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W&L Alum Named CEO of the Year

Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee emeritus John Klinedinst, CEO and shareholder of Klinedinst P.C., has been named Most Admired CEO by the San Diego Business Journal.

John, a member of the undergrad Class of 1971 and the law school Class of 1978,  won the award in the Journal’s private company/medium category. This marked the first time that the publication had recognized the chief executive of a law firm, although John had been a finalist in the past.

In announcing the award, Randy Frisch, president and publisher of SDBJ, observed: “The practice of law, especially in this down economy, has demanded tighter, tougher management. Increasingly, we are seeing well-deserved recognition from those inside law firms where good management has been practiced.”

“This is truly an incredible honor, for which I am very grateful,” said John, who founded the firm in 1983. “To be singled out by your peers within the business community is very meaningful. However, this is a true team achievement, to be shared among the entire Klinedinst family of employees.”

John served as a trustee of the University from 2001 to 2010.