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Staff List

Attorneys

J. T. (Tom) Tokarz, Acting County Attorney
Board of Supervisors; County Manager’s Office; Department Heads

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

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

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

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

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

John D. McChesney, Assistant County Attorney
Sheriff

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

Ryan P. Murphy, Assistant County Attorney
Real Property; Purchasing

Mary Kathryn Hart, Assistant County Attorney
Henrico County Public Schools

Megan Lisa Watkins, Assistant County Attorney
Henrico County Public Schools

 

 

Support Staff

Leonora A. Gray, Administrative Assistant

Donna L. Moyer, Administrative Assistant

Karen W. Grizzard, Business Supervisor

Pamela J. Miller, Paralegal

Edward G. (Garry) Soles, Paralegal

Shawnique Wilkerson-Smith, Paralegal

 

J. T. (Tom) Tokarz

Acting 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: Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Senior Lawyers Conference (2017- ); 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. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

 

Marissa D. Mitchell

Senior 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: Supreme Court of Virginia Professionalism Course Faculty (2018-21); Virginia Law Foundation Fellow Class of 2019; Member, Virginia State Bar Council (2017- ); 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; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Supreme Court of Mississippi

 

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.

 

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; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District 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.

 

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.

 

Ryan P. Murphy

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: June, 2017

Education: B. A., University of Virginia (2007); M.A., George Mason University (2009); J.D., University of Richmond Law School (magna cum laude) (2014)

Previous Experience: Associate, AquaLaw PLC (2016-2017); Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia (2014-2016)
Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

 

Mary Kathryn Hart

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: March, 2018

Education: B.S.Ed University of Virginia (1986); JD., University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (1994)

Previous Experience: Partner, Thorsen Hart & Allen, LLP (2016 TO 2018); Associate, with James B. Thorsen, Esq. (2007 to 2016); Sole Practitioner (2003 to 2007); Associate, Barnes & Batzil, P.C. (2001 to 2003); Managing Attorney, Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities (1998-2000); Sole Practitioner (1995 to 1998).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Henrico Bar Association; Former Board Member & Chair of Special Projects, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association; Former Member, Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association; Former Board Member, Virginia Coalition for Students with Disabilities

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

 

Megan Lisa Watkins

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: May, 2018

Education: B. A., Davidson College (2010); J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2016)

Previous Experience:Lewis F. Powell Fellow, Legal Aid Justice Center (2016-2018)
Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association
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)

 

Pamela J. Miller

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).

 

Shawnique N. Wilkerson-Smith

Paralegal

Date Joined County: August, 2013

Education: B.A. in Criminal Justice, Minor: Legal Studies (Valedictorian), Virginia Union University (2008); Master’s In Public Administration, Concentration in Administration of Justice, George Mason University (2010)

Previous Experience: Legal Secretary, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office (2013-2018); Courtroom Clerk, Richmond Circuit Court (2011-2013)

 

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 (2018- ); Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, Inc. Board of Directors (2006-present).

 

 

 

Contact Us

County Attorney

Phone
(804) 501-4342

Fax
(804) 501-4140

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

 
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