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June 25, 2008

Manuel A. Capsalis of Arlington Is President of Virginia State Bar


Manuel A. “Manny” Capsalis of Arlington was sworn in as the 70th president of the Virginia State Bar on June 20 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach. He succeeds Howard W. Martin Jr. of Norfolk.

Capsalis is managing partner in the law firm Capsalis, Bruce & Reaser PLC, with a practice in criminal and civil litigation. He is a substitute judge in district courts in Northern Virginia, and he serves as prosecutor and deputy town attorney for the Town of Herndon.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, he was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1988, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master’s and law degrees from George Mason University.

A former president of the Arlington County Bar Association, he became active in the Virginia State Bar through the Conference of Local Bar Associations, which he served as chair. He is a member of the VSB’s governing council and executive committee.

He is a former board member of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a current member of the board of directors for the Virginia Law Foundation, and a member of the George Mason American Inn of Court and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Capsalis is a longtime volunteer with the Herndon Optimist Club’s youth sports program, for which he coaches baseball, basketball, and softball.

His wife, Carole H. Capsalis, also is an attorney with Capsalis, Bruce & Reaser. They have two daughters and a son.

Updated: Jun 25, 2008