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: 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

Joel McClellan
March 2019

Joel R. McClellan
Marks & Harrison

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?

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