The "VTLA Member Spotlight" is an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a member making an impact in the Association and the profession. These members exemplify the mission of VTLA and we are thrilled they're part of the VTLA Family! If you are interested in being highlighted or nominating a colleague, please contact Courtney Hammack: chammack@vtla.com or 804.343.1143 ext. 316.

Member Spotlight Archive
2018 - Brian Gillette, Bridget Long, John Rasmussen, Norman Thomas, Brielle Hunt, Bryan Slaughter, Damon Pendleton, Kyle McNew
2017 - Joanna Suyes, Eva Juncker, Tom Curcio, Amy Griggs, Andy Reinhardt, Lisa O'Donnell, Lee Livingston, Tillman Breckenridge, Mark Dix
2016 - Amy Whitelaw, Kevin Duffan, Tom Albro, Molly Garrett, Cory Ford
2015 - Jonathan Wren, Lauren Ellerman, Gobind Sethi, Rob Dean, Julie Gerock, Brody Reid


Jason Konvicka
June 2019


Jason Konvicka
Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
Richmond

What kind of law do you practice?
I have specialized in plaintiff's personal injury for my entire career. I love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else. I am currently working on cases involved tractor trailer crashes, medical malpractice, dangerous products, premises liability, and mass torts.  

Where were you born?
Houston, Texas


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing young lawyers today?
Getting into the courtroom (particularly jury trial experience) is one of the greatest challenges facing young lawyers today.

Favorite social media account or app?
Instagram is the only social media I am on, and my interest runs hot and cold.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 16?
Don't sweat the small stuff, relax, don't be afraid to take risks, and travel more.

 

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)? 
Gelato and a movie that I have seen countless times, after everyone else is asleep
.

If money wasn't an issue, what would your dream job be?
Chef on a Caribbean island
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tough question, but probably a steak, roasted vegetables, and a great bottle of wine.

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Superman has a pretty nice setup.
 

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Bali, Tahiti, Maldives

Who is your hero?
Martin Luther King would certainly be on the short list.

What's your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving for the food, time with family, and Dallas Cowboys football. The weather is typically pretty nice that time of year as well.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I thought about going to culinary school before applying to law school, and I've been to about 50 Grateful Dead shows over the years.

Music on your current playlist?

My taste in music is pretty diverse. My current playlist includes jam bands (Phish, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic), new wave (REM, The Smiths), grunge (Nirvana, Pearl Jam), classic rock (too many to list), and rap.

How many years have you been a VTLA member?
24

What is the greatest benefit you've received from being a VTLA member?
While VTLA's CLE is second to none, the friendships that I have formed over the years would be the greatest benefit I have received from being a VTLA member.

 

Joel McClellan
March 2019


Joel R. McClellan
Marks & Harrison
Richmond

What kind of law do you practice?
General Personal Injury  

Where were you born?
Indianapolis, Indiana. Moved to Richmond in the Summer before 6th grade.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing young lawyers today?
I believe, the biggest challenge directly facing most young lawyers today is the tremendous amount of student loan debt.

Music on your current playlist?
90s Hip Hop (car)
Acoustic Covers (desk)

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 16?
I would tell myself to travel more and see the world. I was fortunate to do some backpacking in Europe after college, but I wish I had done more before law school.
 
What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)? 
Golf and eating Sour Patch Kids. My dentist says I have a serious sweet tooth. I also have a small passion for golf.
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken wings and Caesar salad

Best book you have ever read?
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson


How many years have you been a VTLA member?
5


What is the greatest benefit you've received from being a VTLA member?
Aside from obvious benefits of the interactive listserve and CLE programs, the greatest benefits for me have been the relationships I have built with colleagues and networking opportunities.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, a golden retriever named Libbie