The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is delighted to announce Christopher M. Malone and Lonnie D. Nunley, III as the recipients of our 2018 Pro Bono Awards.
2018 BENJAMIN R. LACY, IV VOLUNTEER Award
Our 2018 Benjamin R. Lacy IV Award recipient, Christopher (“Chris”) M. Malone is the current President and managing partner at ThompsonMcMullan, P.C. Since joining the firm in 1981, Chris has built a practice that includes representation of businesses and individuals in litigation of a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts, with a significant emphasis on construction litigation. Chris regularly assists clients in resolving commercial disputes through mediation and arbitration. On the business side, Chris represents the interests of those involved in the formation of commercial entities including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures. Chris also assists families with the navigation of the adoption process.
Chris is recognized this year for his decades of pro bono services improving the nonprofit sector. Chris has assisted over 20 distinct nonprofit organizations through the GRBF Pro Bono Clearinghouse, in addition to helping other nonprofit organizations, and providing years of service on nonprofit board of directors. Chris played a critical role in the creation, the expansion and the improvement of the Pro Bono Clearinghouse through his roles as GRBF Board Member (2001-2016), GRBF President (2009-2010), and GRBF Clearinghouse General Counsel Task Force member (2016-2018).
Chris has created a culture of pro bono service at his firm by joining Firms in Service – Richmond, a voluntary group of local law firms dedicated to pro bono service, and by signing the GRBF Pro Bono Promise to promote opportunities to serve legal aid clients in central Virginia, and even southwestern Virginia and southern Virginia through distance lawyering initiatives. Besides his extensive pro bono legal services to the nonprofit community, as an ordained permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, Chris devotes his free time in part to service in ministry in the Diocese of Richmond. Chris is currently assigned to serve at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.
Among many other distinctions, Chris most recently was the 2016 John C. Kenny Pro Bono Award Recipient from the Richmond Bar Association, an award presented annually to an individual or law firm that demonstrates a dedication to furthering the delivery of pro bono legal services to the poor and under-served in the Richmond Metro area.
2018 GEORGE H. HETTRICK LEADERSHIP AWARD
Our 2018 George Hettrick Leadership Award recipient, Lonnie D. Nunley III (“Chip”) is a partner at Hunton Andrews and Kurth. Chip has over 30 years’ experience representing individuals and small, medium and large-sized companies in State and Federal Courts in Virginia and across the country. He has handled cases involving environmental contamination, aircraft product liability, consumer products product liability, commercial disputes arising from contracts and leases, and business tort claims. Chip has also handled litigated matters, including rate cases and large-asset purchase applications, before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. In addition to this practice, Chip has managed to provide over 5,000 pro bono service hours in the last decade to those in need in our community.
Chip’s leadership in the pro bono service arena is extensive. At Hunton, Chip has served as Pro Bono Partner for the Firms In Service – Richmond group, has chaired the Richmond Pro Bono Committee (2012-2018), and currently manages the George Hettrick Church Hill pro bono office. Under Chip’s leadership, encouragement and example, 100% of Hunton lawyers have contributed pro bono service annually for the last nine years. Chip helped create two pro bono service programs: the Richmond Bar Association’s housing clinic program which received the ABA Harrison Tweed Award in 1991, and the hotline program at CVLAS which received the Tweed award in 1993. Both programs still exist today and have served tens of thousands of low-income individuals. Chip has handled extensive pro bono litigation cases, with hundreds of hours each, with successful outcomes that made a lasting impact for all involved. Most recently, Chip has led the effort to address the horrid conditions in the Cedar Grove/Ginter Park Flats area with streamlined intake process, mobilization of attorneys, repeated litigation in general district court and countless hours attempting to force multiple landlords to redress the uninhabitable conditions and injuries suffered by these tenants. Chip has won over $100,000 in judgments for these low-income clients.
In addition, Chip serves as current Chair of the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on the Access to Legal Services, is a member of the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, and serves on the board for Central Virginia Legal Aid Society & Legal Aid Justice Center.