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Hon. Elizabeth A. McClanahan (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, products liability; family law including child/spousal support, custody/visitation and equitable distribution; bankruptcy, business dissolution, condemnation, construction, consumer, contracts, defamation, employment, environmental, governmental, insurance coverage, professional liability, real property, and trusts & estates.

Professional Experience

• Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.

• CEO, Virginia Tech Foundation.

• Former President and Dean, Appalachian School of Law.

• Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2011-2019

• Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2003-2011.

• Former Chief Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia.

• Former Director, Penn Stuart & Eskridge.

• Former Member, Board of Trustees, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

• Adjunct Professor, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech.


• Trustee Emeritus, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.

• Former Vice-Rector, College of William and Mary.

• Member, Board of Directors, Carilion Clinic.

• Member, Board of Directors, Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

• Former Member, Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.

• Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

• Former Member, Board of Directors, Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.

• Former President, Board of Trustees, Virginia 4-H Foundation.

• Recognized in “Virginia 500: The 2021 Power List”, Nonprofits/Philanthropy Section, Virginia Business.

• Selected as “Influential Women of Virginia,” Virginia Lawyers Media, 2011.

• Recipient, David M. Young Award, Virginia Oil & Gas Association.

• Recipient, Heritage Award, Radford University.


• University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.

• College of William and Mary, B.A.

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