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In Memoriam: Harold H. Purcell

Retired Louisa County Circuit Judge Harold H. Purcell died July 14 at the age of 87. Judge Purcell served in both the House of Delegates and the Senate before he went on the bench in 1966. In 1958, he patroned ...

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Challenge to fees filed in Henrico County

An early test of the constitutionality of Virginia’s civil remedial fees for abusive drivers could come as early as July 24 in Henrico General District Court. Attorneys Craig Cooley and Esther Windmueller have filed a writ of prohibition seeking to ...

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In Memoriam: Thomas D. Taylor

Warsaw lawyer Thomas D. Taylor died of cancer July 6. He was 72. Mr. Taylor was the first black lawyer in the town, according to his family, and he served Warsaw and Richmond County for more than 30 years, they ...

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In Memoriam: Herman T. Benn

Retired Suffolk lawyer Herman T. Benn passed away on June 29 at the age of 95. in 1962 Mr. Benn won a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation of courtrooms to be unconstitutional. The Suffolk News-Herald has ...

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In Memoriam: Eugene Derryberry

Roanoke business lawyer Eugene E. Derryberry died on July 5 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. Colleagues remembered him as a mentor who loved teaching the younger lawyers at his firm, Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore. ...

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LeClair Ryan expands to Boston

Richmond-based LeClair Ryan will open an office in Boston with 10 partners from the firm of Donovan Hatem LLP. The partners include A. Neil Hartzell, who leads the Boston firm’s business litigation practice group, and Kevin Kenneally, who heads its ...

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