18th Circuit Candidates

Anthony Coppola

The rapid rise of technology has changed the legal profession in recent years.  Anthony Coppola wants to use his legal and technological experience to make sure that these changes help lawyers, not hurt them. Technology should open opportunities for lawyers and at the same time help ensure that clients receive the highest quality representation.

Anthony also believes in fundamentals and the value of hard work.  He will use his extensive experience in project management to make sure the Bar continues to offer top quality resources that serve its members. Anthony is a Founding Member at the Alexandria, Virginia business law firm Coppola & Jabaly.  He began his practice as an appellate litigator at Greenberg Traurig. 

He has previously worked in project management for the high tech and aerospace industries.  And he currently serves on the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Solo and Small Firm Committee.



Phoenix A. Harris

My Alexandria law firm of Harris, Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC represents clients in criminal defense, military defense, security clearance matters, and general civil litigation.

I serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  As editor in chief of the Virginia Champion, I solicit and manage content across the Commonwealth for the benefit of our membership.  I am also a Director of the Alexandria Bar Association, and Secretary of the Alexandria Bar Foundation, the charitable, nonprofit arm of the Association. 

Our law firm (all former public defenders) provides extensive pro bono and “low bono” services to the indigent community members.  As a VSB council representative, I will be a voice for the less fortunate in our communities and pro bono service requirements.  With the dire funding crisis we face, lawyers across the Commonwealth must lead by demonstrating a “giving back” mentality.



Nicholas Gehrig

I have contributed to the Alexandria legal community in numerous capacities including, most notably, as President of the Alexandria Bar Association from the period May 2015 through 2016.  I have served on the Board of the Alexandria Bar Association as a Director, Treasurer, and President-Elect.  I have served as Chairman of several committees of the Bar Association, including the Young Lawyers Committee, and the Beat the Odds Program. 

The Bar’s mission statement, to regulate the legal profession of Virginia; to advance the availability and quality of legal services provided to the people of Virginia; and to assist in improving the legal profession and the judicial system, are the three essential pillars of an effective judiciary system. 

If elected to Bar Council, I will strive to strengthen these pillars, which I believe form the backbone of our society.  


Stacey Rose Harris

For the past nine of my fourteen years of practice, I have been with the Alexandria firm of DiMuroGinsberg PC, where I focus on civil and commercial litigation, as well as defense of attorney disciplinary matters before the Virginia State Bar.   I particularly enjoy my attorney disciplinary practice, and have become well-versed in the procedures and customs of those proceedings. 

This practice area has provided insight into the workings of the state bar, and because of that, I am interested in serving the VSB through a position on Bar Council.  I am outgoing and creative, and hope to bring ideas and energy to the position.  I am passionate about bringing civility to the practice of law. 

I am a native Alexandrian, a UVA Law School graduate, a photography buff, and I currently reside in Alexandria with my husband and two children.

Updated: Apr 07, 2017