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10.26.2022 Firm News

Thomas R. Frantz Named to 2022 Class of ‘Leaders in the Law’ by Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Thomas R. Frantz has been named to the 2022 class of “Leaders in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The awards program, which recognizes lawyers who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia, named 30 people to the 2022 class. The honorees were celebrated with an awards ceremony at the John Marshall Ballrooms in Richmond.

Frantz served as president and chief executive officer of the firm from 2010 to 2015 and currently serves as Williams Mullen's chairman emeritus of the board. Before joining the firm, Frantz was an original principal with Clark & Stant, which merged with Williams Mullen in 1999. He maintains a robust corporate legal practice as a partner representing multi-national corporations, handling major mergers and acquisitions and advising corporations on a variety of legal matters. In addition, he is actively engaged in regional and statewide issues across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Frantz serves as co-chair of RVA-757 Connects and serves on its board and executive committee. Frantz also serves on the board of directors of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Reinvent Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. He serves as Go Virginia's District 5 Regional Council Chair, was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Hampton Roads Sports Facility Authority in 2003 and was honored by the Virginia Beach Jaycees as the 2004 First Citizen of Virginia Beach. In 2010, he received the VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ Lenora Mathews Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership in community service.

Frantz has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 1983, was named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite” (2008-present) and recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A attorney in the U.S. by Chambers USA (2004-2018). He was listed as a “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present) and as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Virginia" every year from 2006 to 2011. In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Frantz an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Frantz graduated from the College of William & Mary with an accounting degree in 1970 and from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1973. He obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant in 1973 and received his Masters in law and taxation from William & Mary in 1981.

For the complete list of Leaders in the Law honorees, click here.

In addition to Frantz’s selection among the Leaders in the Law, Richard D. Palmieri was selected to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ list. For more, click here