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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:44 pm | Updated: 7:27 pm, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

Beginning July 1, Danville Circuit Court will have another judge on the bench.

Jim Reynolds, an attorney at Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Reynolds, was appointed by the General Assembly in Richmond late Wednesday night. Reynolds will fill the empty seat in Danville that Judge Stacey Moreau sometimes fills, said Delegate Don Merricks.

Moreau was appointed last July and rotates between Pittsylvania County Circuit Court and Danville Circuit Court. With the retirement of Judge Charles Strauss, Moreau will take over in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, Merricks said.

Reynolds, 45, has been practicing law for 19 years. He spent 11 years in the Danville Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office before entering into private practice. Reynolds said in college he really enjoyed history and politics and thought law seemed like an outgrowth of those interests.

“I’ve always enjoyed being able to help people with problems,” Reynolds said. “I also enjoy that for the most part no two cases are a like.”

Becoming a judge was not a long-term goal Reynolds had. He said even a year ago, being appointed is not something he would have seen happening. After people he knew suggested he be interested, he talked to his wife, partners in his law firm and others, he said the idea just grew from there.

Reynolds said he is grateful to the General Assembly for having the confidence to nominate him. He said he is really looking forward to getting back to the public service aspect of practicing law. Reynolds said “every bit” of becoming a judge will be exciting because of the new people and situations he will get to encounter.

“I think it’s getting back to a degree of public service that I’ve somewhat missed in private practice,” Reynolds said. “One of the things I’ve found as a lawyer, no two cases are alike and obviously as a judge, I think it’s going to be easy to realize that no two cases are alike. It should be very engaging and very stimulating.”

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