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Upcoming Events


Items on the calendar are just a sample of statewide business events in the common- wealth this month. To see more events visit VirginiaBusiness.com. To submit an event for consideration, email Veronica Garabelli at vgarabelli@virginiabusiness.com about two months before the event.


Virginia Business Political Roundtable


Whether it’s a holiday party or a retirement celebration,


you will fi nd our two private rooms spacious and unique.


Located in downtown Shockoe Slip. Contact Ken at 804.644.5465


Nov. 7 Virginia Business Political Roundtable Richmond


Political observers gather at The Graduate to analyze mid-term election results.


www.virginiabusiness.com


Nov. 7 Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Fall Gala Roanoke


More than 400 regional leaders are expected to attend the event at The Hotel Roanoke.


https://rbtc.tech


Nov. 11-13 VA-1 Tourism Summit Richmond


The conference will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.


www.vatc.org/va1 Nov. 13


Capital Cybersecurity Summit Tysons


Speakers will offer insights on cybersecurity trends at The Ritz- Carlton, Tysons Corner.


www.nvtc.org Photo by Rick DeBerry


Nov. 15 Virginia Business Meet the Editors Charlottesville


The magazine’s staff will discuss local business issues at the Farmington Country Club.


www.virginiabusiness.com Nov. 15


Commercial Real Estate Women Hampton Roads’ Premier Speaker Event Virginia Beach


Marriott International Inc. CFO Leeny Oberg will speak at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center.


https://crewhamptonroads.org Dec. 4


Meet & Greet the Legal Elite Richmond


Attorneys recognized in Virginia Business’ Legal Elite list will gather for a reception at The Jefferson Hotel.


www.virginiabusiness.com www.VirginiaBusiness.com Recognition…


by your peers speaks volumes. A plaque brings that message front and center.


Order yours today!


Visit www.virginiabusiness.com/awards or contact Lisa Niemeier at lisa@va-business.com


VIRGINIA BUSINESS 7


2017 VIRGINIA LEGAL ELITE


Gary A. Bryant


Willcox & Savage PC Norfolk


APPELLATE LAW Title: Member, head of litigation


Other legal specialties: Commercial and environmental litigation Birthplace: Goldsboro, N.C.


Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Bob Jones University; law degree, Washington & Lee University Spouse: Joy Yost Children: Kelly and Madeline Hobbies or pastimes: Hiking, biking


First job as a l awyer: Clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Walter Hoffman Fan of: Baylor University Bears


Favorite vacation spot: Carova Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina


Recently read books: “Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter” by Randall Balmer; “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis (I read this book every couple of years.)


Career mentors: Conrad Shumadine and Randy Singer, both excellent appellate lawyers.


How is appellate law different from other legal specialties? Appellate law is tidy. All of the trial decisions have been made. You have a record of the testimony, exhibits and rulings. The focus is on specific issues, and appellate advocates pick those issues very carefully. It is difficult to overturn a trial court ruling or verdict with “1,000 pin pricks.” It takes a good ax blow or two. This is not a les- son you want to learn as your argument time is expiring.


Virginia lawyers vote on t e best in t eir p ofession VirginiaBusiness.com


What has been your most memorable case? In Mest v. Cabot, our clients were claiming dam- age from nearby factory emission. The trial court granted summary judgment on the basis that the clients should have known of the contamina- tion, which had been reported in a document found in a local government office. We knew things were going well on appeal when one of the 3rd Circuit judges noted that he didn’t even know what documents were in his own office.


44 DECEMBER 2017 Photo illustration. Photo by Mark Rhodes


YOUR NAME Your Law Firm


Presented by Virginia Business - December 2017


Virginia lawyers vote on t e best in t eir p ofession VirginiaBusiness.com


YOUR NAME Your law firm


2017 Virginia Business Legal Elite


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