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Author Archives: Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present the next group of honorees in our program recognizing the leading lawyers in a particular field of law. In this issue, we showcase “Virginia’s Go To Lawyers” for intellectual property law. The attorneys ...

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Obituary: Robert B. Altizer Sr. (access required)

Tazewell attorney Robert B. Altizer Sr. died Sept. 4. He was 71. The eighth generation of his family to live in Southwest Virginia, Mr. Altizer was born in Richlands and graduated from Rich- lands High School in 1969. He went ...

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Man underwent spinal discectomy after auto accident — $400,000 verdict (access required)

Type of action: Auto accident Injuries alleged: Right C4-7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion Name of case: Cifuentes v. Rodriguez Court: Hampton Circuit Court Case no.: CL18-2785 Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge Michael A. Gaten Date ...

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Insurer agreed to mediate after autopsy report revised — $175,000 settlement (access required)

Type of action: Workers’ compensation Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $175,000 Attorney for plaintiff (and city): Stephen Harper, Richmond Description of case: The injured worker died in a motor vehicle accident while he was at work. While driving a truck ...

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Jury finds surgeon did not breach standard of care — Defense verdict (access required)

Type of action: Medical malpractice Injuries alleged: Perforation of common iliac vein during performance of oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) spinal fusion procedure resulting in need for emergency vascular surgery. Plaintiff further alleged she suffered from permanent swelling and leg ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions: Sept. 26 issue (access required)

Effective Sept. 6, 2022, the Fifth District, Section II Subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar issued a public reprimand without terms to Janet A. Smith of Annandale for violating professional rules that govern communication and bar admission and disciplinary matters. ...

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Case settles despite hotly contested injuries issue — $500,000 settlement (access required)

Type of action: Personal injury, auto accident Injuries alleged: Traumatic brain injury, chronic migraines and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome Name of case: Jackson v. Clark Court: Prince William Circuit Court Case no.: CL18002646-000 Tried before: Arbitration Name of judge or ...

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Obituary: Robert N. Sayler (access required)

Charlottesville attorney and retired Uni- versity of Virginia professor Robert N. Sayler died Sept. 7. He was 82. Born and raised in Kansas City, Mr. Sayler was a Kansas high school debate champion before graduating and attending Stanford University. While ...

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First Step Act decisions must be procedurally, substantively reasonable (access required)

Where procedural and substantive reasonableness requirements are necessary to ensure the broad remedial purposes of the First Step Act, but the district court here did not explain why it believed a large upward variance was warranted when it resentenced the ...

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