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Marks & Harrison again victimized by theft

An administrator for the Marks & Harrison law firm has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing thousands over an eight-year period. The thefts reportedly took place at the same time that a former Marks & Harrison partner ...

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DesPortes to lead forensic group (access required)

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Betty Layne DesPortes is now the president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. DesPortes, a Fellow in the Academy, had previously served on its board of directors since 2007. She was sworn in as president ...

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Mullen to manage Reed Smith Richmond office (access required)

Reed Smith LLP says Edward A. Mullen is the firm’s new Richmond office managing partner. Mullen succeeds S. Miles Dumville, who served in the role since 2013 and will continue his active commercial litigation practice, the firm said. A graduate ...

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Million-Dollar Settlements 2016 (access required)

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Presenting the 2016 compilation Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the survey of “Million-Dollar Settlements of 2016.” This annual compilation recaps big settlements from across the commonwealth of the past year. Our criteria for making the list are simple: The settlement must ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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Hirschkop receives Carrico Award

The Virginia State Bar has awarded one of its highest honors, the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award, to civil rights attorney Philip J. Hirschkop. With an office in Lorton, Hirschkop has participated in a number of precedent setting and pivotal ...

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Legal aid office wins $20K grant

The Virginia Legal Aid Society has received a $20,000 grant to help support low-income families in Suffolk and Isle of Wight County. The money comes from the Beazley Foundation Inc., a supporter of many organizations serving South Hampton Roads for ...

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Comp Commission appoints Gillen as Deputy Commissioner

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has appointed Linda M. Gillen as Deputy Commissioner. She will serve as an administrative law judge for evidentiary and on-the record hearings in Richmond, the Commission said. Gillen is a graduate of Marietta College and ...

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Herring seeks info on detentions

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring says he has formally requested additional information from the federal government on any detentions in Virginia resulting from President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. Herring’s letter to federal officials seeks the identity of any detained ...

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Augusta lawyers honored (access required)

Blue Ridge Legal Services honored three Augusta County attorneys for their pro bono work. Thomas G. Bell Jr. of Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses; N. Douglas Noland Jr. of Black, Noland & Read, and G. William Watkins of Allen & ...

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