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May 7, 2010

Congratulations to the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner William C. Wood

Richmond Family Law Practitioner Is Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

William C. WoodWilliam C. Wood, a family law attorney whose passion for and commitment to the legal profession and community is still strong at age 70, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes persons who have demonstrated excellence and integrity and have made a substantial contribution to the practice of family law in Virginia. The award was presented during the section’s annual Advanced Family Law Seminar on April 30 in Richmond.

“Bill has been in practice for 42 years. … He is generally thought of as the dean of the Henrico County bar,” according to the nomination letter by Michael S. Ewing, a shareholder with Wood in the firm Batzli Wood Stiles.

Wood is a commissioner in chancery, a judge pro tempore who hears primarily family law matters, and a mediator with the McCammon Group. He served on the Family Law Section Board of Governors and was a member of a VSB district committee that hears lawyer disciplinary cases in the Richmond area. He worked on committees that established uniform practices and procedures — including spousal support guidelines — for domestic relations and other civil matters in the Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield circuit courts.

Wood earned a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1962 and a law degree from the University of Richmond in 1966.

“I believe that every judge and lawyer in Richmond would agree that Bill has raised the level of professionalism among the family law bar,” Ewing wrote. “For the 15 years that I have been with Bill, I have been most impressed with the straightforward honesty and integrity with which he addresses his clients and colleagues. He worked his entire career to create value in his word and his desire to protect and maintain that value continues to guide every decision he makes. … I am repeatedly told by other attorneys that it is ‘refreshing’ to have a case with Bill.”