Born 1959 in Richlands, Virginia
Elected by the General Assembly on July 29, 2011 to a 12-year term beginning August 1, 2011, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr. Service terminated by retirement.
College of William and Mary, B.A., 1980
University of Dayton, J.D., 1984
Other judicial service:
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2003-2011
Staff associate, National Center for State Courts, 1980-1981
Private practice of law in Abingdon, Virginia (1984-1986, 1989-2002) and Kingsport, Tennessee (1986-1989)
Chief deputy attorney general, 2002-2003
Dean, Appalachian School of Law, 2019-2021
Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Tech Foundation, 2021-
Elected, Journal of the Senate of Virginia, 2011 Special Session I, 119; sworn in on August 1, 2011, 282 Va., v; birthplace, Martindale Hubble Law Directory (Summit, NJ: Martindale-Hubble, Inc.); 1986 edition; education and career, The American Bench: Judges of the Nation (Forster-Long, Inc., 2009), 2451, and transcript of investiture on September 1, 2011, published in 282 Va., xii-xxv.