06.02.2011 Bob Nusbaum Receives Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Prestigious Award NORFOLK, VA -- Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Robert C. Nusbaum was recently honored with the Eggleston–I’Anson Professionalism Award by the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association. The Eggleston–I’Anson Award recognizes a select attorney who has epitomized the highest standard of personal and professional quality, reputation and conduct throughout their career, and is the Association’s highest honor.

“It was an honor for the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association to award Bob Nusbaum the Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award this year. While practicing law for more than 60 years in Hampton Roads, Bob has not only exemplified the concept of professionalism but has also served as a role model and mentor for many attorneys in our legal community. His leadership and extraordinary contributions to the legal profession personify his commitment to public service and we were pleased to be able to recognize his distinguished career and his many achievements with this award.” expressed Jeff Stredler, Past-President, Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association.

Before the 2004 merger of Williams Mullen and Hofheimer Nusbaum, P.C., Mr. Nusbaum was an attorney at Hofheimer Nusbaum, P.C. for 56 years. Mr. Nusbaum has been regularly named a “Super Lawyer” by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and a member of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine, and he is one of a select few (only 0.1 percent) to be listed in five or more categories in The Best Lawyers in America. Nusbaum is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a fellow of the American Bar Association and the Virginia Law Foundation and a former fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Nusbaum’s civic activities include eight years on the board of directors and executive committee of Norfolk International Terminals; 11 years as a trustee of Virginia Wesleyan College; years of service on various boards of Sentara Health Systems and its predecessors; five years on the board of directors of the Virginia State Library, now called the Library of Virginia, including one year as Chairman; and as an officer and director of the Tidewater American Red Cross, the Norfolk Forum, and the Virginia Symphony; and more recently, the Foundation for the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, including several years as Chairman of the Board, and the Diabetes Institutes Foundation.

Always committed to building a forward-thinking community, in the late 1950s, he publicly fought against Virginia’s “Massive Resistance” to the integration of Norfolk public schools, in the 1960s, he organized The Aid Fund, a public charity to provide scholarships to talented African-American students who were integrating Virginia colleges and graduate schools, in the 1970s and 1980s, he founded and led Virginians Organized for Informed Community Expression to support the then-controversial creation of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, and in the 1990s and 2000s, he conceived and facilitated the founding of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College. In recognition of these efforts, Mr. Nusbaum was named First Citizen of Norfolk by the Cosmopolitan Club in 1996, received the second Barron F. Black Community Builder Award from the Norfolk Foundation in 2008 and in 2009 was named the Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Scouter Citizen of the Year by the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Nusbaum received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1948 and is the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from Virginia Wesleyan College. For more information about Mr. Nusbaum, please visit

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