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

Upcoming events

    • 05 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Brick Anchor Brew House: 241 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510

    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,

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


    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.

    Fitness Challenge

    New this year! Join our VADA Fitness Challenge and compete for exciting prizes. At the Annual Meeting, our winner of the most steps will receive a pair of Apple AirPods and our Streak winner will receive a $200 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Card, courtesy of Planet Depos. Easily link your cell phone or fitness watch to the challenge and it will track your steps for you. The challenge will run from September 1-27, but you can register today to be sure you are synced up correctly and begin your training.   Join here.  If asked for a code, enter "vada."

    Dine Arounds

    Join your colleagues Wednesday night for a fun dinner after the Welcome Reception. Choose from 10 restaurants within walking distance of Hilton Norfolk The Main. Sign up for this fun “Dutch treat” event and enjoy networking with colleagues over dinner at your restaurant of choice. 

    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) 
    Sponsored by BIOCORE

    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 Buckner
    Stephanie E. Grana, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner
    Malcolm P. 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) 


    #Metoo—The Impact of A Social Movement on Title VII Law In The Fourth Circuit 
    Melissa York, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman 

    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
    Matthew Roberson, Bancroft, McGavin
    Dan Robey, Midkiff, Muncie & Ross

    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

    Updates on Informed Consent
    Madelaine Kramer, Sands Anderson

    Sponsored by Robson Forensic

    The Manu Decision And Its Aftermath
    Alan Rashkind, Furniss, Davis, Rashkind and Saunders

    Enforcement, Interpretation and Application Of “Other Insurance” and Escape Clauses In Insurance Contracts
    Dawn E. Boyce, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins

    PRODUCT & TOXIC TORTS (3.00 HRS) Sponsored by Forcon

    Virginia Asbestos 2019: An update on damages, defenses, and litigating these cases in the Commonwealth 
    Brian Schneider, Moran Reeves Conn 
    Carl Schwertz, Miles & Stockbridge 
    Patricia Bugg Turner, Spotts Fain  

    Navigating Other Incidents Evidence in Virginia
    Matthew Hundley, Moran Reeves Conn
    Laura May Hooe, Moran Reeves Conn 

    Recent Developments on Damages Evidence in Product and Personal Injury Claims  
    Justin Feinman, Williams Mullen


    The Challenges of Representing Attorneys in Malpractice Cases
    Jeffrey Geiger, Sands Anderson
    Joyvan Malbon, Minnesota Laywers Mutual Insurance

    Claims Against Insurance Brokers and Agents
    Speakers TBD


    The “Arising Out Of” Prong of Compensability: How the Commission and Court of Appeals of Virginia Have Recently Defined This Term
    The Honorable Robert Rapaport, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission

    An Overview of the Statutory Doctrine and Best Practices in the Litigation of Claims against General Contractors, Subcontractors, Independent Contractors and Sole Proprietors
    The Honorable William Kennard, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
    Esther King, McCandlish Holton

    Effective Use of the Medical Fee Schedule in Workers’ Compensation Settlements
    Thomas Miller, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers
    Johanna Schmersal, Paralegal, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers

    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 Group Run or Walk   

    8:00 AM            Breakfast Honoring the Virginia Judiciary Sponsored by MLM

    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. Mary Jane Hall, 4th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
    on. Tracy Calvin Hudson, 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia
    Hon. Douglas Miller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    Hon. 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

    Meeting rooms subject to change; please confirm onsite.


    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
    One-day seminar where newer attorneys learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.  Sessions taught by experienced members of the defense bar.  Different agenda than 2018 so plan to attend again.

    Free one-year VADA membership for 2020 is available with registration.  No membership bill sent until January 2021. 

    Registration will open in the fall.

    Draft Agenda

    8:30                    Registration/Coffee                                                        

    8:55-9:00           Opening Remarks

    9:00-10:00         Ethical Issues in a Civil Defense Practice                            Speaker TBD

    This session will give an overview of the tripartite relationship between defense counsel, insured and insurer; a consideration of conflict issues arising from the dual representation of the insured and insurer; defending a case in which the ad damnum does not exceed the amount of coverage; defending a case in which the ad damnum exceeds the amount of coverage; defending under a reservation of rights; how the excess carrier and reinsurer affect the tripartite relationship; and, issues faced in settlement. The session will end with a discussion of hypothetical ethical situations and possible strategies and resolutions.

    10:00-11:00       The Survivor's Guide to Expert Witnesses                           John E. Peterson, Jr., Piedmont Liability Trust

    Expert TBD

    This session will define a testifying expert witness, identify when an expert is needed, explore what type of litigation may benefit from the use of expert, define in what ways an expert witness can help, share how to go about identifying the best expert for your case and finish with a discussion on how best to work with your expert.

    11:00-11:15         Break

    11:15-12:00         Navigating Your Way through Virginia General District and Circuit Courts  and other Practical Tips in Civil Litigation 
    Melissa H. Katz, Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins

    This topic is designed to educate a new attorney about handling new cases in either general district and circuit court to include verification of jurisdictional basis, service, venue;  noticing your appearance; what to do if case filed improperly against corporate client in small claims court; how to check service of process; what to expect and how to prepare for the first return in general district court; what to do at the first return in general district court; handling motions in general district court; what to expect and how to prepare for first trial in general district court; how to appeal a general district court case; taking the case to circuit court; addressing whether ad damnum can be amended; use of evidence presented in general district court in the circuit court case; preparation for appearance in circuit court; how to set the trial date; motions practice in circuit court; how to obtain jury pool information; jury size in circuit court if case appealed; how to determine the procedures of the jurisdiction where your case is pending; available resources to assist in navigation

    11:30         Mediation in Civil Litigation
    e Honorable Robert S. Brewbaker, Jr. (Ret.), The McCammon Group

    This session will explore when and why to choose mediation along with the ethical underpinnings.  We will provide a definition of mediation, explain the stages of mediation and benefits of mediation. Next, we will explore principles such as collaborating with your client, collaborating with the other side, negotiation as a required skill and evaluative techniques.

    12:30          Lunch

    12:50          Written Discovery
    Taylor Brewer, Moran Reeves Conn

    This session will explore the purpose of discovery, the general provisions of discovery, and what to do about claims or privilege and protective orders.  Next, we will explain the obligations of counsel, discovery tactics and timing, how to create a discovery plan and what should be in it along with the methods of obtaining the information.  Finally, the speaker will explain what to do when you don’t receive discovery, how to handle follow-up and supplemental responses and how to coordinate pre-trial scheduling orders.

    1:40            Insurance Coverage in Automobile Cases
    Speaker TBD 

    The scope of this presentation focuses on liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist provisions of the automobile liability policies, including voluntary, assigned risk, and certified policies as well as personal and commercial policies.  It will explore statutory regulation of auto policies and which vehicles are covered, the persons insured and covered risks.  We will discuss the amount owed under the liability policies, primary and excess liability coverage, duties of insured to defend, policy defenses and non-waiver agreements, exclusions, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and cancellation of policies. 

    2:40            Break

    2:50            Judicial Advice for New Lawyers-Panel Discussion                    Judges TBD
    Moderator:  Melissa H. Katz, Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins, VADA President

    The judges will explain pre-trial matters such as scheduling orders, pre-trial motions, discovery issues and pre-trial conference and settlement conferences.  Next, they will discuss brief writing, including filing deadlines and suggestions for formatting.  Then, they will discuss parts of trial including voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross, motions to strike, jury instructions and closing.  Finally, they will explore post-trial motions, miscellaneous trial issues and offer specific tips for young lawyers.

    4:00                 Adjourn

    • 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.

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

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