McGuireWoods partner Jacquelyn E. Stone has been honored in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 2019 “Person of the Year” program recognizing leaders for achievements and contributions that strengthen the Richmond region.
Stone and her fellow honorees will be featured in the December edition of the Times-Dispatch’s “Discover Richmond” magazine and recognized at a Dec. 16 awards luncheon, where a single honoree will be named “Person of the Year.”
“I am honored to receive this recognition and to be included in a group of distinguished civic and business leaders who are making significant contributions to our city and region,” Stone said.
Stone represents clients on legislative matters before the Virginia General Assembly and regulatory issues before state and federal agencies. She has more than 25 years of experience in immigration and nationality matters. A Harvard Law School graduate, Stone was the first African-American woman to be named partner at a major law firm in Virginia. She created and chaired McGuireWoods’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee and served as firmwide hiring partner for more than 20 years.
Stone received a prestigious National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018 from Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, leading ALM publications devoted to coverage of the in-house community. The National Law Journal earlier this year recognized her as an Immigration Trailblazer for her groundbreaking career and significant immigration practice.
Stone has served on numerous state and local boards and commissions, including the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors as vice-rector, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees and the Richmond CenterStage Foundation. She was involved in establishing Partnership for the Future, a college preparation and workforce development program for Richmond-area high school students. She serves on the board of Venture Richmond, a nonprofit that engages business and community leaders to partner with the city in economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.
“Jackie’s dedication to McGuireWoods and our clients is matched by her commitment to making Richmond a vibrant community for all who live, work and visit here,” said George Keith Martin, managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office. “We are delighted she has received this well-deserved honor.”