Alicia Penn Named Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year 2023

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The Virginia State Bar has named Alicia Penn of McGuireWoods Richmond as the 2023 recipient of the R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award.


The Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference (YLC) presents the award to young lawyers who have demonstrated dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community.The YLC commended Penn for her efforts to make the legal profession more equitable and accessible, particularly through adjunct teaching and mentorship of minority students and young lawyers.


Penn formerly co-chaired the YLC bench-bar dinner and the bench-bar conference. Last year, she and then-co-chair Maricris Prendingue, a McGuireWoods associate in Washington, D.C., received the YLC Significant Service Award for their work on the bench-bar conference.

Penn assists clients in business litigation, commercial litigation, and appeals as a member of McGuireWoods’ Business & Securities Litigation Department. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she participated in the appellate litigation clinic, and she previously clerked for Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn.


“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Virginia State Bar, especially so early in my career. I look forward to continuing my service to the legal profession and the community for many years to come,” Penn said.

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