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

Mary Nold Larimore
Ice Miller

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

James K. Leader 
Leader & Berkon

Cristina Alonso
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Richard H. Levenstein
Kramer Sopko & Levenstein

D. Leon Ashford
Hare Wynn Newell & Newton

L. Joseph Loveland Jr. 
King & Spalding*

Elena R. Baca
Paul Hastings

Patricia E. Lowry
Squire Patton Boggs

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

Edward W. Madeira Jr. 
Pepper Hamilton

G. Michael Barnhill 
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Michael P. Maguire 
Michael Maguire & Associates

Paul A. Barrett 
Barrett & Gilman 

Robert E. Maloney Jr. 
Lane Powell

Hunter M. Barrow
Thompson & Knight 

Alan E. Mansfield
Greenberg Traurig

Martine M. Beamon
Davis Polk & Wardwell**

L. Gino Marchetti Jr.
Taylor Pigue Marchetti & Mink

David J. Beck 
Beck Redden

Joseph R. Marconi
Johnson & Bell

Mark A. Behrens
Shook Hardy & Bacon

James C. Martin
Reed Smith

Paul D. Bekman
Salisbury Clements Bekman Marder & Adkin

Mary Massaron 
Plunkett Cooney

Ritchie E. Berger 
Dinse Knapp McAndrew

Wendy D. May
Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer

Sheila L. Birnbaum 
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Michael X. McBride
Connell Foley

Matthew W. Broughton 
Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore

James B. McMath
McMath Woods

C. Mitchell Brown 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough*

Jack B. Middleton 
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

David L. Brown
Hansen McClintock & Riley

Honorable E. Leo Milonas 
Pillsbury Winthrop

Russell Budd
Baron & Budd

Steven F. Molo

Elizabeth J. Cabraser 
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Michael Mone Sr.
Esdaile Barrett Jacobs & Mone

Colin F. Campbell
Osborn Maledon

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

James M. Campbell
Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy

Gary P. Naftalis
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Jan M. Carroll 
Barnes & Thornburg

Charles M. Noteboom 
Noteboom, The Law Firm

Honorable John H. Cayce Jr. 
Kelly Hart & Hallman

Gareth W. Notis 
Morrison Mahoney

David E. Christensen
Christensen Law

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

Richard W. Clary 
Cravath Swaine & Moore*

Ronald L. Olson 
Munger Tolles & Olson

Curt W. Clausen
Stark Williamson & Clausen

Theodore B. Olson 
Gibson Dunn

Michael A. Cooper 
Sullivan & Cromwell**

Robert S. Peck
Center for Constitutional Litigation

Molly H. Craig 
Hood Law Firm

Kathleen Flynn Peterson
Robins Kaplan

Gary T. Culbreath
Gallivan White & Boyd

John T. Prisbe
Venable LLP

Sally R. Culley 
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell

Alan I. Raylesberg
Chadbourne & Parke

Mark A. Cunningham 
Jones Walker

B. Wilson Redfearn
Tybout Redfearn & Pell

Thomas H. Dahlk 
Kutak Rock

Phillip E. Reeves
Gallivan White & Boyd

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

Benjamin C. Sasse
Tucker Ellis

Thomas V. Flaherty
Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso

William Savitt
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz*

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

Eugene A. Schoon
Sidley Austin

George S. Frazza 
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler

Scott S. Segal
The Segal Law Firm

Mark Garriga
Butler Snow

Michael W. Smith 
Christian and Barton*

Daniel J. Gerber
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell

Jennifer L. Spaziano
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom*

Richard C. Godfrey 
Kirkland & Ellis*

Myron T. Steele
Potter Anderson & Corroon

Stephen E. Goldman 
Robinson & Cole
David Sterling
Baker Botts

Thomas A. Gottschalk 
Kirkland & Ellis*

David S. Steuer 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Maurice B. Graham 
Gray Ritter & Graham

Kenneth M. Suggs
Janet Jenner & Suggs

William H. Graham 
Connoll Foley (Retired)

Samuel L. Tarry

Stuart M. Grant 
Grant & Eisenhofer

Matthew Tharney
McCarter & English

Stanley M. Grossman

Sylvia H. Walbolt 
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Robert L. Haig 
Kelley Drye & Warren

Bradish J. Waring 
Nexsen Pruet

Judy Simmons Henry 
Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Honorable Daniel E. Wathen 
Pierce Atwood

Lamont A. Jefferson 
Haynes & Boone
Honorable Peter D. Webster 
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Michael F. Kinney
Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas

Jeffrey T. Wiley 
Dickie McCamey & Chilcote

James B. Kobak
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

W. Wayne Withers
Bryan Cave

William M. Lafferty 
Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

Donald J. Wolfe Jr.
Potter Anderson & Corroon

David C. Landin 
Hunton & Williams*

Dan Worthington
Atlas Hall & Rodriguez

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