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2024 Spring Sections Seminar

  • 01 May 2024
  • 6:00 PM
  • 03 May 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • The Virginian Hotel, 712 Church Street, Lynchburg 24504


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • $150 per session (MedMal is offered in 2 parts for $300). Total cost will be calculated based on registration choices.
  • $150 per session (MedMal is offered in 2 parts for $300). Total cost will be calculated based on registration choices. VADA membership dues waived for new members registering for this meeting.

Registration is closed

Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.

Program highlights include:

New location at The Virginian Hotel

Wednesday Welcome Reception at Tresca on 8th, just steps from the hotel

VADA Late Night Dessert Bar at Marigold's

Optional Women's Section Dinner at
Craddock Terry hotel

Complimentary ethics general session, Ethical Obligations for Lawyers, featuring:

  • * Gerald “Jerry” Harris, Esq., Va. Beach City Attorney’s Office
  • * Monica Monday, Esq., Gentry Locke
  • * Hon. John M. Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • * Lindsay Rollins, Esq., The Progressive Group


Many thanks to our section leaders:

Appellate Advocacy

Chair: Elaine McCafferty

Vice Chair: Kristen Mynes

Auto & Transportation Liability

Chair: Jonathan Hogins

Vice Chair: Derek Challenger

Corporate & Commercial Litigation

Chair: Declan Leonard

Vice Chair: Dan Eggleston

Local Government

Chair: Douglas Barber

Vice Chair: Leah Han

Medical Malpractice

Chair: Jacob Pierce

Vice Chair: Laura Lee Miller

Policy Coverage

Chair: Pete Schurig

Vice Chair: Michael Essig

Product & Toxic Torts

Chair: John Dunnigan

Vice Chair: Karlo Goronja

Professional Liability

Chair: Colin Neal

Vice Chair: Andrew Gerrish

Workers' Compensation

Chair: Eva Roffis

Vice Chair: Beth O'Dea



6:00 - 7:30 PM      Welcome Reception

7:30 PM                  Dinner on Your Own (RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED)


8:00 - 9:00 AM      Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - Noon          Morning Sections

  • * Policy Coverage with Products & Toxic Torts
  • * Auto & Transportation Liability with Workers' Compensation

Noon - 1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 PM       Afternoon Sections

  • * Corporate & Commercial Litigation with Professional Liability
  • * Medical Malpractice (Part 1)

4:15 - 5:15 PM       Ethical Obligations for Lawyers

5:15 - 6:30 PM       Networking Reception

6:30 PM                  Dinner on Your Own (RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED) or optional Women's Section Dinner 

9:00 - 10: 30 PM    Late Night Dessert Reception


8:00 - 9:00 AM       Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - Noon            Morning Sections

  • * Appellate Advocacy with Local Government
  • * Medical Malpractice (Part 2)

Noon Box              Lunch

Click here for detailed agenda


The registration fee for each session is $150, with the exception of Medical Malpractice which is offered in two parts, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, for $300.

New members, registration includes your first-year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2025.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. Cancellations accepted until April 17, but substitutions are welcome anytime. Guests are invited to join us for the Thursday Networking Reception for a $75 fee and you can add this on your registration form.



The Virginian Hotel

Our discounted room block has closed.  There may be rooms available at The Virginian at market rates, or there are many other hotel options in the Lynchburg area, including the Lynchburg Grand, one block away. Complimentary day visitor parking is available in the lot behind The Virginian - see parking map here.

An eminent feature of Lynchburg since 1913, the Virginian Hotel combines historic detail with modern style. Discover the James River Heritage Trail and the city's arts district just steps from their door. Skyline Grill provides exclusive views as downtown Lynchburg's only rooftop restaurant and The William Henry Steakhouse, created by two seasoned steakhouse operators, brings an exceptional menu in a warm and inviting dining room. Reservations are suggested if you plan to dine in the hotel.

Community Service

In conjunction with our meeting, VADA is collecting monetary and in-kind donations for Park View Community Mission. Park View works to restore the lives of families and communities by building relationships and providing life-changing resources. 

Monetary donations can be made on the Park View website.  Please put "VADA" in the comments section. In addition, we will be collecting the following items at the meeting:

Full size items of: 

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Toothpaste  

Women's Section Dinner

Join the Women’s Section from 6:45 to 8:45 pm on Thursday, May 2, for dinner at the Craddock Terry Hotel. Tickets are $45 per person, and you can add this to your online registration form.

Many thanks to our dinner sponsor: 


For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

11533 Busy Street, #327

N. Chesterfield, VA 23236


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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