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

Upcoming events

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • University of Richmond School of Law
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    Two-day mock trial at the University of Richmond School of Law.  Attorneys will be assigned as co-counsel for the plaintiff or defendant. Coaching, ahead of the event and on-site, provided by experienced members of the defense bar. Current and retired Virginia judges will preside and provide constructive feedback throughout the trial.

    Please register by February 22nd so assignments can be made and trial prep can begin. Registration includes case file, all written materials, networking reception, continental breakfast, & box lunch.  Approved for 7.0 HRS CLE.

    2019 VADA Trial Tactics Workshop Agenda.pdf


    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 20 for the $137 discounted rate.


    Registration for this unique event is limited and fills quickly.  New members, registration includes your first year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2020.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. We need a few volunteers to act as a witness at Saturday's trial (friend, colleague, spouse, parent, sibling, etc.) Volunteer witnesses attend all events for free. 




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

    • 08 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton

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

    New this year:

    • Wednesday Night Networking Reception
      Local Government-specific programming

    Agenda & Registration coming soon.

    Hotel Information

    Historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel 24 South Market Street

    Click here for online hotel reservations at VADA discounted rate of $129.

    Originally opened in 1924, restored in 2005 and now reintroduced with a stylish renovation in 2018. Located in the center of Historic Downtown Staunton, conveniently located at the crossroads of I-81 & I-64 and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel features an indoor heated pool, fitness center and a business center and showcases 8,500 square feet of meeting space with accommodations of up to 400. Staunton’s only full service hotel. Located within walking distance of a myriad of delightful galleries, fine antique stores, artisan shops, Mary Baldwin University, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Frontier Culture Museum, the American Shakespeare Center and a variety of dining choices.


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

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • Richmond

    Summer 2019 - Exact date TBD

    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 04 Oct 2019
    • Hilton Norfolk, The Main

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

    New this year

    ·       “What Plaintiff’s Counsel Doesn’t Want You to Know” 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

    Further information to be posted in summer 2019.


    Thank you to our sponsors,

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

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    1. Details

    2. One-day seminar where participants learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.
    • 14 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Tides Inn, Irvington


    Specialized litigation sections training. Includes Networking Reception Thursday Night and Young Lawyers Late Night.

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

    • 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.

    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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