BMHJ Blog: Legal Information, Resources, & News

Congratulations to the VADA’s New President

November 2nd, 2019
By: admin

On October 4, 2019, Melissa H. Katz was inducted as the 2019-2020 President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”). The firm congratulates her on this accomplishment and continues to be supportive of this organization which promotes civility and education in the practice of law. The mission of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys is to assist Virginia attorneys in the professional and ethical representation of their clients in civil litigation through education, communication and fellowship.

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The Proliferation of Electric Scooters

Melissa H. Katz, Esquire
August 28th, 2019
By: Melissa H. Katz, Esquire

After being introduced in the D.C. area in 2017, electric scooters have gained popularity as evidenced by their usage in various localities throughout Virginia. Local governments have created pilot programs to examine whether this mode of transportation should be officially adopted1. While electric scooters are toted as both a means to reduce traffic congestion and protect our environment, they have also generated a plethora of complaints and safety concerns from both pedestrians and motorists, alike. Issues have arisen either because local governments have not sufficiently planned for electric scooter use and/or because of errant operators. After one municipality contracted with an electric scooter vendor, hundreds of scooters were dropped off the next day and before the City had finalized the areas of scooter usage, leading to headaches and confusion2. Motorists and pedestrians have also expressed frustrations resulting from electric scooter users flagrantly violating prohibitions against riding on sidewalks; ignoring traffic laws as applicable; and disregarding vendor’s rules regarding age restrictions, multiple users at one time, and careless abandonment of the scooter after use.

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John D. McGavin and Julia B. Judkins named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America

August 19th, 2019
By: admin

Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, PC is pleased to announce that John D. McGavin and Julia B. Judkins have been named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Practice areas for both to include Defendant’s Personal Injury with additional areas for John McGavin at

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Criminal Defense – Felony Charge Dropped

May 1st, 2019
By: admin

Photo of Charles Nucciarone
Associate Charles Nucciarone, who is part of the firm’s traffic/criminal defense practice, recently represented a client who was charged with one felony count of Violation of a Child Custody Order – an offense carrying up to 5 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. After successfully moving the court to set bond in the case, Mr. Nucciarone was able to obtain evidence that showed the context of the accusations against his client and demonstrated his clients’ innocence. After multiple lengthy negotiations and discussions with the prosecutor, he was able to convince the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney to drop the charges against his client prior to the preliminary hearing. Mr. Nucciarone’s client was able to maintain her clean record, avoid negative employment consequences, and, most importantly, reunite her family.

Should you or a loved one need representation for a criminal, DWI/DUI, or traffic case, contact Charles Nucciarone or Michael Thorsen to discuss your case and how they can help you.

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2019 Virginia Super Lawyers

April 27th, 2019
By: admin

Our Firm is Proud of the accomplishments of our Attorneys and their recognition as 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers:

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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