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
2017 - Joanna Suyes, Eva Juncker, Tom Curcio, Amy Griggs, Andy Reinhardt, Lisa O'Donnell, Lee Livingston, Tillman Breckenridge, and Mark Dix
2016 - Amy Whitelaw, Kevin Duffan, Tom Albro, Molly Garrett, and Cory Ford
2015 - Jonathan Wren, Lauren Ellerman, Gobind Sethi, Rob Dean, Julie Gerock, and Brody Reid


Damon Pendleton
March 2018


Damon Pendleton
Christina Pendleton & Associates
Richmond

What kind of law do you practice?
I represent clients injured in auto, motorcycle and trucking crashes as well as a few premise cases. I've started representing clients in a few mass torts as well. 

Where were you born?
Havre de Grace, Maryland

What's your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving because it's 
about family, good food, and football. I could live without the football but the other two are a must.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 16?
You're right, but you are going about it all wrong.  

How many years have you been a VTLA member?
8

What is the greatest benefit you've received from being a VTLA member?
I regularly search the plaintiff listserv for answers to questions that come up in practice. It could be looking for an expert, finding a mediator for a particular type of case, or to check the temperament of a judge I haven't appeared in front of before. It's simply a fantastic resource for finding answers. I hope after another 20 years or so I can provide half as much assistance to the young lawyers in the group as many seasoned attorneys have provided to me over the last 8 years. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing young lawyers today?
Fewer and fewer cases go to trial, so there are 
less opportunities for the young lawyer to gain jury trial experience.

Music on your current playlist?
I'm mostly stuck in the 1800's for classical, 60's for jazz, 70's for R&B, and 90's for hip-hop and reggae.

If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner (living or dead), who would you invite and why?
It's cliche but if I can invite anyone it would be Jesus. There are few people in recorded history who have had a more profound impact on the world as I understand it, so I definitely have some questions for him. What did you mean by this? Did you actually say that? Did you know how much confusion that line would cause? I've got enough questions to fill a meal for sure.

Title of the last book you read?
Rework by Jason Fried

If money wasn't an issue, what would your dream job be?
I am passionate about entrepreneurship but the Virginia climate is anything but dreamlike for me. Also, I am fascinated with technology. So, if money wasn't an issue (and I couldn't practice law), I'd probably be on a Caribbean beach building a company around technology. When I'm not building something I get bored easily.  

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
He Did It His Way (and You Can Too)

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
This is read by lawyers, right?

 

Kyle McNew
January 2018


Kyle McNew
MichieHamlett
Charlottesville

What kind of law do you practice?
Personal injury and appellate

Where were you born?
Portsmouth, VA, and I survived!

What's your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas - it's an opportunity to reflect on the year, and the kids are so excited.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
Singing/talent reality shows and Broadway musical soundtracks.

 
How many years have you been a VTLA member?
7

What is the greatest benefit you've received from being a VTLA member?
I can't limit it to just one. For me, the greatest benefits have been (1) access to the listserves and (2) the collective advocacy on behalf of my clients and my practice, both in the General Assembly and in the courts via the amicus committee. 

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 16?
Slow down and experience the present - whatever it is you're running toward will still be there whenever you get there.  

Favorite social media account or app?
Favorite, and only - Facebook

If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner (living or dead), who would you invite and why?
My wife, kids, and parents, because if my answer was anything else I'd be in trouble with all of them. And I also happen to really enjoy their company. 

Title of the last book you read?
The Old Man and the Boy - Robert Ruark

If money wasn't an issue, what would your dream job be?
Probably a hunting and fishing guide. Something that allowed me to be outdoors, but on my own terms because hey, money isn't an issue in this hypo. 

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
Despite being described by some - quite unfairly - as loud, bombastic, and obnoxious, one of my favorite things is silence.