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Lawyer gives up license, helps fraud prosecution (access required)

A longtime Virginia Beach real estate lawyer has agreed to disbarment after admitting he helped a broker make illegal purchases of foreclosed homes. Jerry Mack Douglas is now cooperating in the prosecution of broker Robert J. Resh, court records show. ...

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Norfolk lawyer surrenders bar license (access required)

Veteran Norfolk attorney Michael F. Fasanaro Jr. has agreed to disbarment in the face of two complaints filed with the Virginia State Bar. Fasanaro admitted he never earned a $7,000 fee he received from a divorce client, according to an ...

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Attorney struck, killed outside courthouse (access required)

A veteran Franklin attorney was struck by a pickup truck and fatally injured Aug. 1 outside the Southampton County courthouse. G. Daniel Forbes Jr., 73, was hit as he was crossing Main Street in Courtland early that morning, reportedly to ...

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Report: LeClairRyan moving toward dissolution (access required)

LeClairRyan has started the process of dissolving, according to a published report. Sources tell The American Lawyer that firm attorneys have been told a wind-down committee is being formed as partners seek positions elsewhere. LeClairRyan lawyers and staff have been ...

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Judge refuses to disqualify prosecutor (access required)

A judge hearing the case of a Northern Neck fatal boating accident has denied a motion to disqualify the commonwealth’s attorney. Circuit Judge Herbert M. Hewitt said he was not persuaded that the rights of the victim’s parents would be ...

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Ex-magistrate claims misconduct rife at Virginia Beach office (access required)

A former magistrate claims she was fired for reporting on-the-job sexual harassment amid rampant alcohol and drug abuse at the Virginia Beach magistrate’s office. Delaware attorney Karly R. Cahill has sued the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office under Title VII ...

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Lawyer, wife charged with abduction, battery (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who runs a marketing service for fellow traffic attorneys has been charged with kidnapping and assaulting an employee. Charles “Van” Hardenbergh – with offices in both Lexington and Petersburg – is accused of holding the employee in ...

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LeClairRyan faces new gender bias suit (access required)

As questions swirl about its future, the once prominent national firm of LeClairRyan PLLC has been named in a new Title VII gender discrimination lawsuit. The suit filed by a former marketing staffer in Richmond federal court comes as firm ...

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Hacked! (access required)


The scene is becoming more common. A deal is done, the papers signed and the money is sent. Then comes the terrifying call: The person expecting the money never got it. With increasing frequency, the explanation is that a thief ...

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