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Vada Litigation Sections

VADA offers members the option of joining one (or more) litigation sections providing members with access to resources and information about their specific fields of civil defense law. Below is a list of the sections. Links to the profiles of the section chairs and participating members is also provided. 

There is no charge for section membership; it is part of your overall VADA membership. You can join sections at any time by updating your membership profile, or contact Sherma Mather for more information. Please update your own record to include section memberships as you choose.

Appellate Advocacy

Chair: Joseph Pope

Vice Chair: Joseph Rainsbury

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Corporate & Commercial Litigation

Chair: Karissa Kaseorg

Vice Chair: Phil Abbruscato

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Local Government

Chair: Gerald L. Harris

Vice Chair: Darlene Bradberry

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Medical Malpractice

Chair: Lauren Kadish

Vice Chair: Phylicia Preston

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Chair: Sam Bernier

Vice Chair: Todd Anderson

Policy Coverage

Chair: Josh Goodwin

Vice Chair: Matthew Daly

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Product & Toxic Torts

Chair: Stewart Pollock

Vice Chair: William "Ben" Woody

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Professional Liability

Chair: Tracy Taylor Hague

Vice Chair: David Tait

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Transportation Liability

Chair: Patrick O'Grady

Vice Chair: Britton Wight

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Chair: Melissa Katz

Women's Section

Chair: Rachel D.G. Horvath

Vice Chair: Jodi Simopoulos

Workers' Compensation

Chair: Marilyn Harvey

Vice Chair: Jacob Perkinson

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Young Lawyers Division

Chair: Sarah Jessee

Vice Chair: Ray Escobar

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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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