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June 07, 2011

James J. Knicely of Williamsburg Is Recognized for Tradition of Excellence


Jim KnicelyJames J. “Jim” Knicely, a Williamsburg lawyer who views his practice as an extension of his work for his church and community, has been selected for the Tradition of Excellence Award bestowed by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section.

The award recognizes a lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence and who has benefitted a community and enhanced the esteem of general practice attorneys in Virginia. It will be presented on June 18 during the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Knicely, 64, was nominated by Robert Luther III, an associate in his law firm, Knicely & Associates PC. Luther cited Knicely’s professional achievements — he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and is a 1972 graduate of Harvard Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. 

“[T]he humility he demonstrates when asked about these experiences is unmatched,” Luther wrote. “Mr. Knicely views the general practice of law as a ministry, and he recognizes the intrinsic value in helping to resolve the diverse legal issues encountered by people in his community. Our clients know Mr. Knicely as a thoughtful, detail-oriented individual who can be counted on to resolve their legal issues, and they know that he and our office staff will treat their matter as if we were representing ourselves.”

The firm represents governments, businesses, individuals, and church and religious organizations in the greater Williamsburg and Hampton Roads areas. In addition to his regular practice, Knicely has published six articles in national law journals, authored more than twenty amicus curiae briefs in cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, and represented clients in First Amendment litigation in federal courts across the country.

Knicely has also been involved with many other organizations: the Rutherford Institute, where he has been an officer and director; International Nepal Fellowship-North America; community and aquatic clubs; Housing Partnerships Inc. and Housing Partnerships Funding Group Inc.; and the James City Rotary Club. He helps lead a weekly Bible study for international students, many from mainland China, enrolled in the master of laws degree program at the College of William and Mary.

In addition to his Harvard Law degree, Knicely has an undergraduate degree from George Washington University.

Updated: Jun 08, 2011