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2019 Annual Meeting

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


  • Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for assistance with registration code.
  • Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for assistance with registration code.

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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, Ford Richardson, 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 is scheduled to be released September 11.  Click here to use the online booking tool to see if rooms are available after this date.  

Fitness Challenge

The Fitness Challenge has begun and registration has closed.

New this year! Annual Meeting participants are invited to 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."  After registering, be sure you click the "Join" button to compete in the Fitness Challenge.

In the event of a tie for either prize, the winner will be determined via a random drawing among those who qualify.

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. 

Visit Norfolk has offered VADA meeting registrants their "Show Your Badge" discount program. Simply present your official VADA conference badge at their participating establishments to receive special offers as listed. Their list includes a few of our Dine Around restaurants so be sure to check it out. Remember, your badge must be present at time of purchase.


Approved for 11.0 Hours CLE (2.0 Ethics) #VDGG004

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. 

·               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 Exercise Class  

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 ETHICS) 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
Ryan Starks, O'Hagan Meyer


The Challenges of Representing Attorneys in Malpractice Cases
Jeffrey Geiger, Sands Anderson
Timothy J. Gerhart
, Minnesota Laywers Mutual Insurance


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) 
                            Downtown Norfolk Dining Guide (Reservations suggested)

9:30 PM             VADA “Late Night” with Karaoke (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   

7:30 AM           Breakfast Buffet Opens 

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. Mary Jane Hall, 4th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Glen A. Huff, Court of Appeals of Virginia
Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, 4th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Douglas E. Miller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Hon. Gary A. Mills, 7th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. William T. Newman, Jr., 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. Bruce D. White, 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
Hon. James A. Willett, 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia

9:15 AM            Sponsor Raffle Drawing 

9:20 AM            Through the Eyes of the Insured: The Defense of a Civil Lawsuit (1.00 HR)
Jason Guy Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers

10:20 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 

11:20 AM          Networking Break/Sponsor Visits 

11:30 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. Schnetzler, Frith Anderson & Peake 

12:30 PM          Ethics in the Use of Social Media and Other Technology During Trial (1.0 HR ETHICS) 
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 

1:30 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.

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