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Trial Tactics Workshop

Melissa H. Katz, Esquire
March 20th, 2019
By: Melissa H. Katz, Esquire

mock trial courtroomOn March 15-16, 2019, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”) conducted its popular Trial Tactics Workshop at the University of Richmond School of Law. Experienced civil defense attorneys coached newer attorneys who signed up to participate in a full day mock personal injury trial. The fact pattern was grisly and involved amputation of the plaintiff’s right arm after he developed an infection from burns he sustained after being allegedly crammed into an MRI machine that may have been too small for his large stature. The issues were whether the radiologist breached the standard of care and whether plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the breach. Judges from around our Commonwealth kindly agreed to share their time and preside over these mock trials. This included the Hon. John W. Brown of the Chesapeake Circuit Court, Hon. David B. Carson of the Roanoke City Circuit Court, Hon. John M. Tran of the Fairfax County Circuit Court and Hon. Archer L. Yeatts III (Ret.) of the Henrico General District Court. These judges offered sage advice as well as constructive critique of each participant’s trial skills. Our own associate, Charles Nucciarone, had the opportunity to participate in the workshop. Our firm is very active in the VADA and continues to support and participate in the educational opportunities frequently offered by VADA and other organizations to improve our knowledge and trial skills in the area of insurance defense and coverage. #VADAtrialtacticsworkshop2019 #trialskills

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Legislative Update: House and Senate pass bill on spoliation of evidence.

March 1st, 2019
By: admin

The summary of bill as passed:

Spoliation of evidence. Establishes that a party or potential litigant has a duty to preserve evidence that may be relevant to reasonably foreseeable litigation. The bill further provides that a court (i) upon finding prejudice to another party from loss, disposal, alteration, concealment, or destruction of such evidence, may order measures no greater than necessary to cure the prejudice, or (ii) only upon finding that the party acted recklessly or with the intent to deprive another party of the evidence’s use in the litigation, may (a) presume that the evidence was unfavorable to the party, (b) instruct the jury that it may or shall presume that the evidence was unfavorable to the party, or (c) dismiss the action or enter a default judgment. The bill further provides that no independent cause of action for negligent or intentional spoliation of evidence is created.

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The Firm Is Pleased To Announce Our Newest Principals and Partners

March 1st, 2019
By: admin

Effective January 1, 2019, Nicholas (“Nick”) J. Lawrence and Martin Schubert became Principals of the firm.

Nicholas J. Lawrence photoNick attended college at Virginia Tech, served in the U.S. Marines, and then attended law school at George Mason University, where he graduated cum laude. Thereafter, he served as law clerk to The Hon. Jonathan C. Thacher of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County for one year before joining our firm as an associate in 2009. Nick’s practice focuses on defense of personal injury, auto, and premises liability claims as well as insurance coverage issues and construction defects. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and active with the Fairfax Bar Association.

Martin Schubert photoMartin attended Marshall University graduating summa cum laude and magna cum laude when he graduated from George Mason University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to The Hon. William D. Hamblen of the Circuit Court of Prince William. Subsequently, he joined our firm as an associate in 2011. Martin is licensed both in Virginia and D.C. His practice focuses on insurance defense, employment litigation, defense of personal injury, auto, and premises liability claims, construction litigation, nonprofit defense, and intentional tort and contract litigation. Martin is a member of the George Mason Inns of Court, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association.

Effective January 1, 2019, Matthew (“Matt”) A. Roberson and Anna Gillespie Zick became Partners of the firm.

Matthew Roberson photoMatt attended college at the University of Georgia Honors Program, graduating summa cum laude, and is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to The Hon. Charles J. Maxfield of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County. He joined our law firm as an associate in 2013. Matt focuses his practice on personal injury, auto accident, premises liability, and intentional tort claims, and veterinary malpractice defense. He is licensed in Virginia, D.C. and New York. Matt is a member of the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Auto & Transportation section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

Anna Gillespie Zick photoAnna graduated college from Clemson University, summa cum laude, and the William & Mary School of Law, cum laude. After graduating from law school, she served as law clerk to The Hon. Charles J. Maxfield of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County. Thereafter, she joined our law firm as an associate in 2014. Anna focuses her practice on civil litigation, complex personal injury defense, nonprofit defense and premises liability. She is licensed in Virginia and D.C. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

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Updates 2019 General Assembly Session

February 22nd, 2019
By: admin

Bills of interest that will become law effective July 1, 2019, include the following:

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Congratulations to Melissa Katz

February 19th, 2019
By: admin

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The firm congratulates Melissa H. Katz on her recent recognition by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly of being part of the 2019 Inaugural Class of Influential Women of the Law. Melissa is also President-Elect of the Virginia Defense Attorneys Association and focuses her practice on complex personal injury and premises liability defense.

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This blog and the information provided has been prepared by Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. (“BMHJ”) for information purposes only and is not intended nor to be construed as legal advice. This blog may contain the opinions of the members and associates of this firm on various legal issues and is not legal advice. Read More