The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys elected Richmond lawyer John Owen as its new president when it held its annual meeting in Roanoke last month. Owen, a partner at Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, becomes the fourth lawyer from that ...Read More »
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A change of heart by a single justice has brought an end to a short-lived “relaxed” standard for failure-to-warn claims under Virginia products liability law. After rehearing a products liability case, Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. switched ...
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HOT SPRINGS – Trial judges need to do their share to prevent rude and unprofessional conduct among lawyers, according to a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Justice Donald W. Lemons said trial judges actually contribute to incivility when ...Read More »
The Virginia State Bar is proposing to give a green light to plaintiffs’ lawyers talking directly with insurance adjusters, but tort defense lawyers are signaling caution. The Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers warns about unintended consequences and oversimplification of the ...Read More »
Legislation approved by the General Assembly – but not yet signed by the governor – would create a new class of plaintiffs in Virginia civil litigation: representatives of the unborn. Some observers warn the bill creating a cause of action ...Read More »
Richmond lawyer Lisa Frisina Clement says she wants to implement a group approach to improving Virginia’s defense bar after taking the reins of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Clement became president of the defense bar at the group’s annual ...Read More »
Trial lawyers are cheering and the defense bar and at least one corporation are booing a proposed Legal Ethics Opinion on lawyers’ obligations for unpaid liens in personal injury cases. LEO 1858, as drafted, says it is unethical for a ...Read More »
Jill Wells Nunnally is the new executive director of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Nunnally succeeds Leigh Farmer, who resigned after 19 years in the position. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond law ...
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Plaintiffs with minor personal injury claims and other civil litigators with small-scale claims may have greater access to Virginia general district courts under a pending legislative proposal. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The plan, contained in two ...Read More »
Rookie lawyers begin building their reputations the moment they set foot in the courtroom. A lawyer can reassure his client by looking like he knows his way around. Before you appear in front of a particular judge, talk to a ...Read More »