VADA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CIVIL LITIGATION
John M. Claytor
The Board of Directors of the VADA is honored to announce John M. Claytor of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman as this year’s recipient of the VADA’s Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond School of Law, John has distinguished himself over his more than 40 years in practice as one of the premier insurance coverage attorneys in Virginia, if not the United States. Among his many professional accomplishments, John has been both a Virginia Super Lawyer and listed among the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. He is generous with his time, courteous to a fault, and deeply respected both inside and outside the courtroom. John’s temperament, high ethical standards, and sense of fairness in dealing with others are beyond reproach. Countless young attorneys have benefitted from his wisdom and his example. John has been an active and dedicated member of VADA. He has served on our Finance Committee, as a frequent writer and speaker, and as President of our Association in 1993-94. The Board of Directors can think of no one more fitting than John for this Award. In the words of the VADA member who nominated him for it, John, quite simply, is “the epitome of what every VADA lawyer should strive to be.”
We will present this Award to John on October 21 during our Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. Please join us in congratulating John!
More than twenty years ago, the VADA Board of Directors instituted an award entitled the "VADA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation." The Award honors a distinguished jurist, civil litigator, or other appropriate person who exhibits the following:
1. The highest standards of ethics, demeanor and temperament;
2. Exemplary conduct inside and outside the courtroom;
3. Courtesy and fairness in dealing with others;
4. Work of the highest quality; and
5. Such other criteria as the Board may determine are appropriate, such as community involvement; judicial, bar-related and educational activities; and participation in activities that improve the civil justice system.
Past recipients of this Award include:
Phillip C. Stone – 1994
James W. Morris, III – 1995
Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico – 1996
The Hon. Albert V. Bryan, Jr. – 1997
Ronald D. Hodges (posthumously) – 1998
The Hon. Nicholas E. Persin – 1999
John M. Oakey, Jr. – 2000
Frank B. Miller, III – 2001
Russell H. Roberts – 2002
William B. Poff – 2003
The Hon. Robert R. Merhige, Jr. – 2004
The Hon. R. Terrence Ney – 2005
Henry H. McVey III – 2006
James Rudy Austin – 2007
James E. Brydges, Jr. – 2008
Colin J. S. Thomas, Jr. – 2009
The Hon. Paul F. Sheridan (Ret.) – 2010
John H. OBrion, Jr. – 2012
George W. Wooten – 2013
James W. Jennings, Jr. – 2014
Frank N. Cowan – 2015
Mary M.H. "Molly" Priddy – 2016
M. Pierce Rucker II – 2017
Stephen A. Horvath – 2018
Walter H. Peake III (posthumously) – 2019
The Hon. R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. – 2020
VADA/VTLA CIVILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
William B. Kilduff
The Board of Directors of the VADA is pleased to announce William B. Kilduff of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP, as the recipient of the 2021 VADA-VTLA Civility and Professionalism Award! Now in its sixth year, this Award, which is given each year by the VADA to a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and by the VTLA to a member of the VADA, honors an attorney who exhibits the highest degree of civility and professionalism in the practice of law and, through his or her interaction with others, promotes the highest levels of competence, integrity, and ethical conduct in the legal profession.
A graduate of Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond School of Law, Bill has been practicing law since 1977. He is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Among his many accomplishments, he has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer every year since 2006. He was listed in Best Lawyers from 2010-2017.
We will present Bill with this Award during our Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on October 21. Congratulations, Bill, on an honor well deserved!
Terrence L. Graves
VADA member and Past President Terrence Graves was honored by the VTLA when they awarded him their VTLA-VADA Civility and Professionalism Award at the VTLA’s 2021 Annual Convention earlier this year. Congratulations Terrence!
Beginning in 2015, the VADA and VTLA agreed to create an award which each year will recognize and honor a member of each organization for their civility and professionalism in the practice of law.
Both associations believe that their members have an obligation to be professional with clients, other parties and counsel, the courts and the public. This obligation includes civility, professional integrity, personal dignity, candor, diligence, respect, courtesy, and cooperation. Some go above and beyond obligation, and their conduct sets the standard.
Past VADA honorees have been:
Richard E. Ladd, Jr. – 2016
C. J. Steuart Thomas, III – 2017
Mary M. H. (Molly) Priddy – 2018
Michael E. Harman – 2019
Kathleen M. McCauley – 2020
Terrence L. Graves – 2021
Past VTLA honorees have been:
Thomas E. Albro – 2016
John E. Lichtenstein – 2017
Thomas G. Smith – 2018
Stephanie E. Grana – 2019
Irving M. Blank – 2020
VADA DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
The Board of Directors of the VADA is proud to announce Alexis Romero as the recipient of the VADA’s 2021 Diversity Scholarship! A cum laude graduate of the University of North Texas, Alexis is in his second year at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. There, in addition to his many other accomplishments, he serves as Articles Editor of the George Mason Law Review. This summer, Alexis will be clerking with VADA member firm Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins, P.C., in Fairfax. Congratulations, Alexis!