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LeClair to step aside as firm chairman

Entrepreneur lawyer Gary D. LeClair is handing over the reins of the law firm he led for 28 years. Effective Dec. 31, LeClair will step down as chairman of the national law firm he co-founded in 1988 as a venture ...

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Sanctions approved for ‘vindictive’ litigation (access required)


A litigant in Virginia courts can be punished for vindictive lawsuits regardless of whether the claims in those lawsuits had any validity, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled this month. The court said sanctions can be imposed on a vexatious ...

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Publicity an issue in Taser death case

ROANOKE – Despite claims that a “media blitz” over a man’s death in police custody was fueled by inflammatory language in lawyers’ court filings, a federal judge declined to impose sanctions against lawyers who described the incident as “murder.” The ...

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Lawyer revoked for mishandling clients’ money

A Woodbridge lawyer accused of commingling and converting client money had his law license revoked in an expedited proceeding last month. The Virginia State Bar accused Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla of using his office trust account – not to ...

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Monday elected to appellate law fellowship

Roanoke attorney Monica T. Monday has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The Academy inducted Monday to its membership in a Nov. 9 ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Academy recognizes the skill ...

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Victory comes with a sting

Sometimes you win your case, but not without a few barbs aimed at your client. Such was the case with a man who hoped to return to work at a Dollar General warehouse in South Boston. He tried to apply, ...

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