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

  • Tyler P. Brown, President

    Tyler Brown is a Partner at Hunton & Williams and Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice group. Tyler is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and the Virginia Law Foundation, a former member of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar, and a past President of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.

  • Stephen D. Otero, Vice President

    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.

  • Heather G. Williams, Treasurer

    Heather Williams is a Director in the international financial consulting firm Protiviti.  Heather is a CPA, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).  As a financial advisor, Heather represents the interests of debtors, creditors and other parties-in-interest in bankruptcy cases and litigation related thereto.

  • 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.

  • Scott C. Oostdyk, Immediate Past President

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

  • 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.

  • L. Lee Byrd

    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.

  • Cyril F. Coombs

    Cyril Coombs currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for Dominion Resources Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc., a fully integrated Fortune 500 energy company with a presence in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and West regions of the U.S. He joined the Company in 1999 and is a member of the Company’s Law Department, working in the Litigation, Labor & Employment Group and currently serves as the Law Department’s Pro Bono Liaison.

  • Annette Cousins

    Annette Cousins is a Senior Program Manager at The Community Foundation, where she works with nonprofits to strengthen their organizational and governance practices to better serve the Greater Richmond community.  She is Board President at the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton and a previous Chair of the Board for Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Karl A. Doss

    Karl A. Doss is the Director of Access to Legal Services at the Virginia State Bar and oversees the Bar’s pro bono, legal aid and indigent defense initiatives.  His professional experience includes positions as the Director of Training and Professional Development with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in Washington, DC, the Director of Training and Attorney Certification with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Director of the Department of Judicial Programs with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and as a Deputy Public Defender in the Office of the Norfolk Public Defender.  Karl serves as a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission and is co-chair of the Commission’s Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium.

  • Melanie A. Friend

    Melanie Friend is a Partner at CowanGates whose practice focuses on family law.

  • Christopher E. Gatewood

    Chris Gatewood is a partner at Threshold Counsel, PC, working with corporate, intellectual property, startup, and high-growth legal matters, for solo founders and for large multi-nationals.  Chris is also a founder of Name Warden, Resounding.co, Legull, and the 804ork cookbook series.

  • Michael P. Goldman

    Mike Goldman is a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in the firm’s Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. His practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other strategic transactions. Mike is the co-chair of the firm’s Richmond office Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Council. He regularly represents non-profit organizations in various corporate governance matters, and he is active in the VBA-YLD Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

  • Leslie Haley

    Leslie A.T. Haley

    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.

  • Judge Catherine C. Hammond, Ret

    Judge Hammond retired from the Henrico Circuit Court after almost 16 years on the bench.  Her professional experience includes:

    Judge, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit 1999-2015
    Chief Judge (three terms), Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Annexation Judge
    Deputy Attorney General, Civil Litigation, Attorney General of Virginia 1994-1998
    McGuire Woods, Richmond, Commercial Litigation 1985-1994 Partner 1992-1994
    Judicial Law Clerk, Southern District of New York 1984-1985

  • 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.

  • Michael E. Klein

    Mike Klein joined the Altria family of companies in 2005 and is an assistant general counsel responsible for managing, among other things, litigation support, including all eDiscovery. Prior to joining Altria, Mike was a partner in the Washington DC office of Patton Boggs, LLP where he focused primarily on commercial litigation. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Mike served as a prosecutor and administrative law attorney in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Prior to serving as a military attorney, Mike was an Infantry Officer, serving in both the 82nd Airborne Division and 1st Special Operations Command. Mike retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2006 after 21 years of service, which included service in Europe, Russia, Central America, Afghanistan and Cuba.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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