About GRBF

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation serves the public and legal profession by supporting, facilitating and promoting the delivery of pro bono legal services through its signature Pro Bono Clearinghouse for nonprofits, through the groundbreaking JusticeServer project, through its workplace initiative the Pro Bono Promise, and by involvement in law-related educational and service projects that encourage public understanding of, participation in and access to our justice system.


Board of Directors

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    Scott C. Oostdyk, President

    Scott Oostdyk is the Pro Bono Partner at McGuireWoods whose practice areas include commercial litigation, environmental litigation, technology and international transactions.

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    L. Lee Byrd, Vice President

    Lee Byrd serves as the President of Sands Anderson PC and as a member of the firm’s three-member Board of Directors.  Lee’s practice is principally devoted to commercial litigation.

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    M. Elizabeth Griffin, Secretary

    Elizabeth Griffin is an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Section of the Office of the Attorney General.  She is the founding chair of the Appellate Advocacy Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the current Vice Chair of the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and an adjunct professor for Appellate Advocacy at the University of Richmond School of Law.

  • Gerald W. S. Carter

    Gerald W. S. Carter, Treasurer

    A partner in Harrell & Chambliss, Gerald Carter’s practice includes business/tax, estate planning, real estate and creditors rights matters.  He is also a certified public accountant and an adjunct professor with the University of Richmond School of Law.

  • Leslie Haley

    Leslie Haley, Immediate Past President

    Leslie Haley, former Assistant Ethics Counsel with the Virginia State Bar, authors and lectures on matters related to legal ethics, lawyer advertising and unauthorized practice of law.  Leslie is a Past-President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and the current Pro Bono Chair of the Chesterfield Bar Association.

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    Alexandra S. Fannon, Executive Director

    Ali Fannon is an attorney with a public service background, including former Local Government Attorney Pro Bono Chair, former Board Chair of CARITAS and Past President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association.

  • Tyler P. Brown

    Tyler P. Brown

    Tyler Brown is a Partner in Hunton & Williams LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice group.  Tyler is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar, and President of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.

  • Tara L. Casey

    Tara L. Casey

    Tara Casey directs the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Services at the University of Richmond Downtown office which serves as a center for collaboration with non-profit and government entities and supports the University’s commitment to community engagement.

  • Thomas A. Edmonds

    Thomas A. Edmonds

    Tom Edmonds is a former law teacher and law school dean, and most recently retired in 2008 after almost twenty years of service as Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar.

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    Lori Elliott Jarvis

    Lori Elliott Jarvis is a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP whose practice focuses primarily on environmental and mass tort litigation.  She has served as President of HomeAgain (formerly ESI Connections, Inc.), on the Board of Governors of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, and on the ABA Coordinating Committee on Gun Violence.  She currently serves as the Chair of the United Way Action Council for Children, Youth and Families and on the Board of the Federal Bar Association.

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    Neil S. Kessler

    Neil Kessler is the Pro Bono Partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Troutman Sanders LLP and is a commercial real estate attorney.  He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, co-editor of the 2008 and 2012 editions of Virginia Real Estate Transactions Handbook published by Virginia Continuing Legal Education, past chair of the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

  • Christopher M. Malone

    Christopher M. Malone

    Chris Malone serves as president and managing director of Thompson & McMullan law firm and is active in a number of charitable organizations in the greater Richmond area devoted to homeless services. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as a number of other organizations.

  • Courtney M. Malveaux

    Courtney M. Malveaux

    Courtney Malveaux is a Director at Thompson McMullan, P.C., representing employers in OSHA citations, employment matters, business litigation and government relations.  He is a former Labor Commissioner and Assistant Attorney General, and represents industrial employers on the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Codes Board.


  • George W. Marget III

    George W. Marget III

    George Marget, Assistant General Counsel-Litigation at Dominion Resources Services, Inc., currently serves on the board of The Carver Promise, is a faculty member of the AEGIS Claims Roundtable and volunteers through a number of programs including the Pro Bono Hotline at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Pro Bono Housing Project at Legal Aid Justice Center.

  • Brian R. Marron

    Brian R. Marron

    Brian Marron practices law in the business section of Spotts Fain handling real estate, venture capital and finance matters.

  • G. Andrew Nea, Jr.

    G. Andrew Nea, Jr.

    Andy Nea is the Williams Mullen pro bono partner and is active in many pro bono programs.

  • John M. Oakey, Jr.

    John M. Oakey, Jr.

    John Oakey is a retired litigation lawyer who represents pro bono clients.  He is active in the leadership of several Legal Aid Programs.

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    Stephen D. Otero

    Steve Otero serves as Chief Counsel for Bank, Mortgage, Auto Finance, Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation at Capital One. Steve also sits on Capital One’s enterprise-wide Pro Bono Roundtable, and serves as Chair of the Legal Department’s Pro Bono Committee.

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    W. Benjamin Pace

    Ben Pace is a Partner at Williams Mullen, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, health care litigation and fiduciary litigation.  Ben is the Chair of Williams Mullen’s Pro Bono Committee, is a member of the Richmond Bar Association’s Board of Directors, and is active in the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Pro Bono Housing Project and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s No Fault Divorce Program.

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    Thomas M. Wolf

    Tom Wolf heads both the General Counsel Practice and the Construction Law Practice of LeClairRyan and is a frequent lecturer on construction law, litigation, employment law and international law, both in the U.S. and abroad.  He is former President of the International Alliance of Law Firms, a network of business-oriented law firms from around the world.

  • Alison S. Roussy, Director of Administration

Advisory Board

  • David B. Beach
  • Craig S. Cooley
  • Richard Cullen
  • Robert J. Grey, Jr.
  • Gary D. LeClair
  • Michael N. Herring
  • George H. Hettrick
  • James W. Morris, III
  • Wendy C. Perdue
  • James C. Roberts
  • Alexander H. Slaughter
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Anne Marie Whittemore
  • Charles F. Witthoefft