Leaders in the Law 2011

Last night, I took a break from campaigning and went to Richmond for the annual “Leaders in the Law” reception held by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

The reception celebrated the thirty “Leaders” selected for the 2011 class by the nominating lawyers and editors at the VLW. 

The selected group included friends and extraordinary attorneys like Craig Cooley of Richmond, Jeff Breit of Virginia Beach and John Tran of Alexandria.

Public service lawyers like Jack Kennedy of Wise, Dale G. Mullen of Louisa and Michael Doucette of Lynchburg were also recognized.

The overall winner for the “Leader of  the Law 2011″ was Irving Blank of Richmond, who is a great attorney and past President of the Virginia State Bar.

It was a major honor to be included in this august group.  I’ve been practicing for seventeen years, including six years with my present firm of Surovell, Isaacs Petersen & Levy, PLC.   As a trial attorney, I’ve handled every kind of case from parental kidnapping to the contested sale of derivative “swaps.”

Each day has been an adventure and it never came easy.  Just this year, I’ve had a dozen Circuit Court or Federal trials, including four jury trials.  And I’m still a bundle of  nerves before each case is called, just like when I was 26 years old.

It’s nice to be recognized by your peers.  It’s also nice to share the honor with  your staff and your spouse, who provide the necessary support.  Without it, there is no success. 


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  • Whitney Wilson

    Congratulations Chap!