Thursday, July 14, 2011

Roanoke attorney contemplates challenging Smith for senate

Roanoke Attorney, John Lichtenstein

UPDATE: See Brandon Bell run for 19th disrict. No return call from Lichtenstein.

For several weeks an elected official has hinted that Roanoke Attorney John Lichtenstein was being courted to be the Democratic challenger to Republican Senator Ralph Smith. Lichtenstein lives in Roanoke County in the 19th Senate district.

In a phone call Lichtenstein would neither confirm nor deny his intentions leaving the door open for a good dose of speculation. He’s just not ready yet to make any public comment.

At least Lichtenstein would not have to move, as did Sen. Smith whose 22nd district was eliminated during redistricting. Musical chairs commenced with Sen. Bill Stanley jumping to Democrat Roscoe Reynolds’ 20th district to make room for Smith. Smith had no intention of being gerrymandered out of office. Smith moved to Bent Mountain to be in the 19th district.

The new 19th district includes Franklin County, Floyd County, Roanoke County and part of southern Bedford County and Smith Mountain Lake.

Some say Smith is vulnerable in his new 19th district though the district tips the scale in rural conservatives. He has no challenger … yet. Lichtenstein as a well known, well–respected attorney may just give him an edge.

Lichtenstein is a founding member of LichtensteinFishwick PLC. His practice focuses on cases involving severe injury resulting from defective products, medical malpractice, and automobile/tractor trailer injury, as well as serious federal and state criminal matters.

He has a word of mouth reputation and represents individuals throughout Virginia, often referred to him by other lawyers, former clients and colleagues.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, being listed and one of the Top 50 lawyers in Virginia in 2009 and 2010. He is also listed in the Virginia Legal Elite, as published by Virginia Business Magazine.

In federal and state courts, he has argued in a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from the defense of corporations, defense of pain medicine physicians (Roanoke pain specialist Cecil Byron Knox) to those charged with murder or drug offenses. John Fishwick and John Lichtenstein successfully defended Former National D-Day Memorial Foundation President Richard Burrow.

What do you think of a Lichtenstein/Smith race in the 19th district?

A rematch in Virginia Senate District 19 – Bell/Smith

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, State Politics

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