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Morrissey case leads to reprimand for family law attorney (access required)

The Virginia State Bar investigation into an alleged cover-up effort by lawyer and former politician Joe Morrissey has led to a public reprimand against a Richmond-area family law practitioner. Sherri Ann Thaxton of Henrico was found to have violated rules ...

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Four get top VSB ratings for federal judgeship (access required)

Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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Virginia lawyer sentenced to 18 months for fraud (access required)

A Northern Virginia real estate lawyer is headed to federal prison for a year and a half after being convicted in a scam that dashed hopes for a major industrial project in a job-hungry region of east Kentucky. Daniel Goodwin ...

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Trump to name U.S. attorney candidate for Western District (access required)


ROANOKE – President Donald Trump could soon nominate a candidate for the job of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, according to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th. Goodlatte told Roanoke lawyers one name is now under consideration. Goodlatte did ...

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Lawyers avoid sanctions, disqualification in fire loss case (access required)


A federal judge has declined to sanction a group of Virginia lawyers in an insurance coverage dispute, even though the judge said the attorneys “fell far short” of their ethical responsibility in handling the surprise disclosure of their opponent’s claims ...

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Gun and drug convictions lead to lawyer’s 3-state disbarment (access required)

A tax lawyer licensed in Virginia and two other states has surrendered all three licenses following a violent 2015 incident at a South Carolina beach community. Robert J. Howell used to practice from an office in Raleigh, North Carolina. He ...

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Bank accused of borrower protection violations (access required)

Virginia consumer lawyers have filed two proposed class action lawsuits against Bank of America claiming the bank ignored rules designed to protect mortgage-paying homeowners. One suit filed Oct. 5 in Roanoke federal court claims the bank unlawfully continued to report ...

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