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June 02, 2008

Virginia State Bar Announces Recommendation of New Bar Counsel


A Virginia State Bar search committee is recommending Assistant Bar Counsel Edward L. “Ned” Davis of Richmond to succeed George W. Chabalewski as bar counsel. The recommendation is expected to receive the required approval of the Virginia Attorney General and the Virginia State Bar Council at its next meeting on June 19, 2008, with the appointment to become effective immediately.

The bar counsel supervises the VSB Department of Professional Regulation, which investigates and prosecutes lawyers in professional misconduct matters and oversees regulation of legal ethics, lawyer advertising and solicitation, and unauthorized practice of law. He reports to the VSB executive director and the Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline.

Davis has served as an assistant bar counsel since 1993 and has prosecuted many high-profile cases that involved receiverships and other complex matters. He has been assigned to VSB district disciplinary committees throughout the commonwealth, and also has prosecuted before the VSB Disciplinary Board and three-judge circuit courts.

Before coming to the bar, he served six years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and he was deputy commonwealth’s attorney for York County and the city of Poquoson.  From 1991 to 1993, he had a general practice with Stuart A. Simon & Associates in Richmond, with a focus on criminal defense and domestic relations law.

Davis also is a colonel, judge advocate, in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is active in the VSB’s Military Law Section and is scheduled to become section chair in June.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a law degree from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He and his wife, Amy Holt Davis — an in-house counsel to Anthem insurance company — have five children.

VSB Executive Director Karen A. Gould said, “I am delighted that the search committee recommended Ned. He has a proven record of prosecuting cases in the bar’s disciplinary system, as well as extensive management experience in the Army Reserve. He is a fair person who will oversee the disciplinary system with great strength of character.”

VSB President Howard W. Martin Jr., who chaired the search committee, also expressed delight at Davis’s selection.  “I am confident that he will expedite movement of disciplinary cases through the system, so that the public will be protected and cases against lawyers will be handled fairly and expeditiously,” Martin said.

Updated: Jun 02, 2008