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John E. McCollum (access required)

Retired Northern Virginia solo practitioner John E. “Jack” McCollum died Jan. 27, 2015. He was 84. Mr. McCollum earned his undergraduate degree from American University; he received his law degree from the university’s Washington College of Law in 1958. He was ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On July 28, an Albemarle County Circuit Court three-judge panel issued a public reprimand to Gary L. Close of Culpeper for violating a professional rule that governs diligence. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Close, according ...

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Disability benefits terminated based on comp/severance release – $399,168 in benefits reinstated (access required)

The claimant was injured at work on Dec. 19, 2011. Two claims arose out of that injury: a workers’ compensation claim and an ERISA long-term disability benefits claim. Reliance Standard began paying benefits after agreeing  that the claimant was disabled ...

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Doctor completely transected ureter during hysterectomy – $350,000 Settlement (access required)

On May 14, 2013, the defendant performed a total vaginal hysterectomy on the plaintiff. During the procedure, the plaintiff suffered an iatrogenic injury to her left ureter, whereby the ureter was transected and/or fused shut, preventing the flow of urine ...

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Unnecessary surgery led to vision impairment, job loss – $1,600,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff suffered permanent central vision loss in her right eye following a vitrectomy performed by Dr. Randall Wong at Capital Eye Consultants. Dr. Wong performed the surgery to repair an epiretinal membrane. The plaintiff alleged that the surgery was ...

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Pedestrian struck by turning car while crossing intersection – $65,000 Arbitration Award (access required)

Plaintiff was an 18-year-old female pedestrian who crossed in a designated marked crosswalk at the intersection of Richmond Highway and Frye Road in Alexandria on July 26, 2013. The defendant was traveling east on Frye Road, preparing to make a ...

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C. Flippo Hicks (access required)

Gloucester attorney C. Flippo Hicks, a former president of the Virginia State Bar, died Aug. 13 at Heron Cove in Gloucester. He was 86. Known as “Flip,” Mr. Hicks grew up in Port Royal, and received undergraduate and law degrees ...

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Driver backing out of driveway caused 3-car collision – $90,000 Settlement (access required)

On Aug. 1, 2012, plaintiff, a 25-year-old senior consultant for the Department of the Navy was traveling southbound on N. Quincy Street in Arlington when the defendant backed out of her driveway. When the defendant entered the roadway, she was ...

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‘Leaders in the Law’ for 2015 named

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Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the 2015 class of “Leaders in the Law.” Now in its 10th year, this awards program recognizes the lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting the standard for other ...

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