helps non-traditional government contracting clients operating under ‘other transaction’ agreements with the US government. Garland earned a JD from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and an undergraduate degree in public policy from William & Mary.


26. Doug Garrou
Partner, Hunton & Williams

Doug Garrou is a Partner at Hunton & Williams, a global law firm serving clients in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Garrou’s practice focuses on antitrust, environmental, and other complex litigation. He is a member of the firm’s litigation team.

For more than 30 years, Garrou has litigated a wide range of antitrust, environmental, and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on class actions and multidistrict proceedings in federal courts. In antitrust matters, he has represented industries including trucking, air cargo, electronics, medical products, forest products, metals recycling, and telecommunications. Before joining Hunton & Williams, Garrou was an Associate at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, PS. Garrou graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in history.


27. Randy Reaves
General Counsel, Schnabel Engineering

Randy Reaves began his professional career 38 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of Schnabel Engineering, a trusted partner in building the foundation for project success. They provide expertise and design for geotechnical, dam, and tunnel engineering projects worldwide. As a growing, mid-size company with 450+ employees and 24 offices, Schnabel offers big-firm capabilities with small-firm responsiveness. Their designers, innovators, and industry experts have successfully tackled projects in remote locations, challenging environments, and for communities large and small across the US and in over 150 countries.

Reaves first got his start in 1985 as an Associate at Hirschler, Fleischer. From there, he went on to Signet Banking Corporation, before eventually rising to Senior Consultant at Bluestone Process Dynamics, his most recent position before joining Schnabel Engineering. Reaves graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in economics, political and social thought.


28. Rita Ting-Hopper
Deputy General Counsel, Kerecis

Rita Ting-Hopper is the Deputy General Counsel of Kerecis. She first joined the company in 2022. Kerecis is pioneering the use of fish skin and fatty acids in the globally expanding cellular therapy and regenerative medicine market. The fatty-acid rich (including Omega3) products from the company's patented technologies enable the body to regenerate tissues, rather than simply repair them and risk scarring. Kerecis was acquired recently for $1.3 billion as the first unicorn in the regenerative tissue industry.

Previously, Ting-Hopper was a CEO and General Counsel at Festi, and before that a Senior Litigation Attorney at Orlans. Earlier in her career, she worked with Fabozzi and Caley as an Attorney. Ting-Hopper earned a JD from SMU Dedman School of Law and an undergraduate degree in French language and literature and business administration from Pepperdine University.


29. Alan Luberda
Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren

Alan Luberda is a Partner of Kelley Drye & Warren. For more than 180 years, Kelley Drye has provided legal counsel carefully connected to their clients' business strategies and has measured success by the real value they create. They apply a wealth of experience to 21st-century business problems.

Luberda has more than 35 years of practice focused on US trade remedy counseling and litigation. Particularly under the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, Luberda recognizes that effective counsel requires more than a comprehensive knowledge of the laws that govern international trade. To help his clients gain and maintain a competitive advantage, he immerses himself in the details of the businesses at the center of his efforts. He learns the product characteristics, production processes, sales and marketing, market dynamics, and business goals of the clients he serves. This approach enables Luberda to craft compelling narratives that consistently lead to favorable results in contested matters, achieve successful advocacy in trade policy, and offer actionable guidance in navigating governmental investigations and enforcement actions. Luberda graduated from Cornell Law School with a JD and from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in international relations and affairs.


30. Karen Elliott
Managing Partner, FordHarrison

Karen Elliott began her professional career 24 years ago. Today, she is the Managing Partner of FordHarrison. With lawyers in 29 offices across the country including two affiliate offices, their practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law. Today's workplace is highly regulated, litigious, and constantly evolving. They help employers minimize the legal risks involved in making employment decisions against this backdrop without compromising business needs. Elliott strives to provide her clients with straightforward legal advice to help them craft effective business solutions to human resources challenges.

Elliott represents organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to companies listed in the Fortune 500. She has significant experience in a host of industries including nursing homes, physician practices, and health and rehabilitation centers, as well as travel and entertainment, fast food, and retail. Elliott is often hired to serve as an Independent Investigator for employers facing complex and serious discrimination claims. Her primary goal in advising her clients is to prevent litigation before it arises out of one of the dozens of federal employment law statutes. Elliott first got her start in 1999 as a partner at McCandlish Holton. From there, she went on to Gregory Kaplan, before eventually rising to Counsel at Sands Anderson, her most recent position before joining FordHarrison. Elliott graduated from the University of Virginia with a JD and from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree.


31. Kurt Friesen
General Counsel, Apex Clean Energy

Kurt Friesen is the General Counsel of Apex Clean Energy. He first joined the company in 2014. Apex Clean Energy was founded with a singular focus: to accelerate the shift to clean energy. Through origination, construction, and operation of utility-scale wind, solar, and storage facilities, distributed energy resources, and green fuel technologies, Apex is expanding the renewable frontier across North America. Their mission-driven team of more than 300 professionals uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world's most innovative and forward-thinking customers.

Previously, Friesen was an Attorney at McGuireWoods and before that, an Attorney at Winston & Strawn. Earlier in his career, he worked with Greeley and Hansen as an Engineer. Friesen earned a JD from Duke University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.


32. Prufesh Modhera
Partner, Stradley Ronon

Prufesh Modhera is a Partner at Stradley Ronon. For almost a century, they have built its firm around long-term client relationships, value, and service. They want for their clients, what they would want for themselves if they're hiring counsel: talented lawyers, smart staffing, well-informed business advice, reasonable pricing, effective communication, and the thoughtful use of technology to help manage costs. They take the long view and strive to develop each client relationship into a collaborative partnership to enable them to help clients achieve their business objectives, both today and in the future.

Modhera began his career in 2004. His practice includes counseling investment companies, investment advisers, and independent directors on complex securities law issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He also assists in responding to SEC inquiries and provides advice to the BoD on various governance issues. In addition, Modhera helps sponsors and investment advisers form and structure private investment funds including domestic and offshore hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, and private equity funds. Modhera graduated from American University Washington College of Law with a JD.


33. Lawrence Halprin
Partner, Keller and Heckman

Lawrence Halprin is a Partner at Keller and Heckman, Workplace Safety and Health, Chemical Regulation and Litigation practice groups. He is nationally recognized for his work in chemical regulation and workplace safety and health. His practice covers all aspects of legal advocacy in those areas, including EPA and OSHA investigations and enforcement actions; compliance counseling, training, program reviews, and audits; incident investigations; federal and state (EPA, OSHA, NIOSH, and TTB-ethanol) rulemakings and stakeholders processes; pre-enforcement challenges to final agency rules; legislative reform and oversight; and development of national consensus standards focused on the application of risk assessment.

Halprin’s chemical regulation practice includes the Globally Harmonized System and its implementation in the US, Canada, and the EU; TSCA risk evaluations risk management rules, PMNs, and consent orders; EPA RMP and OSHA PSM programs; CERCLA and EPCRA requirements; and Prop 65. Halprin's engineering and financial background, and his extensive knowledge of EPA and OSHA rulemakings, have greatly enhanced his ability to provide effective compliance counseling and representation in enforcement actions, critique rulemaking proposals, and identify more cost-effective approaches. He is a frequent writer and speaker on EHS and product stewardship issues.


34. Scott Morrow
General Counsel, FEI Systems

Scott Morrow is the General Counsel of FEI Systems. He first joined the company in 2021. FEI is a leading IT, services, and analysis organization. They specialize in healthcare solutions for federal, state, and local governments. For the past decade, they have been at the forefront in their primary areas of expertise: Behavioral Health Data systems and IT solutions, long-term services and support software solutions, Health IT, and all phases of the software development life cycle for federal clients.

Morrow’s primary responsibility is to mitigate risk, allowing him the opportunity to flex his problem-solving muscles to handle a wide variety of internal and client-related compliance challenges. With a thorough knowledge of the capabilities of their technology solutions as well as an in-depth understanding of their client’s requirements and limitations in obtaining comprehensive IT platforms, Morrow helps them navigate the long journey from initial contact to contract signing. He has worked as an in-house counsel for IT companies for close to ten years and previously worked as an attorney for a large Washington, DC law firm. He graduated from Georgetown University with his JD in 2003.


35. Carolyn Muir
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Contracts, Steampunk

Carolyn Muir is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Contracts of Steampunk. Anchored by a startup culture and human-centered delivery approach, Steampunk puts their Federal government clients in the center of everything they design, develop, and deliver to drive game-changing mission impacts and user experience. Muir is a contracts and legal professional with 28+ years of government contracting experience. Her career began as a Contract Specialist with the Navy, where she negotiated contracts to procure fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters in support of the country’s defense. She then became the Director of Contracts for Integic Corporation’s DoD Division supporting the implementation of IT solutions for the armed forces. To establish a Federal Contracting Department, she joined the architecture and engineering firm, Michael Baker Corporation, where she provided contract management in support of the Multi-Hazard Flood Map Modernization Program.

Muir joined SE Solutions in 2007 when the company had approximately 30 employees. She has contributed to the company’s growth and success through her leadership of the contracts, legal, HR, and corporate security functions. Muir earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn State, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a JD from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and has been a National Contract Management Association member since 1992. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Government Technology Services Coalition’s Acquisitions and Procurement Initiatives Group, a team that works with federal agency acquisition leaders to support better communication and understanding of federal procurement initiatives and challenges.


36. Maureen Knight
Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete

Maureen Knight began her professional career 27 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete. The firm has more than 200 attorneys across 21 states and the District of Columbia, offering services including the defense of single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; complex wage and hour litigation; workplace safety; affirmative action compliance; workers' compensation; ERISA and employee benefits; immigration; labor relations; and cybersecurity and data privacy. Knight is an experienced litigator who co-chairs the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.

Knight devotes a very substantial amount of her practice to wage and hour issues, including preventive consultation, internal audits, government investigations, and defense of wage and hour litigation, almost all of which include class- or collective-action claims. Knight’s wage and hour litigation experience includes cases involving state and federal minimum wage and overtime violations stemming from alleged off-the-clock work, deletion of hours, exemption misclassification, and improperly-applied tip credits. Knight first got her start in 1996 as a Paralegal and Law Clerk at Constangy. She graduated from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD and from Strayer University with an undergraduate degree.


37. Chad Rinard
General Counsel, Whiteford Taylor & Preston

Chad Rinard is the General Counsel of Whiteford Taylor & Preston. He first joined the company in 2014. Whiteford provides a comprehensive range of sophisticated, cost-effective business law and litigation services to clients ranging from innovative start-ups to middle-market companies to global enterprises. Their growing Mid-Atlantic footprint includes 17 offices in Delaware, DC, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Rinard has been an Attorney and Counselor at Law for property owners’ associations and condominiums in Virginia for more than 20 years. Given his preference, Rinard emphasizes education and listening any time resolution of a legal issue is apparent. He has also litigated enough to, on one hand, try matters effectively for his client associations, and, on the other hand, avoid the costs and time to try matters whenever settlement is possible.

Rinard’s knowledge of the Virginia court system is distinct having appeared before the Supreme Court of Virginia and Virginia’s Circuit and General District Courts in the Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Williamsburg areas. Previously, he was an attorney at the Law Office of Chad Rinard. Rinard earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in history from Emory University.


38. Thomas Dunlap
Managing Partner, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

Thomas Dunlap is the Managing Partner of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, a veteran-owned law firm with outcome-focused attorneys advising and representing clients in national and international legal matters. Dunlap works with clients to manage, protect, and enforce their IP rights in private business and government contracts. For over 20 years, his unique background has allowed him to apply legal and practical knowledge to benefit clients in business, IP, and government contracts transactions and disputes. Dunlap routinely represents clients in transactional matters and before various state and Federal courts, arbitration (AAA, UNCITRAL, and JAMS), and tribunals, which include the GAO, ASCBA, and others.

Dunlap’s recent jury victories include a $31 million patent infringement verdict (Federal Court) and a $2.6 million copyright and contract counterclaim verdict. He has been Counsel in multiple Federal Circuit and US Supreme Court cases. Dunlap’s recent publications include the Lexis’ Practice Guide to Trademark Portfolio Management (2023), the 2019 Chambers Guide to US Trademarks (2019), and Essentials of IP Law (2022, Virginia CLE). Dunlap holds a JD, MBA, and MS in biotechnology. In addition to teaching the bi-annual Virginia CLE on IP to lawyers, he has guest-taught classes at Washington & Lee University School of Law and George Washington University.


39. Tom Roberts
Partner, Van Ness Feldman

Tom Roberts began his professional career 38 years ago. Today, he is a Partner at Van Ness Feldman, a nationally recognized mid-sized law firm specializing in the areas of energy, environment, and natural resources law and policy, with offices in Washington, DC, Seattle, the Bay Area, Houston, and Baton Rouge. Roberts helps clients manage the potential impact of federal and state energy, environmental, and natural resource policies and actions on their commercial and industrial interests. He specializes in legal, strategic, and government relations advice to clients developing oil and natural gas pipelines, LNG terminals, and electric transmission projects. He has a deep understanding of the applicable laws and regulations as well as the official and unofficial processes by which government decisions are made.

Roberts first got his start in 1985 as a Chief Counsel and Legislative Director at the US Senate -- Senator Frank H Murkowski (R-AK). From there he became a director of legislative counsel's office at US Environmental Protection Agency his most recent position before joining Van Ness Feldman. Roberts graduated from the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law with a JD and from South Dakota State University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.


40. Lindsey Lewis
Partner, Franklin & Prokopik

Lindsey Lewis is a Partner at Franklin & Prokopik, a vibrant regional firm of over 70 experienced litigators meeting clients' needs through their six offices which serve all areas of Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and Delaware. They strive to find the best ways to meet the distinctive needs of their clients and provide more effective and efficient representation by combining local jurisdictional knowledge with reasonable fee structures.

Lewis joined Franklin & Prokopik as Counsel in 2016 and focuses her practice on the defense of matters in Central and Southeastern Virginia, including the Richmond Metropolitan and Hampton Roads areas. She previously was associated with the firm’s Herndon, Virginia office before moving to Richmond, Virginia, where she was an Associate at one of the Top 200 largest law firms in the US. Before that, Lewis began her career at a defense firm in DC after clerking for the Honorable Michael P. McWeeny, Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Lewis earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English and biomedical ethics from the University of Virginia.


41. Lile Benaicha
General Counsel, Weinstein Properties

Lile Benaicha is the General Counsel of Weinstein Properties. Weinstein Properties has proudly provided superior customer service and a caring attitude toward its residents and employees for over 70 years. Still locally owned and operated by the Weinstein family which spans three generations, their company has grown to over 20,000 units and more than 600 employees.

Benaicha began her career in 2007. Before joining Weinstein Properties, Benaicha was a General Counsel at Sugarfina. Earlier in her career, she worked with Troutman Sanders as an Associate. Benaicha graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD.


42. James Noel
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Franklin Johnston Group

James Noel serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Franklin Johnston Group (TFJG) and is integrally involved in both the development and management divisions of TFJG. The company is a developer and manager of multifamily rental residences in the Luxury, Senior, and Affordable Housing sectors. The company manages more than 160 communities comprising 25,000 apartment homes in seven states along the East Coast. TFJD’s portfolio is composed of its own properties as well as those owned in partnership with various individual and institutional investors. On behalf of the partners, Noel oversees the affordable and luxury apartment development process from its inception to completion including site selection, underwriting, financing, planning, and construction. He also provides legal guidance to the company, its executives, and its employees in all areas of operations, development, and dispositions, and administers the company’s risk management and insurance program for its owned and managed properties.

Noel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary Law School, and is a graduate of the Financial Management Executive Education Program at UVA’s Darden School of Business and the Mini MBA for In-House Counsel Program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He continues to be named to Virginia Business Magazine’s list of ‘Legal Elite’ and is an active member of the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional Board, and the BoD of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, EQUI-KIDS, ACCESS College Foundation, CIVIC Leadership Institute, Virginia Beach Vision, and the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation. Noel is a graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature Program and the CIVIC Leadership Institute and served as a Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Triton under King Neptune XLV.


43. Melissa E. O'Boyle
Partner, Gentry Locke

Melissa E. O’Boyle is a Partner at Gentry Locke’s Criminal & Government Investigations practice group. Gentry Locke is a dynamic group of staff and attorneys who are fiercely driven to provide responsive service and uncommon thinking to achieve success for their clients. Previously, O'Boyle worked for over 15 years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, litigating some of the District’s most complex fraud and corruption cases, investigating and prosecuting a broad array of criminal matters, and coordinating relationships with law enforcement and regulatory partners. Most recently, she served as the Chief of Criminal Prosecutions for Norfolk’s Criminal Division, where she supervised over 19 federal prosecutors and managed the white-collar unit responsible for authorizing and managing fraud, public corruption, securities, national security, and civil rights investigations.

O'Boyle has handled several high-profile criminal prosecutions, including a public corruption case against former Norfolk Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot, and a complex bank fraud case against the senior executives responsible for the financial collapse of the Bank of the Commonwealth. O'Boyle earned a JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Capital University.


44. Alan Schiavelli
Partner, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery

Alan Schiavelli is the Partner of Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery. With over 160 years of experience, it is Chicago's oldest law firm in continuous practice and a national leader in the field of IP law, with offices across the US and an international client base. By focusing only on IP matters, Fitch Even offers clients the high level of technical competence and legal skills needed in this increasingly complex area of the law, along with a tradition of providing outstanding, personalized client service that continues to this day. Schiavelli, a registered patent attorney, has been strategically preparing and prosecuting patent applications for clients in the US, Japan, and across Europe for over 30 years. With his depth of experience, there are few issues he hasn’t encountered or problems he hasn’t solved in dealing with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Schiavelli’s clients also turn to him for patent validity and infringement opinions, trademark availability studies and prosecution, and patent and trademark infringement litigation support.

Before joining Fitch Even, Schiavelli was a partner at an IP law boutique in Arlington, Virginia, where he practiced for 29 years. Before earning his law degree, he spent over five years as a Patent Examiner in the fields of metallurgy and semiconductor processing. Schiavelli graduated from the George Washington University Law School with a JD and from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.


45. Kelley Holland
General Counsel, Hourigan

Kelley Holland is the General Counsel of Hourigan. At Hourigan, they understand that every great endeavor begins with a solid foundation, and for them, that means enduring relationships. Before embarking on any project, they establish a solid partnership with their client based on collaboration, trust, and respect. Always advocating for the owner's best interests, they bring to bear the depth and breadth of their integrated experience in construction and development to deliver unique perspectives coupled with a laser focus on optimal results. At Hourigan, consistent execution at the highest level is the only acceptable standard.

Before joining the Hourigan team, Holland was a Litigation Attorney with the law firm of Williams Mullen, where she focused her practice on construction, environmental, and complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, before Kelsey was appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Holland earned her law degree from Regent University of Law and her undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia. In between college and law school, she taught high school English and Spanish and coached a variety of sports at Isle of Wight Academy, Bishop O’Connell High School, and Fork Union Military Academy.


46. Christopher Harris
Partner, Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald

Christopher Harris is a Partner at Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald. He first joined the company in 2002. For many decades, the law firm has provided its clients with comprehensive legal services encompassing all aspects of construction, suretyship, government contracts, and real estate. Harris graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law and is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia as well as to a number of federal courts.

Harris has represented developers, contractors, and sureties in both federal and state courts, including in three trials in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and numerous alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Through his representation of these clients, Harris has examined, litigated, and advised clients regarding a wide variety of the complex legal issues that arise from commercial development and construction projects, including but not limited to construction contracts and bonds, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, leases, funding commitment letters and contracts, and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. His work and experience in these areas involve a diverse array of project types, including commercial retail development projects, data centers, multi-family housing developments, public roadways, hospitals, mass transit systems, schools and military housing, maintenance, and munitions testing facilities.


47. Joe Moriarty
Partner, Willcox & Savage PC

Joe Moriarty is a Partner at Willcox & Savage PC, a full-service law firm serving local, regional, national, and international clients since 1895. These clients demand successful coordination of their legal services across a variety of practice areas.

Moriarty began his career in 2002. Before joining Willcox & Savage PC, Moriarty was a law clerk at Norfolk Circuit Court. Moriarty graduated from George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD and from Christopher Newport University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.


48. David Funk
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Hitachi Vantara Federal

David Funk is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Hitachi Vantara Federal, a FOCI-mitigated subsidiary of Hitachi Vantara. The company is the trusted leader in mission-centric data solutions for the US federal government. They are a collaborative, full-service company with longstanding OT/IT roots. They empower data-driven insight with a deep bench of integrated partners – advancing Federal customer missions regardless of their data maturity levels. Funk is known for his well-balanced combination of legal and business acumen, possessing 15 years of legal experience in the Federal and commercial sectors. Responsible for the company’s legal, contractual, and industrial security compliance, Funk is passionate about creating a business-partner culture within the legal and contract functions and instilling an ethos of compliance that increases contractual and legal transparency for key stakeholders.

Before joining Hitachi Vantara Federal, Funk served as General Counsel and Director of Contracts for Govplace, an IT government technology integrator. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles within the US federal government including Attorney Advisor with the US Department of Homeland Security and Senior Advisor with the US Department of State. Funk earned his JD from Villanova University School of Law and received his BA degree in History from Pennsylvania State University. Between college and law school, Funk served as a signals intelligence officer in the US Marine Corps.


49. Julie Palmer
Partner, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

Julie Palmer is a Partner at Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman. She first joined the company in 2003. Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman is a civil litigation firm. While civil litigation can be intricate and complex, their personalized approach can be summed up rather simply. They provide a diverse range of legal expertise developed through years of experience.

Palmer focuses her practice on defending professionals in malpractice cases and disciplinary complaints. She also represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of tort and contract claims in state and federal courts throughout Virginia in the areas of premises liability, product liability, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, and commercial disputes. Palmer is a member of Harman Claytor’s Appellate Practice Group and has significant experience handling appeals in the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Palmer earned a JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in French and linguistics from the University of Mary Washington.


50. Page Gravely
Managing Partner, Hancock Daniel & Johnson

Page Gravely is a Managing Partner at Hancock Daniel & Johnson. As leaders in the field of health law, its attorneys offer a unique blend of experience, innovation, responsiveness, and clear communication that is widely recognized for its effectiveness. Gravely has cultivated unique expertise in ‘big picture’ risk management and mitigation strategies in the healthcare arena. For example, for more than 25 years, he has worked nationally on projects relating to patient safety improvement system design including the formation and operation of federally certified Patient Safety Organizations, integrated risk structure development, and liability management initiatives.

Gravely also has deep experience relating to workplace violence and crisis management in the healthcare setting. This experience includes hands-on assistance in workplace violence program assessment, including the implementation of Threat Assessment programs as well as managing the legal, regulatory, and operational aspects of death or other significant loss resulting from safety-related events occurring in the healthcare setting. Gravely graduated from the University of Richmond with a JD and an undergraduate degree.