The Eisenhower Institute

James L. Banks, Jr.

Mr. Banks is the City Attorney for Alexandria, Virginia.  As the City Attorney, Mr. Banks functions as the general counsel for the City and advises and represents the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and all departments on a wide variety of legal matters.  Previously, Mr. Banks’ practice focused on counseling clients on labor and employment matters and litigating a wide range of labor and employment and commercial cases.  He has a broad range of litigation experience from employment litigation to commercial litigation to criminal prosecution, and has tried scores of bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts.  In addition, Mr. Banks has a broad background of service on boards of non-profits including the Greater Richmond YMCA, the Richmond Boys Choir, the Valentine Museum, Friends Association for Children, Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation, and many others.

Mr. Banks began the practice of law in Richmond, VA and worked as an associate in the law firms of Hunton & Williams and Christian & Barton before becoming Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.  After his time in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Banks was elected to the Richmond City Council and served as Councilman for the City’s 6th District as a well as a brief stint as Vice-Mayor for the City.  His public service also included a term as a Substitute Judge in Richmond.  While on the City Council, Mr. Banks practiced law part time with Maloney, Yeats & Barr LLP.  After his service on City Council, Mr. Banks joined McGuireWoods as an associate and was later promoted to partner. After McGuireWoods, Mr. Banks was a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP before coming to the City of Alexandria.

Mr. Banks has a broad background in legal ethics.  He served for over ten years in the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary system, including seven years on the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board where he served as Chair.  He also served as an instructor in the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course and has taught frequently on the topic of ethics and professionalism.

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