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DANIEL C. SUMMERLIN III PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT, WOODS ROGERS PLC, ROANOKE


President of the firm since 2015, Summerlin focuses on environmental law, specializing in water, waste and air-quality compliance, and has a subspecialty in brownfield redevelopment. He has represented clients before the Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and other state environmental agencies. Summerlin is also versed in labor and employment, recently authoring publications on employment


law in Virginia, and he has presented on COVID-19 issues in the workplace. He is a litigator and counsels clients on government investigations and white collar criminal defense. A Roanoke native and University of North Carolina alumnus, Summerlin has worked at Woods Rogers since his 1997 graduation from William & Mary Law School. He is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court’s Eastern and Western districts of Virginia. At 127 years old and with more than 80 attorneys, Woods Rogers is among Virginia’s top 10 largest firms, with offices in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond and Roanoke. Summerlin serves on the executive board of Roanoke’s Council of Community Services and was part of a 2019 team that won the Subaru Ironman Mont-Tremblant relay in Quebec.


CARL W.


ROBERT M.


‘BOB’ TATA MANAGING PARTNER, NORFOLK OFFICE, HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH LLP, NORFOLK


Based in the firm’s Norfolk office, Tata has expertise in intel- lectual property litigation and government investigations and commercial litigation. He is also versed in maritime law, products liability defense, employment law and personal injury. His victory in X-IT Products


TOBIAS WILLIAMS PROFESSOR OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND SCHOOL OF LAW, RICHMOND


The author or co-author of more than 200 law review articles, Tobias has honed a particular expertise in federal judicial selection. He is also a widely published commentator, contributing op-eds and essays in national publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate and Politico. Since 2004, Tobias has been the Williams Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he teaches torts, products liability and constitutional law. Prior to his Virginia teaching career, he taught at William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada and the University of Montana School of Law. He began his legal career at Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth) in Richmond, practicing general civil litigation and general environmental law. He was a legal consultant to the Food and


Drug Administration and the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Twenty- First Century Judiciary, and since 2005, he has been a reporter for the National Conference on Appellate Justice. Tobias belongs to the American Law Institute, whose members are judges, lawyers and legal scholars. Tobias received his bachelor’s degree from


Duke University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.


WILLIAM R. ‘BILL’ VAN


BUREN III PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN, KAUFMAN & CANOLES PC, NORFOLK


Van Buren’s practice focuses on merger and acqui- sition transactions, banking and finance, corporate law, capital formation, contract negotiation and health care.


A past president of the Virginia Bar Association


and the Virginia Law Foundation, in 1981 he joined the Canoles, Mastracco law firm, which became Kaufman & Canoles in a merger. The firm, which has offices in eight cities in Virginia, is the recipient of the Corporate Darden Award for Regional Leadership. This year, it opened an office in Raleigh, North Carolina. A William & Mary and University of Virginia School of Law alumnus, Van Buren serves on the executive boards of the Fort Norfolk Retirement Community, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He is also on the boards of several charitable and local civic organizations in and around Hampton Roads.


FIRST JOB: Newspaper delivery (Van Buren’s family owned the Daily Press until 1986.)


BEVERAGE OF CHOICE: Woodford Reserve bourbon on the rocks


ONE THING I WOULD CHANGE ABOUT VIRGINIA: Erase city boundaries and create strong regional governments that would bolster coordinated economic development and consistent regional priorities.


vs. Walter Kidde, a patent trade secrets case decided in 2001, yielded the largest jury verdict in Virginia history at $116 million. He is routinely involved in multimillion-dollar cases and is regularly recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as a top litigator. Tata is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law, and he became a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.


A graduate of Old Dominion


University’s MBA program, Tata served on ODU’s board of visitors for six years and currently serves on the Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia board. He is a past president of the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Virginia Beach General Assembly Delegation’s Judicial Recommendation Panel. Tata’s father, the longtime Virginia Beach Republican Del. Bob Tata, died in June at the age of 91.


J. TRACY WALKER IV MANAGING PARTNER,


As the leader of McGuireWoods’ product liability team, Walker has counseled a range of manufacturing clients in industries ranging from power tools to automobiles. He also has represented some of the world’s largest automakers in national trial, class action and appellate litigation across state borders and jurisdictions. Over his career, Walker also has handled consumer products safety and class action suits, in addition to commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He is versed in Consumer Products Safety Commission investi- gations. In 2017, he became managing partner of the state’s


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McGUIREWOODS LLP, RICHMOND


largest law firm, 19 years aſter joining McGuireWoods. For more than 10 years, Walker has been recognized by


Chambers USA in America’s Leading Lawyers for business, litigation, products liability in Virginia. A member of the Virginia Bar Association, Walker was a


member of its Boyd-Graves Conference, which studies and proposes reforms to state laws. Walker also served in several roles with the Richmond Bar Association, including as pres- ident and on its board of directors for 11 years. A graduate of the University of Virginia in mechanical engineering, Walker earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.


J. Tracy Walker IV photo by Shandell Taylor


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