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Defense Practice–Tip: Plugging holes in your "rainmaker bucket" (access required)

Defense firms who want to build good relations with their insurance clients–and outrun the competition–should keep an eye on service. All law firms talk the same talk–but they don’t all walk the same walk, said Kevin M. Quinley, CPCU, vice ...

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Real estate lawyer finds potential clients online (access required)

As real estate lawyer Craig E. Buck sits at his keyboard, he not only is tapping away at the keys. He also is tapping into a new source of clients. The Fairfax-based lawyer is an advisor to a real estate ...

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Focus: Fredericksburg (access required)

Never before has the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association had an elected president. Instead, members have been appointed president in the order they came to the community. But that time-honored tradition has come to a halt. “I am the last … ...

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Tidewater: Former entertainer moves to show business (access required)

Growing up, entertainment lawyer David M. Delpierre was a frustrated entertainer, he said. He sang, wrote songs and played in a band throughout high school and college. Delpierre no longer plays professionally. But “I still play the guitar, and I ...

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Tidewater: Fine arts — Lawyer advocates for arts funding (access required)

Andrew S. Fine’s Virginia Beach office is an eyeful. Outside the building’s main doors turns Eye of Hugo, a sculpture in the shape of a weather-map hurricane symbol. Water spews from the center as the sculpture slowly spins. In the ...

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Abingdon attorney takes mock trial team to nationals (access required)

Last February, Abingdon attorney Pamela M. Sargent agreed to be the legal advisor to a fledgling mock trial program at Lebanon High School. Last month, she accompanied the two teams to the national competition in Indiana. One team brought home ...

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Area women to sue breast-implant makers (access required)

Many Virginia women may join a $4.2 billion federal lawsuit against breast-implant manufacturers. Between 1,000 and 3,000 Virginia women likely will make a claim, said Mary Ann Barnes, a Harrisonburg attorney who specializes in breast-implant cases. A global settlement against ...

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New law helps patient recover $1.2M verdict (access required)

A 1993 amendment to the Virginia Code allowing a plaintiff to ask a jury for less than the amount sued for has helped a Northern Virginia woman recover a verdict of over $1 million for botched laparoscopic surgery. The woman’s ...

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Legal Marketplace: Richmond firm seeks to tap women as a legal market (access required)

The Richmond-based law firm of Mays & Valentine is targeting a new client base: women. But firm members are not increasing the female clientele by spending extra afternoons on the golf course. Instead, the firm is trying a non-traditional approach ...

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EMFs: Will growing area be next asbestos? (access required)

As public concern over the dangers of electromagnetic fields grows, lawyers may find themselves involved in the controversy–by taking cases to court. In the next few years, many lawyers will be involved in EMF litigation, which will develop along several ...

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