19th Circuit Candidates

Brian C. Drummond

I’ve been practicing law with the firm of Whitestone Young since my graduation from GMUSL in 1988.

I’m a Fairfax City native with strong ties to the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit—my father was a magistrate from 1969-1984, and I was a Deputy Clerk in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office from 1981-1985.

My prior board service includes: Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), INOVA Children’s Hospital Planning Committee, Ellie’s Hats, Final Salute, Inc. (Chairman of the Board), and the GMU Alumni Association (President 2002-2004). I received a Golden Gavel from the Fairfax Bar Foundation in 2015 for my charitable community involvement.

I now want to focus more on bar activities, and I see Bar Council as a good fit. I believe that I have the ability to contribute significantly to its mission, and I’d appreciate your support.

 

Jonathan D. Frieden

After graduating from UVa, I received my J.D. from the University of Richmond and began practicing law at Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. in 1997.  I have been a principal of the firm since 2002 and my practice has encompassed the full range of criminal litigation and commercial disputes. 

I served as an adjunct professor at Marymount University and GMU, teaching pre-law and law courses, for a total of 17 years.  I am a frequent author and speaker on legal topics, particularly those pertaining to electronic evidence, technology, and Internet law.

I have been a Director of the Fairfax Law Foundation for nearly four years and currently serve as its Secretary and Public Relations Committee Chair.  I also serve as a Conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

I hope to bring my diverse experience to bear in supporting the important mission of the Virginia State Bar.

 

Richard A. Gray 

I currently serve as President of the Fairfax Bar Association, which is the culmination of 10 years of volunteer service on the Board as a Director and Officer.

For even longer I have been on the FBA pro bono committee providing legal aid to Fairfax County underprivileged individuals and families. Public Service is in my blood. I started in practice as an indigent contract attorney in New Hampshire taking cases where the public defenders office was conflicted out. 

Election to the Virginia State Bar Counsel for the 19th Judicial Circuit is an extension of the public service work I have done in one manner or another since I started practicing law 28 years ago.

I ask you to elect me as Bar Counsel in further public service to the bar association.

 

 

James G. McDonald

Elect me to the Council so I can work on this: the bar responsibility to “efficiently regulate the legal profession” in significant instances has been relinquished to outside insurance corporations.  The corporations act as bar adjuncts when imposing financially-burdensome and time-consuming mandates on Virginia attorneys.  They do so for their interests.

Guideposts:

  • I am wary of rules and regulations and the impacts on attorneys. 
  • I will always ask this question: will the proposed action benefit or harm Virginia attorneys?  
  • I stand for assuring all actions benefit our profession and do not needlessly hamstring us. 
  • I support efficient dues usage and lower dues.
  • I will strive for a VSB that efficiently and effectively honors its mission and serves us. 

I earned degrees from Purdue, University of California-Berkeley and George Mason School of Law.

I am a proud member of the Virginia, Patent and US Supreme Court Bars. 


Gary H. Moliken

I am seeking the privilege of reelection as your representative on Bar Council, and hope you feel it appropriate to offer your support.   I have been engaged in the private practice of law since 1989, as a family, civil and criminal defense attorney, regularly appearing in courts throughout Northern Virginia. 

I have previously served on the Fairfax General District Court Committee, Co Chairman of the Criminal Law Subsection.   Additionally, I am currently a Conciliator for the Fairfax Circuit Court, and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, and serve as a lecturer to high school and middle school students throughout our area.

Prior to entering the private practice of law, I served a two year clerkship in the Dept. of Justice Attorney Honors Program.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and my J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1987. 

 

Jay B. Myerson

Jay Myerson founded The Myerson Law Group and supervises a domestic, criminal, and civil litigation practice. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Jay has worked to enhance the legal profession and the greater community.

Jay was first elected to Bar Council in 2014. He currently is a member of the VSB's Standing Committees on Budget and Finance and on Legal Ethics, the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course faculty, and previously served on VSB's Online Elections Study Group. He is a Fairfax Law Foundation director.

Jay is a past president of the Fairfax Bar Association and leads its effort to obtain judicial funding. He served in the ABA's House of Delegates and is a past president  of the George Mason American Inn of Court.

Jay is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, and Virginia Lawyers Weekly named him to its Leaders in the Law.

 

Dennis J. Quinn

I currently serve on Bar Council and am seeking another term to represent the 19th Judicial Circuit and wish to continue serving you.  I have practiced in Fairfax County for almost 22 years.

I represent other lawyers in legal malpractice cases and provide ethical counseling. I also present to bar organizations on ethical issues and proper risk management techniques. I believe this makes me uniquely qualified to address many of the issues that come before Bar Council every year. I served on the Board of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and was VADA President in 2010-2011.

I serve on the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and the Study Committee to Review the Unauthorized Practice of Law.  I previously served on the Faculty of the Mandatory Professionalism Course.

I will continue to work hard to represent this Circuit on Bar Council and I ask for your vote. 

 

Wayne G. Travell

I would be honored to be elected to serve as a member of the VSB Bar Council for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.  In addition to serving as managing partner of the Tysons office of Hirschler Fleischer and managing a busy complex litigation practice, I am dedicated to furthering the state bar goals of administering professional regulation, increasing  public access to legal services and improving the administration of justice in Virginia.  Among the bar committees and associations to which I have dedicated my time are the following:

Virginia State Bar, Faculty of Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2015 - 2018)
Fairfax County Judicial Screening Committee, alternate member (2010 to 2015), permanent member and vice chair (2015 to 2018)
Fairfax Law Foundation, board member (2012-2014)
Fairfax Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2008-2012), serving as its co-chair from 2009 to 2011.
Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter
Virginia Bar Association

 

Edward L. Weiner

Edward L. Weiner is the founding partner of Weiner, Spivey & Miller, PLC. He received his J.D. in 1980 from the University of Richmond and his LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University in 1993.

Ed served as the 77th President of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) in 2015-16. He previously served as President of the Fairfax Bar Association, Fairfax Law Foundation, Chairman of the VSB's Diversity Conference, Chairman of the Council of Local Bar Leaders, and member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Achievements include recipient of the James Keith Award for Public Service from the Fairfax Bar Association and Director's Award from the George Mason University. In addition, Ed also received the FBA President's Award for Outstanding Service as well as being recognized by Virginia Lawyer's Weekly, Leader in the Law.

Ed would be honored to continue to represent the lawyers of the 19th Judicial Circuit.

 

Michael York

Michael York, a solo practitioner in Reston, has served on the VSB Council since 2014 and is seeking a second term. Mike is a member of the Budget Committee and the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee.

Throughout Mike's 25 years in private practice, he has been committed to pro bono service. Previously, Mike was an investigative and legal reporter at The Washington Post. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1986. He earned his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and was president of his third-year class.

Mike believes our profession can and must do more to earn the public's trust, and he believes the Bar has an obligation to more effectively enforce professional standards fairly and equally across all practice groups, including lawyers engaged in government and law enforcement. Mike also believes the VSB should communicate regularly with the public on important issues regarding legal services.

Updated: Apr 13, 2017