Thursday, August 4, 2011

Attorney Tony Pham - General Counsel Office of General Counsel, Richmond City Sheriff's Office


As the President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Tony leads the statewide bar organization in representing the interests of Asian American attorneys practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1975, Tony H. Pham and his family immigrated to the United States after the fall of Saigon. His family relocated to the Richmond, Virginia where he currently practices law. Tony graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1995 and from the University Of Richmond School Of Law in 1999. He served as a judicial clerk in the Circuit Court of Henrico County before becoming a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. While there, Tony progressed to prosecuting complex homicide cases and narcotics and firearm cases. In 2006, he was asked to create and train the City’s first ever gang unit. In 2008, after 8 successful years as a prosecutor, Tony transitioned his litigation skills to the Richmond City Attorney’s Office where he handled all civil rights litigation on behalf of the City and police officers.

In 2009, Tony was recognized as one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40” individuals who are up and coming leaders in the area. Thereafter, in 2010, he was selected as one of Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” for his leadership in criminal law and the Asian American community. Following this award, Tony was selected by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve on the distinguished faculty of the Justice Carrico Professionalism Course on behalf of the Virginia State Bar. Tony was again recognized for his leadership in the Asian American community when Governor Kaine appointed him to serve on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board. Tony is happily married and a proud father of 2 wonderful children. He currently serves as the General Counsel for the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office; being the only one of his kind serving in this capacity.


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