Barbara advises the firm on professional conduct and risk management matters. She helps develop firm policies and procedures that foster compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, applicable laws, and regulations in every jurisdiction where McGuireWoods has an office, as well as client requirements. She writes a weekly on-line post addressing recent developments in the practice of law, professional conduct, and firm practices, and frequently speaks on professional responsibility and wellness issues.
Her interest in professional conduct, risk management, and wellness issues stems from her service as bar counsel for the Virginia State Bar. For eight years, she led the bar’s efforts to protect the public from lawyers engaged in professional misconduct or impaired by addiction or other disorders that adversely affected their ability to practice law. In addition to prosecuting lawyer misconduct and impairment cases, she supervised intake counsel, ethics counsel, investigators, prosecutors, and support staff in two offices; and advocated for significant changes in the rules governing the lawyer disciplinary process, which the Supreme Court of Virginia adopted.
Barbara joined McGuireWoods after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to her appointment as bar counsel, Barbara had a civil litigation practice that included product liability actions, particularly ones involving medical devices; commercial disputes; and defending professional malpractice claims.
Counsels firm lawyers and staff on professional conduct, risk management, and compliance issues.
Monitors firm litigation and coordinates responses to third-party subpoenas and file transfer requests.
Works closely with accounting, business services, human resources, information technology, and marketing on matter specific and firm-wide issues.
Helps develop firm policies and procedures promoting compliance with professional rules of conduct, applicable laws, client requirements, and firm standards.
President, 2012-2015; Immediate Past President, 2015-2017; Member, Board of Directors (2006-2012); Emeritus Board Member 2017 to present; Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Member, Board of Directors, 2013-2017; Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2015); Finance Committee (2012-2013), Judicial Administration Committee (2009-2012); Richmond Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors (2010-2013); Fellows Committee (2007-2013); Virginia Law Foundation
Member, 2005-2006, Subcommittee on Judicial Functions, Supreme Court of Virginia Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century
Member, American Bar Association and Center for Professional Responsibility
Member, Virginia Bar Association
Recipient, North Star Award, Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Recipient, Virginia State Bar Council Resolution Recognizing Service to the Public and the Bar
Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Recipient, Woman of Achievement Award, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association