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2019 Annual Meeting

  • 02 Oct 2019
  • 04 Oct 2019
  • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA, 23510


  • Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for assistance with registration code.
  • Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for assistance with registration code.


Charting a Course for Successful Litigation

VADA's 51st Annual Meeting.  We will be meeting at the new Hilton Norfolk The Main in downtown Norfolk. 

New this year

·       “Insights from the Plaintiff's Counsel” session

·       “Insights from the Jurors: Jurors' Insights on the Trial of Cases" session 

·       “Through the Eyes of the Insured” session

·       Dine-Around Group Dinners Wednesday Night

·       Additional VADA Late-Night Wednesday Night

·       Thursday Night Reception Off-site at the Harbor Club at Waterside

Thank you to our 2019 Annual Meeting Planning Committee!

Chair: Jason G. Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers, Roanoke
Nikki Antolic, Bancroft McGavin, Fairfax
Brianna L. Barnes, Willcox & Savage, Norfolk
Eileen Geller, O’Hagan Meyer, Richmond
Kevin Gick, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers, Roanoke
Jonathan Hyslop, Furniss, Davis, Rashkind and Saunders, Norfolk
Kristin P. Moberley, Woods Rogers, Roanoke
Nathan Moberley, Frith, Anderson + Peake, Roanoke
Matt Moynihan, Taylor Walker, Norfolk
Elizabeth Papoulakos, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
Joseph A. “Joe” Piasta, Johnson Ayers & Matthews, Roanoke


Registration fee of $425 includes all sessions, breakfasts & lunches, networking receptions, late nights, and written materials. New members joining VADA will have their first year membership fee waived for 2020.  First membership bill will be sent January 2021.

Guest registration fee of $125 includes Wednesday and Thursday receptions. For guest ticket information for Thursday's Awards lunch, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org. 

Cancellations accepted until 9/18, minus a $25 processing fee.  No refunds after 9/18, but substitutions welcome anytime. Email Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for further information. Business attire is recommended.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the VADA-discounted rate of $159.  The room block will be available until September 10th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.  Click here to use the online booking tool.

Draft Agenda

Requesting 11.0 Hours CLE

Wednesday, October 2 

5:30 PM             President’s Welcome Reception (Main Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor) Sponsored by Philip Blackburn

7:00 PM             Dine Around Norfolk
The Annual Meeting Committee has selected 10 restaurants within walking distance of Hilton The Main Norfolk.  Sign up for this fun “Dutch treat” event when you register, and enjoy networking with colleagues over dinner at your restaurant of choice. Sign up instructions will be sent to meeting registrants in the fall. 

·               Brick Anchor Brew House, 241 Granby Street
·                Byrd & Baldwin Bros Steakhouse, 116 Brooke Avenue
·                Chartreuse Bistro, 205 E. City Hall Avenue
·                Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar, 111 W. Tazewell St. 
·                Saint Germain, 255 Granby Street
·                Saltine, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk (The Main)
·                Shula’s 347 Grill, 235 E. Main Street
·                Texas de Brazil, 300 Monticello Ave #147
·                Todd Jurich’s Bistro, 150 W. Main Street
·                Varia, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk (The Main) 

9:30 PM             VADA “Late Night” (Blue Moon TapHouse Tavern Room, Waterside)
Sponsored by RTI

Thursday, October 3

 6:00 AM            DRI for Life Group Run or Walk  

8:00 AM            Registration & Continental Breakfast (Main Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor) 

8:00 AM            Past Presidents’ Breakfast 

8:55 AM            Welcome & Announcements 
John B. Mumford, Jr., Hancock Daniel, President, VADA 

9:00 AM            A Look Behind the Curtain: Insights from Plaintiff’s Counsel on Injury Litigation (1.00 HR)
Moderator, John B. Mumford, Hancock Daniel
Elliott M. Buckner, Breit Cantor Grana BucknerStephanie E. Grana, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner
Malcolm E. McConnell, III, Allen Allen Allen & Allen

10:00 AM          Lawyer Well-Being:  A Profession in Crisis?  (1.00 HR) James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar 

11:00 AM          Networking Break/Sponsor Visits 

11:15 AM           Avoiding the “Reptile” in Written Discovery and Depositions (1.25 HRS)
Matthew G. Moffett, Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP, Atlanta (DRI)
Taylor Denslow Brewer, Moran Reeves Conn
Hon. F. Bradford “Brad” Stillman (Ret.), The McCammon Group, Norfolk
Hon. Randall D. Smith, 1st Judicial Circuit of Virginia 

12:30 PM          Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by The McCammon Group 

2:30–5:30 PM  SECTIONS BREAKOUTS (Choose one) 

Sessions TBD

Sponsored by Accident Technology 

Vehicle System Evidence, Who Owns All That Data?
Matt Dwyer, Accident Technology
David Drash, Teumer Kimbrell & Drash

Navigating Indemnity Agreements and Related Litigation
James Jennings, Woods Rogers

Pitfalls in Determining Whether a Person is an Employee or Independent Contractor
Speakers TBD

Litigation of Police Cases
Mike Beverly, Norfolk City Attorney's Office
Darlene P. Bradberry, Newport News City Attorney's Office
John D. Gilbody, Henrico County Attorney/s Office
Moderator: James A. Cales III, Furniss, Davis, Rashkind & Saunders

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE (3.00 HRS) Sponsored by Juridical Solutions

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act 101
Page Gravely, Hancock Daniel
Annie E. Howard, Hancock Daniel

Liability for Mandatory Reporting: A Case Study
Buckley Warden, ThompsonMcMullan
Michael Matheson, ThompsonMcMullan

Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice Motions in Limine
Madelaine Kramer, Sands Anderson

Sessions TBD

PRODUCT & TOXIC TORTS (3.00 HRS) Sponsored by Forcon
Sessions TBD

Sessions TBD

Sessions TBD

6:00 PM             NETWORKING RECEPTION (The Harbor Club, 2ndFloor at Waterside)  
Sponsored by Matson, Driscoll & Damico

7:30 PM             Dinner (On your own) 

9:30 PM             VADA “Late Night” (Grain, Hilton Norfolk The Main)
Sponsored by Planet Depos & S-E-A 

Friday, October 4 

6:00 AM            DRI for Life Fitness Class 

8:00 AM            Breakfast Honoring the Virginia Judiciary

Through the Eyes of Jurors:  Jurors’ Insights on the Trial of Cases (1.0 HR)
Hon. David B. Carson, 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia 

Confirmed Attendees
Hon. Daniel S. Fiore, II, 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Tracy Calvin Hudson, 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia
on. William T. Newman, Jr., 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Carroll A. Weimer, Jr., 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Bruce D. White, 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. James A. Willett, 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia

8:55 AM            Sponsor Raffle Drawing 

9:00 AM            Through the Eyes of the Insured: The Life of a Civil Lawsuit (1.00 HR)
Jason Guy Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers

10:00 AM          The First Line of Defense: Key Responsive Pleadings and How and When to Use Them (1.0 HR)
A. William Charters, Goodman Allen Donnelly
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Hon. Gary A. Mills, 7thJudicial Circuit of Virginia 

11:00 AM          Networking Break/Sponsor Visits 

11:15 AM          Spoliation in the Wake of Emerald Point, LLC v. Hawkins (1.0 HR)
Brian N. Casey, Taylor Walker
Audra M. Dickens, McCandlish Holton
Nathan H. Snetzler, Frith Anderson & Peake 

12:15 PM          Ethics in the Use of Social Media and Other Technology During Trial (1.0 HR) 
Danielle D. Giroux, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Hon. John M. Tran, 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Tasha D. Scott, 4th Judicial District of Virginia 

1:15 PM             CLE Adjourn & “Grab & Go or Sit & Chat” Lunch
Sponsored by MLM

Meeting rooms subject to change; please confirm onsite.


Thank you to our sponsors,

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

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

1915 Huguenot Road, Ste 301

Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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