13th Circuit Candidates

Jessica D. Aber

I seek an opportunity to serve a first term on Bar Council. I am a federal prosecutor in Richmond with ten years of experience, prosecuting a variety of cases that include fraud, public corruption, and child exploitation. Since 2017, I have served in a supervisory capacity. I am a graduate of the University of Richmond and the William & Mary School of Law.

My experiences in federal court have provided me with perspective on complex criminal litigation, the significance of the criminal justice system for victims of crime, and the importance of legal services for the indigent. I hope to bring to Bar Council a fresh outlook from a career prosecutor.

Audrey J. Burges

My work in private practice and government settings has allowed me to develop diverse expertise. I have represented children, parents, indigent defendants, businesses, agencies, and educators. In the process, I have worked with and learned from a wide array of Virginia attorneys. My experiences have given me a unique perspective on the impact our governing rules and principles have on lawyers and on the clients we serve.  

I graduated from University of Richmond Law in 2004. In 2006, I began my career in private practice and concentrated much of my work in education law and juvenile law. In 2012, I became counsel to Henrico County Public Schools. I joined the Education Section at the Virginia Office of the Attorney General in 2017. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the crucial governance and oversight work performed by the Bar Council.

Eric M. Page

I have been an active VSB member throughout my 41-year career following graduation from the University of Richmond Law School. I completed my second term on Bar Council in June 2018 and currently serve as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. I have also been Chair and Vice Chair of the MCLE Board, and Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Administrative Law Section Board of Governors. I have a unique perspective on the practice of law, having worked as an Assistant Virginia Attorney General, as a small, medium, and large law firm practitioner, and now, for the last five years, as a partner in the Richmond office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, where I represent public utilities, insurance companies, and other regulated businesses in administrative and regulatory proceedings and litigation.

Lynn L. Robinson

For over 20 years, I diligently have served primarily the indigent community of the greater Richmond area through my legal practice. Proudly, I began my legal career as a staff attorney at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. After transitioning to private practice, I eagerly continue to take court appointments in the capacities of Guardian ad litem and legal defense counsel. These experiences provide both invaluable insight into the challenges and rewards of engaging with indigent community members, and a unique perspective on the daily quandaries that local practitioners face in this arena. With my considerable insight and perspective, I aptly can promote the necessary reforms to the judicial system to improve the quality and fairness of the system and proffer the appropriate recommendations for disciplining attorneys. Additionally, I would encourage diversity in the legal community and would support improving the quality of legal services available to all Richmond residents.

Cullen D. Seltzer

Bar Council shapes the rules and nature of our profession and practice. I hope my experience will help my service on Council.

  • Shareholder, Sands Anderson PC - co-chair Litigation Group
  • Law Clerk, Judge James Benton, Virginia Court of Appeals
  • Assistant Public Defender, Richmond Public Defender’s Office
  • Substitute District Court Judge, 13th Circuit.
  • Past Chair, Third District Disciplinary Committee 
  • Past President, John Marshall Inn of Court
  • Pro Bono Criminal Appeals, University of Richmond Law School
  • Past Faculty, Carrico Professionalism Course
  • Adjunct Professor, Professional Responsibility, University of Richmond Law School
  • Former Member, Governor’s Executive Branch Ethics Commission 
  • Member, Freedom of Information Advisory Council
  • Past Chair, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
  • Board Member / Past President, Weinstein JCC
  • Congregation Beth Ahabah Board of Managers   

I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve the Bar.

Neil S. Talegaonkar

I am a shareholder at ThompsonMcMullan, P.C. where I have focused on employment law and commercial litigation since graduating in 1999 from the University of Richmond School of Law. 

I have been recognized for my work in Labor/Employment in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers and been named to Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite in that same category. 

I have attempted to balance my practice with service to the community as well as to the bar. I currently chair the Capital Region Board of the American Red Cross, serve as Vice President of Area Congregations Together in Service, and have been on St. Joseph’s Villa’s Board of Trustees since 2010. I also served on the inaugural class of the VSB’s Committee for the Future of Law Practice and volunteered for Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s pro bono hotline for many years.

Nathan J. Veldhuis

I have continued volunteering within the Virginia State Bar since I became a member of the Bar in 2004. I have gone to school, taught and practiced law in the commonwealth virtually my entire adult life. I taught at UVA’s School of Law for 13 years, teaching the Mental Health Law Clinic in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, while continuing to practice law throughout the commonwealth. I live with my wife in Richmond, where I live in the Fan District and continue to handle state and federal cases throughout Virginia. I am a past member of the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Conference and currently am Chair of the Bar’s Litigation Section’s Board of Governors, a member of the Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, a member of the Board of Governors of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Boyd-Graves Conference. For full bio.

Updated: Apr 02, 2019