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The elements of (AP) Style

Like thousands of newspapers across America, Virginia Lawyers Weekly uses The Associated Press Stylebook as our source for rules regarding punctuation, phrasing, spelling and general usage. Note that, per AP, there is no Oxford comma after “spelling” in the preceding ...

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‘Largest Law Firms’ survey for 2019 coming in April (access required)


Virginia Lawyers Weekly will publish its annual survey of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms” next month. As has been the case since the feature debuted in 1989, rankings within the survey are based on the number of Virginia-licensed lawyers working at ...

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Nominations open for 2019 ‘Hall of Fame’ honorees


Virginia Lawyers Weekly is now taking nominations for the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, our awards program designed to recognize some of Virginia’s most significant senior lawyers. The deadline for nominations is close of business on Friday, March 29, 2019. ...

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Breit, Cantor firms to merge March 15 (access required)

Two prominent personal injury firms, one in Norfolk and one in Richmond, are merging effective March 15, to create a firm with a statewide footprint. Breit Drescher Imprevento of Norfolk and Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner of Richmond are ...

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22 new Fellows added

WILLIAMSBURG – Each year the Virginia Law Foundation holds its annual Fellows dinner in conjunction with the Virginia Bar Association winter meeting, inducting new Fellows and installing new officers. Anderson “Andy” Morse is the new president of the VLF; a ...

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Garriott to lead VBA, other 2019 officers tapped (access required)


WILLIAMSBURG—Virginia Beach lawyer Richard E. Garriott Jr. became the 131st president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting Jan. 25. Garriott, who practices family law with Pender & Coward, is the first president in the VBA’s long ...

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Certain uncertainty

A guy named Brian Bolar was indicted for two crimes, murder and use of a firearm in commission of a murder. An Alexandria jury acquitted Bolar on the murder charge. But the same jury said he was guilty of using ...

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A Lobster Tale

The Onion has a running gag involving headlines in which a “Florida Man” does something outrageous and often criminal. Then you find out the headline is for a real story from the land of the bizzaro. Examples: “Florida Man Dances ...

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