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2019 Spring Sections Seminar

  • 08 May 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 10 May 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Stonewall Jackson Hotel, 24 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • $125 per section (MedMal is offered in 2 parts for $250). Total cost will be calculated based on registration choices.
  • $125 per section (MedMal is offered in 2 parts for $250). Total cost will be calculated based on registration choices. 2019 VADA membership dues waived for new members registering for this meeting.

Registration is closed

Specialized litigation sections training. Registration includes receptions Wednesday and Thursday nights and VADA Late Night.

New this Year

  • Wednesday Night Welcome Reception
  • Local Government-Specific Programming
    General Session on Insurance Company Operations

Hotel Information

Historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel
24 South Market Street


9.5 CLE Hours (3.0 Ethics) (#VDGG003) 

8:00 AM-6:30 PM THURSDAY
8:00 AM-10 AM FRIDAY

Network: Stonewall_VADA
Password: May2019!

Wednesday, May 8

4:00-6:00      Registration (Stonewall Jackson Hotel Lobby)

6:00-7:30      Welcome Reception at Mill Street Grill
                        (1 Mill Street)
                       Sponsored by MDD, Planet Depos, S-E-A

7:30               Dinner on own

Thursday, May 9

8:00             Registration & Continental Breakfast (Lobby)

9:00-12:00   Appellate Advocacy, 3.0 HRS (Salon A)

Annual Case Law Update
Joseph Pope, Williams Mullen
George Somerville, Harman Claytor Corrigan and Wellman

Interlocutory Appeals and Alternative Means of Having the Supreme Court of Virginia Hear Your Case
Joseph Pope, Williams Mullen
Brian Schneider, Moran, Reeves & Conn

9:00-12:00    Professional Liability, 3.0 HRS (2.0 Ethics) (Salon B)

Malpractice Avoidance: Common Missteps Lawyers Make (2.0 Ethics)
David Fratarcangelo, ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company

The Unintended Consequences of Wyatt v. McDermott: Its Use as a Sword Against Professionals in Custody Cases
H. Robert Yates III, O’Hagan Meyer

9:00-12:00    Policy Coverage, 3.0 HRS (1.0 Ethics) (Salon C)

The Role of Insurance Defense Counsel: Ethical and Coverage  Considerations (1.0 Ethics) (Provided Courtesy of DRI) 
Crystal Uebelher, JD, CPCU, Clarity Education and Consulting

Virginia’s Uninsured Motorist Statute – Practice Pointers and Coverage Considerations
Jay O. Millman, Freeborn & Peters

Advising and Representing Insurance Carriers in Virginia “Bad Faith” Litigation
Theodore I. Brenner, Freeborn & Peters

Virginia Insurance Law Update
Guy M. Harbert III, Gentry Locke

12:00-1:00      Lunch (Sponsored by MLM Insurance in Colonnade)                                                                                                    

1:00-4:00      Product & Toxic Torts Liability, 3.0 HRS (Salon A)    
Sponsored by Exponent

Expert Insight Into Expert Depositions
Hon. Melvin Hughes (Ret), Juridical Solutions
Gray Broughton, Broughton Associates, Inc.
Harold G. Martin, Keiter CPAs
J. Kimon Yiasemides, Ankura Consulting

Is There Any Outside Limit on the Duty to Warn?  Revisiting the Implications of Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc.
Alexandra Cunningham, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Wendy McGraw, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Social Media Evidence: What’s Available? And, How to Get it Admitted
Rajan Rai, DigiStream Investigations
Ryan Walker, Marks & Harrison

1:00-4:00      Corporate & Commercial Litigation, 3.0 HRS (Salon B)

Strategies for Preparing for and Attending Settlement Conference
D. Cameron Beck, Jr., Immediate Past President, McCandlish Holton
 Karissa Kaseorg, McCandlish Holton
 Walker Terry, Moderator, McCandlish Holton

Defending Breach of Contract Actions, Particularly with Dispositive Motions 
Walker Terry, Moderator, McCandlish Holton 
Greg Bean, Gordon & Rees

Case Law Update  
Walker Terry, Moderator, McCandlish Holton 
Greg Bean, Gordon & Rees

1:00-4:00     Medical Malpractice Pt 1, 3.0 HRS (Salon C)

Legislative Update
Scott Johnson, Hancock Daniel

Strategies for Shining a Positive Light on Nursing Homes 
Katherine Londos, Frith Anderson & Peake

What Virginia Defense Attorneys Need to Know About Opioids 
Hunter Jamerson, Macaulay & Jamerson

4:10-5:00     GENERAL SESSION (SALON C) (Provided Courtesy of DRI)

Insurance Company Operations: Who are the People in The  Neighborhood? 1.0 HR
Crystal Uebelher, JD, CPCU, Clarity Education and Consulting

5:00-6:30     Cocktail Reception (Lobby), Sponsored by The McCammon Group
Sponsor Raffle held at this reception - visit our sponsors before the drawing.

6:30             Dinner on own

9:00 –10:30 VADA Late Night at Sorrel’s Lobby Bar, Beer, wine & soft drinks courtesy of our sponsor RTI Forensics

Friday, May 10

8:00-9:00      Continental Breakfast (Lobby)                     

9:00-12:00    Medical Malpractice Pt 2, 2.0 HRS (1.0 Ethics) (Salon C)

Healthcare Cybersecurity 101
Beth Burgin-Waller, Woods Rogers
Dan Han, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kellam T. Parks, Parks Zeigler
Chad Spiers, Sentara Hospital Systems

Medical Malpractice Roundtable (Sorry, MedMal members only

The Ethics of Mediation (1.0 Ethics)
Hon. Michael C. Allen, (Ret.), The McCammon Group
Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, (Ret.), The McCammon Group
Tracy Taylor Hague, LeClair RyanPowell M. Leitch, Gentry Locke 

9:00-12:00     Joint Session: Auto & Transportation Liability with Local Government, 3.0 HRS (Salon B)

How Immigration Status Impacts Defense Strategy
Michael H. Gladstone, McCandlish Holton
Jennifer Smyrnos, Grace Immigration

Update on the Dead Man’s Statute
William P. Wallace, Johnson Ayers & Matthews
John Eure, Johnson Ayers & Matthews

Lights, Sirens, & Sovereign Immunity
Jim Cales, Furniss Davis Rashkind & Saunders
Bobbi Jo Alexis, County Attorney for Culpeper

9:00-12:00    Workers’ Compensation, 3.0 HRS (Salon A)

Update from the Commission
The Honorable Robert A. Rapaport, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission

Legal Defense of Medical Provider Applications
mily S. Kirkpatrick, Midkiff, Muncie & Ross

Use of Unauthorized Treatment DefensesClaire Carr, Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith
Scott Ford, Ford Richardson

12:00   “Grab & Go” or “Sit & Chat” Lunches (Lobby)       

Guest registration fee of $75 includes both evening receptions.  Cancellations accepted (minus a $25 processing fee) by emailing agilbody@vada.org by April 25.  After April 25, we are sorry that we are unable to offer a refund, but substitutions are welcome anytime. 


For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

11533 Busy Street, #327

N. Chesterfield, VA 23236


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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