Lawrence H. Hoover, Jr. (1934-2019)

Serving Harrisonburg, Staunton, Winchester and Nearby Areas of Virginia

Lawrence H. Hoover, Jr.

Larry Hoover was the 2005 recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award presented annually by the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar to recognize “an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia.”

Often referred to as the “Father of Mediation in Virginia, Larry was awarded the Virginia ADR Founder Award in 2004. Larry was born on May 3, 1934 in Harrisonburg, Virginia and passed away on September 6, 2019.


Hampden-Sydney College (A. B. 1956, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa); University of Virginia (J. D. 1959, Order of Coif, Virginia Law Review).

Law Practice Experience

Certified general, family, circuit civil mediator, trainer and teacher of certified mediation training programs, Supreme Court of Virginia; Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition; Member, McCammon Group, Richmond, Member, Virginia Supreme Court Advisory Committees on Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Mediator Ethics and Mediation Legislation; Lifetime Achievement Award, Office of Executive Secretary, Virginia Supreme Court, ADR Visioning Conference, 2001;Adjunct Trainer, Baltimore Mediation Center; Member, Special Committee to Study the Code of Professional Responsibility; Adjunct Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, teaching Negotiation and Mediation.

Community and Civic

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham COunty (Founding member and Past Chair), Board of Reference, Center for Justice and Peace-building, Eastern Mennonite University (Past Chair); Board of Trustees, American Shakespeare Center (Past Chair); Board of Directors, Gemeinschaft Home (Re-entry program for ex-offenders) (Founding Member and Past CHair); Community Mediation Center Board of Directors (now Fairfield Center) (Founding Member and Past Chair); Member, Board of Directors, Shenandoah Valley Public Television (WVPT); Member, Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation.

Professional Associations

Fellow, American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation; Member, Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association (Past President); VBA/VSB Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Past Chair); Member, Board of Governors, VSB Section on Education of Lawyers (Past Chair).

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