Raphael E. Ferris

Term of Office

  • July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014
  • July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018

Professional Background

  • Attorney, Ferris & Eakin, P. C. 
  • Former Faculty, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
  • Named by Richmond Magazine as one of Virginia’s Super Lawyers in the field of Criminal Defense
  • Listed by U.S. News on its Best Lawyers list for Virginia in the area of criminal defense
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, 1982 - 1988

Educational Background

  • B.S., Business Administration, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia

Council Assignments

  • Chair, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee
  • City Representative, Steering Committee of the Regional Sustainability Partnership
  • Council Representative and Vice-Chair, Roanoke Valley Area Transportation Planning Organization
  • Council Representative, Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley
  • Council Representative, Virginia Municipal League, Finance Policy Committee
  • Council Representative, Virginia Municipal League, Legislative Committee

Civic & Volunteer Activities

  • Member, Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church
  • Member, Roanoke, Salem-Roanoke County, and Botetourt-Craig County Bar Associations
  • Member, Roanoke College Business Advisory Board
  • Member, Virginia State Bar (VSB)
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board Member, Roanoke Valley Rotary Club
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Criminal Law Section Virginia State Bar
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, PUSH America