Kimber L. Latsha '77
(Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2009)
Mr. Latsha graduated with distinction from VMI with a B.A. and honors in history in 1977. While a cadet, he served as President of his class, was an officer in the Corps (Second Battalion S-1), and was co-captain of the wrestling team. He was awarded the Superior Cadet Award as the outstanding cadet in the Army ROTC Program his second and first class years, received the Townsend and William Brent Bell Award, and the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement. He was the recipient of the Second Jackson-Hope Medal, symbolic of the second ranked academic cadet in his class.
Upon graduation, Mr. Latsha was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He was granted an educational deferment to attend law school and he received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980. Thereafter, he entered active military service and was a prosecutor and a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1981-1984). He then served for five years in the Army Reserve.
Following active duty service, he entered the private practice of law and began to concentrate on health care law, with an emphasis on representing long term care providers. In 1994 he founded the law firm of LATSHA DAVIS & McKENNA, P.C., with its principal office near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His firm has developed a national reputation for the delivery of quality legal services to post-acute and continuing care providers. He is a member of numerous organizations related to health care, specifically continuing care and care for seniors and the aging and is a sought after lecturer and presenter on various topics in this field.
In 2014, Mr. Latsha was selected for the seventh consecutive year to the Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Health Care Law. BestLawyers is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession and recognizes annually the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Mr. Latsha also was awarded in 2008 an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. The AV rating is the preeminent Rating indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics, and reflects the pinnacle of professional excellence. Additionally, the law firm of Latsha Davis & McKenna, PC, was ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in the practice area of Health Care Law, which is the highest tier in the ranking structure, for the second consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” annual publication. Mr. Latsha serves as the managing shareholder of the firm and as the Chair of the Health Care Practice. In May of 2014, the firm celebrated its twentieth year anniversary.
Mr. Latsha currently serves as a member of the Planning Commission for Lower Swatara Township. He previously served as a Board Member and Chair of the Steering Committee of Harrisburg Christian School, and as a member of the Elder Board and Church Secretary of the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey, Pennsylvania. He also coached in youth wrestling and baseball programs.
He has been active in alumni activities in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he organized and was instrumental in founding the Central Keystone Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association, serving initially as its Vice President. Since the inception of the Chapter he has been the Chair of the New Cadet Recruiting Committee. He was also a member of the 25th Reunion Fund Committee for the Class of 1977.
Mr. Latsha is married to Deborah Ruth (Roberts) and they have three grown children, Lauren, Erik, and Nicole. They currently reside in Middletown, Pennsylvania.