Flora Pettit proudly announces that Scott M. Raney was elected a shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2022. Scott concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, finance and development. He represents developers, contractors, builders, business owners, lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants providing effective and efficient representation in connection with a broad range of transactions and issues. He was a member of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Class of 2019 and has gone on to become Vice Chairperson of Leadership Charlottesville’s Alumni Association.
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Flora Pettit proudly announces that eight of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 “Legal Elite” survey conducted annually by Virginia Business magazine. Statewide, only 4.08% or 1,271 lawyers of the approximately 31,151 active Virginia State Bar members were named this year.
Flora Pettit congratulates Skip Roberts who has achieved a milestone seldom reached by most attorneys—50 years as an active member of the Virginia Bar. Skip started his law practice in 1971 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC. He was one of several second-generation lawyers in that firm, who led its very successful expansion. While practicing there, he helped to increase the firm’s presence in the community and statewide. Skip developed his tax-exempt bond financing practice from scratch to become one of the few recognized bond lawyers in western Virginia. Skip also provided legal services to some of the Valley’s largest businesses, financial institutions and wealthiest families.
Flora Pettit announces that eight of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. (COPYRIGHT 2013 BY WOODWARD/WHITE, INC., OF AIKEN, SC). The attorneys listed include Michael E. Derdeyn, John W. Flora, Richard H. Howard- Smith, Donald D. Long, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Cathleen P. Welsh and J. Page Williams.
Flora Pettit is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been honored by selection for inclusion in the 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters business. Four of Flora Pettit’s attorneys have been recognized for inclusion in the “Virginia Super Lawyers” list and two of its attorneys have been named to the “Virginia Rising Stars” list. Super Lawyers annually selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement through a rigorous process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be selected as a Rising Star, lawyers must either be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or fewer.
Flora Pettit congratulates Richard Howard-Smith on his election to the governing Council of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) for the 16th Judicial Circuit for a three-year term. The 16th Judicial Circuit encompasses the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Orange and Culpeper. The VSB was created in 1938 by the Virginia General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The VSB is governed by its Council, consisting of 81 members: 65 lawyers elected from the 31 circuits throughout the Commonwealth, as well as nine at-large members appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, four conference chairs, and three officers. The mission of the Virginia State Bar is: (1) to protect the public, (2) to regulate the legal profession of Virginia, (3) to advance access to legal services, and (4) to assist in improving the legal profession and the judicial system. Richard is also currently serving his second term on the VSB’s Board of Governors for its Trust & Estates Section. Flora Pettit and Richard are proud to serve in support of the mission of the Virginia State Bar and the citizens of the Commonwealth.