November 21, 2007
Karen A. Gould to Be New Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar
Karen A. Gould, a Richmond attorney, has been named the new executive director and chief operating officer of the Virginia State Bar, the agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia that regulates more than 40,000 lawyers.
Gould was selected by a Virginia State Bar committee after a nationwide search. Her appointment was approved by the Virginia State Bar Council, the bar’s governing body, and subsequently by the Supreme Court.
Gould will succeed Thomas A. Edmonds, who is retiring after 18 years in the position. She will begin on Dec. 1, 2007.
Gould served as president of the Virginia State Bar for the fiscal year ending 2007. An active volunteer at the bar for more than 15 years, she was chair of the agency’s Disciplinary Board, Continuing Legal Education Board, and Budget and Finance Committee, and she served on the district disciplinary committee that hears lawyer misconduct cases in Richmond.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1976 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1979. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Glen Williams of Abingdon, then was a litigator for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office for four years.
She entered private practice in 1984 at Crews & Hancock in Richmond, where she practiced for 20 years. Most recently, she was a partner with McSweeney, Crump, Childress & Gould PC. Her practice focused on defense of health-care providers in professional liability cases, workers’ compensation cases, and other litigation.