Ms. Poston is widely known and respected by judges, clients and her colleagues at the bar as a leader of the legal profession. She is a member and past president of the Virginia Bar Association as well as the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association. She is also a member of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She serves as a member of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, having been appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court in 1990. Ms. Poston was appointed by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia as a chair and member of several federal magistrate selection commissions. She also served as a Substitute Judge in the Norfolk General District Courts for five years.
In addition to these bar activities, Ms. Poston is involved with many civic and business-related organizations. She is currently the chair of the board of TowneBank-Norfolk. She also serves on the boards of the Norfolk Hospital Authority, the Virginia Capitol Foundation, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital Foundation, the E3 School, Greater Norfolk Corporation, and the College of William & Mary Real Estate Foundation.
Ms. Poston is a past member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA, Forward Hampton Roads, the Old Dominion University Community Development Corporation, Governor’s School for the Arts, Starbase Atlantis, Learning Bridge Academy, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tidewater, Tidewater Legal Aid Society, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, ACCESS Scholarship Foundation, UnitedWay of South Hampton Roads Foundation (Board Chairman 2009-2010), Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, also known as WHRO (Board Chairman 2002-2004), and Lutheran Family Services of Virginia.
Ms. Poston is also known for her leadership of local and state educational institutions. She was appointed by Governor Charles Robb to the State Board of the Virginia Community College System which she chaired in 1989. Also, she was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary in 2003 and reappointed in 2007 by Governor Tim Kaine. She served as a member of the Norfolk School Board for twelve years and as chair for four years.
Ms. Poston has been recognized by a number of organizations for her legal abilities, community service, and leadership. She was awarded the Eggleston-l’Anson Professionalism Award, its highest honor, by the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association in 2014. She was the 1992 recipient of the Professional Woman of Hampton Roads Award and the 2001 recipient of the Citizen Lawyer Award from the William and Mary School of Law. She was recognized in 2008 with the Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and by the William and Mary Law School with the Order of the Coif. In 2009, she received the Influential Women of Virginia Award from Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the Outstanding Woman of Hampton Roads Award by the YWCA, and the Community Builder Award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation (formerly the Norfolk Foundation). She has been recognized by selection to the Virginia Law Fellows and the ABA Law Foundation Fellows. Ms. Poston has also been recognized among Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Legal Elite.
Ms. Poston received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from the College of William and Mary where she was a member of the William & Mary Law Review. She is the mother of three children and is married to the Honorable Charles E. Poston, Retired Judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court.
Mrs. Poston legal experience is extensive. She has successfully guided her clients through both litigation and sophisticated transactions.
College of William and Mary School of Law, Citizen-Lawyer Award (2001)
Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Barron F. Black Community Builder Award (2007)
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Humanitarian Award (2008)
NPBA Eggleston l’ Anson Award
Order of the Coif
Professional Woman of Hampton Roads Award (1992)
Best Lawyers in America - Norfolk Health Care Law, “Lawyer of the Year” (2013)
Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law (2009-18); Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2011-18)
Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Influential Women of Virginia (2009)
YWCA Outstanding Woman Award (1999)
Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow
American Bar Association, Fellow
Inside Business, Women in Business Achievement Award (2003)
Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Attorneys for Non-Profit (2016-18)
Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2016-17)
Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2006-12)
Virginia Lawyers Weekly, “Hall of Fame” (2018)
“Virginia Living’s Women in the Law” (2017-18)
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Vandeventer Black Partners Named Women In The Law
•Anita O. Poston Included in the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame Class of 2018
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•Anita O. Poston Named a Leader in the Law
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
•20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
•Four Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year for 2017
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (1990-present)
Towne Bank - Norfolk Division, Chair, Board of Directors
Virginia Bar Association, (President 2000)
Virginia Capitol Foundation, Board of Directors
Virginia State Bar
Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association - Board of Directors (1992-2012); Chairman (2002-04)
Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, (President 1999)
American Bar Association
ODU Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors
Virginia Women Attorneys Association
American Inns of Court, member emeritus
United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation (2004-13); Board of Trustees, Chairman (2009-10)
CIVIC Leadership Institute, Alum
Airports Council International-North America, Legal Committee
American Association of Airport Executives
Norfolk Hospital Authority, Board of Directors (Chair 2014-16)
Tidewater Estate Planning Council
College of William & Mary - Board of Visitors (2003-11)
College of William & Mary Law School Foundation - Board of Trustees
Virginia Senate - Ethics Advisory Panel
Norfolk Botanical Garden - Board of Directors
College of William & Mary - Real Estate Foundation, Board of Directors
Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital Foundation - Board of Directors
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Board of Directors (2012-16)
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