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Virginia Business Magazine

Hirschler is pleased to announce that 46 of its attorneys have been selected among Virginia Business Magazine’s 2020 Legal Elite, with honorees included in 15 different practice categories. The annual recognition, published in partnership with the Virginia Bar Association and now in its 21st edition, ranks the state’s top attorneys as selected by their peers. Among the attorneys recognized, Hirschler President Courtney Moates Paulk was featured in the publication’s Construction Law profile highlighting her passion for her practice and her focus on maintaining the firm’s strong culture even through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the 2020 Legal Elite featured Hirschler in celebration of the firm’s 75th anniversary.

The full list and profiles of the firm and Paulk appear in the December 2020 issue of Virginia Business, and are available online at

The Hirschler attorneys named to the list, along with their respective categories, include:

Fredericksburg, Va.

  • Stacie C. Bordick, Civil Litigation
  • John F. McManus, Real Estate Land Use
  • Charles W. Payne, Jr., Real Estate Land Use

Richmond, Va.

  • Kelly J. Bundy, Construction
  • Alexandra K. Casagrande, Young Lawyer
  • Franklin R. Cragle, III, Young Lawyer
  • Brian J. Daly, Young Lawyer
  • Thomas J. Dillon, III, Civil Litigation
  • J. Benjamin English, Corporate Counsel
  • Brittany B. Falabella, Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
  • S. Brian Farmer, Business Law
  • Mahlon G. Funk, Family Law / Domestic Relations
  • Laura Lee Garrett, Real Estate Land Use
  • Jeffrey P. Geiger, Real Estate Land Use
  • M. Seth Ginther, Business Law
  • Lisa S. Goodwin, Environmental Law
  • Lisa J. Hedrick, Young Lawyer
  • Robert P. Henley, III, Intellectual Property Information / Technology 
  • John C. Ivins, Jr., Health Law
  • Brian K. Jackson, Administrative Government
  • Joshua D. Kelly, Taxes Estates Trusts
  • David S. Lionberger, Taxes Estates Trusts
  • Andrew M. Lohmann, Business Law
  • R. Webb Moore, Construction
  • J. Kevin Muldowney, Business Law
  • Courtney Moates Paulk, Construction
  • N. Pendleton (Penn) Rogers, Taxes Estates Trusts
  • Charles H. Rothenberg, Real Estate Land Use
  • Emily M. Scott, Health Law
  • Andrew P. Sherrod, Labor / Employment Law
  • Roderick W. Simmons, Business Law
  • C. Brandon Spalding, Corporate Counsel
  • John W. (Jay) Steele, Real Estate Land Use
  • Brandt H. Stitzer, Young Lawyer
  • Nathaniel L. Story, Construction
  • Michael H. Terry, Real Estate Land Use
  • James W. Theobald, Real Estate Land Use
  • John R. Walk, Appellate Late
  • James L. Weinberg, Legal Services / Pro Bono
  • Robert S. Westermann, Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
  • Jaime B. Wisegarver, Young Lawyer

Tysons, Va.

  • Kristen E. Burgers, Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
  • Lawrence A. Katz, Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
  • Stephen E. Leach, Bankruptcy Creditors Rights
  • Wayne G. Travell, Civil Litigation
  • Robert R. Vieth, Appellate Law

To compile the annual Legal Elite, electronic ballots are emailed to more than 14,000 lawyers and more than 50 law firms. This year’s Legal Elite includes 1,377 lawyers, which equates to approximately 22.5% of the 6,188 nominations the magazine received. Virginia Business also profiles a representative from each category. Profile subjects are selected based on voting scores and select criteria.  

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