George Keith Martin, managing partner of McGuireWoods LLP’s Richmond office, is the 2014 recipient of the Virginia Bar Association’s LexisNexis Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to the legal profession and public service.
Martin received the honor July 26 during the VBA’s 124th Summer Meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
“This obviously highlights the importance of teamwork,” Martin said in accepting the award. “I am blessed to be a part of two wonderful teams. I am grateful to my wife Anita, my children, my late parents and my late grandparents for their encouragement and support through the years. I am also grateful to my other family at McGuireWoods for their support and encouragement. I would like to dedicate this award to my family at home and at McGuireWoods.”
“George makes us proud all the time,” McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen said. “His partners see his wonderful talents on display every day. It is so nice that others in our profession recognize what a tremendous person he is.”
Past recipients of the award include some of Virginia’s most prominent lawyers and public servants. They include the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., and his wife, Josephine, the late U.S. District Judge Robert Merhige Jr., U.S. Sen. and former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, and former U.S. Sen. John W. Warner.
Martin practices construction, commercial real estate and local government law and has been involved in firm leadership throughout his career. He served for a decade on the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners and has served on the board of visitors of James Madison University. Martin has been a member of the board of visitors for the Regent University School of Law since 2002. He was appointed to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors in 2011 and began a two-year term as the board’s rector in 2013.