Walter S. Felton, Jr., September 1, 2002-December 31, 2014; Chief Judge, 2006-2014; Senior Judge, 2015-

Judge Walter S. Felton, Jr.
Photographic portrait, 2002

Born 1944 in Suffolk

First elected by the General Assembly on February 28, 2002, to an eight-year term beginning September 1, 2002, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Jere M.H. Willis, Jr. Service terminated by retirement.

First elected chief judge on March 30, 2006, to a term beginning April 1, 2006, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Johanna L. Fitzpatrick. Service terminated by retirement.

Other judicial service:
Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1969-1973

University of Richmond, B.A., 1966
University of Richmond, J.D., 1969

Professional career:
Private practice, Suffolk, 1973-1982
Professor of law, College of William and Mary, 1982-1994; 2002
Deputy attorney general, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1994-1995
Senior counsel to the attorney general, 1995-1998
Counselor to Governor James S. Gilmore, III and director of policy, 1998-2002
Legislative counsel, College of William and Mary, 2002

Military service:
Vietnam War (U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps)

Oral history

Elected, Journal of the House of Delegates, 2002 Regular Session, 1389; elected chief judge, Court of Appeals Order Book, March 30, 2006; biography, Oral History Interview, November 7, 2014, in Richmond, Supreme Court of Virginia Archives, Virginia State Law Library; education and military service, The American Bench: Judges of the Nation, (Forster-Long, Inc., 2002-2003), 2521; professional career, The Associated Press State & Local Wire, “Former Gilmore Aide Elected to Appeals Court,” February 28, 2002, retrieved from on December 17, 2014; see also, “Felton to Head Court of Appeals,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, April 3, 2006, retrieved from on December 2, 2014; began service as a senior judge, 65 Va.App., iii.