Summer 2016 Newsletter



JUNE 28, 2016:

Annual Meeting and CLE

June 28, 2016
Williamsburg Courthouse, 3rd Floor Assembly Room
Please plan to attend our Annual Meeting tomorrow! The projected slate of WBA officers for 2016-2017 is: 


President: Matt Smith

Vice President: Will Sleeth

Treasurer: Adam Kinsman

Secretary: Patty Dart

Membership Coordinator: Nate Green


Interested in becoming an At-Large member of the WBA Board of Directors? Contact incoming President, Matt Smith!



CLE: Senator Norment's Annual Legislative Update

On June 28, Senator Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment, Jr. will present an update on changes to the Virginia Code at the 2016 session of the General Assembly. Many of these laws will become effective on July 1, 2016 -- don't miss this important CLE!


Join us at the 2016 WBA picnic!

Don't forget to join your fellow WBA members for our annual picnic. This year, it will be held at the Golden Horseshoe golf course pavilion on October 7 at 5:00 PM. There will be plenty of food, beverages, and fun for all. The picnic is FREE to all WBA members and guests. To ensure that we have an accurate count, please RSVP by clicking here. Thank you!


Play in the WBA Annual Golf Tournament

Don't forget to sign up for the October 7th WBA Golf Tournament!  Just $25 per WBA member or $80 for a foursome. Donations to charity, prizes, and pride are all at stake! RSVP by clicking here


LeClairRyan announces arrival of new associate Brett Herbert:


Brett joined LeClairRyan’s Williamsburg office in January of 2016. Brett focuses his practice on civil litigation (with a special focus on trust and estate litigation). He also handles business disputes, as well as real estate litigation on behalf of community association clients. Brett is a graduate of UVA (undergrad) and William and Mary (law). 


Bennie Wall joins the office of Zaremba Law.


Bennie graduated from University of Richmond School of Law in 2015. He earned his B.A. from Christopher Newport University in 2012. He is an avid fisherman and spends most of his free time outdoors. He enjoys kayaking and hiking with his dog, Minerva.

Currently, he lives in Richmond. His practice focuses on Trust and Estate Planning. Before working at the Zaremba Center, he worked with the Henrico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce doing pro bono Immigration cases; consulted with lawyers in small firms about social and content marketing strategies; and drafted marketing materials as a ghostwriter for legal websites. 


Statue Unveiling Ceremony:

Captain Bartholomew Gosnold 


On July 8, 2016 at 3:00 P.M., there will be an unveiling ceremony of the 2nd statue at the entrance to the Courthouse.


Captain Gosnold was an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London, and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded European expedition to Cape Cod. He is considered by Preservation Virginia  to be the "prime mover of the colonization of Virginia".



Attorneys of the Month!


We've had a number of "Attorneys of the Month" since the last newsletter! All of them are reprinted below and will take you to the williamsburgbar.com website. They're password protected; the new password for 2016 is "WBA2016" (without the quotation marks). Thanks to Will Sleeth for keeping up with this great service to the WBA. We're in our fourth year and have profiled over 30 attorneys!

November 2015

Elizabeth Vinson (no photo available)   Practice Areas and Prior Legal Experience Elizabeth is the owner of Elizabeth B. Vinson, PLC where she focuses her practice on adoption law, estate planning and administration, and real estate transactions. She previously practiced with the firm known as Spirn, Tarley, Robinson and Tarley, PLLC. Office Location Elizabeth’s office is located in the Berkeley …

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December 2015

Scott Foster Practice Areas Scott is an associate at Tarley Robinson PLC, where he focuses his practice on estate administration, real estate and small business law. Scott also serves on City Council in the City of Williamsburg. Office Location Scott’s office is located on Courthouse Street in New Town. He can be contacted at: sfoster@tarleyrobinson.com and 229-4281. Education Undergrad: William …

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January 2016

Natalya Dennett Practice Areas Natalya is an associate at The Law Office of Gordon C. Klugh, PLC, where she focuses her practice on family law. Office Location Natalya’s office is located in McLaws Circle. She can be contacted at ndennett.law@gmail.com and 903-4641. Education Undergrad: North-West Academy of Public Administration (in St. Petersburg, Russia) Law School: Regent (visiting student at University …

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March 2016

Brett Herbert Practice Areas and Prior Legal Experience Brett is an associate at LeClairRyan, where he focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation and commercial litigation. He previously practiced for several years at the firm Dillard and Katona in Tappahannock. Office Location Brett’s office is located in New Town (on Discovery Park Blvd.). He can be contacted at Brett.Herbert@leclairryan.com …

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May 2016

Bennie Wall Practice Areas and Prior Legal Experience Bennie is an associate at the Zaremba Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, where he focuses his practice on estate planning, estate administration, and elder law. Office Location Bennie’s office is located on Bulifants Blvd. (across from the Sentara hospital). He can be contacted at bennie@zarembalaw.com and 250-2161. Education Undergrad: CNU …

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June 2016

Sherri Nelson Practice Areas and Prior Legal Experience Sherri works for Geddy, Harris, Franck & Hickman where she focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, and fiduciary litigation. She previously worked for Glasser and Glasser (in Norfolk) and Midgett & Preti (in Virginia Beach). Office Location Sherri’s office is located on the corner of Jamestown Road and 199. …

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Upcoming WBA Events/Requests for Help

June 28, 2016. WBA Annual Meeting/CLE

October 7, 2014. WBA Fall Picnic. 5:00 PM, Golden Horseshoe

October 7, 2014. WBA Golf Tournament. Noon, Golden Horseshoe

Ongoing: Attorneys needed for Revive My Vote

December 2016. (Date TBA) Annual Holiday Party.