19th Circuit Candidates

Christopher R. Fortier

Virginia State Bar Experience

  • Young Lawyers Conference (2011-Present), President (2017-Present)
  • Bar Council (2017-Present)
  • Diversity Conference (2015-Present), Board of Governors (2016-Present)
  • Future of Law Practice Committee (2016-Present)
  • VSB TECHSHOW (2017-Present), Vice Chair (2017-Present)


I run for Bar Council to improve the profession.  My past experience with the Conferences and committees noted above has exposed me to the problems our profession faces and many possible solutions to these issues.  If elected, I will vote with these principles:

  • Making policy to positively affect our relationships with our clients, aim for transparency, and ease burdens where not needed
  • Examining rules so that they accurately consider how lawyers operate in the present and future.
  • Focusing on wellness that allows us to be better lawyers and happier people
  • I will also listen to your needs and concerns if elected as I value your feedback on the needs of the profession.

Chidi I. James

Chidi James is a partner with Blankingship & Keith in Fairfax, Va, and serves as the Joint Force Headquarters Staff Judge Advocate for the DC Air National Guard.  He is a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M and a 2001 graduate of the GMU School of Law. 

Mr. James serves on the Boards of the Fairfax Law Foundation and Legal Services of Northern Virginia and is a member of VTLA’s Board of Governors.   He previously served as a faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course and as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. 

A past president of Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, Mr. James also previously served on Fairfax Bar’s Circuit Court and Library Committees.  Mr. James served two terms on the standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline (one term as Oversight Committee chair).  He seeks re-election as a 19th Judicial Circuit Bar Council representative.

Daniel B. Krisky

I attended Colgate and Washington and Lee Law School. I served on State Bar Council 1996-1999 and 2008-2014. 

I would like to serve another term as an experienced voice of reason. My main concerns include how lawyer advertising is conducted and the decrease of civility in the practice.

I have been a sole practitioner with a general practice in Fairfax since 1975 and a Commissioner in Chancery for the Circuit Court of Fairfax since 1988.

I have been an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association, serving on numerous committees: Chairing the Grievance Committee in 1979; Chairing the Fee Arbitration Committee from 1988 to 1991.

I am on the State Lawyer Malpractice Insurance Committee since 2008 and State Resolution of Fee Dispute Committee for a number of decades.

Non-legal activities include: Chairman Architectural Review Board of the Town of Herndon & on the Board of Chantilly National Country Club.

Hayden Oliver Lee

As a member of Bar Council, I will work to maintain the high ethical standards of the VSB and make legal services more accessible to the public and indigent, with a focus on augmenting young attorney involvement and education.

I have dedicated myself to making justice more accessible to the public by undertaking court-appointed and pro bono representation, and hosting and participating in VSB annual “Law Day” clinics. 

I have demonstrated strong leadership as a board member of numerous law practice groups.  I am a current VTLA Board of Governors member and past-chair of the VTLA Young Trial Lawyers Section.

I have presented numerous CLEs on discovery best practices and, recently, helped organize a VTLA “Boot Camp” for young attorneys.  I have also presented a CLE on unique ethical issues in collaborative divorce practice.

I believe I am well qualified for the Bar Council and I ask for your vote.


David L. Marks

I have been honored to have served as a Virginia State Bar Council Member representing the 19th Circuit for the past three years and am applying to be re-elected for a final three-year term. 

It has been educational and worthwhile to be aware of the issues presented to the Virginia State Bar and to be part of the collective decision-making process.  This has been a natural graduation from my service with the local Fairfax Bar Association.  Those experiences have provided me access to many attorneys of the 19th Circuit and given me knowledge as to their professional needs and wishes. 

With the largest and most diverse population in the Commonwealth, Fairfax County has unique requirements and I feel that I am well suited to continue to represent those needs to the Virginia State Bar Council.

James G. McDonald

My initial objectives:

  • Limit the new-this-year Virginia-Supreme-Court-Ordered request for your pro bono hours to only your hours.   The request will be part of your 2019 VSB license renewal.
  • Maintain your right to not report your pro bono hours.
  • Prevent the request for your pro bono hours from becoming mandatory. 
  • Encourage more companies to compete for your malpractice insurance dollars. 


  • I will always ask this question: Will the proposed action benefit or harm Virginia attorneys?
  • I stand for assuring all actions benefit our profession and none senselessly hamstringing us.
  • I support efficient dues usage and lower dues. 
  • I will strive for a VSB that efficiently honors its mission and serves us.

    Degrees: Purdue, University of California-Berkeley and George Mason School of Law (1996)
    Bars: Virginia, Patent and US Supreme Court

Ibrahim A. Moiz

My name is Ibrahim Moiz and I am hopeful to represent you and the 19th Judicial Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council. I have been working in Fairfax City since 2009 and a resident of the Commonwealth since 2003.  

Currently, I serve on Virginia’s Real Estate Board, Virginia’s Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Loudoun County’s Fiscal Impact Committee, and Fairfax Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. Serving in the above positions has allowed me the opportunity to navigate volunteer boards and committees.

I have had the privilege to serve on State Boards since 2013 and understand the commitment and time that is necessary to properly serve its members.

Having represented clients in and outside of the 19th Circuit, I understand the importance of regulating our profession and ensuring that we are held to the highest standards. However, it is paramount that we advance, improve and progress our judicial system.


Nathan J. Olson

I am a partner at Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC with over eleven years of experience in family law. I have been active in the Virginia State Bar since my first day in practice. 

I served as chairperson for various programs of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar (YLC) and twice served as the YLC’s 19th Circuit Representative.  I have prior experience on Bar Council having served as an ex officio member in my role as YLC President (2015-2016).  Currently, I am a member of the Standing Committee on Professionalism and a Carrico Professionalism Course faculty member.  I will bring a mix of youth and experience coupled with new and innovative ideas. 

I hope to be a vocal and active member of Bar Council on issues such as fiscal responsibility and community outreach.  I encourage all 19th Circuit members to vote, and appreciate considering me when you do.


Wayne G. Travell

I would be honored to be elected to serve as a member of the VSB Bar Council for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit. In addition to serving as managing partner of Hirschler Fleischer's Tysons office and managing a busy complex litigation practice, I am dedicated to furthering the state bar goals of administering professional regulation, increasing public access to legal services and improving the administration of justice in Virginia. Among the bar committees and associations to which I have dedicated my time are the following: 

  • Virginia State Bar, Faculty of Harry L. Carrico Professionalism_Course (2015-2018)
  • Fairfax County Judicial Screening Committee: alternate member (2012 -2015); permanent member (2015-2018), served as vice chair 2015 and as chair 2017-2018
  • Fairfax Bar Association: CLE Committee member (2008-2012); co-chair (2009-2011)
  • Fairfax Law Foundation: Board member (2012-2014); Fellow (2013-present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter: member (2012-present); CLE Committee member (2017) 
  • Virginia Bar Association: member (2016-present) 


Michael M. York

I had the privilege of serving on the Council from 2014-2017. During that period, I prepared regular reports to the nearly 6,000 members of our Circuit. As an organization, we need to improve our communication to our members and the public. We should expand those detailed reports to all VSB members.

If elected, I’ll also ask the president and Council to consider voluntary certification of practice specialties, such as family law, criminal defense and estate planning. The public is entitled to know about a lawyer’s competence, and lawyers could use their certifications with prospective clients.

Former VSB President Ed Weiner asked me to chair a special committee on presidential elections, and we looked hard at how to make our procedures more transparent and fair. 

Beyond that, the VSB needs new ideas and new leaders. I encourage everyone, especially women, minorities and young lawyers, to get involved in the Bar.

Updated: Apr 03, 2018