L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bourdan, Ahern & Levy, P.C. / Virginia Beach
L. Steven Emmert is a partner with the Tidewater firm of Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, where he limits his practice to appellate advocacy, primarily in the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is the founder and immediate past chairman of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, and the immediate past chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Appellate Practice Committee. He is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference and of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Appellate Law, and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He was the 2009 recipient of the Virginia Beach Bar Association’s Joseph L. Lyle, Jr. Award for professionalism. He has given CLE presentations on behalf of ALI/ABA, Virginia CLE, and several statewide and local bar associations, and to the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Indigent Defense Commission, on the topics of appellate advocacy and preservation of issues for appeal. Steve is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Richmond College (1979) and of the University of Virginia School of Law (1982). He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, operatic contralto Sondra Gelb, and their slightly spoiled daughter, Caroline.
Justice Donald W. Lemons / Supreme Court of Virginia
Donald W. Lemons received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970, and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976. From 1976 until 1978, he served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Thereafter, he entered the private practice of the law in Richmond, Virginia. Justice Lemons has served at every level of the court system in Virginia. He has been on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 2000. Also, Justice Lemons is the Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is the President of the American Inns of Court. Justice Lemons is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in London.