William F. Etherington

Admitted to the Practice of Law in 1974, Virginia. U.S. Supreme Court, 1979.

Education: Princeton University (A.B. cum laude, 1968); Washington and Lee University (J.D. cum laude, 1974). Phi Delta Phi.  Burks Scholar.  Order of the Coif.

Member: Virginia State Bar and the Richmond Bar Association.

Professional Experience: Law Clerk to Judge John D. Butzner, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1974-1975.

Publications:  Author, “Further Complications in Determining Diversity Jurisdiction,” Washington and Lee Law Review, 1973.

Military Service:  U.S. Army Infantry, 1968-1971, discharged as First Lieutenant.

Language: French.

Practice Emphasis: Labor and Employment Law, Civil Rights, Contracts, Civil Litigation, Religious Institution Representation, and Law Enforcement Representation.

Mr. Etherington is a principal shareholder in the law firm of Beale, Davidson, Etherington & Morris, P.C.

Mr. Etherington has practiced in the Richmond area for over 41 years.  After finishing his clerkship with the late Judge John D. Butzner, Jr., Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, he practiced for 15 years with what is now Christian & Barton, practicing primarily in the areas of employment law and general civil litigation.  After leaving Christian & Barton, he continued to be involved in employment law cases and for the past 19 years has represented the Virginia Department of Risk Management in numerous litigated matters to include civil rights, § 1983, negligence and constitutional cases.

Mr. Etherington has also represented various corporations and entities, including Media General, VHDA, Concrete Pipe & Products Co., Inc., Catlett Johnson Corp., the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, the Virginia State Police Association, Inc. and St. Catherine’s School with regard to employment matters, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employee rights, and religious institutions issues.  He has concluded approximately 50-60 trials relating to employment and religious institutions law.

Mr. Etherington is admitted to practice in all courts in Virginia, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Maryland, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Etherington is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

Email:  wetherington@bealelaw.com