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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: Elaine McCafferty

Vice Chair: Kristen Mynes

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Auto & Transportation Liability

Chair: Jonathan Hogins

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Corporate & Commercial Litigation

Chair: Declan Leonard

Vice Chair: Dan Eggleston

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Local Government

Chair: Douglas Barber

Vice Chair: Leah Han

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Medical Malpractice

Chair: Jacob Pierce

Vice Chair: Laura Lee Miller

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Chair: Alexandra (Dare) Essig

Vice Chair: Brian Vieth

Policy Coverage

Chair: Pete Schurig

Vice Chair: Michael Essig

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Product & Toxic Torts

Chair: John Dunnigan

Vice Chair: Karlo Goronja

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Professional Liability

Chair: Colin Neal

Vice Chair: Andrew Gerrish

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Social Media

Chair: Jason Moyers


Chair: Sophia Brasseaux

Vice Chair: Allie Ellmauer

Women's Section

Chair: Taylor Brewer

Vice Chair: Kathryn Bonorchis

Workers' Compensation

Chair: Eva Roffis

Vice Chair: Beth O'Dea

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Young Lawyers Division

Chair: Sarah Knarzer

Vice Chair: Nia White

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Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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