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LeClairRyan merges with 14-lawyer New York firm

Richmond-based LeClairRyan has merged with a 14-lawyer New York firm with connections to corporations in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. LeClairRyan chairman Gary D. LeClair said Biedermann, Reif, Hoenig & Ruff PC manages litigation in this country for many ...

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Disrespect for judges a national trend?

If Virginia judges are feeling a lack of love, maybe they should consider the plight of their judicial brethren in New York. Judges there haven’t had a pay raise in 12 years, according to an article in The New York ...

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Services set for Justice Poff

A memorial service for Richard H. Poff, a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian. Burial will take place Thursday at Sunset ...

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Sentencing commission again reduces crack sentences

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has given retroactive effect to its proposed permanent amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines for crimes involving crack cocaine. The action could make 12,000 federal offenders eligible to seek a reduction in their prison sentence. A ...

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Writs granted in family disputes (access required)

A couple of family disputes are among the cases the Supreme Court of Virginia agreed to hear after its latest writ panel session. One, Russell Realty Associates v. C. Edward Russell Jr., Record No. 110380, might be in the category ...

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Henrico lawyer surrenders license (access required)

Henrico County lawyer William O. Smith has surrendered his license to practice law rather than contest allegations that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from escrow accounts related to a title insurance agency. Smith is the owner-operator of the ...

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