In the Community

McCandlish Holton understands that the legal profession exists to serve the community. As part of our commitment to our clients and the community, we are actively involved in substantial outreach and pro bono legal services. Our firm strongly believes that all persons should be accorded with due process of law and access to competent legal counsel.

Whittaker Partners VHDA VCDC HendererOur attorneys are involved in more than 60 community organizations helping to end hunger, educate our youth, provide free legal services to active-duty military and their families, and afford access to medical care for impoverished children. These services demonstrate our continuing commitment to civil liberties and professional responsibility. Additionally, we encourage community involvement from all of our employees; and for that reason, we offer paid leave for employees to participate in volunteer activities with recognized charitable organizations.

We sincerely hope that our civic involvement expands into new communities, cultivating abundant opportunities for our lawyers to partner for public good. 

McCandlish Holton in the Community 

VADA Sponsors Children’s Book Drive Benefitting the Hampton Roads Area Libraries

OCT. 2021 -- When the VADA announced it would sponsor a Children’s Book Drive in conjunction with its 2021 annual meeting held in October in Virginia Beach, attorneys and VADA members Audra Dickens and Megan Watson coordinated the collection from our firm.

It was a great success and they managed to collect 150 books to donate to the drive.

Directors of the seven area libraries, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Suffolk, were presented in-person with the full collection of books at the annual meeting.

The Moore Family and Lighthouse 2021Defense Attorney Joe Moore Announces Fundraising Goal of $25,000 Benefitting Lighthouse Family Retreats

SEPT. 2021 -- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Joe Moore and family, once recipients of the compassionate and supportive services provided for families experiencing pediatric cancer, are now dedicated to serving as many families as they possibly can. (In May the Moore’s organized a local, one-day family retreat - Read more about the Moore’s story and their volunteerism in the WTVR profile ‘‘Heroes Among Us.’’)

To participate this fall, join the 2021 RVA Lighthouse Family Retreat Golf Tournament held at Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chester on October 1st. Ask Joe for more information about Lighthouse, the golf tournament, or donating.

Learn more about how Lighthouse Family Retreats strengthens families living through childhood cancer by offering restorative retreats and helpful resources.

McCandlish Holton Service Day at Feed More

OCT. 2020 -- On October 5th, 2020, McCandlish Holton provided 20 volunteers for a day of service at Feed More to kick off ALFA International’s ‘‘40 Days of Giving,’’ created to celebrate their 40th year. Feed More collects, prepares, and distributes food to neighbors in need across 29 counties and five cities in Central Virginia. Our volunteer teams worked in shifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Feed More’s Bayard Community Kitchen, packing meals for Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound seniors and disabled neighbors in need. Another team of volunteers worked in Feed More's Packing & Sorting Center from where non-perishable food is distributed to affiliated, local food banks.

After years of participating in the Legal Food Frenzy to help end hunger in Central Virginia, selecting Feed More for an employee day of service was an easy choice. 

If you or your organization would like to volunteer at Feed More, please visit their Volunteer Opportunities page.

Follow ALFA International on LinkedIn to see how their member firms gave back to their communities over the next 40 days.

Defense Attorney Coaches Manchester High School Debate Team

Jonathan Gonzalez shared his knowledge and support by coaching the Manchester High School Debate Team in Chesterfield County, continuing his year's long support for regional youth debate teams. Manchester High School's debate team is one of many teams receiving 2019-2020 grants from the Richmond Forum's Richmond Speak & Debate Initiative.

See all the area teams being sponsored.

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On June 20, a few members of our Workers' Compensation team and their clients participated in the Kid's Chance of Virginia's 7th Annual Golf Charity Classic. 

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Firm Director Jennifer Minear spoke at the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. At the conference, Jennifer was elected from Second to First Vice President of the AILA


Read the full event program here

McCandlish Holton is proud to have been a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Family Retreat Golf Tournament held at Lake Chesdin Golf Club on June 8.  

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McCandlish Holton Attorney Organizes Lighthouse Family Golf Tournament

McCandlish Holton participated in the Anthem Corporate Run on June 7, 2018. 

Corporate Run

McCandlish Holton is proud to serve as developer’s counsel for the rehabilitation of Whittaker Memorial Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. 

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McCandlish Holton Celebrates Groundbreaking  

McCandlish Holton Director, Jennifer Minear, serves as second Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). On Thursday, April 12, Jennifer participated in AILA's National Day of Action, lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill for productive immigration reform.


Jennifer Minear Lobbied for Immigration Reform in Washington, D.C. 

Alana Ritenour was featured in the "Out and About" section of  April's Virginia Business Magazine. She is pictured at the annual gala of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation- Central Virginia Chapter. She is a board member of the JDRF.