Harrisonburg: Attorney honored for advocacy work

Staff Report

Harrisonburg attorney Tom Domonoske was recently named as one of the first two recipients of the John Kent Shumate Jr. Advocate of the Year Award given out by the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

Domonoske, a nationally-recognized lawyer in auto-sales fraud cases, was honored for his work with Blue Ridge Legal Services. Domonoske has co-counseled on a number of cases tried by BRLS, including litigation involving payday lending, car-title lending, mortgage-rescue scams and others.

“Tom’s commitment to and passion for justice is manifestly evident in everything he does. Tom eschews the pursuit of monetary gain in his practice of law in favor of attacking injustice on an individual and systemic level. Tom does not merely ‘demonstrate’ his passion and commitment to justice. He lives and breathes it,” said John Whitfield, the executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services.

The award, in honor of the late John Kent Shumate Jr., a VPLC board member, will be given at the Statewide Legal Aid Conference on Nov. 6 in Virginia Beach. The award is given to both an attorney and non-attorney in Virginia who have made an impact in helping low-income residents of the Commonwealth.

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