McGuireWoods announced today that
Leigh Middleditch, a senior counsel in the firm’s Charlottesville office,
was honored by the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division with its
John H. Pickering Award of Achievement. Middleditch was honored during the ABA’s
annual meeting in Chicago this week.
Middleditch, who is also a vice president with McGuireWoods Consulting, began
his career with McGuireWoods as an associate in 1959. Throughout his 50-year
career, he has advised numerous private individuals, colleges, universities and
tax-exempt organizations on matters involving private wealth, trusts and
In addition to maintaining his practice, Middleditch, a Charlottesville
resident, has been a tireless volunteer in the community, where he has assisted
various philanthropic, community and educational organizations including the
American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Child and Family Services, the Mental
Health Association, Charlottesville Free Clinic, WVPT-Virginia’s Public
Television, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, United Givers Fund, and the
Albemarle County Housing Committee. He also served as the chairman of the
University of Virginia’s Miller Center for the Study of the Presidency.
"Leigh continues to be a role model and inspiration for all lawyers," said
Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods. "His commitment to the legal profession is
matched only by his contributions to his community. We at McGuireWoods are so
pleased that he has no intention of slowing down."
“Best Lawyers in America” has listed Middleditch for more than 20 years, and
he has received numerous accolades for his outstanding work for various
organizations, including the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award from
the Charlottesville-Albemarle Chamber of Commerce, an annual commemoration given
to an individual who has made the greatest contribution to the community.
The John H. Pickering Award of Achievement honors the life and
accomplishments of John H. Pickering, an outstanding lawyer who was involved in
a wide variety of pro bono activities and law-related societal issues.
Award recipients have demonstrated outstanding legal ability; and have compiled
a distinguished record of service to the profession and their communities,
resulting in significant contributions to improving access to justice for all.
In addition to the Senior Lawyers Division, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging,
the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the standing
committees on Pro Bono and Public Service and Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
take part in the recipient selection process.