Title: Retired Lawyer
Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States
Verne Widney Vance, Jr., retired lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in corporate and environmental litigation.
With an aptitude for writing and reason, Mr. Vance decided to pursue a career in law after earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1954. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1957 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, he spent a year as a clerk for a Massachusetts U.S. District Judge for one year before becoming an associate of Covington & Burling, where he practiced until 1960. Progressing in his roles, Mr. Vance was attorney adviser for the Development Loan Fund and legal counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s. Returning to the Boston area, he excelled with Foley, Hoag, & Elliot LLP as an associate and partner until 2000, where he specialized in corporate and environmental litigation.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Vance has flourished as a writer, noting he has become more involved with literature in recent years. Citing writing briefs as one of his favorite aspects of being an attorney, he is particularly proud of writing a brief to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts for an African American man who was inappropriately detained by the police. Likewise, Mr. Vance taught many courses in literature at various life longing programs in Massachusetts and Virginia. Notably, he was the recipient of the T.H. Evans Literary Award from the Shaw Society of United Kingdom in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Vance also was named Environmentalist of the Year by the Green Decade in 2008 and took home the Distinguished Community Service Award from Massachusetts Bay Community College in 1997.
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