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Lawyer marketing can be low-cost, high-impact (access required)

Every day, James Reed sends one personal note. “In this day and age, anybody can shoot off an email or text, but everybody knows that it requires just a little bit more effort to hand write a note,” said Reed, ...

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Crime panel endorses legislative proposals

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed legislation Dec. 5 to increase penalties for illegal cigarette trafficking and for texting while driving. The panel also backed proposals to toughen the state’s police officer decertification law and allow the collection of ...

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Woman ordered to remove online review accusations (access required)

FAIRFAX (AP) A Virginia woman being sued over negative online reviews of a home contractor has been ordered to delete some accusations. A Fairfax County Circuit judge ruled Dec. 5 that the homeowner could not imply that the contractor stole ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Oct. 12, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the law license of Matthew F. Bellinger of Montpelier for one year for violating professional rules that govern misconduct. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Bellinger, ...

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Gordon D. Holloway (access required)

Retired York County Circuit Judge Gordon D. Holloway, who was elected county commonwealth’s attorney at 28, died Dec. 11. He was 82. Judge Holloway was elected York’s top prosecutor in 1959 when he was only 28, the youngest attorney to ...

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Albert A. Dawson Jr. (access required)

Albert A. Dawson, the first African-American to be elected a circuit clerk in Virginia, died Nov. 27. He was 66. Mr. Dawson was elected as clerk of the Petersburg Circuit Court in 1987 and held that office until 1996. Before ...

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William B. Hopkins Sr. (access required)

William B. Hopkins Sr., a longtime Roanoke lawyer who spent 20 years in the Virginia Senate, died Dec. 11. He was 90. A native of Rocky Mount, Sen. Hopkins left Washington and Lee University during his senior year after Pearl ...

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Woman is permanently disabled after auto accident – $1,900,000 Settlement (access required)

On Nov. 14, 2011, the 45-year-old plaintiff was seriously injured after the driver of a commercial vehicle ran a red light in Bristow and slammed into her car, causing the vehicle to overturn several times. Plaintiff was rescued from her ...

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Tractor-trailer passenger suffered brain injury in I-81 collision – $3,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 51, was a passenger in a tractor-trailer heading south on Interstate 81. Defendant was heading north on Interstate 81 and ran off the road. Defendant’s truck came across the median and the trailer blocked the southbound lanes, resulting ...

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