Staff List

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 Development; 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, Assistant County Attorney
Social Services; Court Services; Community Corrections

John D. Gilbody, Assistant County Attorney
Recreation and Parks; Community Revitalization

Michael F. Kaestner, Assistant County Attorney
General Services; Purchasing

Denise M. Letendre, Assistant County Attorney
Public Utilities, Public Works, Building Inspections, DSS; Human Resources

John D. McChesney, Assistant County Attorney
Sheriff

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

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

 

 

Support Staff

Sharon O. Eichler, Administrative Assistant to South, Gilbody, and McChesney

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

Donna L. Melton, Administrative Assistant to Anderson, Newby, and Kaestner

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

Tinesha M. Jackson, Paralegal to South, Mitchell and Kaestner

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

Edward G. (Garry) Soles, Paralegal to Rapisarda, Letendre, Gilbody, and McChesney

 

 

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 Award for Distinguished Service, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (1996); President, Henrico Bar Association (1992-93); President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (1990-91). Member, Virginia Code Title 15.1 Recodification Task Force, Virginia Attorney General’s Task Forces on Legal Standing and Antitrust Liability for Local Governments, Professional Advisory Committee on Legal Studies, South University.

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 (2014-2015),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 (Miami 2015, Seattle 2009, Austin 2007, Chicago 2006); Presenter, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys national webinar (2015); Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (Virginia Beach 2016); Virginia State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (Williamsburg 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; Virginia State Bar (VSB) Council Representative, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit; member and Past President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (LGA); Recipient, LGA Cherin Award for An Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney; Past member, VSB Disciplinary Board; member and Past Vice Chair-Board of Governors, VSB Local Government Law Section; Past Chair-VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline; member and Past President, Henrico County Bar Association; Past Chair-VSB Third District Committee; member, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association.

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

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

 
 

John D. Gilbody

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: October, 2015

Education: B.A., Pennsylvania State University (1990); J.D., George Mason University School of Law (1998)

Previous Experience: Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General’s Office (2010-2015); Of Counsel, Geoff McDonald & Associates (2007-2010); Associate, LeClair Ryan (2000-2007)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Richmond Bar Association

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.

 
 

Michael F. Kaestner

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: March, 2016

Education: B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University (magna cum laude) (2005); J.D., William & Mary School of Law (2014)

Previous Experience: County Attorney, Sussex County (2014-2016); Summer Fellow, Virginia State Bar Local Government Section (2013).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Local Government Attorneys of Virginia: Member, Conference Committee (2016); Member, Virginia Bar Association; 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, Henrico Bar Association; member, Law School Liaison Committee, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia

 
 

John D. McChesney

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: October, 2015

Education: B.S.F.S., Georgetown University (1994); J.D., Washington and Lee University (1999)

Previous Experience: Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General (Virginia) (2012-2015); Attorney, Rawls, McNelis, & Mitchell, P.C. (2002-2012); Law Clerk, Court of Appeals of Virginia (2000-2001); Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia (1999-2000).

Licensed to practice in: Virginia, Florida, and West Virginia (Inactive); United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; United States District Court for the Western District 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); Chair, Publications Committee (2015); Member, Publications Committee (2012-2014); Henrico Bar Association: President (2012-2013); Vice President (2011-2012); 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, Chesterfield County Circuit Court (2009-10).
Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

 
 

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, 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).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Local Government Paralegal Association of Virginia, Inc. (2002 to present); member, Virginia Alliance Paralegal Association (2002 to present).
 

 

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)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board (2003-2012); Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, Inc. Board of Directors (2006-present).

 

 

 

Contact Us

Henrico County Government Department
HenricoVA23228USA

Phone
(804) 501-4342

Fax
(804) 501-4140

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775