Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., August 16, 1995-February 1, 2011; Senior Justice, 2011-present

Oil on canvas, by Jean Garver, unveiled in 1998
Location: courtroom, rear

Born 1940 in Roanoke, Virginia.

First elected by the General Assembly on February 25, 1995 to a 12-year term beginning August 16, 1995, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Henry Hudson Whiting. Service terminated by retirement.

Virginia Tech, B.S., 1962
University of Richmond, J.D., 1965

Other judicial service:
Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Roanoke, 1968-1976.
Judge, Twenty-third Judicial Circuit, 1976-1985.
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1985-1995 (Chief Judge, 1985-1993).

Professional career:
Private practice of law in Roanoke, Virginia, 1965-1967.
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Roanoke, Virginia, 1967-1968.
Member, The McCammon Group (mediation), 2011-present.

Oral histories

Further reading

Elected, “Koontz Gets Benched, But He Won’t Be Complaining,” The Roanoke Times, February 26, 1995; sworn in, 250 Va., v; retired and took senior status, 281 Va., v; birth, education, and career, transcript of service recognition ceremony on January 13, 2011, published in 281 Va., xxvii-xxviii; and transcript of portrait presentation on November 2, 2011, published in 282 Va., lxiii; assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Mary Reincke and Nancy Lichterman, eds., The American Bench: Judges of the Nation Second Annual Edition (Minneapolis: Reginald Bishop Foster & Associates, Inc.), 1979-1980. Justice Koontz has continued to serve the court as a senior justice (retired), from 2011-present.