12.09.2015 50 Williams Mullen Attorneys Named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2015 ‘Legal Elite’

Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that 50 attorneys have been named among the “Legal Elite” for 2015 by Virginia Business magazine. In addition, attorney Dave Dallas was profiled for the magazine. Read the profile here. Virginia Business asked attorneys throughout the state to nominate attorneys in 18 categories. Roughly a quarter of the nominees made the final list. The following Williams Mullen attorneys in Virginia, sorted by their home region, have been named to the “Legal Elite”:


David Dallas – Business Law

Valerie Wagner Long – Real Estate/Land Use

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Joe Latchum – Corporate Counsel

Bill Stauffer – Civil Litigation


Adam Casagrande – Civil Litigation

Pat Devine – Health Law

Alyssa Embree – Real Estate/Land Use

Howard Gordon – Real Estate/Land use

Christine Nguyen Piersall – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law

Sara Rafal – Labor/Employment

Ben Crumpler – Business Law


Farhad Aghdami – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law

Ralph “Bill” Axselle, Jr. – Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative

Brian Ball – Business Law

William Bayliss – Civil Litigation

Wyatt Beazley – Health Law

Greg Bishop – Business Law

Paul "Chip" Bliley – Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights

Turner Broughton – Civil Litigation

Lynn Brugh, IV – Civil Litigation

Alex Burnett – Construction

John Davis – Criminal Law

Woody Fowler – Civil Litigation

Conrad Garcia – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law

Patrick Hanes – Intellectual Property

Brooks Hock – Real Estate/Land Use

Lynn Jacob – Labor/Employment

Chuck James – Criminal Law

Hal Johnson – Civil Litigation

Lee Lester – Young Lawyer (Under 40)

Channing Martin – Environmental Law

Andrew Mathews – Civil Litigation

James Meath – Alternative Dispute Resolution

John Mercer – Real Estate/Land Use

Andy Nea – Legal Services/Pro Bono

Brendan O’Toole – Young Lawyer (under 40)

Katie Payne – Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative

Henry “Speaker” Pollard – Environmental Law

Joe Pope – Appellate Law

Marc Purintun – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law

Tracy Schwarzschild – Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights

John Walker – Civil Litigation

Fielding Williams – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law

Laura Windsor – Labor/Employment

Tysons Corner

Bob Cox – Construction

Virginia Beach

David Burton – Labor/Employment

Joe DiJulio – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law*

Tom Frantz – Business Law

Craig Mytelka – Intellectual Property

Steve Test – Alternative Dispute Resolution

*Awarded posthumously


More about Virginia Business’s 2015 “Legal Elite” rankings can be found here.