Notable Alumni in Law

Tiger Tracks for careers in Law

Ken Simon '11Ken Simon '11
Clerk, United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Richmond, VA

Ken graduated with Honors in Government and minors in both Rhetoric and National Security Studies through the Wilson Center. He served as Student Body President, President of the Union Philanthropic Society, Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, vice president of the Pre-Law Society, Opinion Page Editor of The Tiger, and as a tutor in the Ferguson Center for Public Speaking. Ken was a member of both Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. He was a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Corporate Law intern with Akin Gump's D.C. office during the summer after his graduation. During his first summer of law school, he served as a Summer Associate with Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston. Ken recently graduated from Penn Law and will be clerking in the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond) with Judge Henry Hudson. He will be joining Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld thereafter.

Kyle Martin '10
Associate, Wilcox Savage
Virginia Beach, VA 

Kyle graduated summa cum laude with a major in Economics and Commerce and a minor in the Wilson Center's Public Service Program. He found his Philosophy courses to be particularly helpful preparation for the LSAT and Law School. Kyle was active in the Ethics Bowl, UPLS, the Pre-Law Society, and the Society of '91. He also sang in the Men's Chorus and served as an Admissions Tour Guide. He encourages prospective Law students to take advantage of their summers by finding applicable internships: he interned with White & Case in Hong Kong after his Junior year at H-SC. Kyle graduated from UVA with his JD in May 2013, and has since passed the Virginia Bar, clerked for the Honorable Robert G. Doumar in the Eastern District of Virginia, and he is currently working as an associate at Wilcox Savage in Virginia Beach. 

Sam Rosten '09
Staff Attorney at the United States Courts
Mobile, AL

While at Hampden-Sydney, Sam was a member of the Student Court, a captain of the football team, and a recipient of the Gammon Cup and the Harrison Award for poetry. He graduated summa cum laude in Economics & Commerce and is graduated in 2012 from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a member of the Alabama Law Review and Honor Court. Immediately after graduation, he served a one-year clerkship in D.C. for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Until his move in 2016 to the United States Courts, Sam spent three years as an Associate with Helmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse, PC in Mobile, AL.

Andrew Jennings '09
Corporate Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
New York, NY

At Hampden-Sydney, Andrew was an active member of the College Activities Committee and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and he completed a Senior Fellowship in history and government during his final year. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa he worked with Teach For America as a math teacher in New Orleans. He graduated from a joint JD/MA program with a degree in Economics from Duke University, where he served as an editor for the Duke Law Journal. He participated in a summer internship in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore law firm his second summer in law school, and he currently works as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. 

Michael Gardner '05Michael Gardner '05
Washington & Lee School of Law, Associate, LeClair Ryan, Roanoke, VA

A Philosophy major at Hampden-Sydney, Mike served as Chi Phi fraternity president and won the Undergraduate Virginia Philosophical Writing Association Competition. He worked for two years as Hampden-Sydney Assistant Dean of Admissions before he enrolled at Washington & Lee, where he served as Lead Article Editor for the Law Review and placed fourth nationally in the ABA Negotiation Competition. Upon graduating from law school, Mike held a federal clerkship in the Western District of Virginia for the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser.  He now works as an Associate with LeClair Ryan in Roanoke, Virginia.

J.B. Billings-Kang '05
University of Virginia School of Law, Associate, Venable LLP

J.B. was a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Classics major and served as the President of ODK and the Chairman of both Good Men Good Citizens and the Senior Class Campaign at Hampden-Sydney. At UVA Law he served on the Lile Moot Court Board, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, and the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. J.B. is currently an associate in Venable LLP's commercial litigation group, representing national and international clients in a variety of disputes ranging from contractual claims to political asylum matters.

Chris Peace '98
University of Richmond Law School, Virginia House of Delegates

Chris was the Chairman of the Student Senate and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity at Hampden-Sydney. After receiving his law degree, Chris worked for McGuire Woods Consulting where he served as a legislative aide and as a law clerk for the Richmond City Attorney and Virginia's Attorney General. Since 2004, Chris has represented the 97th District in Virginia's House of Delegates. He also provides consultation services for Smithfield Foods and is an active member of the DC Bar Association.

Matthew D. Michael '95
Division Counsel, 3M Company

Matt graduated summa cum laude with honors in political science, served on the Honor Court, and was President of Circle K.  He earned an MPP at Georgetown University and his JD with honors from the University of Chicago.  Matt clerked for the U.S. District Court (W.D. Va.), and has since specialized in white-collar defense work, most recently involving matters arising with foreign bribery and internet gambling.  He previously worked on the widely publicized settlement in United States v. KPMG LLP.  Matt has been admitted to practice by three state bars, and before courts at the federal district and appellate levels (including the U.S. Supreme Court). Matt is currently serving as division counsel at 3M Company.


Robert Hurt '91
Mississippi College School of Law, U.S. Congressman, Virginia's 5th District

While at Hampden-Sydney, Robert was an English major, a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and a member of the Student Development Committee. After graduating from Law School he served as the Chief Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Pittsylvania County before joining a general law practice in Chatham, Virginia. In 2001 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and in 2007 he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. In the fall of 2010, Robert was elected to represent Virginia's 5th district in the United States Congress.

Brawner Greer '90
Wake Forest University School of Law; Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs,
NBC Universal Theme Parks

A brother of Beta Theta Pi and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa while at Hampden-Sydney, Brawner graduated with Honors in Economics and earned a full academic scholarship to Wake Forest University School of Law.  After working as an Associate at McGuire Woods, Brawner became Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Paramount Pictures theme parks.  In 2002, he joined Universal as the lead business and legal affairs executive for Universal Creative, which is responsible for all design and construction at the Universal theme parks worldwide.  Brawner has worked on such well-known projects as Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons Ride, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is currently working on a new Transformers attraction.

Charles Cabell '74
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary,
Partner, Williams Mullen

Charles admits he was a bit unfocused during his first year or two at Hampden-Sydney. "Without the total H-SC experience-a Psychology major, strong relationships, and advice from several faculty members-I would never have matured into a responsible 4.0 student my senior year nor gotten into the law school of my choice." Charles is now a partner at Williams Mullen where he focuses on commercial real estate, corporate, estate planning and the representation of institutions of higher education.

Paul S. Trible Jr. '68
Washington & Lee University School of Law, Former U.S. Congressman and Senator, President of Christopher Newport University

Paul graduated from Hampden-Sydney with a degree in History and from the W&L School of Law in 1971. In 1976 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and, in 1982, to the U.S. Senate. Paul was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations and has been the President of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia since January 1996.