Legal aid attorney named to 2010 Virginia Legal Elite

Virginia Business magazine has named local legal aid attorney John Whitfield to its 2010 list of Virginia’s “Legal Elite.” Whitfield, a resident of Staunton, has served for the past 22 years as the executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, the non-profit legal aid society serving the Shenandoah and Roanoke Valleys.

To determine its 2010 list, Virginia Business magazine asked 11,500 lawyers throughout the Commonwealth to nominate the best in their profession in 15 categories. Legal peers selected Whitfield as one of the state’s top attorneys in the “Legal Services/Pro Bono” category. This is the sixth consecutive year Virginia Business magazine has named Whitfield to its listing of the state’s top lawyers.

Mr. Whitfield was the 1998 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Aid Award, the Commonwealth’s highest recognition for legal aid attorneys, and he is a former president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association. He was a 2009 Virginia Law Fellow inductee. He is a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Staunton.

Blue Ridge Legal Services is a United Way partner agency.

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