W. Huntington Byrnes
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Hunter focuses his practice on general corporate matters, employment law, and civil litigation. Prior to forming Byrnes Gould, he served as general counsel to an international company headquartered in Danville, where he oversaw diverse transactional, corporate compliance, and employment issues, both domestically and internationally. He also previously practiced with Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews & Kurth) in Charlotte and Clement Wheatley in Danville.
Hunter presently serves on the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Insurance and previously served on its Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
He is a past president of the Danville Bar Association and the Danville YMCA and a past board member of the Danville Salvation Army. He previously served as a volunteer youth football coach for the Danville Optimist League and a volunteer baseball coach for the Danville Little League.
Hunter is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Virginia and North Carolina, along with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and has argued before the Virginia Supreme Court on multiple occasions. He has been recognized on a consistent basis by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. Hunter’s litigation practice has allowed him to argue cases before juries and judges throughout Virginia and North Carolina in over 15 jurisdictions.
Steven P. Gould
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Steven focuses his practice on employment law, estate planning, general corporate matters, and assisting clients who interact with or are regulated by state and local governments in Virginia. Prior to forming Byrnes Gould, he practiced with Williams Mullen in Richmond and Clement Wheatley in Danville.
Steven is a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and a former member of the VBA’s Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Law Foundation. He is serving his second term on the Pro Bono Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission. He is a former member and vice chairman of the Danville School Board and is currently a member of the Longwood University Board of Visitors. He was the 2018 recipient of the Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding work and long-term service to the YLD and a 2015 recipient of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Award.
Prior to attending law school, Steven served for five years as a policy adviser in the Office of the Governor in Richmond, where he focused his work on economic and workforce development, agriculture, housing, and executive clemency.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Dillard Fellow for the School’s Legal Research and Writing Program.
He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Since 2014, he has been recognized consistently as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.