Attorneys

Joseph P. Rapisarda, Jr., County Attorney
Board of Supervisors; County Manager’s Office; Department Heads

J. T. (Tom) Tokarz, Deputy County Attorney
Planning/Community Revitalization; Information Technology

Lee Ann Anderson, Senior Assistant County Attorney
Police; Human Resources

Rhysa G. South, Senior Assistant County Attorney
Finance; Real Property; Economic Development Authority; Risk Management

Wade T. Anderson, Assistant County Attorney
Henrico County Public Schools

Audrey J. Burges, Assistant County Attorney
Henrico County Public Schools

Karen Dottore-Jones, Assistant County Attorney
Social Services; Court Services; Community Corrections

Denise M. Letendre, Assistant County Attorney
Public Utilities, Public Works, Building Inspections

Marissa D. Mitchell, Assistant County Attorney
Social Services; Libraries; Fire; Mental Health; Recreation & Parks

Andrew R. Newby, Assistant County Attorney
Registrar; Sheriff; Finance; Police

 

 

Support Staff

Sharon O. Eichler, Administrative Assistant to South, and Letendre

Leonora A. Gray, Administrative Assistant to Tokarz, Mitchell, and Dottore-Jones

Karen W. Grizzard, Business Supervisor and Administrative Assistant to Rapisarda

Tinesha M. Jackson, Paralegal to South and Mitchell

Pamela J. Otey, Paralegal to Tokarz, Anderson, Newby, and Dottore-Jones

 

 

Joseph P. Rapisarda, Jr.

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Date Joined County: March, 1977; County Attorney since 1982

Education: B. A. with high distinction, University of Virginia (1972); J.D., University of Virginia (1975)

Previous Experience: Associate, May, Miller & Parsons (1975 – 1977)

Positions Held: Professional Associations and Positions Held:  Virginia Law Foundation Fellow; Chair, Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section I (2007-11); Supreme Court of Virginia Professionalism Course Faculty (2001-04); Chair, Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, Virginia State Bar (1999-2000); Board of Directors, Richmond Bar Association (1998-2002); Chair, Local Government Law Section, Virginia State Bar (1996-97); Recipient, Edward J. Finnegan Distinguished Service Award (1996); President, Henrico Bar Association (1992-93); President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (1990-91).

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia.


 
 

J. T. (Tom) Tokarz

Deputy County Attorney

Date Joined County: July, 1980

Education: B. B. A., College of William and Mary (1973); J.D., University of Virginia (1976)

Previous Experience: Staff Accountant, Price Waterhouse & Co. (1978-80); Executive Director, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia (1976-78); President, Managing Board, Virginia Legal Research Group (1975-76)

Outside activities and positions: Cherin Award (Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.) (2014); Vice President (2014-present),Treasurer (2012-2014) Henrico County Bar Association; Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Law and Technology (2003-06); President, Virginia School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (1991); Lecturer, U. S. Department of Justice Division of Continuing Education, Washington D.C. (1984-90); Technology Columnist, Virginia Bar News (1982-86)

National and state presentations: Presenter, National School Boards Association School Law Conferences (Seattle 2009, Austin 2007, Chicago 2006); Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (Richmond 2011) ; Virginia State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (Williamsburg 2008); Consortium for School Networking (Arlington 2008)

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia.
 
 

Lee Ann Anderson

Senior Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: June, 2009

Education: B. A., College of William & Mary (1991); M.I.A., Columbia University (1993); J.D., New York University School of Law (1999)

Previous Experience: Associate General Counsel, Circuit City Stores, Inc. (2007-09); Senior Associate, ReedSmith LLP (2006-07); Associate, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP (1999-2006).

Licensed to practice in: Virginia and New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

 
 

Rhysa G. South

Senior Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: January, 1987

Education: B. S. (cum laude), Ohio Wesleyan University (1983); J.D., University of Richmond (1986)

Previous Experience: Associate, Robert K. Caudle, Jr. & Associates, P.C. (1986-87); Chicago Title (1984-85)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Virginia Law Foundation Fellow; Immediate-Past President Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (LGA) and Board Liaison to the Practice Groups (2010-11): LGA President (2009-10); Virginia State Bar (VSB) Council Representative, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit (2003-09); Chair-LGA Finance Committee (2008-09); LGA Vice President (2008-09); Member, VSB Disciplinary Board (2005-08); LGA Secretary-Treasurer (2007-08);Chair-LGA Ethics Committee (2004-08),  Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA) Law Student Mentor (2007-08); LGA Board of Directors (2003-07); Vice Chair-Board of Governors, VSB Local Government Law Section (2005-06); VSB Bar Counsel Search Committee (2006); Recipient, LGA Cherin Award for An Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney (2005); Chair-VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline (“COLD”) (2002-03); Chair-LGA Publications Committee (2002-04), Chair-LGA Awards Committee (2003), MemberVSB Procedural Rules Committee (2000-02); Chair-VSB COLD Oversight Committee (2001-02); MRWBA Judicial Nominations Committee (1998-02); President, Henrico County Bar Association (1996-97); MRWBA Long Range Planning Committee (1997); Chair-VSB Third District Committee (1994-95); MRWBA Emergency Shelter Subcommittee (1990-95); LGA Membership Outreach Committee (1990-94); MRWBA Judicial Candidate Development Committee (Secretary 1993-94); MRWBA Special Olympics Subcommittee (1990-92); MRWBA Public Service Committee (1990-92).

Licensed to practice in: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia.

 
 

Wade T. Anderson

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: January, 2013

Education: B.A., High Point University (1994); M.A., The George Washington University (1997); J.D., University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law (2002)

Previous Experience: Associate, Frith, Anderson & Peake, P.C. (2010-2012); Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2008-2010); Associate, Frith, Anderson & Peake, P.C. (2004-2008); Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia (2002-2004)

Licensed to practice in: U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia.
 
 

Audrey J. Burges

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: November, 2012

Education: B.A., Longwood University (2001); J.D., University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law (2004)

Previous Experience: Attorney, Davenport & Poindexter (2011-2012); Associate, Strother Law Offices (2007-2011); Associate, Jennings & Jennings (2006-2007).

Licensed to practice in: U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia.

 
 

Karen Dottore-Jones

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: February, 2015

Education: B.A. The Catholic University of America (2009) (Phi Beta Kappa); J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2012)

Previous Experience: Assistant County Attorney, Prince William County Attorney’s Office (2013-2015); Law Clerk, Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (2012-2013).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Henrico Bar Association

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia

 
 

Denise M. Letendre

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: April, 2014

Education: B.A. (valedictorian), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick (2010); J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2013)

Previous Experience: Robert F. Kennedy ’51 Public Service Fellow, University of Virginia School of Law (2013-14)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Richmond Bar Association; Member, Virginia Bar Association

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia
 
 

Marissa D. Mitchell

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: August, 2003

Education: B. S. W. (cum laude), University of Mississippi (1996); J.D., University of Mississippi (1999)

Previous Experience: Associate, Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum (2001-03); Administrative Law Judge for the Mississippi Department of Human Services (1999-2000)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Local Government Attorneys of Virginia: Vice Chair, Pro Bono Committee (2007-08); Member, Pro Bono Committee (2006-07); Henrico Bar Association:  Secretary (2010-11); Treasurer (2009-10); Board Member (2008-09)

Licensed to practice in: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Supreme Court of Virginia; Supreme Court of Mississippi

 
 

Andrew R. Newby

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: June, 2010

Education: B. A., University of Virginia (2005); J.D. (summa cum laude), University of Richmond School of Law (2009)

Previous Experience: Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael C. Allen, Chesterfield County Circuit Court (2009-10).
Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia.

 
 

E. Garry Soles

Paralegal: Litigation

Date Joined County: February, 1999

Education: Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base (Alabama)

Previous Experience: Paralegal, Mays & Valentine, L.L.P.; (1998-99); Paralegal, Hutchens & Hutchens (1994-98); Paralegal, U. S. Air Force, JAG Corps (1982-94)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Local Government Paralegal Association of Virginia Inc. Board of Directors (2009 to present); Member of the Richmond Paralegal Association; Member of the Virginia Alliance Paralegal Association.

 
 

Pamela J. Otey

Paralegal: Litigation

Date Joined County: April, 2002

Education: B.S. in Governmental Administration, Concentration in Legal Studies (ABA approved, Pre-Law Program), Christopher Newport University (1998)

Previous Experience: Paralegal/Office Manager, Saunders Law Office (1998-2000); Paralegal, Brenner, Evans & Yoffy, P.C. (2000-2002).
 
 

Tinesha M. Jackson

Paralegal: Bankruptcy

Date Joined County: June 2008

Education: A.A.S. Degree in Paralegal Studies Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY

Previous Experience: Legal Assistant/Community Education Coordinator, Legal Aid Justice Center (2005-08); Litigation Paralegal, Law Offices of Carman, Callahan & Ingham LLP (1998-2004)

 
 

Karen W. Grizzard

Business Supervisor

Date Joined County: September, 1978

Education: B. A., James Madison University (1976)

Previous Experience: Executive secretary, U. S. Tobacco Company (1976 – 1978)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Family Friendly Task Force, County of Henrico (1992); Member, Travel Policy Task Force, County of Henrico (1996). Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board:  Appointed by the Henrico County Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2003.  Chair (2010); Vice Chair (2008, 2009); member, Retreat Committee (2008); member, Executive Committee (2006-present); member, Nominating Committee (2006).  Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, Inc.:  First Vice Chair (2010-12); Chair, By-Laws Review Committee (2009-10); Executive Committee (2008-present); Secretary (2008-10); Board of Directors, Region IV Representative (2006-08). 

 

 

 

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