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Can Your Lawyer Just Quit On You?

November 8th, 2016

Dave Albo of Fairfax wears two hats. He is a state delegate from Fairfax, with enough tenure accumulated to have become Chairman of the House’s powerful Courts of Justice Committee. He is also a highly successful lawyer in the Northern Virginia region. And, in the interest of full disclosure, he is also my personal friend


Virginia Still a Bastion of “At Will” Employment

August 23rd, 2016

Stories of lawsuits challenging firings lead many employers to be reluctant to discharge even the most problematic employees. But in Virginia, any reports of the demise of the doctrine of employment terminable “at will” are premature. Traditionally, employment has been presumed to be terminable at will by either party upon reasonable notice, with or without


Lawyers Not Immune to Scam

August 9th, 2016

Lawyers are often called upon to safeguard their clients in individual cases, and also to help them develop defensive procedures. But as is often the case in many fields, lawyers are often less guarded in managing their own affairs than they are when handling clients’ business. Several years ago, a well-known Richmond law firm got


Police Abuse Cases On the Rise

July 19th, 2016

With police shootings seemingly gaining national publicity on a weekly basis, Virginia has not been on the sidelines for the civil lawsuits that sometimes spring from instances of police overreach. Federal civil rights suits against police have historically been difficult cases to prosecute, for several reasons. First, neither the police department nor the local government


Virginia and the Nation’s Highest Court

June 16th, 2016

Over the past year, Virginia has repeatedly found itself center stage before the United States Supreme Court. In notable cases including McDonnell v. US and Wittman v. Personhuballah, Virginia politics — and politicians — figure greatly, drawing national attention. In McDonnell, our former governor is appealing his convictions from his highly publicized influence peddling trial,


New Law Sends Many Business Disputes to Federal Courts

June 1st, 2016

The new, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act went into effect May 11. Until the DTSA, the law governing claims alleging misappropriation of protected trade secrets was drawn from statutes in each of the states, leading to preliminary considerations as to which states’ laws might apply to a particular case and how those differing laws were


Don’t Hesitate- Get What You Paid For

March 30th, 2016

Nearly all businesses buy general liability insurance, to assure that they are protected from law suits that might arise from claims of negligence, defective products, or even employee problems. And nearly all of the policy documents that insurance companies issue contain clauses that condition their responsibility for providing defense and indemnification from claims upon swift


Marrs & Henry Among “Legal Elite”

March 15th, 2016

For many years now, Virginia Business magazine has published a list of the state’s “Legal Elite,” lawyers considered by their peers to be the very best in their respective fields of specialty. The list is compiled using the results of surveys solicited from practicing lawyers. Again this year, Marrs & Henry has had every one