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Eight Named in Legal Elite

Seven of ThompsonMcMullan’s attorneys have been named to Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.

  • Mark R. Colombell in Construction,
  • Robert A. Dybing in Civil Litigation,
  • R. Shawn Majette in Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law,
  • Christopher M. Malone in Civil Litigation,
  • C. Grice McMullan, Jr. in RealEstate/Land Use,
  • Neil Talegaonkar in Business Law,
  • William Tunner in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

This year new electronic ballots replaced paper ballots. They were e-mailed to more than 12,000 lawyers across the state. The voter list included the e-mail addresses of all 2008 Legal Elite voters, plus others from the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Virginia lawyers also were invited to send in their e-mail addresses before the balloting began in June.

Virginia Business received just over 1,600 ballots, roughly the same number as 2008. However, the voters represented a broader group than before, and they nominated more people for the Legal Elite. The number of lawyers receiving votes rose 7 percent, from 3,488 to 3,729. That increased the competition for each spot on the Legal Elite. The 774 lawyers on this year’s list represent about 20 percent of the nominees, down from 27 percent in 2007.

The Legal Elite is divided into 15 categories selected with the help of Virginia Bar Association. In the following pages, a representative from each category is profiled. The profile subjects are chosen from the top 10 vote recipients in their categories, but they are not necessarily the person with the most votes. Only one lawyer was picked from any firm. Previous profile subjects were not considered.