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Any questions about these meetings can be directed to Amy Gilbody, Director of Meetings, at agilbody@vada.org.

Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Slingshot Game Club, 3301 W. Clay St. Richmond, VA 23230

    Registration is now open!

    Don’t hibernate this winter! Bundle up to come out and play with your friends. Join the VADA and Richmond in-house colleagues from ACC National Capital Region Chapter for a fun night of food, beer and vintage arcade games at SLINGSHOT in Scott’s Addition.

    Enjoy duckpin bowling, skeeball, bocce ball, and much more! Grab your coat and head over for a rollin' good time. The event is free of charge for VADA and ACC members, thanks to our sponsors.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • University of Richmond School of Law

    We are pleased to offer a CLE program and new educational opportunity for the more experienced practitioner, although young lawyers are also encouraged to sign up.  


    The Advanced Expert Witness Workshop will be held at the University of Richmond Law School from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (up to 5 CLE credit hours pending) followed by a reception.   The agenda is focused on effective cross examination of a variety of experts, preparing your experts for cross examination, and practical tips to combat some vexing expert discovery issues.   The agenda includes, with more speakers and topics to be announced, the following:  

    ·       Stop Harassing My Experts!  How to Defend Experts from Onerous Financial Disclosure Requests and How to Prepare your Expert for Cross Examination on Financial Interest and/or Bias. 

    Danielle Giroux, Harman Claytor Corrigan Wellman
    Tate C. Love, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.

    ·       When to Use Vocational Rehabilitation and Life Care Planner experts and Effective Cross Examination

    Sean Workowski, Frith Anderson & Peake
    Susan Wirt, MSN, Wirt & Associates

    ·       Cutting the Malarkey in Premises Liability and Construction Cases:  How to identify when plaintiff’s liability experts erroneously claim violations of inapplicable codes and voluntary standards, what to do, and how to effectively use your own liability expert. 

    Nicholas J. Lawrence, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. 
    Jim Schofield, CED Technologies

    ·       Effective Use of Accident Reconstruction Experts in Virginia

    David Drash, Teumer &Drash
    Matt Dwyer, President, Accident Technology, Inc.
    H. Robert Yates, O'Hagan Meyer

    ·       Expert War Stories and Tips on Effective Cross Examination of Engineering Experts

    Moderator: Madelaine Kramer, Sands Anderson
    Marty Conn, Moran Reeves & Conn
    Michael Garnier, Garnier & Garnier
    Sam Sudler, S-E-A
    Additional panelists pending


    Limited VADA-discounted hotel rooms are available at the Westin Richmond (6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230).  Call 888-627-7786 and mention "VADA" before February 22 for the $137 discounted rate.


    Registration for this unique event is limited and fills quickly. 

    $175 - Early Bird Registration (Discounted registration fee ends February 21)
    $200 - Regular Registration (After February 21)

    New members, registration includes your first year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2021.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. 


    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • The Boulders at 1115 Boulders Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235

    Who’s ready for a little friendly competition with the VTLA with the extra bonus of benefiting ourselves and helping our community?  That’s right – a competition!  We are excited to announce our first 5k race between the VADA and VTLA! 


    Both organizations are gold sponsors of the 2020 HCA Va. Sports Med. 5K, which is in its third year.  This race also raises money for the charitable cause of “Feed More Richmond”, an organization providing food to the homeless.   The news is even better since you don’t have to run to participate!   Whether you walk, jog, run, or race – you can still take part in the fun, camaraderie, and community spirit (and of course, the opportunity to claim some bragging rights over the VTLA). 

    Race day arrival is 9:30 with a race start time of 10:30am. There will be a group warm-up prior to race and the race is chip timed.

    Vendors, activities and kids games will all take place inside facility and be sure to bring cash for the breakfast food truck. Plenty of parking.

    Course Map (course is stroller friendly, walk or run)
    Event Flyer         

    Registration Info

    Early Bird Registration: $20 (By January 31)
    Regular Registration: $25 (After January 31)
    Late Registration: $30 (After February 29)

    Registration in done directly via the HCA VA Sports Med 5K webpage.  Please sign up here under the VADA team.  The VADA team can also be comprised of staff and family members!  VADA can win in multiple ways to include having the largest team, best race times, and largest group contribution to the race charitable cause of “Feed More Richmond.”   After the race, there will be live music and other festivities!

    The Wellness Initiative is designed to promote fitness and well-being in our legal community.   The benefits of exercise in our demanding profession include decreasing stress, improving mood, and increasing longevity.  There is no time like the present to prioritize your health.  So, dust off those running/walking shoes and inspire your firm and family by SIGNING UP to participate in this fun event.   This also complements all those 2020 New Year Resolutions!  Google the “from Couch to 5k programs” to get moving and/or check out this link.

    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Join us for an evening of networking and fun with fellow VADA members.  Drinks, snacks and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsor, Planet Depos. Bring a colleague, who is not yet a VADA member, for an extra raffle ticket. Registration is free, but RSVPs are requested.  

    Many thanks to our sponsor,

    • 13 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 15 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hotel Madison, 710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    New Location

    The 2020 Spring Sections Seminar will be held at the new Hotel Madison on the JMU campus.


    Specialized litigation sections training. Includes Networking Receptions on Wednesday and Thursday Nights and Young Lawyers Late Night.

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

    • 01 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • Location & Summer 2020 Date TBD

    A must-attend event for paralegals of all levels working in civil defense firms. This one-day seminar is designed to hone your skills as a valuable member of your legal team. Instructors include attorneys and senior paralegals from several Virginia defense firms. Space is limited, so register today.

    Draft Agenda

    Sessions similar to: 

    • The Rules of Engagement: Primer on Federal and State 
    • Who’s Who? How to Effectively and Efficiently Research 
    • Tips and Best Practices for Assisting with Document Review & Production
    • Trials 101: A Paralegal’s Role in Trial Prep and Trial

    Final agenda coming Spring 2020.


    Opening Spring 2020.

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 16 Oct 2020
    • The Homestead Resort


    VADA's 52nd Annual Meeting at the beautiful Homestead Resort. Further details and registration coming in 2020.

    Hotel Information

    Use this reservation link to take advantage of the VADA-discounted rate of $180/night.  Book soon, as this rate is guaranteed until September 17 or the room block fills, whichever is first.


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

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

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Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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