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Policy limits paid after jury found for auto-accident plaintiff – $100,000 Verdict (access required)

This case resulted from a Nov. 23, 2011 non-reportable motor vehicle collision that took place in a Spotsylvania County shopping center plaza. Liability was hotly contested. The plaintiff, a 40-year-old female, alleged that she was stopped, waiting to exit the ...

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Lawyer questions intent of ‘Leader in the Law’ choice

Dear Editor: It’s a great honor to be selected by the Virginia Lawyers Media as a “Leader in the Law,” and my congratulations go to the class of 2015, a distinguished group of honorees. One selection surprised me, however, not ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Aug. 18, an Arlington Circuit Court three-judge panel affirmed a public reprimand issued by the Virginia State Bar Fourth District Committee-Section I on Jan. 27 to Shelly R. Collette of Winchester for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, ...

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Workers’ Comp Commission rules heart attack was job-related – $304,393 Verdict (access required)

The claimant, on the date of his death, was employed as a police officer. Prior to joining the police force, he was subject to a pre-employment medical examination, which found the officer free of respiratory diseases, hypertension, cancer and heart ...

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Mother of two girls killed in wreck on Christmas Eve – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

In this wrongful death case, a 34-year-old mother of two young girls, ages 7 and 10, died on Christmas Eve in 2012 when her car was crushed into a jersey wall by a tractor-trailer that was loaded with logs for ...

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Postal worker struck by tractor-trailer – $625,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was struck by a tractor-trailer while driving his U.S. Postal Service vehicle. He sustained $126,000 in medical bills and a partial wage loss of $48,000 that was ongoing. [15-T-106]   Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident Injuries ...

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Frank N. Cowan (access required)

Longtime Richmond-area lawyer Frank N. Cowan died Aug. 28. He was 79. A native of Danville, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1959; he earned his law degree three later from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law. ...

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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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