2018 Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Volunteer of the Year
Our 2018 Benjamin R. Lacy IV Award winner, 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.
About the Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Volunteer Award
The Late Benjamin R. Lacy, IV was a long time shareholder at Sands Anderson. He had an exemplary career and was recognized by all as a wonderful lawyer, volunteer and friend. In 2008, GRBF recognized Mr. Lacy as the recipient of the first Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer of the Year for his superlative service to nonprofits. In 2010 Mr. Lacy joined the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. In his honor the Foundation renamed the Clearinghouse Award after Mr. Lacy, posthumously, in 2012.
Past Award Recipients
2017: J. William Gray, Jr. (“Bill”)
2016: John M. Oakey, Jr.
2015: Phyllis Katz
2014: Samantha S. Otero (“Sam”)
2013: G. Andrew Nea, Jr. (“Andy”)
2012: T.W. Bruno
2011: Jamie Barber
2010: Kevin A. White
2009: Robert Brooke
2008: Benjamin R. Lacy, IV (“Ben”)