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June 30, 2020

Brian L. Buniva Becomes VSB President for 2020-21

In a quiet ceremony at the Supreme Court of Virginia rather than the traditional investiture banquet at the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, Brian L. Buniva of Richmond became the Virginia State Bar’s 82nd president on June 30, 2020. Buniva was sworn in by Justice William C. Mims of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is the first president sworn in at a location other than the Annual Meeting since 1945 when World War II forced the Annual Meeting to be cancelled.

Of his unusual swearing in and lack of celebration, Buniva said, “I feel more disappointment for my predecessor, Marni E. Byrum, than myself. Marni deserves the fanfare and appreciation of her colleagues for her many years of service to our profession, including this last year as the 81st president of the VSB.”  This year’s Annual Meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immediate Past President Byrum and President-elect Jay B. Myerson were in attendance at the small gathering, as were former VSB presidents Doris Henderson Causey and Leonard C. Heath. Others watching the induction included a small group of family, friends, and Karen A. Gould, VSB Executive Director and Cameron M. Rountree, VSB Deputy Director.

Buniva has practiced law for more than 40 years, including working for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, solo practice, practicing in small, medium-sized and large firms, as an “in-house” counsel for an international manufacturing company, and in his current solo practice at B.L. Buniva Strategic Advisor, PLLC.

Buniva has served on Bar Council and the Executive Committee and has chaired the Administrative Law and Environmental Law Sections for both the VSB and the Virginia Bar Association. He served for many years as co-chair of the VSB Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations, and as Chair of the VSB’s Access to Justice Subcommittee of Special Committee on The Future of the Practice of Law. 

Buniva plans to dedicate his presidential year to narrowing the justice gap and highlighting many ways lawyers can make a difference while maintaining their practices.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Buniva received his law degree from the University of Richmond.


Caption: Justice William C. Mims administers the oath of office to VSB President Brian L. Buniva at the Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond during the time of COVID-19.

Updated: Jun 30, 2020