phone 703.385.1000
fax 703.385.1555

 

Melissa Hogue Katz

PrincipalMelissa Katz - Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 385-1000 Telephone
(703) 385-1555 Facsimile
mkatz@bmhjlaw.com

Areas of Practice

Civil litigation and trial practice in Federal and State Courts throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia, including:

  • Appellate practice
  • Personal injury/Auto accident claims
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Nursing Home Malpractice

Education

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia, B.A. 1987
  • Graduate: University of Richmond,
    The T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D. 1990
  • Cambridge University
    Summer Study Abroad Law Program
    Cambridge, England 1988

Employment

  • Principal
    Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
    (1999-Present)
  • Associate
    Trichilo, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
    (1991-1998)
  • Law Clerk to Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell
    Supreme Court of Virginia (1990-1991)

Bar Memberships

  • Virginia (1990)
  • District of Columbia (2002)

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

  • AV

Court Admissions

  • U. S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Member, CLE Committee, 2007-2008, Moderator of Appellate Practice CLE, December 2007,
    • Member CLE Committee, 2008-2009, Moderator of Evidentiary Objections During Expert Witness Testimony, October 2008
    • Member, Circuit Court Committee, 2005-2006, 2016 to present
    • Member, CLE Committee, Moderator of Appellate Practice CLE, December 2003
    • Member, General District Court Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA)
    • Executive Committee, Secretary, 2016 to 2017
    • Board of Directors, Director Emeritus, 2015 to 2016
    • Board of Directors, Potomac Region, 2013 to 2015
    • Board of Directors, Member at Large, 2012-2013
    • Chair, Auto & Transportation Section, 2010-2011
    • Vice-Chair, Auto & Transportation Section, 2009-2010
    • Fall Convention Committee, 2008-2009
    • Judicial Awards and Endorsement Committee, 2005-2007 Member, CLE Committee, 2009-2010; 2008-2009
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA)
    • Board of Editors, The Journal of Civil Litigation, 2013 to 2016
  • DC Defense Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Women’s Attorneys Association
    • Board of Directors,2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2010
    • Board of Directors, Membership & Past
  • Virginia Women’s Attorneys Association, The Northern Chapter
    • Board of Directors, Leadership, 2006 to 2007
    • Board of Directors, Membership & Past
    • President, 2005 -2006
    • President, 2004 to 2005
    • Secretary, 2003 to 2004
    • Director, 2002 to 2003

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Virginia's Top AV Rated Lawyers
  • Law Review
  • Moot Court Board
  • Order of the Barrister
  • Editor-in-Chief, Juris Publici      

Reported or Published Cases

  • Cain v. Lee, 772 S.E.2d 894 (Va. 2015
  • Sunrise Continuing Care, LLC v. Wright,  ___ Va. ____ (January 16, 2009).
  • Div. Access Control, Inc. v. Landrum, No. 3:06cv414, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31133 (April 27, 2007).
  • Gibson v. BSA, No. 05-1363, 163 Fed. Appx. 206, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 761 (January 12, 2006) (On brief).
  • O'Neill v. Windshire-Copeland Assocs., L.P., No. 02-1271, 372 F.3d 281, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 11781 (June 16, 2004) (On brief).
  • Clean Sweep Prof'l Parking Lot Maint., Inc. v. Talley, No. 030058, 267 Va. 210, 591 S.E.2d 79, 2004 Va. LEXIS 17 (January 16, 2004) (On brief).
  • O'Neill v. Windshire-Copeland Assoc., L.P., 372 F.3d 281 (4th Cir. 2004) (On brief).
  • Clean Sweep Professional Parking Lot Maintenance, Inc. v. Talley, 267 Va. 210, 591 S.E.2d 79 (2004) (On brief).
  • Honsinger v. Eagan, 266 Va. 269, 585 S.E.2d 597 (2003) (On brief).
  • Williams v. Condit, 265 Va. 49, 574 S.E.2d 241 (2003).
  • Lombard v Rohrbaugh, 262 Va 484, 551 S.E. 2d 349 (2001).
  • Pappas v. Potomac Party Cruises, Inc., No. 98-2212, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 12443 (4th Cir. March 2, 2000).
  • Konkel v. Bob Evans Farms, 165 F.3d 275 (4th Cir. 1999).
  • Roe v. Spotsylvania Mall Co., No. 96-2403, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 7806 (4th Cir. January 27, 1998).
  • Reardon Commercial Interiors v. Adden Furniture, No. 97-1363, 1998 U.S. app. LEXIS 2966 (4th Cir. December 3, 1997).
  • Copenhaver v. Rent-A-Crane, No. 92-2439, 1994 U.S. App. 19476 (4th Cir. June 28, 1994).
  • Recalde v. ITT Hartford, 254 Va. 501, 492 S.E.2d 435 (1997).
  • Payne v. Carroll, 250 Va. 336, 461 S.E.2d 837 (1995).
  • Robertson v. Metropolitan Wash. Airport Auth., 249 Va. 72, 452 S.E.2d 845 (1995).
  • Leggett v. Caudill, 247 Va. 130, 439 S.E.2d 350 (1994).

Lectures and Seminars

  • Speaker, VADA Paralegal Seminar, June 10, 2016
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Medical Experts and Records CLE, "Examining Oposing Doctor Expert Witnesses:  Deposition and Trial Strategies", March 20, 2014
  • Coach, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys ("VADA") at 2014 Trial Tactics Workshop, University of Richmond Law School, March 7-8, 2014 involving medical malpractice claim
  • Speaker, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring Series Seminar, "After Wakole v. Barber" and Effective Techniques in Handling Breakdown of Non-Economic Damages During Closing Argment, May 2013.
  • Speaker, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring Series Seminar, Getting the Most Out of Your Medical Expert -- Preparing a Medical Expert to be Effective & Efficient at Trial, May 2012
  • Speaker, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Personal Injury, Presentation re: Opposing Motions for Rule 4:10 Medical Examinations, September 2010
  • Speaker, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA), Spring Series, May 13, 2010, Traumatic Brain Injury:  Opposing Motions to Exclude Neuropsychological Testimony on findings of Malingering
  • Coach,  Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA), Annual Trial Tactics Workshop 2010 in case involving alleged arson and denial of coverage.
  • Speaker, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Personal Injury, Presentation re: Motions in Limine, November 17, 2009.
  • Moderator, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Evidentiary Objections during Expert Witness Testimony, October 2008.
  • Moderator, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Appellate Practice, December 2007
  • Guest Speaker, Trial Advocacy Class, The George Mason School of Law, Voir Dire conducted from the defense perspective, October 2007.
  • Guest Speaker, Trial Advocacy Class, The George Mason School of Law, Voir Dire conducted from the defense perspective , March 2007.
  • Speaker, American University Law School, January 2006, Business Etiquette on the Job; Certificate of Achievement Awarded to the Womens’ Attorneys Association of the Northern Chapter for this Program, 2006.
  • Speaker, George Mason School of Law, February 2006, Corporate Etiquette - the Do’s and Don’ts after getting the job. Certificate of Achievement Awarded to the Womens’ Attorneys Association of the Northern Chapter for this Program, 2006.
  • Moderator, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”), Judicial Panel for Right Start Program, December 2005
  • Speaker, VADA Annual Convention, Remembering the Golden Rule & 10 Other Common Grounds for Mistrial, October 2005
  • Judge, National Trial Competition for Law Students February 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Trial Advocacy Classes, The George Mason School of Law, Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses & Voir Dire, 2002-2003
  • Moderator, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Appellate Practice Seminar, April 2003
  • Speaker, VADA, Spring Series, 2002, Auto & Premises Liability, Discovery Regarding Expert Witness and Disclosure of Financial Information

Publications

  • Third-Party Observers Should Not Be Present at Rule 4:10 Medical Examinations Unless Plaintiff Can Prove Good Cause, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Spring 2014 (Quarterly Publication by the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys).
  • In Closing: The Improper Injection of Opinion During Closing Arguments and the Critical Importance of Contemporaneous Objection, the Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, Summer 2012 (Quarterly Publication by the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys).
  • Editor-in-Chief, Firm Quarterly Newsletter, 2003 to 2009

Events

  • Member, Fall Conference Convention Committee, VADA, October 28-30, 2009, Westfield's Marriott.
  • Chair of the 2009 Virginia Womens Attorneys' Association Second Webweavers Event, September 25-27, 2009, "Tweet, Linked In, Show Your Face:  Attracting New Clients and Expanding Your Business Through Social Networking and On-Line Media,"  Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, Virginia. 
  • Speaker, “Fine-tuning the Social Aspects of Networking”, Virginia Womens Attorneys’ Association Webweavers Event, September 28, 2007, Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, Virginia.

Interests and Other Activities

  • CROSSFIT
    • Level I Certification 11/09
    • Level 2 Certification
    • Olympic Weightlifting Certification
    • Striking Certification
    • CrossFit Kids Certification

 

Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath, & Judkins, P.C., handles civil and business litigation defense, insurance law and defense, government and municipal law, workers' compensation, and DUI/traffic defense  cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the District of Columbia.

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Office Location

9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA, 22030

phone:703.385.1000
fax:703.385.1555


 

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