W. Huntington Byrnes
Hunter focuses his practice on employment law, a wide array of corporate matters, 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 is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Virginia and Carolina and has litigated cases in 8 states and argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. He regularly practices in state and federal courts and serves as local counsel in both.
Hunter presently serves on the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance and previously served on its Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
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, where he served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board and was a member of the Journal of Law & Politics. Between 2007 and 2014, he was recognized annually by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine before serving as general counsel in house.
Steven P. Gould
Steven focuses his practice on employment law, estate planning, civil litigation, and assisting clients who interact with Virginia’s state agencies and regulatory boards. 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 is a former member of the VBA’s Board of Governors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Law Foundation, on the Pro Bono Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission, and on the Virginia Legal Aid Society’s Danville Pro Bono Task Force. 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 received his undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Information Systems, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He 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 annually as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.