Lawyers Committee

The Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts provides an opportunity for the leaders of the nation’s preeminent law firms to partner with the NCSC in building public understanding of the need for a strong and independent judiciary.

As officers of the court, lawyers have a special commitment to help improve the performance of the state courts for the benefit of their clients and the public. Membership in the Lawyers Committee is one important way to further this goal. Members of the NCSC’s Lawyers Committee participate in dialogues with state court leaders on judicial reform issues, and provide valuable input on NCSC activities in such areas as electronic discovery, the vanishing trial, and management of complex civil cases.

The National Center for State Courts deeply appreciates all of the members of Lawyers Committee for their generosity and valuable participation. To learn how your firm can participate, please email Katherine Dabney or call her at (757) 259-1527.

Lawyers Committee Brochure

Lawyers Committee Organization

Committee members participate actively in the development and implementation of the National Center’s programs and initiatives and provide advice and guidance to ensure that the Center’s work remains relevant and timely.

Chairs of the Lawyers Committee are selected from among the current membership. The committee is currently co-chaired by Donna D. Melby, Paul Hastings and Todd A. Smith, Power Rogers & Smith.

The Lawyers Committee holds an annual meeting each fall in Washington, D.C. Members are also invited to attend the annual Justice Roundtable event, which brings together state chief justices, members of the NCSC Board of Directors, and the General Counsel and Lawyers Committees to discuss issues of common concern to business and court communities. The Judicial Excellence Events will be held on November 19-20, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Lawyers Committee make a leadership annual contribution to the National Center.

Participating firms are also eligible to designate an attorney to participate in the Young Lawyers Committee.


Lawyers Committee Membership
*denotes 20-year contributors

**denotes 30-year contributors

Donna D. Melby 
Paul Hastings
Todd A. Smith 
Power Rogers & Smith

Stewart D. Aaron
Arnold & Porter

L. Joseph Loveland Jr. 
King & Spalding*

Robert H. Alexander Jr.
The Law Office of Robert H. Alexander Jr.

Patricia E. Lowry
Squire Patton Boggs

Cristina Alonso
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Edward W. Madeira Jr. 
Pepper Hamilton

D. Leon Ashford
Hare Wynn Newell & Newton

Michael P. Maguire 
Michael Maguire & Associates

Elena R. Baca
Paul Hastings

Robert E. Maloney Jr. 
Lane Powell

Curtis H. Barnette 
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom* (Retired)

Alan E. Mansfield
Greenberg Traurig

G. Michael Barnhill 
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

L. Gino Marchetti Jr.
Taylor Pigue Marchetti & Mink

Paul A. Barrett 
Barrett & Gilman 

Joseph R. Marconi
Johnson & Bell

Hunter M. Barrow
Thompson & Knight 

James C. Martin
Reed Smith

Martine M. Beamon
Davis Polk & Wardwell**

Mary Massaron 
Plunkett Cooney

David J. Beck 
Beck Redden

Wendy D. May
Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer

Mark A. Behrens
Shook Hardy & Bacon

Michael X. McBride
Connell Foley

Paul D. Bekman
Salsbury Clements Bekman Marder & Adkins

James B. McMath
McMath Woods

Ritchie E. Berger 
Dinse Knapp McAndrew

Jack B. Middleton 
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

Sheila L. Birnbaum 
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Honorable E. Leo Milonas 
Pillsbury Winthrop

Matthew W. Broughton 
Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore

Steven F. Molo

C. Mitchell Brown 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough*

Michael Mone Sr.
Esdaile Barrett Jacobs & Mone

David L. Brown
Hansen McClintock & Riley

Edward W. Mullins Jr. 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough*

Russell Budd
Baron & Budd

Gary P. Naftalis
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Elizabeth J. Cabraser 
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Charles M. Noteboom 
Noteboom, The Law Firm

Colin F. Campbell
Osborn Maledon

Gareth W. Notis 
Morrison Mahoney

James M. Campbell
Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy

Thomas C. O'Brien 
Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC

Jan M. Carroll 
Barnes & Thornburg

Michael L. O'Donnell
Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Honorable John H. Cayce Jr. 
Kelly Hart & Hallman

Ronald L. Olson 
Munger Tolles & Olson

David E. Christensen
Christensen Law

Theodore B. Olson 
Gibson Dunn

Richard W. Clary 
Cravath Swaine & Moore*

Robert S. Peck
Center for Constitutional Litigation

Curt W. Clausen
Stark Williamson & Clausen

Kathleen Flynn Peterson
Robins Kaplan

Michael A. Cooper 
Sullivan & Cromwell**

John T. Prisbe
Venable LLP

Molly H. Craig 
Hood Law Firm

Alan I. Raylesberg
Chadbourne & Parke
Gary T. Culbreath
Gallivan White & Boyd

Harry M. Reasoner
Vinson & Elkins

Sally R. Culley 
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell

B. Wilson Redfearn
Tybout Redfearn & Pell

Mark A. Cunningham 
Jones Walker

Phillip E. Reeves
Gallivan White & Boyd

Thomas H. Dahlk 
Kutak Rock

Richard L. Renck
Duane Morris

Frank J. Daily 
Quarles & Brady 

John L. Riccolo
Riccolo Semelroth & Henningsen

Andrew R. DeVooght 

F. James Robinson Jr.
Hite Fanning & Honeyman

Christina U.  Douglas
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Wm. T. "Bill" Robinson III
Frost Brown Todd

Douglas S. Eakeley
Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Stephen J. Rowe
Lightfoot Franklin & White

Bruce W. Felmly 
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

Thomas L. Sager
Ballard Spahr

Thomas V. Flaherty
Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso

Benjamin C. Sasse
Tucker Ellis

Richards H. Ford 
Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford

William Savitt
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz*

George S. Frazza 
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler

Eugene A. Schoon
Sidley Austin

Mark Garriga
Butler Snow

Scott S. Segal
The Segal Law Firm

Daniel J. Gerber
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell

Michael W. Smith 
Christian and Barton*

Richard C. Godfrey 
Kirkland & Ellis*

Jennifer L. Spaziano
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom*

Stephen E. Goldman 
Robinson & Cole
Myron T. Steele
Potter Anderson & Corroon

Thomas A. Gottschalk 
Kirkland & Ellis*

David Sterling
Baker Botts

Maurice B. Graham 
Gray Ritter & Graham

David S. Steuer 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

William H. Graham 
Connoll Foley (Retired)

Kenneth M. Suggs
Janet Jenner & Suggs

Stanley M. Grossman

Samuel L. Tarry

Robert L. Haig 
Kelley Drye & Warren

Matthew Tharney
McCarter & English

Judy Simmons Henry 
Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Sylvia H. Walbolt 
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Lamont A. Jefferson 
Haynes & Boone

Bradish J. Waring 
Nexsen Pruet

Michael F. Kinney
Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas
Honorable Daniel E. Wathen 
Pierce Atwood

James B. Kobak
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Honorable Peter D. Webster 
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

William M. Lafferty 
Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

Jeffrey T. Wiley 
Dickie McCamey & Chilcote

David C. Landin 
Hunton & Williams*

W. Wayne Withers
Bryan Cave

Mary Nold Larimore
Ice Miller

Donald J. Wolfe Jr.
Potter Anderson & Corroon

James K. Leader 
Leader & Berkon

  Dan Worthington
Atlas Hall & Rodriguez

Richard H. Levenstein
Kramer Sopko & Levenstein

Michael F. Kinney 
Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas
James B. Kobak Jr.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed