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.
About the George H. Hettrick Leadership Award
George H. Hettrick is a founding member of the expanded Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and Past President. Mr. Hettrick served as Chair of Hunton & Williams’ Pro Bono Leadership Committee and established pro bono offices of Hunton in the Church Hill Community of Richmond, as well as in Charlottesville and in Atlanta. Under his leadership, Hunton has an exemplary pro bono culture and years of 100% pro bono participation. He is the founder of Firms In Service, a pro bono collaboration among Richmond’s big law firms. He currently serves as a member of the Virginia Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. His pro bono leadership is recognized locally, statewide and nationally.
2017: Brian R. Marron
2016: Stephen A. Northup
2015: Bob Barrett, Matt Kapinos & Heather Lockerman (Veterans Initiative)