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Hon. Joel C. Cunningham (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, medical malpractice, domestic relations, condemnation, real estate, construction, contracts, corporate disputes, employment, professional liability, defamation, environmental issues, government issues, and trusts & estates.

Professional Experience

• Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.

• Judge, Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, 2009-2016.

• Judge, General District Court for the 10th Judicial District of Virginia, 1997-2009.

• Highway Condemnation Counsel for the Virginia Department of Transportation, 1987-1997.

• Private practice of law, Halifax County, 1987-1997.

• Former Senior and Managing Attorney, Virginia Legal Aid Society.

• Former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County.

• Former Counsel, General Electric Company, Lynchburg.

• Former Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia.


• President and Chairman of the Board, Halifax Regional Hospital.

• Vice Rector and Member of the Board of Visitors, Virginia State University.

• President, Mary M. Bethune Scholarship Foundation.

• Member, Board of Advisors, Duke University Eye Center.

• Recipient, Community Service and Scales of Justice Award.

• Member, Access to Justice Commission.

• Recipient, First Annual Joel C. Cunningham, Sr. Award. Award honors a lawyer in the 10th Judicial Circuit who performs exemplary work and leadership in providing access to justice for the poor.

• Former Member, Commission on Professionalism, Virginia Bar Association.

• Faculty Member, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Virginia State Bar.


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

• Virginia State University, B.S.

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