Lawyer Discipline

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 ten attorneys, two laypersons, and one member of the VSB Disciplinary Board, who serves ex-officio. The committee meets six times a year between August and June and during the Disciplinary Conference in July. Meeting dates and more information will be posted on the Meetings and Events page. All inquiries regarding lawyer discipline and disciplinary system actions should be directed to Bar Counsel at (804) 775-0575.

2022-23 Committee

Rowland Braxton Hill, IV, Esq.
Chair
Merritt Law PLLC
919 E Main St Ste 1000
Richmond, VA 23219
 804-916-1602  2023 / 1
Melissa Walker Robinson, Esq.
Vice Chair
Glenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff PLC
Fulton Motor Lofts
400 Salem Ave SW Ste 100
Roanoke, VA 24016
 540-767-2200  2023 / 1
Cal Thompson Bain, Esq.
 
Office of the Public Defender
P.O. Box 6160
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
 757-427-6050  2025 / 1
Pleasant Sanford Brodnax, III, Esq.
 
1625 International Dr Unit 301
McLean, VA 22102
 703-338-4300  2025 / 1
Sean Charles Edward McDonough, Esq.
 
302 South Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
 703-362-2853  2023 / 1
Bruce Collier Phillips, Esq.
 
Ahearn Phillips, LLP
904 Princess Anne St Ste 304
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
 540-371-9890  2023 / 1
Lisa Ashworth Seward, Esq.
 
Hanover County Attorney's Office
PO Box 470
7516 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
 804-365-6035  2025 / 1
Jennifer Lynn Smith, Esq.
 
One High Street, Suite 2
Portsmouth, VA 23704
 757-393-2250  2024 / 2
Christopher Austin Tuck, Esq.
 
PO Box 11422
Blacksburg, VA 24062
 540-552-4567  2024 / U
Jennifer Jo West, Esq.
 
Spotts Fain PC
Suite 600
411 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
 804-697-2094  2024 / 1
Kamala Hallgren Lannetti, Esq.
Ex-Officio
School Board of the City of Virginia Beach, VA
Building #6, Room 123
2512 George Mason Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9004
 757-263-1210  2025 / 1
Mr. George Steven Hrichak
Lay Member
1009 Eagle Pointe Way
Chesapeake, VA 23322
 757-382-3379  2025 / 1
Ms. Gaye T. Stone
Lay Member
8701 Clydesdale Road
Springfield, VA 22151-1429
 703-323-8334  2023 / 1
Renu Mago Brennan, Esq.
Liaison
Virginia State Bar
1111 E Main St Ste 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026
 804-775-0575  ---- / -
Joanne Fronfelter
Liaison
Virginia State Bar
Clerk's Office
1111 E. Main Street, 7th floor
Richmond, VA 23219
United States
 (804) 775-0573  2025 / -

Updated 09/09/2022 Updated: Sep 14, 2022