J. Edward Betts
The John Marshall Foundation welcomes back to the Board of Directors J. Edward Betts, senior counsel at Christian & Barton. Betts served as managing partner of the firm for 23 years. In addition, he has served as president of the Virginia Bar Association, as chair of Virginia’s Committee on Lawyer Discipline and as a member of Virginia’s Lawyer Disciplinary Board. He served on the JMF Board from 2006-2008, as President in 2007. Betts has taught Antitrust Law at the University of Richmond Law School and has lectured on antitrust subjects throughout the United States. He holds an A.B. from Colgate University, J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law and an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School. Betts leads the JMF Governance Committee.
Robert R. Kaplan
Robert R. Kaplan, a partner at Richmond-headquartered Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank (KCVF), joins the JMF Board of Directors after serving in an advisory fundraising role in 2016. Kaplan joined KVCF in 2006. He started his legal career at Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox & Allen before founding Carter Kaplan & Co., a Richmond-based investment and merchant bank, which was sold in 1996 to Ferris, Baker Watts, a Mid-Atlantic investment banking firm. Kaplan also co-founded, Columbia Naples Capital, a leveraged buy-out sponsor firm, and North American Propane, Inc., a Mid-Atlantic and New England energy distributor, which was sold in 2012. Kaplan resumed his legal career in 2001 joining LeClairRyan in Richmond as a specialist in mergers & acquisitions and sophisticated corporate transactions. Kaplan is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the William and Mary Law School Association, Commonwealth Catholic Charities and the Advisory Council of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. He holds an A.B. in History from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of The College of William and Mary. Kaplan leads the JMF Development Committee and serves as Chair of the ad-hoc committee of the Board regarding development and sustainability as part of the strategic planning process.Category: News & Headlines