Elliott M. BucknerMarch 25, 2021

This weekend, Attorney Elliott Buckner will officially pass the baton of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) presidency. The global pandemic certainly changed 2020 for all of us, and VTLA leadership was no different. Elliott started his presidency with a complete pivot to a virtual convention format a mere two weeks after the initial COVID shutdown. Zoom and web cams quickly became everyone’s most familiar technology tools! Elliott swiftly and gracefully lead VTLA through this difficult time and continued to forge the way for VTLA to accomplish great things in a year when it would be so easy to make excuses for why not. Take a glimpse at the 2020 VTLA recap here!

Elliott reflects on this past year in the letter below shared with all VTLA members on March 23, 2021.


            As my year as President of VTLA comes to an end in a few short days, I wanted to write to thank all of you for your trust and support of me, and VTLA, over this past year. My year as steward of our great organization was nothing like what I was expecting, but this past year was not what any of us were expecting. It is easy to look back and see only the struggles and challenges we all endured, but those struggles and challenges created, or perhaps necessitated, moments and opportunities that were truly amazing. I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to be a part of it all with you and VTLA.

            Thank you for your generosity – of your time, talent and spirit. Had you closed your door, drawn the blinds, and not answered the phone for the past 12 months, no one would have blamed you. Yet none of you did. You supported VTLA and each other in so many inspiring ways this past year. When I called, you answered. When I asked for help, your only questions were “when” and “where.” VTLA is an incredible organization because each of you is incredible.

            Of course VTLA isn’t perfect –nor are any of us. However, I am incredibly heartened by your commitment, and VTLA’s efforts, to identify and understand where we fall short of our ideals; to have the difficult conversations; and to do the difficult work to create real, meaningful change. There is much more work to do, but I am confident we will get there together.

            I also want to take this opportunity to make sure that all of you know how fortunate we are to have such remarkable people working for VTLA, and you, every single day. Courtney, Moira, Jill, Kelly, Alison, Keli and Katherine, thank you for being awesome, and for everything you do. Mandy and Mark, you are the best legislative team in the business. We all owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. Val, I have never met anyone who works harder, or cares more, than you. We are VTLA because of you.

            Finally, to my good friends on the EC, and for those waiting in the wings to climb the ladder, we are incredibly blessed to have you all on deck. VTLA is in great hands for years to come.

            Mr. Davis, you have the conn.

All the best,



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