Lawyer Discipline Committee

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline (COLD) oversees the attorney disciplinary process, including the Virginia State Bar’s investigation and prosecution of complaints. Members of COLD are assigned to monitor the progress of investigations and prosecutions in each of the district disciplinary committees through interactions and discussions with VSB counsel and committee chairs. In addition, the oversight subcommittee randomly reviews case files to ensure that VSB counsel handled them in a procedurally correct manner. COLD also formulates and presents proposed amendments to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, which govern the disciplinary process.

The committee is composed of 10 attorneys, two laypersons, and one member of the VSB Disciplinary Board, who serves ex-officio.  Members are appointed by the VSB President-elect after volunteers are solicited in the fall in Virginia Lawyer magazine, in emails, and online; applications are due in February. Applicants send a brief résumé and fill out a committee preference form. The committee meets six times a year between August and June and during the Disciplinary Conference in July. All inquiries regarding lawyer discipline and disciplinary system actions should be directed to Bar Counsel at (804) 775-0575.

Upcoming meetings may be found on the Calendar and are subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Agendas and call in numbers will be provided on the meeting entry on the Calendar. 

Full NamePositionAddress of RecordTerm StartTerm End
Rowland Braxton Hill, IVChairMerrittHill PLLC 919 E Main St Ste 1000 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:59825:3844971HILL, ROWLAND
Melissa Walker RobinsonVice ChairGlenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff PLC Fulton Motor Lofts 400 Salem Ave SW Ste 100 Roanoke, VA 24016 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:48312:3456227ROBINSON, MELISSA
David John GogalEx-OfficioBlankingship & Keith, P.C. Suite 300 4020 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030-6802 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:48064:3844960GOGAL, DAVID
Chidinma Uzochi HarleyBar CouncilPervaiz & Harley PLLC 10505 Judicial Dr Ste 301 Fairfax, VA 22030 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/CLD:88458:3844953HARLEY, CHIDINMA
Cal Thompson BainMemberOffice of the Public Defender Suite 3000 3388 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/CLD:51038:3797957BAIN, CAL
Pleasant Sanford Brodnax, IIIMember1625 International Dr Unit 301 McLean, VA 22102 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/CLD:46067:3797954BRODNAX, PLEASANT
Sean Charles Edward McDonoughMember302 South Lee Street Alexandria, VA 22314 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/CLD:52069:3844970MCDONOUGH, SEAN
Jennifer Lynn SmithMemberOne High Street, Suite 2 Portsmouth, VA 23704 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:68120:34701SMITH, JENNIFER
Christopher Austin TuckMemberPO Box 11422 Blacksburg, VA 24062 UNITED STATES9/17/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:54370:28250TUCK, CHRISTOPHER
Jennifer Jo WestMemberSpotts Fain PC 411 E Fanklin St Ste 600 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLD:65548:3456394WEST, JENNIFER
George Steven HrichakLay MemberPO Box 2141 Yorktown, VA 23632 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/CLD:91679:3456595HRICHAK, GEORGE
Gaye T. StoneLay Member8701 Clydesdale Road Springfield, VA 22151-1429 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/CLD:77869:3844972STONE, GAYE
Renu Mago BrennanLiaisonVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219-0026 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/CLD:62708:32390BRENNAN, RENU
Jo FronfelterLiaisonVirginia State Bar 1111 East Main st Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/CLD:546306:3797959FRONFELTER, JO
Stephanie BlantonCommittee AdministratorVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219-0026 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/CLD:83176:4120089BLANTON, STEPHANIE