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January Member News

Michael R. Bedsaul, of Sands Anderson PC, has been named as Craig County’s Chief Counsel for LGA purposes. Mike can be reached at mbedsaul@sandsanderson.com.

Michelle M. Gowdy, of the Virginia Municipal League (VML), who had been serving as Acting Executive Director and General Counsel, was recently appointed by VML’s Executive Committee to serve as the new Executive Director of VML. Before joining VML in 2016, Michelle began her local government career in 2009, working as an Assistant County Attorney in New Kent County. She later became the New Kent County Attorney in 2010 and spent a brief amount of time as the James City County Attorney in 2015. Michelle can be reached at mgowdy@vml.org.

Long-time LGA participant Mark K. Flynn was recently appointed by Governor- elect Ralph Northam to serve as Director of the Department of Aviation. The press release on the matter states as follows: “Currently in private practice, [Mark] is an accomplished local government attorney with extensive experience in aviation matters and is a licensed single engine aircraft pilot engine with instrument, commercial and instructor ratings.” In an LGA listserv posting, Mark noted that “[w]hile at VML, I encouraged Virginia’s airport operators to remember that they are part of the local government they are in—an important transportation part of local government. At the Department, I hope to continue that work.”

Effective September 4, 2017, Christopher R. Menerick began serving as the Town Attorney for Wytheville, and is the Town’s first full-time attorney. Notably, while still a law student at the Appalachian School of Law, Chris interned/clerked for Lucy Phillips, County Attorney for Washington. Prior to arriving in Wytheville, Chris worked for a private firm  in Nashville, Tennessee, handling both health care and real estate matters. Outside of work, in addition to spending time with his wife and two daughters, Chris enjoys music, fly-fishing, and hiking. Chris can be reached at chris.menerick@wytheville.org.

Also in September 2017, Joseph M. Kurt joined the general litigation team in the Virginia Beach City Attorney’s Office. A native of Chicago, Joe spent 12 years as a high school English teacher (including 10 years at Norview High School in Norfolk) before graduating from William and Mary School of Law in 2016. Immediately after law school, Joe spent a year as a law clerk in the Norfolk Circuit Court working for the Honorable David W. Lannetti and the Honorable Michelle J. Atkins. Through his work for Virginia Beach, Joe hopes to contribute to a better quality of life in the community in which he and his wife are raising their three children. Joe can be reached at jkurt@vbgov.com.

In mid-October 2017, Christopher Ryan Dodson began his tenure as an Assistant City Attorney in Danville. Ryan double majored in government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and then earned his juris doctorate from the University of Richmond in 2016. A Danville native, Ryan is happy to return home and to have a hand in impacting the community. Ryan can be reached at dodsocr@danvilleva.gov

In March 2017, Stephen D. Hall joined Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh  PC as  an associate. Steve graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University where he majored in both policy studies and religion and then went on to graduate cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law. During his third year of law school, Steve externed for the Honorable F. Patrick Yeatts in the Lynchburg Circuit Court and then right after law school, Steve clerked for the Alexandria Circuit Court. Outside of work, Steve is a fervent sports fan, closely following the Syracuse Orange and Michigan State Spartans (his fiancé’s alma mater), as well as the Washington DC professional sports teams. Steve can be reached at shall@thelandlawyers.com.

After three decades with the City of Charlottesville, Craig Brown is leaving at the end of January to become the City Attorney for Manassas. Deputy City Attorney Lisa Robertson will act as interim City Attorney for Charlottesville. She may be reached at robertsonl@charlottesville.org.

Event Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018