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30th Annual Richmond Dinner of Champions Honors Julious "Joey" P. Smith, Jr.

October 9, 2015

The Chapter was pleased to honor Julious "Joey" P. Smith, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Williams Mullen, at the 30th Annual Richmond Dinner of Champions. The gala event took place on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA. The event raised over $300,000 to support the National MS Society’s programs and services that ensure the over 12,000 individuals living with MS in Virginia and West Virginia and their families can live their best lives, as well as supports cutting-edge research to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever.  

Williams Mullen has been a major champion for the National MS Society and also supports the organization's efforts to increase public awareness of the disease. "We are thrilled and delighted to honor Julious P. Smith, Jr. at the 2015 Richmond Dinner of Champions," said National MS Society, Virginia – West Virginia Chapter President Sherri Ellis. "Joey has been and continues to be a caring and dedicated individual; he is most deserving of this honor."

The Dinner of Champions makes an enormous contribution in the movement to end multiple sclerosis, not only in raising funds for research, programs and services, but also in raising awareness about multiple sclerosis itself. With the continuing commitment of its supporters, especially the extraordinary generosity within the Richmond community, the Richmond Dinner of Champions is one of the most highly visible fundraising events in the area.

Each year, the dinner bestows the Norman Cohn Hope Award, the most prestigious Society volunteer award at the chapter level, to an individual or company which has demonstrated an exceptional leadership role in the community. In addition, the honoree’s name is engraved on The Millennium Cup of Hope, a solid sterling cup manufactured circa 1885 by the J.E. Caldwell Company of Philadelphia, PA., housed in the museum at The Historic Jefferson Hotel. This year, the Virginia-West Virginia Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename The Millennium Cup of Hope is being renamed the Frank N. Cowan Cup of Hope Award, in honor and memory of long time board member Frank Cowan for his passion and commitment to the Society and all of the community.

Previous honorees have included such distinguished individuals and corporations as Clifford H. Goldsmith, Senator Charles S. Robb, Robert H. Patterson, G. Gilmer Minor, Dominion, Bon Secours, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Richard Cullen, Charles S. Luck, III, and Anne Marie Whittemore.

Pictured Above: 5th from left-Honoree and Frank N. Cowan Cup of Hope Award Recipient, Joey P. Smith, Jr., with his Dinner of Champions Committee


Julious "Joey" P. Smith, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus of Williams Mullen

Mr. Smith is the chairman emeritus of Williams Mullen. He served as CEO of the firm from February 1, 1984 through January 31, 2010. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership, Williams Mullen grew from 25 lawyers in Richmond, Virginia, to over 300 in 12 offices in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and London. Gross revenues increased from approximately $4.5 million to $150 million. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Smith initiated six mergers with law firms ranging in size from 20 to 55 lawyers.

His practice includes representing and advising business clients in corporate and business matters, including succession planning and mergers and acquisitions. He has specific experience in closely-held businesses, insurance brokers, and family businesses. His merger and acquisition experience ranges from small family businesses to major transactions involving publicly-traded companies. Mr. Smith also
consults with law firms on business-related issues.

A committed community leader, Mr. Smith has served on the board of the Richmond Economic Development Authority (EDA) since 2011. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Smith is a former member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Virginia Athletics Foundation.

Mr. Smith has received numerous awards for his leadership and dedication to community service. In 2014, he was named a Living Legacy by the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. He was awarded the Hill-Tucker Public Service Award by the Richmond Bar Association and the Patrick Henry Public Service Award from the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College. He is a member of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Richmond Touchdown Club’s Micheli Award for his outstanding contribution to Richmond youth. In 2010, he was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Smith is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite.” He has been recognized as a leading corporate attorney by Chamber’s USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Martindale Hubbell has ranked Mr. Smith an AV attorney, its highest rating available. He is a past president of the Richmond Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar, where he is a member of the Taxation and Estate Planning and Law Firm Administration Sections. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the Virginia Law Foundation.

Mr. Smith joined Williams Mullen upon his 1968 graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1965 and has served as a trustee of the institution and as vice-chairman of its board of trustees.

Practice Areas

  • Business & Corporate
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Brokerage
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Insurance Brokerages


  • University of Virginia School of Law (LL.B.), 1968
  • Hampden-Sydney College (B.S.), 1965

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association, Past President
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar - Taxation & Estate Planning Section - Law Firm Administration Section
  • State Council of Higher Education, Board of Directors, Appointed by Gov. McDonnell (2010)
  • Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Richmond Economic Development Authority (EDA), Board of Directors, Appointed by City Council (2011)
  • Managing Partner magazine- Global Editorial Advisory Board


  • Chambers USA - Corporate/M&A (2003 - present)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Virginia Law Foundation Fellow
  • Society of International Business, Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Virginia Business magazine, "Legal Elite"
  • Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine - Business/Corporate
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame
  • Micheli Award for Outstanding Contribution to Richmond Youth, Richmond Touchdown Club
  • Patrick Henry Public Service Award, Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College
  • Richmond Bar Association Hill-Tucker Public Service Award
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Award, 2010


2015 Dinner of Champions Committee

Dinner Chair:

  • Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health Systems

Vice Chairs:

  • Brad H. Booker, Towne Bank
  • Mary C. Doswell, Dominion
  • James Dunn, Bon Secours Richmond Health Systems
  • Sue Durlak, McDonald’s
  • Calvin W. Fowler, Jr., Williams Mullen
  • C. T. Hill, SunTrust
  • Richard S. Johnson, The Wilton Companies
  • G. Gilmer Minor III, Owens & Minor
  • John S. Molster, Sr., Scott Stringfellow
  • Randolph N. Reynolds, Sr., Reynolds Development
  • Brian Shaw, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • John G. Stallings, SunTrust
  • Jane G. Watkins, Virginia Credit Union


Presenting Sponsors:

  • Bon Secours VA Health System
  • Dominion
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Williams Mullen

Diamond Sponsors:

  • Anonymous
  • CCA Industries
  • Luck Companies
  • Owens & Minor
  • Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Suntrust Bank
  • Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc.
  • WestRock Foundation

Gold Sponsors:

  • Bank of America
  • Cowan Gates
  • Davenport & Company
  • Digital Benefits Advisors
  • Moira & CT Hill
  • Charlotte & Gil Minor
  • Markel Corporation
  • NewMarket
  • Optima & Sentara
  • Richmond Community Foundation
  • The Wilton Companies
  • Towne Bank
  • VA Asset Management
  • Virginia Credit Union
  • Washington Redskins

Silver Sponsors:

  • Altria Group
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brinks
  • Capital One Bank
  • Hourigan Construction
  • Taylor & ParrishConstruction
  • Wells Fargo

Patron Sponsors:

  • Bank of Lancaster
  • Baskervill
  • Diamond Healthcare
  • Gumenick Properties
  • LeClair Ryan
  • McDonald’s
  • Retail Merchants Association
  • Troutman Sanders

About the Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 12,000 individuals with multiple sclerosis residing throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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