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Corporate Counsel

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Virginia Corporate Counsel Quarterly - Summer 2015

Corporate Counsel News

newsletter of the Virginia State Bar's Corporate Counsel Section


Section Update, Annual Elections

New members of the Board of Governors were elected at this year’s annual meeting last month in Virginia Beach.

Thank you as well to our nominating committee, Naoina Gartee, Ron Kuykendall and Kim Bram, for coordinating the applications and recommending new board members for the section.

The terms of Sandi McNinch and Henry Hart ended last month, and we are grateful for their efforts on behalf of the section these past three years.

Board members Andy Fisher and Noreen Tama have departed early from their positions, because they are following their jobs to Texas.  (Boo.)  We wish them well and thank them for their service.  Barbara Fisher and Robert Burger have each agreed to serve a one-year term. 

Your current Corporate Counsel Section Board of Governors for the
2015-2016 bar year is:

Helen Hart, Chair
John Allen Waldrop, III, Vice Chair
Christopher Gatewood, Secretary
Kimberly Bram
Marie Breimann
Robert Burger
Charles Durant
Barbara Fisher
Naoina Gartee
Carol Rick Gibbons
James Lowe
David Newsome
Jeff Stredler

The VSB Corporate Counsel Section was formed in 1989 and currently has over 1400 members.  The Section’s primary goals are to facilitate communication and the exchange of information and ideas among Virginia attorneys who work in an in-house setting, and to represent in-house attorneys’ interests with the Virginia State Bar.  That will start with a renewed effort to make this Va. Corporate Counsel Quarterly a lot more like quarterly than it has been recently, and will continue into our planning for the year’s calendar when we meet in September.

This bar year, your Board of Governors will continue to work to serve those goals, and seeks your input regarding any programs or initiatives that you would like to see.

Recommended Reading

Any Company Can Have a GC, What’s Needed Is a Leader, via Corporate Counsel.

To Be a Corporate Secretary, It’s Better to Be a Lawyer, via

In-House Litigators:  Hire Outside Help, but Stay in Control, via Corporate Counsel.

The Amorphous Nature of Cyber Risk:  General Counsels Should Look at the Enterprise-wide Impact of a Breach, via National Law Review.

Addressing Tax Liabilities In a Business Sale an Important Task, via National Law Review.

Calls for Input and Involvement: Please take a minute to help your Corporate Counsel section with:

- Suggest topics for newsletter articles, contributing authors, and articles from elsewhere that you would recommend, to VaCCQ HQ at

- If you would like to participate on a panel for discussion of the corporate counsel career path at any of the law schools in Virginia, please let us know by emailing