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Plaintiff claims spinal surgeon’s posterior approach caused paraplegia – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, 86, married and the mother of seven, presented to the defendant orthopedic spine surgeon in January 2013 with complaints of gait difficulties and imbalance. MRIs of her spine revealed severe spinal canal stenosis (narrowing) and spinal cord compression in ...

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Laparoscopic prostatectomy was complicated by bowel injury – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a 59-year-old local minister. After a rise in his PSA and follow-up biopsies, he was diagnosed with Gleason 7 (4+3) Stage T1c prostate cancer in December 2012.  Plaintiff’s medical history was complex and included diabetes, hypertension, sarcoidosis treated ...

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Dexter C. Rumsey III (access required)

Dexter C. Rumsey III, a Northern Neck lawyer who was an expert on trusts and estates law, died Nov. 2 at his White Stone home. He was 73. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, he attended the University of North ...

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Ashby B. Allen (access required)

Ashby Bridgforth Allen, the last remaining founder of the Richmond-based firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, died Oct. 23. He was 93. Mr. Allen graduated from the University of Virginia in 1943, then entered the Army Air Corps, serving ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Oct. 30, the Virginia State Bar Second District committee issued a public admonition to K. Dane Mills of Virginia Beach for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property. This discipline was an alternative disposition issued after Mills failed to ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective Oct. 29, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license to practice law of Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla of Woodbridge for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, fairness to opposing ...

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William E. McRorie (access required)

Retired Lynchburg attorney William E. McRorie died Oct. 29 after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was 75. Mr. McRorie was a former Lynchburg City Council member. During his legal career, he served as legal counsel for First Colony Life ...

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Thomas J. McCarthy Jr. (access required)

Pulaski attorney Thomas J. McCarthy Jr. died Nov. 1 at his home in Draper’s Valley. He was 71. Mr. McCarthy was a longtime partner in the Pulaski law firm of Gilmer, Sadler, Ingram, Sutherland and Hutton and a former president ...

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Harvey S. Lutins (access required)

Venerable Roanoke attorney Harvey S. Lutins died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Nov. 2. He was 87 years old. Mr. Lutins graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received a law degree from the University of Richmond in 1954. He began the ...

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Plaintiff’s pre-existing medical conditions worsened after accident – $1,375,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 22, 2013, the plaintiff was operating his 2004 pick-up truck home from a meeting in Surry County. As he was driving westbound on James River Drive, a 2012 Ford traveling eastbound on James River Drive suddenly came across ...

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