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 Revitalization; 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

Ellen R. Fulmer, Assistant County Attorney
Social Services; Court Services; Community Corrections

Jason M. Hart, Assistant County Attorney
Planning; Human Resources; Real Property

Denise M. Letendre, Assistant County Attorney
Public Utilities, Public Works, Building Inspections

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

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

S. Michael Westermann,Assistant County Attorney
General Services

Support Staff

Sharon O. Eichler, Administrative Assistant to South, Hart, and Letendre

Leonora A. Gray, Administrative Assistant to Tokarz, Fulmer, and Mitchell

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

Tinesha M. Jackson, Paralegal to South and Mitchell

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

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

E. Garry Soles, Paralegal to Rapisarda, Hart, and Westermann

 

 

 

 

 

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 Distinguished Service Award (1996); President, Henrico Bar Association (1992-93); President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (1990-91).

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-present),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 (Seattle 2009, Austin 2007, Chicago 2006); Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (Richmond 2011) ; Virginia State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (Williamsburg 2008); Consortium for School Networking (Arlington 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; Immediate-Past President Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. (LGA) and Board Liaison to the Practice Groups (2010-11): LGA President (2009-10); Virginia State Bar (VSB) Council Representative, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit (2003-09); Chair-LGA Finance Committee (2008-09); LGA Vice President (2008-09); Member, VSB Disciplinary Board (2005-08); LGA Secretary-Treasurer (2007-08);Chair-LGA Ethics Committee (2004-08),  Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA) Law Student Mentor (2007-08); LGA Board of Directors (2003-07); Vice Chair-Board of Governors, VSB Local Government Law Section (2005-06); VSB Bar Counsel Search Committee (2006); Recipient, LGA Cherin Award for An Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney (2005); Chair-VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline (“COLD”) (2002-03); Chair-LGA Publications Committee (2002-04), Chair-LGA Awards Committee (2003), MemberVSB Procedural Rules Committee (2000-02); Chair-VSB COLD Oversight Committee (2001-02); MRWBA Judicial Nominations Committee (1998-02); President, Henrico County Bar Association (1996-97); MRWBA Long Range Planning Committee (1997); Chair-VSB Third District Committee (1994-95); MRWBA Emergency Shelter Subcommittee (1990-95); LGA Membership Outreach Committee (1990-94); MRWBA Judicial Candidate Development Committee (Secretary 1993-94); MRWBA Special Olympics Subcommittee (1990-92); MRWBA Public Service Committee (1990-92).

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.

 

Ellen R. Fulmer

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: March, 2000

Education: B. A., Pennsylvania State University (1991); J.D. (cum laude), University of Richmond (1997)

Previous Experience: Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia (1997-2000).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Henrico Bar Association:  President, (2007-08), President Elect (2006-07), Vice President (2005-06), Secretary (2004-05), Board Member (2000-04).

Licensed to practice in: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District 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.

Jason M. Hart

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: June, 2011

Education: B.A., James Madison University (2005); J.D., Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law (2008)

Previous Experience: Associate, Billy & Seli, P.C. (2010-2011); Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2008-2010).

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Richmond Bar Association; Member, Henrico Bar Association

Licensed to practice in: U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern 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, Richmond Bar Association; Member, Virginia Bar Association

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court 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); Henrico Bar Association:  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 to the Honorable Michael C. Allen, Chesterfield County Circuit Court (2009-10).

Licensed to practice in: Supreme Court of Virginia.

 


S. Michael Westermann

Assistant County Attorney

Date Joined County: June, 2013

Education: B.A., University of Virginia (2005); J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2008)

Previous Experience:  Law Clerk, 14th Judicial Circuit, Henrico Circuit Court (2008-2009); Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General (2010-2013)

Licensed to practice in:  U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; 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); Member of the Richmond Paralegal Association; Member of the 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).

 

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)

Previous Experience: Executive secretary, U. S. Tobacco Company (1976 – 1978)

Professional Associations and Positions Held: Member, Family Friendly Task Force, County of Henrico (1992); Member, Travel Policy Task Force, County of Henrico (1996). Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Board:  Appointed by the Henrico County Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2003.  Chair (2010); Vice Chair (2008, 2009); member, Retreat Committee (2008); member, Executive Committee (2006-present); member, Nominating Committee (2006).  Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, Inc.:  First Vice Chair (2010-12); Chair, By-Laws Review Committee (2009-10); Executive Committee (2008-present); Secretary (2008-10); Board of Directors, Region IV Representative (2006-08).