Updated January 5, 2015
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Virginia ranks second after Harvard in the number of chief legal officers at the nation's top 500 companies, according to Corporate Counsel magazine.
John C. Ale '79, Southwestern Energy Houston
Dwight C. Arn '74, Hallmark International Kansas City, Missouri
Mark Brazeal '93, SanDisk Corp. Milpitas, California
Katherine Brennan '03, Guy Carpenter & Company New York
Eileen M. Brumback '86, GE Real Estate New York
Jeffrey S. Craigmile '84, Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Stephen K. Coss '94, Sonic Automotive Charlotte, North Carolina
Karl A. Dahlen '87, Lands' End Dodgeville, Wisconsin
James F. DesMarais '87, EMEA at BlackRock London, UK
Howard Diamond '94, Frontier Airlines Denver
John R. Dye '84, Western Union Denver
Jeffrey A. Evans '97, NBCUniversal Universal City, California
Jeffrey W. Ferguson '91, The Carlyle Group Washington, D.C.
Bradley Feuer '94, Barnes & Noble New York
Guy R. Friddell III '76, Landmark Media Enterprises Norfolk, Virginia
Roger E. George '92, Align Technologies San Jose, California
Cynthia Gibson '89, Scripps Networks Interactive Knoxville, Tenn.
Timothy B. Goodell '84, Hess Corp. New York
Robert A. Gordon '76, Safeway Pleasanton, California
Patricia R. Hatler '80, Nationwide Insurance Co. Columbus, Ohio
David Hyman '93, Netflix Los Gatos, California
John C. Junek '74, Ameriprise Financial Minneapolis
Daniel J. Kaufman '84, GameStop Grapevine, Texas
Stephen Keeley '99, Crowe Horwath, CHICAGO
John J. Kelley III '85, Equifax Atlanta
J. Carlos Kuri '03, Red Bull North America New YorkDavid G. Leitch '85, Ford Motor Co. Dearborn, Michigan
J. Michael Luttig '81, Boeing Seattle
Deborah Platt Majoras '89, Procter & Gamble Cincinnati
Michael McAlevey '89, GE Aviation Cincinnati
Paula McGlarry '97, Oliver Wyman Group New York
J. Keith Morgan '76, GE Capital Norwalk, Connecticut
Thomas M. Moriarty '89, CVS Caremark Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Lauren Mikeal Neiswender '00, Blue Nile Seattle
R. Hewitt Pate '87, Chevron San Ramon, California
Christopher D. Ray '95, NGP Energy Capital Management Dallas
Chris Richardson '04, Mubadala Petroleum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
John A. Rogovin '87, Warner Bros. Entertainment Los Angeles
Louise S. Sams '85, Turner Broadcasting System Atlanta
Craig Silliman '94, Verizon New York
A. Zachary Smith III '66, Snyder's-Lance Charlotte, North Carolina
Rhonda M. Taylor '92, Dollar General Corp. Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Catherine L. Thornberry '93, CARFAX Fairfax, Virginia
Michael C. Wu '92, Carter's Inc. ATLANTA, georgia
Sarah Baker '04, Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, Washington, D.C.
Mark Brzezinski '91, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden stockholm
Nicole Bynum '87, Officer at Office of Financial Research, U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
John Cornyn III LL.M. '95, U.S. Senator Texas
J. Randy Forbes '77, U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District of Virginia Washington, D.C.
Lee Goodman '90, Chairman, Federal Election Commission Washington, D.C.
Richard C. Gross '93, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington, D.C.
Brendan V. Johnson '01, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Angus S. King Jr. '69, U.S. Senator Maine
Sheila Jackson Lee '75, U.S. House of Representatives, 18th Congressional District of Texas Washington, D.C.
Sean Patrick Maloney '95, U.S. House of Representatives, 18th Congressional District of New York Washington, D.C.
Zane D. Memeger '91, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
C. William Nelson '68, U.S. Senator Florida
Charles M. Oberly '71, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware Wilmington, Delaware
Charles Pede '87, Commanding General, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, and Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Fort Belvoir Virginia
Chuck Rosenberg '90, Chief of Staff & Senior Counselor to the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Sallet '78, General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission Washington, D.C.
William B. Schultz '74, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington, D.C.
Michael Speaker '03, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Financial Stability, U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
Michael R. Taylor '76, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Food and Drug Administration Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Tsacoumis '81, General Counsel, Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, D.C.
Joyce Vance White '85, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Sheldon Whitehouse '82, U.S. Senator Rhode Island
Elizabeth S. Woodruff '76, General Counsel, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Washington, D.C.
Peter C. Wylie '69, General Counsel, Military Officers Association of America Alexandria, Virginia
Mark Bromley '95, Council Chair, Council for Global Equality Washington, D.C.
Richard Cohen '79, President, Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery, AlabamaNathalie Gilfoyle '74, General Counsel, American Psychological Association Washington, D.C.
F. Sheffield Hale '85, President and CEO, Atlanta History Center Atlanta
Howard Hoege '02, President, Veterans for National Service Washington, D.C.
Kim Keenan '87, President and CEO, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey S. Kerr '87, General Counsel, PETA Washington, D.C.
Chinh Q. Le '00, Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.Timothy Phillips '97, General Counsel, American Cancer Society Atlanta, Georgia
India Pinkney '98, General Counsel, National Endowment for the Arts Washington, D.C.Katharine Redford '95, Co-Founder and U.S. Office Director, EarthRights International Washington, D.C.
Corporate Executives and Entrepreneurs
Virginia Law has the most graduates on the Forbes 400 list (the richest people in America) among any law school.
Michael Alvarez '80, President & CFO, FirstWind San Francisco
Donald A. Baer '81, CEO, Burson-Marsteller New York
Jeffrey Bartos '97, President & CEO, Mark Group PhiladelphiaBruce R. Bilger '77, Chairman and Head of Global Energy, Lazard Houston
Peter Bowden '98, Managing Director and Global Head of Midstream Energy Investment, Jefferies & Co. Houston
David S. Brown '79, Co-President, Grand Pacific Resorts Carlsbad, California
Marisa J. Bryce '93, CEO, ConversePoint Chicago
Robert G. Bryon '76, Managing Principal, Blue Vista Capital Partners Chicago
David Burke '93, Managing Director, Makena Capital Management Menlo Park, California
Anthony Della Pietra Jr. '85, Chief Operating Officer, Citibank Japan Tokyo
Thomas DeVita '90, Chief Financial Officer, MKP Capital Management New York
Frederick Downs '86, Partner, PAR Capital Management Boston
Dasha S. Dwin '98, Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer, Grosvenor Capital Management Chicago
Arnold Evans '96, President & CEO, SunTrust Jacksonville and North Florida
Thomas F. Farrell II '79, Chairman and CEO, Dominion Resources Richmond, Virginia
Matthew Fass '93, President, Maritime Products International Newport News, Virginia
William B. Fryer '74, Principal, Iron Tree Capital Atlanta
Kevin M. Haley '96, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Under Armour Baltimore
Brad Handler '95, Founder and Chairman, Inspirato Denver
Michael Hankin '82, President and CEO, Brown Advisory Baltimore
Sven Erik Holmes '80, Vice Chair, KPMG New York
B. Matthew Hornor '99, CEO, Kaizen Discovery Vancouver, British Columbia
Donald M. James '77, Chairman and CEO, Vulcan Materials Birmingham, Alabama
Andrew Karp '86, Director of Debt Advisory, Bank of America Charlotte, North Carolina
Catherine Keating '87, CEO, Americas Institutional Asset Management at J.P. Morgan Chase New York
Roger Kimmel '71, Vice Chairman, Rothschild New York
Mitch Lasky '88, General Partner, Benchmark Capital Menlo Park, California
Catherine Lawton '84, Principal, Sandler O'Neill + Partners New York
Theodore Mathas '92, Chairman, President and CEO, New York Life Insurance London
Thomas Newell '82, Executive Chairman, Signature Senior Lifestyle New York
Steven D. Newmark '96, President, Roush Fenway Racing Concord, North Carolina
Tim Palmer '83, Managing Director, Charlesbank Boston
Charles Rappold '77, Vice Chairman & COO, ConvergEx Group New York
James Rutherfurd '81, Partner, 3i Group New York
John Van Deventer '82, Partner, Cabot Square Capital London
C. Stewart Verdery '93, President and Founder, Monument Policy Group Washington, D.C.
Law Firm Presence
56% of the Classes of 2011-13 obtained jobs with firms after law school.
Law Firms, Classes of 2011-13
- 65% with firms in American Lawyer's top 100 by gross revenue
- 13% with firms ranked between 101 and 200
- 22% with smaller firms
Virginia has graduates in 99 of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of May 15, 2014).
Virginia ranks second in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms, according to a 2013 Above the Law report. More
Virginia ranked sixth in the number of associates promoted to partner among the National Law Journal's top 250 firms in 2013. More
Virginia is fourth in the number of partners in the National Law Journal's top 100 firms, according to a paper published in the Journal of Legal Education in 2012.* More (National Jurist) | More (SSRN)
*Among those who received their J.D.s in 1986 or after (junior- and mid-level partners)
In a 2010 study by Stanford Graduate School of Business professors, Virginia ranked fifth in the number of lawyers at the top 300 U.S. law firms. More
Law ProfessorsHundreds of Virginia Law alumni are teaching law around the world. Here is a sampling.
Stephen M. Bainbridge '85, University of California at Los Angeles Law School Los Angeles
Rachel Brewster '03, Duke Law School Durham, North Carolina
J. Peter Byrne '79, Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C.
Adam Chodorow 90, Arizona State University Law School Tempe, Arizona
Barry Cushman 86, Notre Dame Law School Indiana
Bernard Dobranski ’64, Dean Emeritus and Founding President, Ave Maria School of Law Naples, Florida
J. Peter Byrne '79, Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C.
Gary Francione '81, Rutgers School of Law Newark, New Jersey
Adam Gershowitz '01, William & Mary Law School Williamsburg, Virginia
Michael J. Graetz '69, Columbia Law School New York
Allison Orr Larson '04, William & Mary Law School Williamsburg, Virginia
Clifford Larsen ’86, Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany
Andrew D. Leipold '85, University of Illinois College of Law Champaign, Illinois
Daryl Levinson '95, New York University School of Law New York
David Logan ’77, Roger Williams University School of Law Waltham, Massachusetts
Ann MacLean Massie '71, Washington and Lee University School of Law Lexington, Virginia
Dayna Matthew '87, University of Colorado Law School boulder, colorado
Michael McCann 02, University of New Hampshire Law School Concord, New Hampshire
Richard H. McAdams '85, University of Chicago Law School Chicago
Francis E. McGovern II '73, Duke Law School Durham, North Carolina
Dawn Nunziato 94, George Washington University Law School Washington, D.C.
Richard J. Pierce Jr. '72, George Washington University Law School Washington, D.C.
James E. Pfander '82, Northwestern University School of Law Chicago
Adam C. Pritchard '92, University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan
James Puckett 05, Penn State Law School University Park, Pennsylvania
Donald H. Regan '66, University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan
Neil M. Richards '97, Washington University School of Law St. Louis
Usha Rodriguez '01, University of Georgia School of Law Athens, Georgia
J. B. Ruhl '82, Vanderbilt University Law School Nashville, Tennessee
Elizabeth S. Scott '76, Columbia Law School New York
David A. Skeel Jr. '87, University of Pennsylvania Law School Philadelphia
Christopher Slobogin '77, Vanderbilt University Law School Nashville, Tennessee
Stephen F. Smith '92, University of Notre Dame Law School NOTRe Dame, Indiana
Charles J. Tabb '70, University of Illinois College of Law Champaign, Illinois
Molly Walker Wilson 04, Saint Louis University School of Law Missouri
Robin Fretwell Wilson '95, Washington and Lee University School of Law Lexington, Virginia
University of Virginia Law Professors
- Barbara E. Armacost '89
- Charles Barzun '05
- Richard J. Bonnie '69
- Darryl K. Brown '90
- D. Ruth Buck '85
- Deirdre Enright '92
- Toby J. Heytens '00
- A. E. Dick Howard '61
- John C. Jeffries Jr. '73
- Leslie Kendrick '06
- Micah J. Schwartzman '05
- Paul B. Stephan '77
Other Notable Academics and Administrators
Charles M. Elson '85, Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance, University of Delaware Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance Newark, Delaware
Elizabeth Garrett '88, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy, University of Southern California Los Angeles; appointed next president of Cornell University, starting in July 2015
Jane Genster ’76, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cristo Rey Network, chicago
Allen Groves ’90, Dean of Students, University of Virginia Charlottesville
Robert W. Iuliano '86, General Counsel, Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts
Penelope W. Kyle '79, President, Radford University Radford, Virginia
Gloria Cordes Larson '77, President, Bentley University Bristol, Rhode Island
Elizabeth Magill '95, Dean, Stanford Law School Stanford, California
Dickens Mathieu '93, General Counsel, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
Geoffrey Mearns '87, President, Northern Kentucky University Newport, Kentucky
James Mingle ’72, University Counsel, Cornell University Ithaca, New York
Blake Morant ’78, Dean, George Washington University Law School WASHINGTON, D.C.
Janet Napolitano '83, President, University of California Oakland, California
W. Taylor Reveley III '68, President, College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia
W. Taylor Reveley IV ’02, President, Longwood University Farmville, Virginia
James Ryan '92, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education Boston
G. Richard Shell '81, Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies and Management, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Philadelphia
William Thro 90, General Counsel, University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky
Bill Bailey '93, Vice President for Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company Washington, D.C.
David Baldacci '86, author Virginia
Martin Clark '84, author Stuart, Virginia
Lawrence N. Cooper '86, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Black Entertainment Television Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey S. Craigmile '84, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Donald Dell '64, President, Lagardere Unlimited, Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey A. Evans '97, Vice President, Legal Affairs, NBCUniversal Universal City, California
Linda Fairstein '72, author (former chief prosecutor, Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit) New York
Thomas Ferree '02, Vice President Legal, National Hockey League New York
Timothy Finchem '73, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Craig Fravel '82, President and CEO of the Breeders Cup, Lexington, Kentucky
Emily Giffin '97, author Atlanta
Matthew Hanna '02, Vice President, Digital Licensing, Sony Pictures Entertainment Los Angeles
Cynthia Hogan '84, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National Football League Washington, D.C.
Philip Howard '74, author New York
Ted Humphrey '94, co-executive producer and writer, "The Good Wife" Los Angeles
Jennifer Jacobsen '95, Vice President for Government Relations, Sony Music Entertainment Washington, D.C.
Janice S. Johnston '95, Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer, ABC news specials and "20/20" New York
Daniel J. Kaufman '84, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, GameStop Grapevine, Texas
George Kliavkoff 93, Co-president and Group Head, Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and President, Hearst Ventures New York
Michael Kun '88, author Los Angeles
Joseph Leccese '85, Chairman of the Firm at Proskauer and co-head of its sports law group, New York
Julie Lynn '92, producer, "Albert Nobbs," "The Jane Austen Book Club," "Nine Lives," "Wit" and more; founder, Mockingbird Pictures Los Angeles
Stan McCoy 98, Senior Vice President and Regional Policy Director, Motion Picture Association Brussels, Belgium
Robert McGlarry '98, President, MLB Network, New York
Kyle E. McSlarrow '85, Regional Vice President, Comcast Salt Lake City
Steven D. Newmark '96, President, Roush Fenway Racing Concord, North Carolina
Thomas J. Ostertag '81, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Major League Baseball New York
John A. Rogovin '87, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment Los Angeles
Andrew Scheinman '73, film and TV producer, film director and screenwriter, executive at Castle Rock Entertainment Los Angeles
Will Shortz '77, New York Times crossword editor New York
DeMaurice Smith '89, Executive Director, NFL Players Association Washington, D.C.
Bryan F. Stroh '02, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh
Donald Yee '87, Partner, Yee & Dubin Sports Los Angeles
Thomas E. Zadra '97, Head of Business Development for Original Video, Yahoo Los Angeles